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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - September 2010

1. Accreditation for 2010 Annual Meetings Closing on September 27
2. World Bank MDG Efforts Help Save 13 Million Lives Since 2000
3. Bank Provides Emergency Assistance to Pakistan
4. World Bank Vice President Spoke at the CIVICUS World Assembly on Economic Justice – The Challenges
5. Protecting Land Rights is Key to Successful Large-Scale Land Acquisitions
6. Bank Establishing Consultative CSO Group on Health, Nutrition, and Population
7. International Clean Energy Expert Joins World Bank
8. World Bank Group President appoints Egyptian Investment Minister as Managing Director
9. Education Strategy 2020: Stakeholder Comments Emphasize Centrality of Learning to Development
10. Maternal Deaths Drop by One-Third
11. World Bank Water Strategy Combines Lending and Advice 
 

REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS
JOBS
EVENTS
ON THE BLOGS
WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS
 

1. Accreditation for 2010 Annual Meetings Closing on September 27
The Civil Society Policy Forum will be held from October 6 - 10, prior to and during the 2010 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Group. It is being organized by the WBG and IMF Civil Society Teams. The Forum is expected to be comprised of some 45 sessions on a range of topics including energy, safeguards, education, and accountability. It will also include a Townhall Meeting with Bank President Robert B. Zoellick and Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn. To participate, please request accreditation before it closes on September 27, 2010. More… 

Also, this year for the very first time, the World Bank is offering opportunity to those who may not be able to travel to Washington to participate via online chats and videos through the World Bank Open Forum (October 7-8) . Click here for more details: http://www.worldbank.org/openforum

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2. World Bank MDG Efforts Help Save 13 Million Lives Since 2000. 
On Monday, September 20 at the U.N. General Assembly's plenary session, World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick called for a redoubling of global efforts to achieve the MDGs, which he said were “central to the World Bank Group’s mission and our everyday work.” Zoellick noted several new Bank investments to “close the gap” on the goals in five years’ time. These include an increase of $600 million toward results-based health programs, and an additional $750 million for basic education. Much of this assistance will be delivered through the Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, or the International Development Association (IDA). In this regard, President Zoellick stated that IDA funding has helped save 13 million lives since 2000. Speech...

For more on the Bank’s MDG-related results, see the IDA Results-at-a Glance web page 


3. Bank Provides Emergency Assistance to Pakistan
At the recent United Nations High Level Ministerial Meeting on the flood emergency in Pakistan, the Bank reiterated its support to Pakistan’s flood recovery efforts. This will include $300 million in fast-disbursing funds for critical needs, and $1 billion in concessional finance for the current fiscal year. Complementing this aid to the government of Pakistan, Bank staff raised over $185,000 for flood relief to be channeled through three CSOs who are providing on the ground relief: Islamic Relief, Save the Children, and Red Cross. These funds will be matched 50% by Bank management. More… 

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4. World Bank Vice President Spoke at the CIVICUS World Assembly on Economic Justice – The Challenges
Otaviano Canuto, Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (PREM) participated in one of the key panels at the 2010 CIVICUS World Assembly. This year's event, which was titled "Acting Together for a Just World", was held on August 21 - 21in Montreal Canada. In his remarks, Mr. Canuto stressed the need for civil society organizations to continue both lobbying their governments to keep commitments on development assistance, and also in ensuring that global institutions such as the World Bank do their job properly. He further stated that one of the major roles of civil society is to promote economic and social development that is equitable and inclusive. There cannot be effective development without economic justice, he said. More… 


5. Protecting Land Rights is Key to Successful Large-Scale Land Acquisitions
The World Bank on September 7th, released the most extensive global survey of large land acquisitions. According to the study, as rising food and fuel prices create incentives for large-scale land acquisitions around the world, it is more important than ever for governments and the international community to protect existing local land rights. Strong and clear land rights make it more likely for existing owners to directly negotiate with investors, obtain higher payments for land transfers and make sure investments benefit the public and the local economy. The study recommends that countries integrate land policy into overall development strategy. More… 

A multi-stakeholder e-discussion on the report, hosted by the Global Donor Platform for Rural Development and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, started on September 13 and will run through October 8. Join the e-discussion at http://donorplatform.org/eDiscussion

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6. Bank Establishing Consultative CSO Group on Health, Nutrition, and Population
With just five years remaining to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the World Bank is deepening its engagement with civil society organizations (CSOs), toward the shared goal of helping developing countries achieve the better results called for in the health MDGs. To this end, the Bank is coordinating a series of health roundtable conversations with CSOs and is in the process of establishing a Consultative Group on Health, Nutrition, and Population. The Consultative Group—which will include representatives from national and international CSOs, relying on CSOs to organize and determine representation—will help facilitate Bank and CSO communication, capacity-building, and dialogue. More... 


7. International Clean Energy Expert Joins World Bank
Daniel Kammen, Professor of Energy at the University of California at Berkeley, has been appointed World Bank specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency. He will provide strategic leadership to expand the institution's role as an enabler of global dialogue on clean energy. Mr. Kammen's appointment aims to enhance the operational impact of the Bank's renewable energy and energy efficiency activities while expanding the institution's role as an enabler of global dialogue on moving energy development to a cleaner and more sustainable pathway. The appointment comes amid unprecedented demand from developing countries for World Bank support in their efforts to address development and climate change as interlinked challenges. More... 

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8. World Bank Group President appoints Egyptian Investment Minister as Managing Director
The President of the World Bank, Mr. Zoellick, appointed Mahmoud Mohieldin as a Managing Director of the World Bank Group. In a press release announcing this appointment, Mr. Zoellick stated that Mr. Mohieldin "has proven himself a tireless reformer whose work on economic and financial reform helped Egypt weather the global financial crisis". In his role as Managing Director, Mr. Mohieldin will oversee the offices leading the Bank’s Knowledge development including: Finance and Private Sector Development; Sustainable Development; Poverty Reduction and Economic Management; Human Development; and the World Bank Institute. More… 


9. Education Strategy 2020: Stakeholder Comments Emphasize Centrality of Learning to Development
From Cartagena to Jakarta, the World Bank’s Education Strategy 2020 team embarked on worldwide consultations this spring to engage stakeholders in shaping the content of its new ten-year strategy. Led by the World Bank's Education Director, Elizabeth King, the strategy team consulted over 1000 stakeholders from 69 countries which included civil society. These vital feedbacks from this Phase I Consultations have been captured in the newly released Report here… 

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10. Maternal Deaths Drop by One-Third
The number of women dying due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth has decreased by 34% from an estimated 546,000 in 1990 to 358,000 in 2008, according to a new report, "Trends in Maternal Mortality", released by the World Bank and partner organizations. The progress is notable, but more needs to be done to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing the maternal mortality rate by 75% by 2015. More…


11. World Bank Water Strategy Combines Lending and Advice 
Farming and food security, renewable energy, flood control, child mortality, climate change, forests and ecosystems; are all key development priorities that have one thing in common: water. As the urgency attending many of these issues has mounted, annual commitments for water projects by the World Bank Group reached $6.2 billion in 2009, up from $1.8 billion in 2003. A recent review of the 2003 water strategy reaffirms the soundness but also quotes an external water expert as saying that the Bank’s more significant contribution to helping developing countries solve water challenges is mobilizing its analytical expertise in a way that gets decision-makers’ attention. More…

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Save Ethiopian Households Money and Energy
In light of the energy crisis in 2008 in Ethiopia, the government is determined to transform their nation’s approach to energy. The Bank has supported this effort by funding, through the International Development Association (IDA), a complete review of the country’s energy sector and a comprehensive demand-side program that included the installation of capacitors and replacement of inefficient street lighting. This partnership has also helped the country switch from kerosene-fuelled electricity and enabled consumers to receive 5 million energy-efficient light bulbs, saving Ethiopia an estimated $96 million. More...


EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of China-World Bank Partnership
Thirty years since the start of its partnership with the World Bank, China’s use of global knowledge and Bank expertise has moved reforms forward. “The Bank Group looks forward to deepening our partnership with China as it takes on an even larger role on the world stage,” said Bank President Robert Zoellick. More… 

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Help for Kyrgyz Republic as Winter Looms
The World Bank is moving swiftly to help the Kyrgyz Republic recover from recent social unrest which has claimed an estimated 2,000 lives and caused 375,000 to flee their homes in Osh and Jalalabad. The Bank is providing $70 million in emergency assistance to keep essential government services running and assist with reconstruction and energy needs of the country, before the onset of winter. As part of the World Bank’s overall commitment over the next 30 months, $70 million for emergency assistance will be targeted to funding essential public spending and ensuring reliable energy supply. More…


LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

World Bank Steps Up Investment in Latin American Youth
At the recently concluded 2010 World Youth Conference in Mexico, thousands of young people from around the world seemed to have agreed on a common set of priorities calling for "opportunities”, “education”, and “jobs”. This within a global context in which there are few prospects for young people looking for work. The World Bank has stepped up efforts to help address these issues. In Latin America and South Asia alone, the Bank lent more than US$550 million annually in FY09 and FY10, with total funding for youth-related programs in 2010 reaching US$2.3 billion. More... 

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Improving health services to reduce child and maternal mortality in Djibouti
A decade ago, Djibouti was facing a growing threat from the spread of HIV/AIDS, and struggling to cope with high child and maternal mortality rates. A World Bank-financed project geared to achieving the health-related MDGs, has led to improved health services, a reduction in the child mortality rate, and a reduced HIV/AIDS prevalence among young pregnant women. More...


SOUTH ASIA

Unprecedented Support Aims to Keep Bangladesh on Track to Middle Income Status
The World Bank’s new Country Assistance Strategy for Bangladesh envisions doubling support to help the country reduce poverty to 15% of the population and achieve middle income status by 2021. The new strategy envisions lending of more than $6 billion in the next 4 years, and was finalized after extensive multi-stakeholder consultations. More… 

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JOBS

Program Manager (Climate Change) - Washington, DC (International Hire)
Addressing climate change is an integral element of the World Bank Group’s mission to fight poverty and support sustainable development. The Environment Department (ENV) in the SDN Anchor has been designated as the focal point for coordinating cross-sectoral efforts in the area of climate change. This unit is seeking to hire a program manager whose responsibility include: overseeing and facilitating the implementation and update of the Strategic Framework for Development and Climate Change and leading the corporate reporting on its progress. Closing date for receiving applications is 5 October 2010. More... 

Senior Urban Specialist (Urban Development), Washington, DC, (International Hire),
The mission of the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Urban, Water & Disaster Risk Management unit (LCSUW) is to work with national and local governments and communities to reduce urban poverty, expand access to the poor, and make cities more economically productive, environmentally sound, and livable. This unit is looking for a Senior Urban Specialist that would lead and/or participate in task teams to deliver investment and development policy lending operations, prepare knowledge activities, and develop new business opportunities in the urban sector in the region. Closing date for applications is 12 October 2010. More… 

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EVENTS

World Bank Open Forum, October 7-8, 2010
For the first time but as part of the World Bank's new Open agenda, Civil Society and others who are not able to attend the Annual Meeting events will be able to join a special online event featuring live coverage from the 2010 World Bank/IMF annual meetings and panel discussions with subject matter experts. Panelist include government officials, academics, and CSO leaders. The three interactive chat topics for participation include: open development, jobs, and the changing development landscape. Click here for more information and to add your voice to the discussion.


ON THE BLOGS / PODCASTS

Words Are not Enough This Week in New York
As the global summit gets off and running in New York, World Bank Vice President Tamar Manuelyan Atinc takes a look at the progress and challenges, and hopes that what comes out of this Summit is not just words, but action. Read More…

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS

Online resources to track progress toward the MDGs
As the UN Summit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and all of the peripheral events in New York City come to a close, the World Bank is making available two free resources on the MDGs. A short e-book that provides a concise and accessible explanation of the MDG goals , as well as present a picture of the status of achieving each goal by 2015. And an eAtlas, that allows direct work with the data to visualize the progress towards achieving these important goals for the world.

Announcing the Relaunch of Youthink!
Youthink!, the Bank's website for youth, has many new features, including new development topic content, a whole new look and feel, and new functionality. The vision behind the overhaul is to enhance the site's role as both a place for young people to learn about development and--perhaps more importantly--share ideas, have discussions and propose solutions to global issues. The new features make the site much more conducive to user interaction and also give it a look and feel more appropriate to today's web-savvy youth. More… 

Conflicts And Returns to Stability in Developing Countries: A Comparative Analysis by Hippolyte Fofack
Sub-Saharan Africa's dismal development outcomes -- growth collapse and declining real income -- are often used to highlight its sharp development contrast with other regions of the developing world. Drawing on a large cross-section analysis, this paper shows that Africa's underlying dismal records can also be largely accounted for by the skewed distribution of growth in the post-independence era. More… 

Full List of Available Publications…

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