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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - November 2010

1. Feedback Sought! – CSO Views on IDA Report 
2. Bank – CSO Roundtable Discusses Food Price Volatility
3. Call for Nominations! – CSO Representatives Sought for WB-CSO Consultative Group on Health, Nutrition and Population
4. CSOs Evaluate Results of 2010 Civil Society Policy Forum
5. Africa Action Plan – Call for Feedback
6. Share your Views! WB Education Strategy 2020 Second Phase Consultation
7. World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Team Up to Improve Financial Data Collection
8. Seeking Your Input! – The Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA Africa)
9. World Bank’s MIGA Significantly Expands Pool of Eligible Investments
10. Managing Director Indrawati Speaks at International Anti-Corruption Conference
11. International Budget Partnership Presents Findings of 2010 Report to Bank Staff 
12. Transparency at Work – Video Showcases Advances in EITI Efforts
13. Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change – A Triple Win?

14. Demanding Good Governance: Lessons from Social Accountability Initiatives in Africa
 


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

1. Feedback Sought! – CSO Views on IDA Report
The Bank is seeking comments from CSOs on the draft IDA-16 Replenishment Deputies Report which has been posted on the IDA website. The comments will be summarized and made available to the IDA Deputies for their consideration at the next IDA replenishment meeting on December 14 – 15 in Brussels. We will also provide a report on the feedback received and how the input was considered. Comments are welcomed until November 24 (COB Washington DC Time). To access the draft report and provide feedback please click here. 

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2. Bank – CSO Roundtable Discuses Food Price Volatility
The Bank held a Food Roundtable with CSO leaders on the growing food volatility and shortages on September 17, 2010. This was the sixth WB - CSO roundtable on the food crisis since March 2008. Some 70 civil society leaders and staff attended the meeting either in person or via video conferences from six countries. Several dozen senior WB staff participated, including the Bank President, as well as representatives from the IMF and UN agencies. Participants agreed that the impact of the food crisis is not over and a number of next step recommendations were made. More



3. Call for Nominations! – CSO Representatives Sought for WB-CSO Consultative Group on Health, Nutrition and Population
The World Bank is seeking nominations for the newly created World Bank-Civil Society Consultative Group on Health, Nutrition and Population (CSCG-HNP). The overall objective of the CSCG-HNP is to provide a structured and transparent mechanism for CSOs to share information and lessons learned, as well as provide advice on the development and impact of Bank HNP policies and programs in low- and middle-income countries. The group will comprise 12-15 members of national and international CSOs working in HNP, reflecting geographic, gender, and issues diversity. Completed nomination forms should be accompanied by CVs and sent to hnpcso@worldbank.org by the deadline of 6:00 p.m. EST December 15, 2010. For more information and to download the nomination form and draft terms of reference visit: www.worldbank.org/hnp/cso

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4. CSOs Evaluate Results of 2010 Civil Society Policy Forum
The World Bank and IMF Civil Society Teams solicited feedback from CSO representatives who attended the 2010 Annual Meetings in Washington DC. The survey solicited the views of participants regarding logistics, quality of key events, and the overall usefulness of the Civil Society Policy Forum. Responses were received from 68 of 350 participants (19 %), which is a relatively solid response rate for online surveys. In general, respondents gave high marks for the logistics, policy sessions, and usefulness of the Civil Society Policy Forum. They also had some critiques and provided useful suggestions on how to improve the CS Forum in the future. More... 


5. Africa Action Plan – Call for Feedback
The World Bank is reviewing its strategy for Africa, which is outlined in the Africa Action Plan. The strategy is being reviewed against a backdrop of changes in the global economy, on the continent and within the Bank. After an extensive process of consultations with stakeholders across Africa and beyond including CSOs, the Bank has released its draft strategy for the continent, titled "Africa’s Future and the World Bank’s Role in It." The draft takes into account input received from more than 1500 people in 36 countries, who were consulted online and in person between June and September 2010. Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on the draft, including those who may have already contributed during phase 1 of the consultation process. The draft, along with a short questionnaire, can be found online: http://go.worldbank.org/X90O7727J0

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6. Share your Views! WB Education Strategy 2020 Second Phase Consultation
The Bank has now posted online the initial draft of its Education Strategy 2020 for stakeholders to review and give comments. The draft reflects the extensive feedback received from government officials, CSO representatives, academics, students, and others during the first phase of global consultations. A second phase of global consultations is currently underway – from September through November – soliciting feedback on the draft Strategy from stakeholders worldwide. Please submit your feedback through the online form until November 30. Feedback from the comments from this second phase of consultations will inform the development of the final strategy paper that will be presented to the Bank’s Board in early 2011. Click here for the On-line Form.


7. World Bank and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Team Up to Improve Financial Data Collection
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank launched a new effort to better understand how the world’s poor save, borrow, and make financial transactions. The Bank’s Development Research Group will employ the $11 million, 10-year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to build, for the first time, a global database that allows researchers to measure and compare how individuals use bank accounts and other financial products. It is hoped that this public database will be used to improve poor people’s access to financial services worldwide. More...

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8. Seeking Your Input! - The Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA Africa) 
ANSA is seeking your input to update and consolidate its African Social Accountability Practitioner Database. This database, which currently consists of more than 500 individuals and organizations, is geared to providing a comprehensive mapping of practitioner expertise in social accountability across the African continent. It will be used by governments, civil society, and donor agencies to find consultants with local expertise who can provide learning, networking, and project implementation support. Please send contact information (name, organizational affiliation, email address) for recommended African social accountability practitioners to Lauren Kunis (lkunis@worldbank.org) at your earliest convenience.


9. World Bank’s MIGA Significantly Expands Pool of Eligible Investments
The World Bank’s political risk insurance arm, the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), announced on November 15th that the agency’s Council of Governors approved substantial changes to its convention. These are the first changes since the agency was established in 1988. As a result, MIGA can insure more investments and increase its development impact. The changes also encompass simplification of procedures to address client feedback and improve the agency’s efficiency. More… 

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10. Managing Director Indrawati Speaks at International Anti-Corruption Conference
During the recently held 14th International Anti-Corruption Conference in Bangkok, World Bank Group Managing Director, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, noted that corruption remains intertwined with politics, and brazen attacks on those fighting corruption continue. However, she said that the international community, national authorities, the private sector, and civil society have made significant progress in building structures for an effective anti-corruption regime. She also challenged civil society to help bring solutions to the problem of corruption. More… 


11. International Budget Partnership Presents Findings of 2010 Report to Bank Staff
The International Budget Partnership presented the results of its periodic survey on budget transparency and accountability around the world. The event was held on October 20, 2010 at the Bank and chaired by the World Bank Institute Vice President, Sanjay Pradhan. Produced every two years by independent experts, the Open Budget Survey 2010 assessed and ranked budget transparency and accountability in 94 countries. You can view the video of the event here: 

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12. Transparency at Work – Video Showcases Advances in EITI Efforts
Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a global initiative established in 2003 which promotes and supports improved governance in resource-rich countries through the full publication and verification of company payments and government revenues from oil, gas, and mining activities. The World Bank Group supports governments and CSOs with Technical Assistance and funding through a multi-donor trust fund (EITI-MDTF) established for this purpose. The year 2010 is an important milestone for the EITI countries, with several countries having attained or about to attain EITI compliant status by completing a rigorous external validation process. A short video documentary was recently produced that showcases the accomplishments of the EITI to date. Click here...


13. Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change – A Triple Win?
Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change, Andrew Steer, gave a keynote address at the International Conference on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change which was held in The Hague on October 31, 2010. He called on the international community to grasp the opportunities to link agriculture with the transition to a lower carbon-emitting and climate resilient growth mode. He also noted the need to increase agricultural productivity as a way to address growing worldwide problems of food security and climate change. “Let’s turn the promise of the "triple-win" into reality,” he said.
Speech, Press Release.

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14. Demanding Good Governance: Lessons from Social Accountability Initiatives in Africa
The Bank recently launched the book “Demanding Good Governance: Lessons from Social Accountability Initiatives in Africa” which documents social accountability approaches and tools being carried out by governments and CSOs throughout Africa. The book, edited by Mary Mcneil and Carmen Malena, brings together detailed case studies of initiatives in Benin, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. The book launch featured a panel with several of the authors and Bank Vice President for Africa Obiageli Ezekwesili. See link to read the book online, buy, or watch a video of the book launch.

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

World Bank in Botswana
World Bank Vice President for Africa, Obiageli Ezekwesili, completed a two-day trip to Botswana where she visited development projects financed by the World Bank and Botswana’s development partners. The World Bank has four active projects in Botswana aimed at enhancing public sector effectiveness, fighting HIV/AIDS, increasing competitiveness and protecting the environment. Read More

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

China's Growth Prospects Remain Sound
China’s growth has moderated somewhat to a still healthy pace, according to the Bank’s latest China Quarterly Update. The update finds that growth declined from 10.6% in the first half to 9.6% in the third quarter, leading the Bank to adjust China’s growth projection for 2010 downwards to 10%. More... 


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Empowering Vulnerable Youth in Albania
70% of Albania’s population is below 30 years old, and the country has a high rate of youth unemployment. A new partnership between the World Bank and the municipalities of Tirana and Durres is addressing this issue by providing grants in support of community-driven projects to empower vulnerable youth. This innovative project is financed through a special program called the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF), and administered by the World Bank. More... 

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Mexico: Oportunidades (Additional Financing)
The Bank recently provided Mexico with $1.25 billion in additional financing to support Mexico’s innovative social protection program for 2011-13. Entering its 13th year of operation, Oportunidades has helped one-quarter of Mexico’s population gain access to quality nutrition, health and education services in what has become a model program across the region and beyond. More... 


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Enhancing Delivery of Justice Sector Services to the Poor
Delivering justice sector services to the poor is an important element in addressing poverty and inequality, since the poor often have only limited means to protect and enforce their rights. A Bank program to support the justice sector reform in Jordan and Iraq has provided legal counseling to 700 poor persons. More... 

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SOUTH ASIA

Bangladesh Grows Despite Challenges
The Bangladesh Economic Update of November 2010 recently released by the World Bank has shown that Bangladesh grew by 5.8% in the past year despite the slow global recovery and continued severe power shortages. This growth came mainly from the services and industrial sectors driven by growth in consumption. Strong remittance inflows, rebound in construction activities, and growth in rural non-farm activities helped consumption. More… 


JOBS

Senior Governance Specialist, Leadership for Development Program - (International Hire, Washington, DC)
The World Bank Institute (WBI) is a dynamic and innovative organization whose mission is to inspire, equip, and connect leaders and coalitions in countries to catalyze development. WBI's new Governance, Innovation, and Fragile and Conflict-Affected States Department is at the heart of WBI's strategy, with more than 80 staff members and consultant. This unit is seeking a Senior Governance Specialist whose responsibilities will include among other things the need to develop the global leadership program’s regional center in South Africa to serve the African region. Closing date is November 29, 2010. More…

Senior Water & Sanitation Specialist, the Water and Sanitation Program (International Hire), Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) is an international partnership to help poor people gain sustained access to improved water and sanitation services. This unit is looking for a Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist to provide support to the various country teams in this endeavor. The candidate should have at least 8 years of relevant professional experience in the public or private sector involved in the management and operations of sanitation programs, or planning, policy, and sector reform issues related to rural sanitation sector. Closing date is November 29, 2010. More...

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EVENTS

IMF Conference: Sustainable Investment Scaling Up in Low-Income Countries (Tuesday Nov. 30, 2010 - 9 am - 6 pm)
There is a large investment gap in Low-Income Countries (LICs), particularly in infrastructure. Addressing it is critical to increasing potential growth. The required financing will likely come, at least partly, from nontraditional official creditors and private sources. To discuss this issue, the IMF is hosting a conference that will bring together leading academics, researchers, and policy makers to examine how to scale up investment in a sustainable and growth-maximizing way in LICs. Confirmed external speakers include: Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University), Pierre-Richard Agénor (University of Manchester), Paul Collier (Oxford), Luis Serven (World Bank), Andrea Presbitero (Università Politecnica delle Marche), and Matthew Martin (Development Finance International). Interested participants are encouraged to RSVP as early as possible but before November 26, 2010 to jquarm@imf.org. For more information, click here... 

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ON THE BLOGS / PODCASTS

Coalitions, Norms, and Extractive Industries
A fundamental principle of the EITI is the development of multi-stakeholder initiatives to oversee the implementation and monitoring process, which is supported through a multi-donor trust fund, managed by the World Bank. Currently, EITI has about 30 countries that are in the process of implementing EITI’s principles. Five countries have attained “Compliant Status”, meaning that they have gone through a rigorous two-year validation process. In this blog piece, Johanna Martinsson examines the challenges of EITI and other initiatives for a global norm on transparency. More… 

African cities: Moving beyond concern
Recently about 150 African mayors and city officials, urban researchers, and World Bank South African Country Director Ruth Kagia gathered in a workshop in South Africa to talk about climate change and African cities. According to this blog writer, Dan Hoornweg, When you look at climate change through the lens of African cities, impacts appear closer, and more dire–climate variability is expected to be severe and the ability to respond often weak. Despite this urgent challenge, participants pointed out that dealing with climate change often takes a backseat as these countries are too busy with day-to-day challenges ─ issues like poverty reduction, and HIV-AIDs. More... 

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

“Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters”: WB / UN Report Shows that Losses from Disasters Could Triple by 2011
A new joint report from the World Bank and the United Nations “Natural Hazards, Unnatural Disasters”, says that losses from natural disasters could triple to $185 billion by the end of the century, even without calculating the impact of climate change. The number of people exposed to storms and earthquakes in large cities could double to 1.5 billion by 2050 according to the report. However, looking ahead, the report notes that growing cities and a changing climate will shape the disaster prevention landscape. And these losses can be prevented with effective policies and investments. More… 

Remittances Robust Despite Recent Crisis
The recently released Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011 by the World Bank shows that remittances are expected to reach $325 billion by the end of 2010, up from $307 billion in 2009. Remittances to developing countries were a resilient source of external financing during the recent global financial crisis. The report estimates that, after recovering by the end of this year, recorded remittances to developing countries will rise further in 2011 and 2012, possibly exceeding $370 billion in two years’ time. The top recipient countries in 2010 are India, China, Mexico, the Philippines, and France. More… 

Full List of Available Publications…

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This Newsletter is produced by the Civil Society Team of the World Bank (WB) in collaboration with other WB units. The Newsletter highlights some of the many policies, programs, and initiatives of the WB which may involve or be of interest to CSOs. We welcome your comments and feedback to make this newsletter as useful as possible. You can subscribe to the Newsletter using a new registration page: http://www.worldbank.org/civilsocietyengagementnewsletter/. Please share your comments on the Newsletter with us: civilsociety@worldbank.org. All past issues of the Newsletter can be found on the WB site on Civil Society Engagement at: http://www.worldbank.org/civilsociety

Last updated: 2010-11-18




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