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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - December 2010

1. IDA 16 Replenishment Given Record Amount
2. CSOs Bolster Robust IDA 16 Replenishment
3. Bank Announces in Cancun a New Fund for Carbon Trading Initiatives
4. World Bank's First Implementation Report on Access to Information (AI) Released!
5. Call for Nominations! – CSO Representatives Sought for WB-CSO Consultative Group on Health
6. Bank Signals Concern with Disputed Election Results in Ivory Coast
7. Bank Vice President Debates Development Policy with European CSOs
8. CSOs Participate in Innovative Project Supervision Mission in Nigeria
9. Siemens Funding CSO Anti-Corruption Programs as Part of Corruption Settlement
10. Bank Help Launch International Corruption Hunters Network
11. Bank Participates in Global Foundation Conference
12. Bank Partners With CSOs to Address Gender Inequalities
13. Bank Joins CSOs to Celebrate 2010 Human Rights Day
14. World Bank Reducing Environmental Footprint 


REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS
JOBS
ON THE BLOGS
PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS
 

1. IDA 16 Replenishment Given Record Amount to Save Lives, Overcome Poverty, and Deliver Results
Donor governments meeting in Brussels on December 14-15 to replenish the International Development Association (IDA) reached agreement on an historic compact and record US $49.3 billion funding package, an 18 percent increase on the previous round three years ago. The new compact is manifested in strong pledges from both traditional and new donors, including developing countries. Going forward, IDA aims to achieve even faster and better results on the ground. IDA credits and grants will help the poorest countries meet infrastructure needs, improve health services, educate children and build climate resilience. More... 

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2. CSOs Bolster Robust IDA 16 Replenishment
Now that the IDA16 negotiations have concluded and the final donor government pledging numbers are in (US$49.3 billion for the next three fiscal years), it is important to note the growing civil society contribution to this funding process. CSOs have not only participated in consultations on IDA policies and made recommendations, but an increasing number expressed support for a robust replenishment. While these CSOs have highlighted the positive role IDA has played in funding poverty reduction efforts, they are also calling for a greater focus on results and ties to the MDGs going forward. More...


3. Bank Announces in Cancun a New Fund for Carbon Trading Initiatives
Bank President Robert Zoellick announced the launching of a $100 million mitigation fund for developing countries at the recently concluded Cancun Climate Conference. The fund which is expected to become operational in early 2011 is being made available by a group of developed and developing nations to support developing countries on a range of carbon market readiness initiatives ranging from technical, policy, and institutional interventions. “This new Partnership – which brings together developed and developing nations – will help countries get ready to put in place domestic trading schemes and other market-based instruments to meet national mitigation objectives,” Zoellick said. More... See also the World Bank and Climate Finance – The Facts

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4. World Bank's First Implementation Report on Access to Information (AI) Released!
The first Access to Information Policy Progress report was released on December 17, six months after the historic launch of the policy. The report outlines the implementation arrangements prior to July 1, 2010, when the policy became effective, as well as the key highlights in the actual implementation process through September 30, 2010. The report also monitors the implementation of the AI Policy, including compliance and public outreach matters. More...


5. Call for Nominations! – CSO Representatives Sought for WB-CSO Consultative Group on Health
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. We have extended the call for nominations, thus forms should be accompanied by CVs and sent to hnpcso@worldbank.org by January 7, 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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6. Bank Signals Concern with Disputed Election Results in Ivory Coast
In a joint press statement issued on December 5, the World Bank and the African Development Bank expressed "great concern and frustration" with the disputed poll in Ivory Coast. According to the statement this was a long-awaited elections which were supposed to usher in peace, stability and a basis for improved governance and inclusive growth that reflects participation of all of Cote d’Ivoire. While pledging to support the efforts being made by the African Union and the international partners to bring the crisis to a quick and peaceful resolution, the institutions said they will continue to closely monitor developments and reassess the usefulness and effectiveness of their development programs in the country. More... 


7. Bank Vice President Debates Development Policy with European CSOs
World Bank Vice President for External Relations, Caroline Anstey, participated in a panel discussion on the future of development cooperation alongside government officials and CSO leaders in Brussels on December 6, 2010. The session titled “New Policy Challenges” was held during the 5th edition of the European Development Days in Brussels. The session focused on new policy challenges for development cooperation, particularly the role of the EU and European stakeholders. Panelists addressed two main issues: what are enabling factors for inclusive and sustainable growth; and the need for additional resources for development policy. Speaking on the theme of inclusive and sustainable growth, Ms. Anstey called on donors to give greater emphasis on strengthening of safety nets and programs that protect the poor. More... 

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8. CSOs Participate in Innovative Project Supervision Mission in Nigeria
As the emphasis on monitoring for results and aid effectiveness continue to grow, collaboration with local communities and CSOs is also gaining strength. This is demonstrated recently by an independent report from a Nigerian group of CSOs who have participated in joint project supervision missions alongside Bank staff and government officials. FADAMA is an irrigation and agriculture project funded by IDA that aims to help farmers increase their incomes. It is in the third phase after two successful cycles which helped raise income by 63 percent for over 3 million farm families in 12 Nigerian States. This is an innovative example of increased Bank, government, CSO collaboration to strengthen aid effectiveness and development impact. More... 


9. Siemens Funding CSO Anti-Corruption Programs as Part of Corruption Settlement
Siemens AG on December 9 announced the first anti-corruption projects that will receive financing from the US$100 million integrity initiative geared to promoting clean markets. This initiative is part of the World Bank-Siemens AG comprehensive corruption settlement that was agreed on July 2, 2009 after a World Bank investigation of a project in Russia involving a Siemens subsidiary. The first tranche of $40 million will be spread among 30 projects, including $3.1 million for an initiative by the Brazilian organization Instituto Ethos to monitor infrastructure contracts for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games, both in Brazil. More...

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10. Bank Helps Launch International Corruption Hunters Network
Taking anticorruption enforcement to a new level, the World Bank announced on December 3, a 12-year debarment against Kwaplah International Trading for engaging in corrupt and fraudulent practices in Bank-financed projects. This is the second-longest debarment since the Bank began sanctioning firms in 1999. The Bank also announced its first cross-debarments, sanctioning 12 companies previously debarred by the Asian Development Bank. This announcement came on the heels of the launch of the International Corruption Hunters Network which took place December 6 – 8 at the World Bank’s headquarters. The global network which comprise over 200 investigators, prosecutors, and officials from 40 countries aims to uncover and stop corruption around the globe. More…


11. Bank Participates in Global Foundation Conference
Massimiliano Paolucci of the Bank’s Rome Office participated in the most recent annual conference of the Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) held in Como, Italy. He joined representatives from the InterAmerican Development Bank and the Global Fund for Community Foundation in a panel discussion on how multilaterals banks engage with CSOs and policymakers. Participants noted the Bank’s efforts to improve transparency and promote greater dialogue with civil society, particularly through the Open Data Initiative and the Access to Information Policy. Many, however, commented on how existing legal and institutional constraints impede partnerships between CSOs and multilateral agencies. More...

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12. Bank Partners With CSOs to Address Gender Inequalities
The World Bank Country Office in the Dominican Republic is building a coalition of CSOs trainers to help train grassroots organizations to implement action plans on gender mainstreaming in 3 pilot municipalities in the DR. The focus on gender-sensitive local development plans and projects is not just in relation to the new Gender Action Plan (GAP) framework of the World Bank, but also reinforces other ongoing demand for good governance projects supported by the World Bank in the country. More...


13. Bank Joins CSOs to Celebrate 2010 Human Rights Day
Yuvan A. Beejadhur, Counselor at the World Bank’s Office of the Special Representative to the UN (EXTUN) in New York, spoke on a panel to celebrate Human Rights Day on December 10. The event was organized by the Communications Coordination Committee for the United Nations (CCCUN), a CSO established in 1946. The panel titled “Cross Cutting Issues in Human Rights and Global Well-Being” addressed human rights from the perspective of discrimination of persons with disabilities, the right to health for women, access to clean water and a healthy environment, peace and security, international human rights law, and financing strategies and opportunities for development. Yuvan spoke on the issue of rethinking development: renaissance or reform. See The Epoch Times report of the event…http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/46914/

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14. World Bank Reducing Environmental Footprint
The World Bank’s efforts to reduce its own global environmental footprint have led to major reductions in the institution’s resource consumption. Improving energy and water efficiency at Washington DC and country offices, reducing travel by increasing meetings via video-conferencing, and pursuing green building certification in new and rehabilitated buildings are some of the ways the institution has been actively managing its corporate environmental footprint since 2002. As a result, overall greenhouse gas emissions from Bank’s buildings in the United States are down by seven percent between 2008 and 2009, water usage by four percent, landfill waste by eight percent, and paper consumption by a significant 15 percent. This is a result of an eight-year sustainability push which on November 23, 2010 resulted in a launch of the Bank’s new Corporate Responsibility website. More...

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

Mobile Banking Goes Viral in Kenya
More than 70% of adults own a mobile phone in Sub-Saharan Africa, yet less than 20% have access to financial services. Telecom company Safaricom is changing this through its mobile banking services, “M-Pesa”, the first mobile money application to reach scale in Kenya. M-Pesa enables users to open a savings account and earn interest, withdraw money from an ATM machine (no ATM card necessary), and conduct a host of other transactions just with their mobile phones. More...


EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Largest Dam Heralds New Era For Laos:
The largest hydropower project in Laos has opened a ‘new era’ in the country's development. The dam in central Laos was the first major hydroelectric project supported by the World Bank after a long hiatus in the face of criticism that dams harm communities and the environment. In a world with 1.5 billion people lacking access to electricity and one where the impact of climate change is increasingly being felt, if done properly hydropower can offer clean, affordable, renewable, and reliable electricity access to help drive economic growth, poverty reduction, and sustainable development. The World Bank estimates the project will account for almost 40 percent of Laos' economic growth this year. More...

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

The World Bank Supports Russia’s Government Efforts to Improve Financial Literacy, Education, and Consumer Protection of Citizens
In order to assist the Russian Government in its continued efforts to improve the financial literacy of Russian citizens and their protection as financial consumers, the Bank Board of Executive Directors on December 7 approved a US$25 million loan for the Financial Education and Financial Literacy Project for the Russian Federation. The Project will establish access to critical financial information presented in a simple manner and with extensive use of the modern technologies, and will help people in making informed decisions regarding personal finance and protecting their rights on the financial market place. More...


LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Social Accountability Through Mobile Technology Get Widespread Acceptance in the Dominican Republic.
The World Bank’s program for strengthening civil society in the Dominican Republic has gained new momentum with the launching on December 9, 2010 of the Municipal Participatory Budgeting through Mobile Technology in two pilot municipalities of the country. The project coordinator and Senior Governance Specialist Boris Weber at the World Bank Institute, highlighted that the project will reinforce civic engagement, reduce the gap between local authorities and citizens, and increase social accountability at all levels. More… 

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Spurring Collaboration Across the Arab World
Mahmoud Mohielden, Managing Director of the World Bank Group paid his first visit to Yemen since his October appointment. His trip was focused on building an understanding of the economic and social development issues and challenges faced by Yemenis as well as an exploratory talk about how collaboration across the Arab world can help the agenda of this developing nation between the Red and Arabian seas. He and his delegation also met representatives of the donor community, leaders of various interest groups, such as Members of Parliament, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academia and the media. More...



SOUTH ASIA

More than 98% of India’s Children now have Access to a Primary School within 1 Kilometer of Home.
Through the support of the World Bank's IDA Fund, India has achieved dramatic results in education. Today there are only 5 million children out of school, compared to 25 million in 2003. Transition rates from primary to upper primary school rose from 75% in 2002 to 84% in 2007. IDA (The International Development Association) which is the World Bank's fund for the poorest, over the last decade has worked with South Asian Countries and countries around the world to achieve basic services and strengthen institutional weaknesses. For specific results in South Asia see...
http://www.worldbank.org/ida/sar_factsheet.html

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JOBS

Social Development Specialist, Washington, DC (International Hire )
The Strategy, Gender and Special Initiatives (SGSI) Team is one of five thematic teams in the Social Development Department (SDV) of the Sustainable Development Network (SDN) . The team is looking for a Social Development Specialist (GF-level) for a term position who will help the team develop analytical and operational tools in order to achieve the goals formulated under the new multi-donor fund for poverty and social impact analysis. S/he will support the team’s efforts to strengthen the effective use of poverty, social and distributional analysis in guiding the Bank’s policy dialogue and program lending; and s/he will support the strengthening of client country capacity to implement and use the results of poverty, social and distributional analysis to inform national policies. Closing date January 7, 2011. To Apply, visit.... 

Senior Public Sector Management Specialist, Washington, DC (International Hire )
The World Bank Latin America and the Caribbean Region's Public Sector Unit (LCSPS) is seeking a Senior Public Sector Management Specialist to be based in Washington, DC. This senior specialist will contribute to the work of LCSPS primarily in the area of tax administration, and at least two of the following areas: i) performance management including performance-informed budgeting; ii) policy-making and implementation; iii) decentralization, the candidate will also be expected to make a broader contribution to policy dialogue concerning all aspects of public management and governance at the national and sub-national levels. Closing date January 7, 2011. More...

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ON THE BLOGS / PODCASTS

A World of Action in Cancun: Don't Listen to Your Grandma
Andrew Steer, the new World Bank Climate Change Envoy blogged about his recent experience in Cancun: “Negotiators have worked through the past three nights in search of agreements that all nations can sign up to. At 3 am this morning they reached consensus on a package of decisions that represents progress in the journey towards a global deal. Your Grandma no doubt told you that patience is a virtue. Don’t believe her. When climate change threatens to steal the future, we need to act now. Developing countries urgently need a strong comprehensive global deal on climate. But they’re not waiting for it”. More... 

"Training with the Enemy: How CSOs Are Improving Bank Staff’s Ability to Engage with Civil Society"
John Garrison of the Bank’s Civil Society Team blogs about a new found collaboration between the Bank and CSOs on training Bank staff to improve their capacity to engage with civil society. While some staff of the World Bank and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) may have considered each other ‘enemy combatants’ on the proverbial policy battlefield some years back, today many are collaborating in joint training efforts geared to improving relations. This does not mean that the Bank and CSOs will agree on all issues, but they will at least be able to communicate better and hopefully build greater trust going forward. More... 

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS

FDI into Developing Countries Expected to Increase by 17 Percent in 2010
The World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) recently launched a new report titled: “World Investment and Political Risk”. The report reveals that investors from the extractive industries, as well as those based in developing countries, are particularly bullish in their investment intentions. It also underlines the important role of FDI in conflict-affected and fragile economies where investors are primarily concerned about adverse government intervention rather than overt political violence. More...

Bank Launches Youth Employment Inventory
The Youth Employment Inventory is a global knowledge repository that identifies effective approaches to promote youth employment. The database comprises more than 300 youth employment programs from around 90 countries and documents range from interventions for improving the labor market information base (counseling, job search skills) to programs that aim to increase the demand for youth labor (wage subsidies and public works) and those focusing on improving chances for young entrepreneurs (providing financial, technical, and training assistance). More...

Climate Finance Information at Your Fingertips Through New WB and UNDP Website
Developing countries often face an information gap as they search around for funds to support their climate change development needs. The World Bank Group and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have jointly developed a web-based knowledge platform in close cooperation with the UNFCCC Secretariat to help these countries and all stakeholders identify critical sources of funding to combat climate change. The new website was launched at the recent United Nations Climate Conference in Cancun. According to Andrew Steer, World Bank Group Special Envoy for Climate Change; "this website disentangles the spaghetti, providing user-friendly information that will help officials, NGOs and entrepreneurs to tap into finance with a minimum of fuss." More... 

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