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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - January 2011

 

CONTENT

1. World Bank - CSOs Discuss 2010 Aid Transparency Assessment Report
2. GEP: World Bank Says Most Developing Countries Have Recovered From Crisis, Projects Steady Global Growth
3. Zoellick: Food Price Volatility Raising Concern Anew
4. One Year after the Earthquake, Haiti is Moving Forward
5. One Year of Dominican CSO Solidarity Towards Haiti
6. World Bank Assisting Southern Sudan Get on Its Feet
7. World Bank Helps Mexico Reach Educational MDG
8. Review and Update of IFC Sustainability Framework
9. MIGA Report Reveals Investor Sentiment, Highlights Political Risk Perceptions in Conflict-affected and Fragile Economies
10. WB Workshop Addresses Poverty and Development Among Indigenous Peoples
11. International Cooperation Is Helping Developing Countries Recover Stolen Assets
12. Watch Video: Wolfensohn Reflects on His 10 Years at the WB 
 

 

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

 

1. World Bank - CSOs Discuss 2010 Aid Transparency Assessment Report
The World Bank and Publish What You Fund co-sponsored a Panel Discussion on the Aid Transparency Assessment for 2010 on December 8, 2010 at Bank headquarters. The panel was chaired by Susanna Moorehead (Executive Director for the United Kingdom) and included representatives from the Fund, World Bank, and the Bank Information Center. There were some 50 persons in attendance including Bank staff, CSO representatives, and experts in aid transparency. A thoughtful discussion followed the panel presentations on a number of important issues. More... 

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2. GEP: World Bank Says Most Developing Countries Have Recovered From Crisis, Projects Steady Global Growth
The world economy is moving from a post-crisis phase of recovery to slower but still solid growth this year and next, with developing countries contributing almost half of global growth, says the World Bank’s recently released Global Economic Prospects (GEP) 2011. The World Bank estimates that global gross domestic product, which expanded by 3.9% in 2010, will slow to 3.3% in 2011, before it reaches 3.6% in 2012. Developing countries are expected to grow 7% in 2010, 6% in 2011 and 6.1% in 2012. They will continue to outstrip growth in high-income countries, which is projected at 2.8% in 2010, 2.4% in 2011 and 2.7% in 2012. More…


3. Zoellick: Food Price Volatility Raising Concern Anew
In a January 5, 2011 Financial Times op-ed, World Bank President Robert Zoellick urges the G20 to act to ensure global food availability. Without such action, he says, people in poor countries will be deprived of adequate and nutritious food, with tragic consequences. In the Op-Ed titled, “Free Markets Can Still Feed the World”, Mr. Zoellick pointed out that with food accounting for a large and volatile share of tight family budgets in the poorest countries, rising prices are re-emerging as a threat to global growth and social stability. He urged the G20 to agree to put food first - because food is the essence of life, and because practical action by the G20 could help make a real difference to hundreds of millions of people. more… See also World Bank's response to the Food Crisis.

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4. One Year after the Earthquake, Haiti is Moving Forward
The World Bank Group’s response to Haiti’s deadly earthquake has been swift and focused on helping the country recover through community-based initiatives, and rebuilding government capacity. In March 2010, the Bank pledged $479 million in support for the next 24 months. Two thirds of this - $340 million - has already been allocated. The World Bank has disbursed $128 million or $11 million per month for projects such as: emergency aid (food supplements, school feeding, canal clearing, hurricane shelter); budget support (to help the government close its 2009-2010 fiscal gap); reconstruction (transport infrastructure, government facilities, and rural water systems, debris removal, and community projects); as well as long term investments to improve education, agriculture, electricity, and the private sector. More...


5. One Year of CSO Dominican Solidarity Towards Haiti
Dominican CSOs solidarity to Haiti shows concrete and significant results. The “Support to Haiti” Program sponsored with the World Bank’s Civil Society Fund special emergency window for Haiti has just been concluded and an official closing event will be held on January 27th to share the outcomes to a broader public. Despite the difficult implementing environment – including a cholera outbreak, elections, and reduction of trade – the Program was able to reach 12.817 people. More than 300 promoters were trained in preventive health and disaster management, and more than 16 thousands brochures, educational and training material on reproductive health and disaster management and prevention were distributed in Creole and Spanish in 20 communities, through 8 networks of Haitian and Dominican CSOs operating on the border. More…

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6. World Bank Assisting Southern Sudan Get on Its Feet
In 2005 when the Bank started partnering with South Sudan’s semi-autonomous government to achieve its development goals, Juba the capital of the semi-autonomous Government of Southern Sudan (GoSS) had no buildings in which its employees could work. But there were numerous wild mango trees, which provided shade from the blazing sun. This was where World Bank staff regularly met with their counterparts in the newly formed GoSS, to forge a new path after decades of conflict and neglect. Today, Juba is almost unrecognizable with bustling markets, two-lane paved roads, and even traffic jams which was an unfathomable concept in 2005. Watch how a World Bank-administered program is winning the fight against malaria in the country. FAQs: World Bank and Sudan (pdf). More… 


7. World Bank Helps Mexico Reach Educational MDG
Mexico has achieved universal primary education and gender equality, meeting the education-related Millennium Development Goal (MDG). With the World Bank support, the country has created a targeted scholarship program for poor students, provided grants to 39,000 schools and training to 120,000 teachers; thereby strengthening the contribution of its education system in the knowledge economy. The Bank has pledged its continued support in helping the country to focus on improving access and equity while increasing the quality of the education system to remain competitive in a changing global environment. More… 

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8. Review and Update of IFC Sustainability Framework:
IFC is now in the final phase of the review and update of its Sustainability Framework, which is comprised of its Sustainability Policy, Performance Standards for clients, and new Access to Information Policy. Consultations with stakeholders on the second, and final, draft of the Framework have been announced after which the proposed policies will be presented to the Board for approval in the spring 2011. IFC is looking forward to your participation as it continues to strengthen its commitment to sound environmental management, social development and leadership in setting standards for the private sector. You can register for the events and find out more information about the review on IFC website: www.ifc.org/policyreview.


9. MIGA Report Reveals Investor Sentiment, Highlights Political Risk Perceptions in Conflict-affected and Fragile Economies
Investors are optimistic about a global economic recovery led by the developing world, notes a report launched last month by the World Bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). World Investment and Political Risk reveals that investors from extractive industries, and those based in developing countries, are particularly bullish. MIGA survey of multinational executives reveals that their top worry in developing countries is political risk—topping business concerns such as market size, finance, and infrastructure. The finding holds in conflict-affected and fragile economies, where investors are primarily concerned about adverse government intervention rather than political violence. Read the Report... 

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10. WB Workshop Addresses Poverty and Development Among Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous Peoples worldwide continue to be among the poorest of the poor and continue to suffer from higher poverty, lower education, and a greater incidence of disease and discrimination than other groups. This is the main finding of the study “Indigenous Peoples, Poverty, and Development” carried out by World Bank and academic researchers from numerous universities. The study offers a "global snapshot" of a set of demographic and social indicators for Indigenous Peoples in seven countries: Central African Republic, China, Congo, Gabon, India, Laos and Vietnam during the first half of the UN's Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. More...


11. International Cooperation Is Helping Developing Countries Recover Stolen Assets
Developing countries lose between $20 billion and $40 billion each year to bribery, embezzlement, and other corrupt practices. Over the past 15 years only $5 billion has been recovered and returned. The Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) – an Initiative of the World Bank Group and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – released on December 16, 2010 a new handbook that provides practitioners with a how-to guide for recovering stolen assets. During the launch of the Handbook in Vienna the World Bank Managing Director Ms. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said that, “In these tough economic times and with corruption such a drain on development, it is vital for countries to have the resources they need to battle this scourge..." For more information and to access the report, please visit www.worldbank.org/star.

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12. Watch Video: Wolfensohn Reflects on His 10 Years at the WB
Jim Wolfensohn returned to the Bank on December 14 for an emotional homecoming and launch of his memoirs, "A Global Life". He shared anecdotes and reflections from his childhood in Sydney to his time as an investment banker and 10 year stint as World Bank president, an experience he claims was the highlight of his life. In the book he cites debt relief, anti-corruption agenda, comprehensive development approaches, and opening the Bank up to civil society as some of the achievements which took place under his watch at the Bank. More...


 
REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

 

AFRICA

World Bank Supports Health Sector Rehabilitation in Democratic Republic of Congo
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on December 20, 2010 approved an additional grant of US$ 80 million for an existing Health Sector Rehabilitation in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This additional grant will help bridge the funding gap in the government’s effort to scale up malaria control and potentially reach universal bed net coverage by the end of 2011. Malaria is the most common cause of illness in the DRC, contributing to maternal and child mortality. Activities to be covered by the grant include providing approximately 8.4 million long-lasting insecticidal bed nets and delivering malaria control services (including prevention, diagnosis, and treatment) to pregnant women and infants in health zones supported by the project. More…

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Enforcing Accountability: World Bank Ensures an Italian Company Pays Restitution to Indonesia
In the wake of C. Lotti and Associati Societa’ di Ingegneria S.p.A. (Lotti)'s acknowledged misconduct in a World Bank investigation relating to a Bank-financed public works project in the water sector in Indonesia, the Bank applied the full weight of its debarment policies on the Italian company. For the first time, the Bank included restitution payment in resolving an investigation into fraud in a Bank-financed project. The restitution amount of US$350,000 represents the unjustified payments received by Lotti as well as its partners as a result of fraudulent invoicing. More...

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

World Bank Helps Armenia Support It’s Poor and Become More Competitive
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on January 11, 2011 approved a loan of US$ 25 million to help Armenia protect the poor, support greater human capital development, and strengthen competitiveness and private sector development. The loan represents the second in a series of three operations designed to support the Government of Armenia in meeting its strategic objectives. This operation will support the protection of pro-poor spending in the state budget; the targeting of social safety net programs; increased access to pre-school programs in poor communities; and improve efficiency of health services delivery through the introduction of performance-based contracting for treatment of non-communicable diseases. More...

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Colombia: $150 Million for Humanitarian Aid and Reconstruction
The Bank announced the immediate disbursement of $150 million to support Colombia in the face of a humanitarian emergency following the country’s worst rainy season in decades that has affected more than two million persons. This is a Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat DDO) loan, which functions as a line of credit to provide countries with immediate access to financing following a natural disaster. This gives the government the flexibility to use the funds only if needed. More...

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

World Bank Discusses Collaboration with the Arab League in Areas of Human Development, Infrastructure and Financing SME’s
Mahmoud Mohieldin, who joined the World Bank Group as Managing Director in October 2010 continued his first official visit to the Arab World. On December 26, 2010 he led a mission to Cairo to discuss strengthening cooperation and partnership with the League of Arab States within the framework of the World Bank's Arab World Initiative (AWI). The AWI is an approach to the countries of the Arab League to support economic cooperation and knowledge sharing across the Arab world. Mohieldin met with Amr Moussa (Secretary General of the League of Arab States) to discuss potential areas of cooperation between the Bank and LAS member countries. More...

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SOUTH ASIA

Afghanistan’s Growth Remains Strong
Afghanistan’s growth outlook for 2010/11 is cautiously optimistic, with GDP growth of 8.5-9%, and inflation around the government’s target of 5% assuming banking sector losses are contained. Real GDP growth remained strong, at 22.5% in 2009/10, but volatile due to agricultural output. The driver of the economy continues to be private consumption due to high demand for goods and services from the increasing donor funding, the security economy, and an estimated external budget of around US$4 billion. More…

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JOBS

Senior Education Specialist (Washington DC)
The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is the main organizational unit in the World Bank Group providing evaluation and feedback on the development effectiveness of Bank activities in client countries. IEG is independent of Bank management and reports directly to the Board of Executive Directors, with day-to-day oversight by the Board’s Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE). The IEG's Public Sector Department is seeking to hire a Sr. Education Specialist to undertake sector, thematic and project based evaluations of World Bank engagement in the education sector. The candidate should have an advanced degree in education or related other social science discipline relevant to education and at least 10 years of relevant professional experience. Closing date is January 31, 2011. More...

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EVENTS

Art and Technology exhibit, Location: The World Bank. 1818 H St NW Washington DC, 20433.
The World Bank Art Program is unveiling “What’s on your Mind? Narratives of the counterfeit persona”, on January 27, 2011.The exhibit consists of video and robotics installations and interactive animation by 40 artists from Latin America and the Caribbean region and by Chilean artist /Professor Edgar Endress. (Ends March 4, 2011). Pre-opening seminar: 5:00pm to 6:30pm in Room MC- C2 800. Opening reception: 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the MC Atrium. RSVP by January 24, 2010: artprogram@worldbank.org, External guests must present photo identification at the visitors entrance: 700 18 ST N.W.

 

Fellowships available for training course Citizen Participation & Accountability:
The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (NUFFIC) offers the opportunity to apply for a fellowship for this training course, as part of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP) for short courses. This two-week training course will be held in The Hague, The Netherlands from 12 to 23 September 2011. More... 

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ON THE BLOGS

The Day After Tomorrow: Will We Ever Trust the State?
This is the fourth in a series of blogs by Otaviano Canuto, the World Bank Vice President for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, where he and his colleagues take a look at the issues and the countries that will be at the forefront of the development agenda, not now, not next year, but over the next 2 to 5 years—thus, “after tomorrow”. More... 

 

Working With Those Who Can
A video/blog entry by Antonio Lambino based on a recent learning event organized by the World Bank, entitled “The Political Economy of Reform: Moving from Analysis to Action.” Featured in the video is Kapil Kapoor, World Bank Country Manager for Zambia, a champion for in-country engagement. According to Kapil, "… I think we need to be paying much more attention to civil society groups. Over the longer term, there is no substitute from the people of a particular country putting pressure on their own governments to improve service delivery, to improve accountability, to improve transparency..." More...

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

The Road to Results: Designing and Conducting Effective Development Evaluations
This comprehensive text is an essential tool for those involved in development evaluation. It presents concepts and procedures for evaluation in a development context. It provides procedures and examples on how to set up a monitoring and evaluation system, how to conduct participatory evaluations and do social mapping, and how to construct a "rigorous" quasi-experimental design to answer an impact question. More...

 

The Development Marketplace Launches a New Website
This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Development Marketplace (DM). The DM is a World Bank initiatives that provides early stage grant funding to support testing and development of innovative initiatives. To date, out of 20,000+ entrants, the Development Marketplace has selected over 1,000 finalists to participate in its global competitons. Ultimately 220 winners were selected for funding. An additional 1,000+ winners have been supported under national level competitions. More...

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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: 2011-01-18




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