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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - May 2011

1. Reflections on ‘Arab Spring’ at Center of CS Policy Forum
2. Food Prices Also Highlighted at 2011 Spring Meetings
3. Bank Launches Report on Impact of Violence on Development
4. More Countries Closer to Millennium Development Goals
5. JOB POSTING: World Bank Civil Society Advisor
6. CSOs in Africa Seek Closer Dialogue with World Bank
7. Zoellick Visits Morocco and Pledges Support for Reform and Civic Participation
8. World Reconstruction Conference Commits to Concrete Steps
9. Dani Rodrik of Harvard Speaks at the Bank on Need for New Industrial Policies
10. Bank Announces Winners of First “Apps for Development” Competition
11. Enforcing Accountability: World Bank Negotiated Resolution Debars Seven Indonesian Firms
12. Malaria Campaign: Mosquito Nets Help Against Malaria
 


REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS
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1. Reflections on ‘Arab Spring’ at Center of CS Policy Forum
Civil society participation in the 2011 Spring Meetings was substantive and significant. Some 330 CSO representatives from 54 countries participated in the Spring Meetings, the largest number ever. The IMF and WB sponsored 35 CSO and Youth Leaders from developing countries to attend, the majority being from the Middle East. The Civil Society Policy Forum, held from April 13 – 16, comprised 40 dialogue sessions involving over 150 Bank, Fund, and CSO speakers. The highlight of the CS Forum were sessions led by youth leaders from Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries which focused on the global impacts and future of the democratic movements in the Middle East. More... 

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2. Food Prices Also Highlighted at 2011 Spring Meetings
Food prices have risen 36% since last year, causing pain and suffering for poor people around the world. The impacts of recent price volatility was discussed in several venues during the Spring Meetings including: the WB – CSO Food Roundtable featuring Mr. Zoellick and some 80 CSO representatives; the “Put Food First: Open Forum on the Food Crisis” which used social media to involve thousands of participants worldwide; and within the Bank’s Development Committee which flagged rising food prices as a major concern in its final communiqué.

WB - CSO Food Roundtable 
Open Forum on Food Crisis
Development Committee's Communiqué 


3. Bank Launches Report on Impact of Violence on Development
More than 1.5 billion people live in countries affected by violent conflict. The World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security and Development, launched during the Spring Meetings, examines the changing nature of violence in the 21st century, and underlines the negative impact of repeated cycles of violence on a country or region’s development prospects. The risk of major violence is greatest when high levels of stress, political, security or economic, combine with weak and illegitimate institutions. The Report is based on new research, case studies, and extensive consultations with leaders and development practitioners throughout the world.
Download WDR Report
Play webcast of two panel discussions.

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4. More Countries Closer to Millennium Development Goals
Two-thirds of developing countries are on track to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), says the newly released World Bank report, the Global Monitoring Report 2011. The report, which was launched during the April Spring Meetings, delves into country performance, revealing a diverse yet hopeful picture of progress toward the MDGs. The report called on donors to build on this success and help countries make the next step through investments in effective service delivery. More…


5. JOB POSTING: World Bank Civil Society Advisor
The World Bank has been working since 1981 to strengthen its engagement with civil society since. The rationale for that engagement has grown even stronger with the recognition that civil society organizations can be pivotal actors in public policy and in effective development. The External Affairs Vice Presidency (EXT) is seeking an experienced and dynamic professional to lead the Bank’s engagement with CSOs, and to head a small civil society team based in the Bank's Washington DC headquarters. This vacancy was advertised on May 16 and will close on June 5, 2011. For details and to apply, visit.... 

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6. CSOs in Africa Seek Closer Dialogue with World Bank
World Bank Vice President for the Africa Region, Obiageli Ezekwesili, held an extensive dialogue session with African CSOs in the run up to the Spring Meetings. The meeting took place via video conference with over 200 CSOs based in 18 African countries. The CSOs pointed to a number of salient issues on which they seek the Bank’s support: more access to data in their respective countries; resources to support CSOs; youth unemployment programs; greater support to agriculture; and effective monitoring of resources to avoid corruption and waste. The VP reiterated that the Bank is changing with the times, and in the last year has accelerated its engagement with CSOs. More...


7. Zoellick Visits Morocco and Pledges Support for Reform and Civic Participation
Mr. Zoellick visited several countries in the Middle East and North African in the first week of May. One of the countries visited was Morocco where Mr. Zoellick met with King Mohammed VI, other government officials, and representatives of civil society. He discussed Morocco’s reform agenda within the context of the historic changes occurring across the Middle East and North Africa. According to Mr. Zoellick Morocco’s decade-long trend of solid economic growth could be expanded through further reform and greater civic participation. More...

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8. World Reconstruction Conference Commits to Concrete Steps 
The first World Reconstruction Conference concluded on May 13 in Geneva with an agreement to move forward with a framework for international cooperation in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. Around 3000 delegates attended the conference, including representatives of governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, the private sector, and think tanks. The World Reconstruction Conference was organized by the World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). Over 100 leading experts from 30 countries and 80 institutions provided state-of-the-art thematic and high-level policy sessions at the event, on every aspect of disaster recovery and reconstruction. Read more...



9. Dani Rodrik of Harvard Speaks at the Bank on Need for New Industrial Policies
Bank Senior Communications Officer, Merrell Tuck-Primdahl, writes in her blog about the lecture given at the Bank prior to the Spring Meetings by Harvard Professor Dani Rodrik on structural change and growth. Given the multi-speed paths that regions and countries take as they transform, Rodrik argues that it may be time to consider new industrial and labor policies to ensure that a huge swath of the lower middle class in the developing world doesn’t get left behind in the race to compete in today’s unforgiving global marketplace. See blog and interview.

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10. Bank Announces Winners of First “Apps for Development” Competition
WBG President Robert Zoellick announced the winners of the Bank’s “Apps for Development” Competition during the Spring Meetings. The winner, selected from over 100 entries from 36 countries, was StatPlanet World Bank (Australia) which allows users to select from among the 3000+ indicators covering virtually every dimension of economic, social, and human development, and display them in countless manners. This app can be used even without Internet connectivity, via a desktop version of the app. Other winning entries allow users to build a multiple-dimension index of human development and track MDG results by country. More… 

Awards for World changing Apps Video, Apps for Development Application Gallery 


11. Enforcing Accountability: World Bank Negotiated Resolution Debars Seven Indonesian Firms
The World Bank recently debarred seven Indonesian firms, following investigations by the Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) and the firms’ acknowledged misconduct relating to two separate projects in Indonesia. Under a negotiated resolution agreement, the consulting firm PT Lenggogeni was declared ineligible to participate in Bank-financed activities for a period of three years, and may be released from debarment after that period, provided it implements an effective corporate compliance program and fully cooperates with the World Bank. More... 

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12. Malaria Campaign: Mosquito Nets Help Against Malaria
Since 2005, the World Bank has financed 73.8 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets in Africa, with encouraging results. Eleven African countries have reduced malaria cases, or hospital admissions and deaths, by more than 50% in the last ten years. Malaria control activities have also intensified in other parts of the world, such as India, due to policy reforms supported by the World Bank. In Latin America, scaled-up malaria control has led to malaria cases falling by more than 50% in nine countries. More... 



REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

Technology Helps African Citizens Hold Their Governments to Account
The rapid explosion of mobile phones and Internet connections mark the landscape of many African cities today. Many municipalities are taking advantage of the rise of these technologies to fight corruption and improve the lives of their residents. An example of this trend is the municipality in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia’s capital, is using Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to create urban planning proposals, arrange public services, and devise 'targeted' revenue models. More... 

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Promoting Access to Education for Girls in Timor-Leste
Women in Timor-Leste account for only one in three students in higher education, and of these just 20% go on to graduate. A radio show in Timor-Leste aims to combat attitudes that prevent young girls from completing school. Working with the Ministry of Education, the World Bank launched in March 2011 an eight-part behaviour change radio drama in order to combat some of these issues. Titled Anastasia, the drama demonstrates how the benefits gained through a young woman’s education positively affect her entire family and society at large. Read more...


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Serbia Increases the Number of Its Poor Families Receiving Cash Transfers
With the help of a World Bank facility recently approved by its Board of Directors, the government of Serbia plans to adopt a new Social Welfare Law, which would enable a 25% increase in the coverage of the poor with a cash transfer. This operation will also improve public administration; make pension system more sustainable; and introduce reforms in public expenditure and debt management. More... 

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Does Latin America Have the Recipe to End the Food Crisis?
Carlos Molina, a Communications Officer in the Latin American and the Caribbean region of the World Bank in this blog reviews a new report by the Bank which highlights the region's potential to help solve the food crisis given its huge natural resources -land, water- and agricultural expertise. More…


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Data for Improved Governance in the Arab World
What cannot be measured cannot be diagnosed and improved. In this blog, Caroline Freund, uses cases about health systems, household incomes, and labor markets, to argue that improving governance in the Arab world requires strengthening data collection efforts and providing public access to data. The release of available data on households, labor, and firms would be a relatively easy but very important first step in showing more transparent governance. Read more...

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 SOUTH ASIA

Revitalizing Afghanistan's Private Sector Development
The World Bank recently approved a $22 million grant to help revitalize Afghanistan’s private sector. The Afghanistan New Market Development Project will pilot a business development program in the four urban centers of Kabul, which are the major hubs of economic activities in the city. It will help enterprises in these centers to gain market knowledge, improve the quality of their products, boost their productive capacity, acquire new technologies, and develop and implement business plans to increase their presence in both the domestic and export markets. More... 


JOBS

Program Analyst - Financial Management Unit (Local Hire - Washington, DC)
InfoDev (www.infodev.org) is a Global Partnership Program housed in the Finance and Private Sector Vice Presidency (FPDVP) of the World Bank Group. Its strategic goal is to promote the growth of technology enterprises to enhance sustainable inclusive growth, competiveness and jobs. infoDev is currently implementing an ambitious work program, which includes a Climate Technology Program. InfoDev is seeking to hire one or more Program Analysts to assist the project management team in implementing its programs. Closing date for all applications is May 29, 2011. For selection criteria and to apply, visit... 

For More Job Opportunities at the World Bank, visit...

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EVENTS

Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE)
At this year’s Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), to be held in Paris on May 30-June 1, the World Bank will be leading other economic thinkers and policy makers to discuss the overall theme of Broadening Opportunities for Development. Tackling the challenges of the global financial crisis and recent social turmoils require a clear understanding of how economic opportunities can be broadened to ensure faster poverty reduction, promote human development, and stimulate inclusive growth. More... 

 

About Change: Art Exhibitions Opens at the World Bank
The World Bank Art Program is hosting a ten week exhibitions of contemporary art from Latin America and the Caribbean. The event kicks off on May 18, 2011 with an Opening reception and a Panel Discussion of the social context of art from the Latin America and the Caribbean Region in a Changing World. To learn more about the event, please contact: Anne Dronnier, (202) 473-2253; adronnier@worldbank.org or visit www.worldbank.org/artprogram.

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ON THE BLOGS

A New Social Contract with Civil Society?
The recent democratic uprisings in the Middle East served as the backdrop for a major speech given by World Bank President Robert Zoellick on the emerging role of civil society. In this blog, John Garrison of the Civil Society Team argues that the speech marks a milestone in Bank – CSO relations, although it is not clear to where it might lead. More…


Four Ways to Ensure Growth in Africa's Agriculture Sector
With only one-fourth of Africa’s arable land currently in use, accounting for a mere 10% of global food production, the World Bank’s Africa Vice President, Ms. Ezekwesili writes in this blog that an agriculture and agri-business sector in full bloom is likely to result in transformational change in the lives of the world’s bottom billion. More… 

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

A - Z of Development Results
Helping countries achieve results is at the heart of the World Bank’s work. We are working with our country partners to better document what we are achieving together. See a snapshot of our impact.

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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: 2011-05-18




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