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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - June 2011

1. Mr. Zoellick Speaks at CSO Nutrition Conference
2. CSO Consultative Group on HNP Holds First Meeting
3. CSOs Provide Feedback on the Spring Meetings
4. Emerging Issues in Development Policy: CSOs Contribute to World Bank Development Magazine
5. A Call for Feedback on Guidebook to Good Urban Governance
6. World Bank Partners with 40 Mega Cities to Tackle Climate Change
7. World Bank Pledges Up to $6 Billion for Egypt and Tunisia
8. First Ever World Report on Disability Launched
9. Leveraging Trade for Development and Inclusive Growth: World Bank's New Trade Strategy
10. Bank Supports Brazil’s Effort to Step Up Fight Against Extreme Poverty
11. World Bank Plans Early Development Assistance for Southern Sudan
12. Usage of World Bank Data Has Tripled 
 
 

 

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

 

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1. Mr. Zoellick Speaks at CSO Nutrition Conference
Bank President Robert Zoellick spoke at conference on nutrition convened by Bread for the World and Concern Worldwide on June 13 in Washington, DC. Mr. Zoellick participated in a conversational session with David Beckman (Bread CEO), during one of the plenary sessions of the conference titled “1,000 Days to Scale-Up Nutrition for Mothers & Children: Building Political Commitment”. The conference brought together hundreds of food activists from the US and developing countries, to push for increased funding nutrition programs worldwide. More... 

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2. CSO Consultative Group on HNP Holds First Meeting
The first meeting of the World Bank - Civil Society Consultative Group on Health, Nutrition, and Population (CSCG-HNP) was held at Bank headquarters on April 18, 2011, following the Bank-IMF Spring Meetings. The CSCG-HNP is a new mechanism for CSOs and the Bank to engage and share information, lessons-learned, and advice that will inform the Bank's work in the health sector. See the Bank’s website for a summary of the first meeting, and background on the CSCG-HNP. More...
www.worldbank.org/hnp/cso.


3. CSOs Provide Feedback on Spring Meetings
As in previous years, the Bank's Civil Society Team solicited feedback from the over 330 CSO representatives that attended the 2011 Spring Meetings. The survey sought the views of participants regarding logistics, the quality of key events, and the overall usefulness of the CS Forum. In general, respondents gave high marks for logistics, policy sessions, and usefulness of the Civil Society Policy Forum, and also provided useful critique and specific suggestions on how to improve the CS Forum in the future. More...

One of those CSO participants, youth leader Samar Mezghanni of Tunisia, blogged about her impressions of the Spring Meetings wondering why she had been invited to come to Washington Read blog; See also interviews with several participants on their views of the Spring Meetings View video.

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4. Emerging Issues in Development Policy: CSOs Contribute to World Bank Development Magazine
CSO representatives from diverse regions and backgrounds, including Archbishop Njongokulu Ndungane of South Africa, were invited recently to share their views on global development challenges in the Bank’s Development Outreach magazine. While some argued that development has reduced poverty levels, others asserted that the actual number of poor people around the world has grown, or that while economic growth in some countries has raised incomes, this has been accompanied by increased inequality. Their participation reflects the growing presence of civil society voices in Bank policy debate about the pathways to growth, equity, and human dignity. To read or download the magazine, click here.... 


5. A Call for Feedback on Guidebook on Good Urban Governance
In Africa, technology is helping citizens hold their governments accountable. 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. To this effect, the World Bank has drafted a guidebook on the use of ICTs for social accountability and governance in Africa. The team which drafted this report would like to receive feedback from various stakeholders on the quality and usefulness of the guide. It is thus inviting those interested to provide input online before a final version will be released in December 2011. More... 

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6. World Bank Partners with 40 Mega Cities to Tackle Climate Change
A groundbreaking partnership between the World Bank and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) was launched in Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 1, 2011. The C40 is a group of 40 large cities tackling climate change. This partnership aims to help these cities accelerate their current actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more resilient to climate change. The Bank was represented by Mr. Zoellick, who was joined by US President, Bill Clinton and other world leaders. Speaking at the event, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg described the partnership as "unique" and one that would "help solve many of the problems that cities face in obtaining financing for climate-related projects". More... 


7. World Bank Pledges Up to $6 Billion for Egypt and Tunisia
The Bank announced up to $6 billion in support over the next two years for Egypt and Tunisia to help the two post-revolutionary countries modernize their economies. In a statement released prior to the G8 Meeting in France, Mr. Zoellick said the World Bank was working closely with the IMF and other multilateral development banks on an integrated approach to stabilizing and modernizing the economies of the region. Read more... 

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8. First Ever World Report on Disability Launched
The World Health Organization and the World Bank launched the first-ever World Report on Disability on June 9, 2011 at the United Nations in New York. Using data from the World Health Survey and the Global Burden of Disease, the report urges greater investment in services to assist the one billion people who live with disability worldwide. It provides the first global estimates of persons with disabilities since 1970s, and provides an overview of the status of disability in the world. Civil Society Organizations, specifically Disabled People Organizations contributed to the chapter formation, regional reviews of the Report and to its launch. Summaries of the report can be located at www.worldbank.org/disability while the full report and alternate formats are available here... 


9. Leveraging Trade for Development and Inclusive Growth: World Bank's Trade Strategy
Trade is a powerful engine for economic growth and opportunity, and it has been a central feature of the global economic recovery. But even though many countries have benefited greatly from global integration, the gains have been distributed unequally, both between countries and within them. In order to improve the inclusiveness of trade, and to promote its impacts on reducing poverty and inequality, the World Bank Group (WBG) has developed it first Trade Strategy to guide its work over the next decade. The strategy was endorsed last week by the Board of Executive Directors, following a six-month public consultation process in 2010. To access the strategy, click here…

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10. Bank Supports Brazil’s Effort to Step Up Fight Against Extreme Poverty 
In a renewed partnership, Brazil and the World Bank are stepping up their fight to overcome the extreme poverty currently affecting 16 million Brazilians. The Bank will double funding to Brazil next year to the tune of $6 billion to support development programs and continued economic growth, especially in Brazil's less-developed Northeastern region. Bank President made this announcement recently as he attended Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff's newly launched antipoverty initiative in Palacio de Planalto. More... 


11. World Bank Plans Early Development Assistance for Southern Sudan
The World Bank is seeking to provide early assistance to South Sudan given the urgency of challenges faced by the nascent state, as it emerges from over two decades of civil war and embarks on the long journey towards nation building. The South Sudan Transition Trust Fund (SSTTF) builds on the framework of the 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development, which calls for more responsiveness to the needs and opportunities of fragile and conflict-affected situations such as South Sudan. This fund will help provide health care, infrastructure, and employment for the people of South Sudan. More... 

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12. Usage of World Bank Data Has Tripled
The World Bank opened its vast storehouse of data to the public a year ago. Since then, people have come in droves--at the rate of about 100,000 a week--for thousands of free, curated and searchable datasets on education, poverty, health, water access and numerous other indicators. In the last year, the Bank has shared data visualization tools with countries, developed a Mapping for Results application, four iPhone apps, and a new tool for tracking aid flows. More I Watch video


REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

Lighting Africa: Promoting the Use of High Quality, Clean Electricity
Seventy percent of Africans are not connected to a power grid. Because of this, Sub-Saharan Africa spends an estimated US$10.5 billion annually on low-quality, fuel-based lighting such as kerosene and candles. The Lighting Africa program supports the development and distribution of safe, clean, affordable off-grid lighting to Africans not yet connected to a grid. Read more...

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Health Services for the Poor in Lao PDR Gets Additional Support
The World Bank Board of Executive Directors on June 9 approved an additional US$10 million in grant funds to compliment the Bank's earlier support aimed at strengthening Lao’s PDR health sector. Specifically the funds are geared to providing better quality and access to basic healthcare services in remote and poor areas, increasing immunization rates, increasing health workers recruitment, and providing practical on-the-job training. More...



EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Reporters Get Awarded For Uncovering Corruption
It was reported that six journalists in Ukraine have lost their lives in the last decade for working to uncover corruption. It is against this backdrop that the World Bank Country Office in Ukraine recently organized a media contest for regional reporters that write articles on abuse in housing and municipal services. During an award ceremony to the five journalists that won the contest, the World Bank Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus, and Moldova Martin Raiser pointed out that “the fight against corruption is a service for society". According to Mr. Raiser, supporting anti-corruption efforts can be as important as financing projects. More...

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

How Resilient Were Emerging Economies to the Global Crisis?
Recent evidence shows that emerging economics in Latin America were not as resilient to the global economics crisis as previously thought, blogs World Bank research economist for Latin America, Tatiana Didier. Pretty much like in any crisis of huge proportions, the real story of what happened during the global financial crisis is beginning to emerge after the dust has finally settled. Yes, the region weathered the recession well compared to other, emerging and developed, economies and resumed growth faster than many. But it didn't emerge from it largely unscathed as was initially suggested. Read blog... 


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

A Partnership to Bring Remote Sensing Technology to Arab Countries
The World Bank is partnering with NASA and USAID to improve water resource and agricultural management within, and across the Arab countries. With a grant of US$4.59 million from the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the partnership will invest in remote sensing and Earth observation tools that will enhance the capacity of participating countries to monitor local and regional societal issues such as fires, drought, flooding, fresh water availability, evapotranspiration and crop yields. More…

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SOUTH ASIA

Okonjo-Iweala Calls on India to Address Inequality
In a recent speech, the Managing Director of the World Bank, Ms. Okonjo-Iweala reiterated the World's expectation of India as a 21st century economic powerhouse. But for this to happen India needs to address some key challenges in infrastructure, agriculture, education, gender, and governance, said the Managing Director. The India benefiting from the rapid gains of a 9% economic growth rate, needs to be reconciled with the India of 456 million poor people (about one-third of the world’s poor, and more than in all of Sub-Saharan Africa). More… 


JOBS

Program Assistant (Local Hire - Washington, DC)
The Human Development Network (HDN) of the World Bank provides strategic guidance, knowledge, and analytical and operational support for the Bank’s global work on education, health and social protection. HDN is seeking a highly proactive, dynamic and self-motivated Program Assistant who will be a fully integrated member of the HDN Front Office team to provide substantial and important support across a broad array of administrative and transaction processing tasks. Closing date for all applications is July 3, 2011. More... 

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EVENTS

Have Your Voice Heard at the Climate Investment Funds 2011 Partnership Forum (24-25 June, Cape Town)
At the upcoming Climate Investment Funds (CIF) Partnership Forum, the Stakeholder Forum will be producing Outreach, a multi-stakeholder publication on climate change and sustainable development. Acting as a conduit for the multifarious opinions of stakeholders, Outreach aims to empower stakeholders by providing a space to debate issues and share stakeholder views in article format. You are invited to contribute articles on various topics such as: clean technology; deforestation and forest degradation; climate resilience; and renewable energy, etc. For more information and to submit your article, click here...

 

Symposium on Challenges of International Accountability: Lessons from Independent Accountability Mechanisms
On June 24, 2011, the World Bank Inspection Panel and American University Washington College of Law are co-hosting a Symposium on Challenges of International Accountability: Lessons from Independent Accountability Mechanisms featuring leading experts in the field of international accountability mechanisms. For more information about the symposium, please visit www.inspectionpanel.org under “What’s New?”. To RSVP, please follow the instructions at http://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/summer/2011/20110624.cfm, or send an email to atashieva@worldbank.org.

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ON THE BLOGS

Putting Donors Out of Work
"Is everyone involved in development 'working their way out of a job'? Or are some CSOs or donor agencies comfortable in their roles, entrenched in their positions and unwilling to change, even at the risk of eliminating their own work? This blog by Shanthi Kalathil of the Bank’s Communications and Governance Group suggests that the answer is more nuanced than a simple matter of saying yes or no. More... 

 

New Trade Strategy for a New Reality
This blog by Bernard Hoekman, who heads the Bank’s Trade Team, argues that the new World Bank trade strategy focuses on improving the inclusiveness of trade, and to promote its impacts on reducing poverty and inequality. More... 

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

Global Development Horizons 2011 - Your Forecast for the Global Economy through 2025.
Transition to a new world order with more diffuse distribution of economic power is under way. This first edition of a new World Bank flagship report, Global Development Horizons 2011, focuses on three major international economic trends: the shift in the balance of global growth from developed to emerging economies, the rise of emerging-market firms as a force in global business, and the evolution of the international monetary system toward a multicurrency regime. 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



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