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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - July 2011

1. World Bank Group Commits More Than $57 billion to Developing Countries in FY11 
2. Bank – CSOs Celebrate First Year of Access to Information Policy Implementation
3. From “Shouting to Counting” : Supporting Social Accountability in the Arab World
4. Accreditation for 2011 Annual Meetings to Open on July 25
5. CSOs Attend 2011 Climate Investment Funds Partnership Forum
6. Open Development: World Bank Financials is Now Posted Online
7. Bank Experts Respond to Food Forum
8. New Risk Management Product Protects Against Volatile Food Prices
9. World Bank and UNESCO Expand Collaboration on Culture and Sustainable Development
10. Reforestation Projects Bring Carbon Revenues to Poor Communities
11. Inspection Panel Launches Consultation on Operational Effectiveness


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1. World Bank Group Commits More Than $57 billion to Developing Countries in FY11
World Bank Group support to developing countries came in at $57.4 billion during Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011). This investment represented 712 loans, grants, equity investments and guarantees to promote economic growth, fight poverty, and assist private enterprise. This was the third record year of Bank financing in response to the global economic crisis, with total commitments of $189 billion since 2008. More…

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2. Bank – CSOs Celebrate First Year of Access to Information Policy Implementation
On July 1 the Bank and CSOs celebrated the first year anniversary of the Bank's Access to Information (AI) policy, which is considered a milestone by many experts in the disclosure field. Since the AI policy was launched last year, the Bank has disclosed more than 13,000 new documents, resulting in a collection of over 117,000 reports that are accessed by nearly 3,000 worldwide users every day. Chad Dobson, Executive Director of the Bank Information Center (BIC) spoke at the first year anniversary reception and stated that “the World Bank’s Access to Information policy is the gold standard for financial institutions”. More...


3. From “Shouting to Counting”: Supporting Social Accountability in the Arab World
ANSA-Arab World is a regional network of practitioners aimed at supporting active citizen participation in policy formulation, implementation and monitoring of public programs. The network fosters the exchange of ideas among civil society, government, media and the private sector, and raises awareness about the importance of participatory governance and social accountability for improved development results. Read More… 


4. Accreditation for 2011 Annual Meetings to Open on July 25
The 2011 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank will occur on September 23 – 25, 2011. The Civil Society Teams of the IMF and WB will host the Civil Society Policy Forum from September 21 – 24. The online accreditation for CSOs to request accreditation to attend the Annual Meetings will open on Monday, July 25 and close on Monday, September 12. Please visit the Civil Society website for more information.

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5. CSOs Attend 2011 Climate Investment Funds Partnership Forum
The 2011 Climate Investment Funds Partnership Forum in Cape Town, South Africa, drew more than 500 attendees from 79 countries to assess progress on CIF investments, explore ways to scale-up countries’ impact on climate change, and share lessons learned. More than 70 civil society representatives attended the event with many more participating online to discuss green jobs, biodiversity-smart planning for wind farms, and how to finance large-scale, transformative investments. More...


6. Open Development: World Bank Financials is Now Posted Online
As part of its Open Development initiative, the Bank has just launched a website with its financial information. The goal of this website is to make data related to the Bank's financials available to everybody in a social, interactive, visually compelling, and readable format. The data covers portions of the Bank's investments, managed assets on behalf of several global funds, and its own financial statements. Watch for more related datasets in the near future. Explore the Website... 


7. Bank Experts Respond to Food Forum
On April 14-15, 2011, the World Bank held an Open Forum to gather ideas on ways to overcome the food crisis and help the world’s one billion hungry people. The response was overwhelming: comments and proposed solutions rolled in from more than 500 people in 88 countries. The Bank experts are now responding via video to those who submitted ideas. Read More…

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8. New Risk Management Product Protects Against Volatile Food Prices
A new risk management product will provide up to an initial $4 billion in protection from volatile food prices for farmers, food producers, and consumers in developing countries. This first-of-its-kind product will improve access to hedging instruments to shield consumers and producers of agricultural commodities from price volatility. It will also protect buyers from price rises in food-related commodities such as wheat, sugar, cocoa, milk, live cattle, corn, soybean, and rice. More…
 


9. World Bank and UNESCO Expand Collaboration on Culture and Sustainable Development
On July 1, 2011, Inger Andersen, World Bank Vice President of Sustainable Development and Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO signed a Memorandum of Understanding which aims for increasing cooperation on sustainable, culturally-sensitive development; including preserving historic cities and natural heritage sites. Read More… 


 
10. Reforestation Projects Bring Carbon Revenues to Poor Communities
Carbon markets can successfully bring revenue to poor rural communities through reforestation projects but the processes involved need reform and improvement. That is the conclusion of a recent World Bank report which draws on seven years of experience of aforestation and reforestation (A/R) projects in 16 developing countries under the World Bank's BioCarbon Fund (BioCF). More…


11. Inspection Panel Launches Consultation on Operational Effectiveness
The Inspection Panel is embarking on a public dialogue and consultation process to review and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of its operational work, within the ambit of the Resolution establishing the Panel and its subsequent Clarifications. These steps will be led by the Panel and coordinated by the Panel Executive Secretary and staff. The targeted discussions and consultations will reach out to internal stakeholders (World Bank Board, Senior Management and Staff) and external stakeholders (requesters, civil society, peers in the public accountability field, etc.). See latest IP Newsletter for more information. More...

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

Mobile Phones Help Liberia Map Rural Water Points
Liberia can now consolidate and expand interventions in the rural water sector thanks to a detailed digital map and inventory that locates 7,500 safe water points in rural Liberia. This program was supported by the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank. This data will enable detailed costing and needs assessments, which will feed into Liberia’s poverty reduction strategy and other planning and implementation instruments. Read More… 


EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Empowering China's Green Growth
Over the last five years, China has increased its renewable energy generation to 8.8% of total primary energy consumption, making it one of the world’s leading producers of renewable energies. Solar and wind electricity generation in the country is rapidly expanding with the support of the Government and of international organizations such as the World Bank. More… 

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

World Bank Gives Award to Five Reporters in Ukraine
The World Bank gave an award to five reporters for bravely demonstrating how citizens can successfully fight corruption in public services in Ukraine. “The fight against corruption is the task for the society. We would like to hear about what society is already doing. The contest we conducted is also to highlight these actions. I think this is may be even more important than handing money for grants”, pointed out Martin Raiser, the World Bank Country Director for Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova. Read More… 



LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Latin America: Are Social Safety Nets Really Protecting the Poor?
A study by the Independent Evaluation Group shows that the majority of World Bank supported social safety nets—programs designed to protect the poor and contribute to reducing chronic poverty—achieved their objectives. The study finds safety nets are effective in shielding the poor from economic shocks, especially during the recent global financial crisis. Read More…


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Arab World Initiative Website
The Arab World Initiative (AWI) is a World Bank Group partnership with the countries of the Arab world designed to foster effective cooperation and collaboration in the interests of economic integration and knowledge sharing. This website offers access to the latest data, research, feature stories, briefs, multimedia presentations and project documentation about efforts in the Arab world to find opportunity and advantage in economic integration both across the region and with the wider world. More…

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SOUTH ASIA

Nepal: Moving Toward a Better Future
The World Bank in Nepal is helping to address key elements of its peace process, including the foundations for state building, growth, and improved basic service delivery for Nepal’s poor. On June 27, 2011, the Bank and the Government of Nepal signed agreements totaling US$116 million paving the way for four key projects which will address some of the major development challenges the World Bank is helping Nepal to overcome. More… 


JOBS

Social Development Specialist (International Hire - Washington, DC)
The Operations Services Department (LCSOS) of the Latin America and Caribbean Region (LCR) provides services in four main areas: Development Effectiveness, Procurement, Financial Management, and Information Technology. The specialist will be mainly responsible for safeguards reviews with particular emphasis on social safeguards policies for the full range of Bank operations in Latin America. Closing date for all applications is July 21, 2011. More… 

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EVENTS 

Society for International Development World Congress 2011 (29-31 July, Washington, D.C.)
Society for International Development (SID) will hold its triennial World Congress in Washington, D.C. from July 29-31 2011 under the theme “Our Common Challenge: A World Moving Towards a Sustainable Future.” The event is expected to attract over 1,000 development practitioners from around the world and composed of two full days of sessions, including keynote speeches, panel debates, and small-group discussions focused on critical topics. World Bank President Zoellick will speak at the event. Click Here…
 


ON THE BLOGS

I Was There When the Republic of South Sudan Was Born!
“I pledge the World Bank’s total commitment to the people and government of South Sudan when tomorrow comes and they start the arduous journey to building a peaceful and vibrant democracy, a well-performing government and economy, and an empowered citizenry.” In this blog, Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank Africa Region Vice President described her experience as an eyewitness to the birth of South Sudan on July 9, 2011. Read More…
 


Access to Information Marks One-Year Anniversary
In her blog, Hannah George of the Civil Society Team provides information and statistics on the first year implementation of the Bank’s Access to Information policy. There was, for instance, a gradual uptick in the number of unique visitors to the Bank’s Documents and Reports site since the launch of the policy last July. During the first five months, there was a 126% increase of unique visitors – from 44,081 to 99,520. More...

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

World Bank e-Institute for Development Goes Live!
On July 13, 2011, the e-Institute – World Bank's global learning platform – went live. The e-Institute led by the World Bank Institute will offer practitioners a virtual classroom to share high quality learning and knowledge resources. Taking advantage of new technologies, this learning experience will be affordable, innovative, and practitioner-focused. More..


New Global Center for Conflicts and Development
The World Bank’s Global Center for Conflicts and Development is part of the “operationalization” of the World Development Report 2011 on Conflict Security and Development. This center is opening in Nairobi, Kenya. Farris Hadad Zervos, and Henriette von Kaltenborn-Stachau present this cutting edge program. 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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