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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - August 2011

1. Accreditation Open for the 2011 Annual Meetings
2. World Bank Commits more than $500 million to Drought in Horn of Africa
3. Food Price Watch: Near Record High Food Prices Impact Poor Worldwide
4. FEEDBACK SOUGHT: Draft Policy on Program for Results Financing Instrument
5. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Open Forum on Gender Equality
6. GET INVOLVED: A Global Initiative for People Who Care about Climate Change
7. Save the Earth, Buy Green Bonds
8. As World Population Rises, Bank Redoubles Efforts on Reproductive Health
9. Convictions Resulting from World Bank Referral Actions on Fraud
10. World Bank Continues to Debar Defrauding Companies Associated in Its Funded Projects
 

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

MAIN STORIES

1. Accreditation Open for the 2011 Annual Meetings:
The Program for CSOs during the Annual Meetings will be held from September 19 – 24 and will include an orientation session on the WB an IMF, Civil Society Policy Forum which will comprise some 50 sessions on a range of topics including gender, global economic recovery, food security, and jobs. It will also include a Townhall Meeting with Bank President Robert B. Zoellick and Fund Managing Director Christine Lagard. To participate, please request accreditation before it closes. More… 

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2. World Bank Commits more than $500 million to Drought in Horn of Africa:
The world is witnessing the worst drought in 60 years in East Africa, resulting in widespread hunger, deaths, and the loss of subsistence crops and livestock. The World Bank has moved swiftly to rally aid to these affected areas. From the Bank's fund for the poorest (IDA) and the donor-funded Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Bank has made more than $500 million financing available to serve for immediate relief from the current situation, but also for building long term drought resilience. More...


3. Food Price Watch: Near Record High Food Prices Impact Poor Worldwide:
The latest Food Price Index by the World Bank released August 15, 2011 shows that global prices of food in July 2011 remain significantly higher by 33 per cent than their levels in July 2010 and close to the 2008 peak levels. Although Prices for the period April to July 2011 have declined slightly from their peak in February, prices remain volatile for specific commodities such as rice, maize, and wheat according to the report. This report also connects this volatility to the current humanitarian disaster in the Horn of Africa. More...

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4. FEEDBACK SOUGHT: Draft Policy on Program for Results Financing Instrument:
The World Bank has kicked off the second round of consultations on its proposed "Program for Results financing" instrument. The new draft policy paper has benefited from comments and inputs received during the Phase I global public consultations on the concept note, held from March 1 – June 30, 2011 in 39 countries worldwide and with a broad range of governments, development partners, civil society organizations, private sector, academics and other stakeholders. This second phase will conclude on September 30, 2011. To participate please visit: www.worldbank.org/programforresults. To view summaries of the phase I consultations, click here and for further information contact: Geetanjali Chopra, gchorpra@worldbank.org, +1 (202) 473-0243.


5. CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Open Forum on Gender Equality:
The World Bank's 2011 Annual Meetings Open Forum is an opportunity for a global community to engage in an open discussion about one of the world’s most pressing issues - gender inequality. This forum is one of the highlights of a major campaign about gender equality as smart economics, focusing on women’s untapped potential and their key role as agents of positive change. There are three ways for you to participate: submit ideas, join the chat forum and watch the webcast. For more details and to get involved, click here...

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6. GET INVOLVED: a Global Initiative for People Who Care About Climate Change:
The World Bank and a large number of partners are planning to launch in September 2011 a “Connect4Climate” initiative. This is a contest and a community dedicated campaign to raising awareness about climate change issues in Africa and globally. Connect4Climate will engage African youth in the climate dialogue through Facebook and other social media channels as well as a new digital hub for climate change communications. The Connect4Climate Photo/Video Contest will challenge youth to share their climate change stories and ideas for action. Winning entries will be exhibited at the UN Conference on Climate Change in Durban this December and at Rio+20 in June, 2012. To get involved or become a partner, sign up now on Facebook.


7. Save the Earth, Buy Green Bonds:
Bank of America Merrill Lynch has become the first U.S. underwriter to offer the World Bank’s new green bonds to retail investors in $1,000 denominations. A World Bank green bond is the same as any other World Bank bond, but the proceeds are “ring-fenced” by the World Bank for climate-related projects. The bonds are triple-A rated, secured by the full faith and credit of the World Bank, and not linked to the performance of the projects, so investors do not take any project or country risk, according to the offering documents. More... 

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8. As World Population Rises, Bank Redoubles Efforts on Reproductive Health:
As world nears 7 billion population mark, high birth rates deter nations from achieving better maternal and child health outcomes. Bank financing for reproductive health programs jumps 59% in one year; Reproductive Health Action Plan focuses on 57 poor countries. Stronger health systems, girls’ education among factors that contribute to fewer maternal deaths, lower birth rates. In an update this week on the Bank’s one-year-old Reproductive Health Action Plan, Bank experts pointed to several countries taking the lead in improving reproductive health outcomes. More...


9. Convictions Resulting from World Bank Referral Actions on Fraud:
The Bank has applauded the Norwegian government for recently convicting three Former Employees of a Norwegian Company “Norconsult” involved in a Bribery Case in a World Bank financed project in Tanzania. The sentence was pronounced on July 15, 2011, and one of the convicted persons has been sentenced to jail. According to Leonard McCarthy, World Bank Integrity Vice President, “the success of this case sends a clear signal that the World Bank remains committed to supporting national authorities’ efforts to fully prosecute wrongdoers whose actions undermine development projects...” More... 

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10. World Bank Continues to Debar Defrauding Companies Associated in Its Funded Projects:
The World Bank continues to enforce the agreement of the International Corruption Hunters Alliance as is shown by the Bank's July 29 announcement of a Chinese Company debarment for fraud. The China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) Limited was found to have engaged in fraudulent practices under Phase 1 of a World Bank supported Roads Improvement and Management Project in the Philippines. Under the sanction, CCCC is ineligible to engage in any road and bridge projects financed by the World Bank Group until January 12, 2017. More... 


REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

South Africa Looks for Inclusive Growth
In a new report, the World Bank projects that South Africa's economy will grow to 3.5 percent in 2011 allowing the country to focus on long-term challenges including boosting employment. The situation calls for bold and creative thinking for securing broad-based growth. Integration of the advanced and less-developed economies within South Africa, and more effective integration with the global economy, using ‘Factory Southern Africa’ as a platform, hold considerable potential in this regard. More...

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Displacing Coal-based Power in Indonesia
The World Bank is set to help Indonesia meet its growing energy needs in a clean and climate-friendly way. In a recent press release, the Bank announced a financing package to the tune of US$300 million that will scale up generation capacity of a national geothermal company to 150 MW of clean renewable energy in Sumatra and Sulawesi islands of Indonesia. More...


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Governance and Social Protection Reforms in the Kyrgyz Republic gets a Boost
The World Bank recently approved a highly concessional credit of US$ 30 million equivalent amount to the Kyrgyz Republic towards the government's Economic Recovery efforts. This operation is designed to strengthen governance and transparency in the management of public assets and revenues, and to safeguard social protection and support the conflict affected population. Overall, it will help transition this country's economy to medium term growth and poverty reduction. More…

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

100,000 Farmers to Benefit from Direct Community Investments in Bolivia
The agricultural sector is one of the most dynamic in Bolivia's economy, employing 90 percent of the working population in rural areas, according to the World Bank's 2010 World Development Report. To help the country maintain this lead, the World Bank recently approved no interest credits totaling $79 million into this promising Bolivian sector. With this assistance, hundreds of thousands of indigenous Bolivian poor farmers will gain access to basic infrastructure that will boost their yield while another three million Bolivians will gain technical assistance in Agro forestry. More…



MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Every Day is International Youth Day
In this guest blog, Tunisian youth leader and writer Samar Mezghanni, writes that youth day is completely different this year. “From different corners of the world, youth have been celebrating this particular year in an unexpected way. Just when youth were expected to express themselves through bureaucratic means addressing their issues in a controlled manner, and raising their voices in organized settings such as governmental events; people all over the world were astonished and impressed by a different, unexpected and genuine expression from the streets of Tunisia to different countries in the Arab region. More... 

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SOUTH ASIA

Are you a South Asian Youth, Do You want to make a Difference?
The South Asia region of the World Bank has launched a competition that will bring successful youth leaders to the 2011 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings holding in Washington DC in September. The goal of this initiative is to foster an understanding of youth issues in the South Asia region and for young people to more fully engage the World Bank in issues relating to them. For selection criteria and to apply, see link...


JOBS

Operations Officer, Access to Information (Washington DC, International Hire)
The World Bank Institute (WBI) is a global connector of knowledge, learning and innovation for poverty reduction. The Institute's Governance Practice, comprising Social Accountability, Leadership and Coalitions, and Open Government ‘Clusters’ - is providing cutting-edge knowledge and capacity building opportunities to practitioners in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors in developing countries to promote open and collaborative governance, supporting governance reforms, and improving development outcomes. This "cluster" is looking for an Operations Officer who will work on its multi-stakeholder coalition building for its Access to Information Program. Application closes on August 28, 2011. For more information and to apply, please click here...

For more job opportunities at the World Bank, visit:

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EVENTS

THE CIVICUS 2011 WORLD ASSEMBLY: Acting Together for a Just World
Civil Society and Global Decision-Makers will on September 10 - 12, 2011 be gathering together in Montreal under the annual World CIVICUS Assembly. This is the premier global gathering of civil society organisations, donors and representatives of government, international institutions and business to seek collaborative ways to strengthen the rights of citizens everywhere to exist, express and engage collectively. According to Ingrid Srinath, CIVICUS Secretary General, the assemly this year will be focusing "on the essential role of civil society in global decision-making". More... 


ON THE BLOGS

Fleeing Famine— The View from Inside a Refugee Camp
The World Bank Country Director in Kenya blogs on a trip to Dadaab refugee camp; where thousands every day are seeking refuge from the region’s worst drought in 60 years, and the famine that it brings. While recounting his experience at this camp, this blogger reflected back to the Sudanese refugees’ plight of the early 1990s. He remarked that some of those Sudanese have been able to witness the birth of their new country and he hoped that these new Somali refugees in Dadaab will one day be able to make their way home to a more prosperous future in their own country as well. More… 

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

Civil Society, Public Action and Accountability in Africa
Recently off the press at the World Bank is a paper that examines the potential role of civil society action in increasing state accountability for development in Sub-Saharan Africa. This paper further develops the analytical framework of an earlier publication by the Bank on accountability relationships. It argues on that the most important domain for improving accountability is through the political relations between citizens, civil society, and state leadership. 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: 2011-08-17




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