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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - September 2011

1. Civil Society Policy Forum at the 2011 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings
2. World Bank President Calls for a World “Beyond Aid”
3. ONLINE FORUM: What Does Equal Mean to You? 
4. Caroline Anstey Appointed to Managing Director Post
5. World Bank Officially Recognizes Libya’s National Transitional Council
6. FEEDBACK SOUGHT: Proposed GFDRR Civil Society Partnership Strategy
7. JOIN: World Bank's Demand for Good Governance (DFGG) Community of Practice 
8. CALL FOR PAPERS: 2012 Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE)
 


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


MAIN STORIES

1. Civil Society Policy Forum at the 2011 World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings
The Program for CSOs during the Annual Meetings will begin next week and is shaping up to be one of the most intense and substantive to date. Activities will run from September 19 – 24 and include an orientation session on the WB and IMF, Civil Society Policy Forum comprising over 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 Lagarde. While accreditation has closed it is still possible to attend some of the sessions More… 

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2. World Bank President Calls for a World “Beyond Aid”
In a speech at George Washington University on September 14, 2011, entitled “Beyond Aid”, President Zoellick said the world needs to recognize new realities, and move to a global system that integrates developed and developing countries, innovation, private investment, and the 50 percent of the world's population too often kept behind -- women. A world “Beyond Aid” recognizes that the old, hierarchical world is gone and has been replaced by a transformed set of relationships, one where developing countries and emerging markets bear greater responsibility in shaping the international system. More…


3. ONLINE FORUM: What Does Equal Mean to You? 
It’s 2011, and inequality is still a lifelong experience for girls and women. Women make up the majority of unpaid workers worldwide. More girls are out of school than boys. Violence against women is still widespread. It’s time to increase women’s economic opportunity and their voice in decision making. But how do we get to equal? Join the conversation at the Open Forum: Gender – Getting to Equal in 3 ways: submit ideas, participate in the chat forum (beginning September 20), and watch the live debate hosted by CNN International's Hala Gorani on September 21. Go here to participate...live.worldbank.org/open-forum-gender

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4. Caroline Anstey Appointed to Managing Director Post
World Bank President Robert Zoellick named Caroline Anstey as one of three Managing Directors. She will be tasked with leading continued reform efforts at the Bank in the areas of transparency, accountability, and results. The changes reflect in part the departure of four top senior managers and more cooperation among fast-developing regions in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Anstey, a British national, succeeds Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who left earlier this month to return to Nigeria to head the country's finance ministry. Several new Vice-Presidents were also appointed in the management re-structuring move. More...


5. World Bank Officially Recognizes Libya’s National Transitional Council
As Libya begins its recovery from conflict, the World Bank has officially recognized the National Transitional Council. The Bank has been asked to lead the effort in the areas of public expenditure and financial management, infrastructure repair, job creation for young people, and service delivery. The Bank said it had been asked to repair services in the water, energy, and transport sectors and, in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, to help prepare the country's budget and restore the banking sector. More…

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6. FEEDBACK SOUGHT: Proposed GFDRR Civil Society Partnership Strategy
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is preparing a new civil society partnership strategy, which is expected to be finalized in late 2011. The civil society partnership consultation paper addresses opportunities to strengthen and support civil society engagement through global dialogue and advocacy in the implementation of DRR country programs and in carrying out Post Disasters Needs Assessments. As part of its preparation, GFDRR has launched a global consultation process with a wide array of stakeholders, particularly civil society organizations and local community actors, to seek their views and inputs. To read the background brief and to participate, click here...


7. JOIN: World Bank's Demand for Good Governance (DFGG) Community of Practice
The World Bank's Social Development Department recently launched a Community of Practice to increase collaboration and knowledge-sharing on Demand for Good Governance (DFGG) activities. DFGG refers to the extent and ability of citizens, communities and CSOs to demand greater accountability and responsiveness from public officials and service providers. The DFGG Community of Practice group currently has over 600 members with diverse expertise and geographic focus, from World Bank staff to members from academia, civil society, and donor agencies. The DFGG Community of Practice aims to provide information on the WBG’s activities in the area of social accountability and DFGG, as well as other donors and CSOs, and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, innovations, and good practices. To read more about DFGG and to become a member of the DFGG Community of Practice, please click here...

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8. CALL FOR PAPERS: 2012 Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE)
The 2012 ABCDE conference organized by the World Bank Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency will be held on May 7-8, 2012 at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The theme of the conference will be “Accountability and Transparency for Development”. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge research among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners. The ABCDE Organizing Committee is issuing a call for papers that examine in innovative ways the links between accountability, transparency, and development. The selected papers will be presented as main sessions of the conference agenda. Those interested should submit a draft paper or a two-page proposal by January 6, 2012 to: (email abcde@worldbank.org). More...



REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

The Power of African Civil Society
The Africa of today is a continent of great optimism, and greater consciousness of the need to chart its own destiny. One aspect of that story is the rise of a vocal and vibrant civil society in Africa. A civil society that has been effective in contributing to public participation, continues to clamor for more transparent and accountable governance; lobbies for women and children’s rights, and demands better basic public services. Through its Africa Award, ONE has been shining a spotlight on the work of indigenous African organizations, individuals and groups in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals. More… 

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

The Big Questions China Still Has to Answer
The World Bank’s President Robert Zoellick has raised several critical questions to a high-level group of Chinese and international experts prior to his visit to China in early September. One of the critical questions he emphasized is how China can complete its transition to a market economy. Zoellick stressed that a broad agenda needs to include redefining the role of government and the rule of law, expanding the private sector, promoting competition, and deepening reforms in the land, labor, and financial markets. More...


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

World Bank Supports Technical and Vocational Education in Kazakhstan
The World Bank launched the Technical and Vocational Education Modernization Project for the Republic of Kazakhstan on September 9. The Project is worth US$ 33.23 million, including Kazakhstan Government co-financing of US$ 4 million, and will support improved workforce productivity in key sectors, and promote skills development to meet the demands of key industries and businesses in Kazakhstan. It will be implemented over two years by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan. More... 

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

World Bank Announces New Country Partnership Strategy for Belize
The World Bank Board of Directors endorsed the Belize Country Partnership Strategy for the next four years on September 8, 2011. The strategy supports the country’s efforts to adopt a sustainable natural resource-based economic model, while enhancing Belize’s resilience to climate change and natural hazards. This new strategy follows the successful implementation of an Interim Strategy Note, which represented the Bank’s re-engagement with the country after a long hiatus, and included the Bank’s first loan to Belize in almost 10 years. More... 


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

World Bank Helps Libya Rebuild and Deliver Essential Services to Citizens
The World Bank joins the United Nations and the European Union as one of the three institutions invited by Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) to coordinate assistance for the North African nation as it forges a path forward after months of violent conflict. Specifically, the Bank has been asked to examine the need for repair and restoration of services in the water, energy, and transport sectors and address employment issues. Also the bank will cooperate with the International Monetary Fund to support budget preparation and help the banking sector back on to its feet. More... 

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SOUTH ASIA

Improving Primary Education for 16.5 Million Children in Bangladesh
The World Bank approved a US$300 million credit for the Third Primary Education Development Program (PEDP III) to support primary education in Bangladesh on August 25. The project aims at ensuring merit-based teacher recruitment and improving teacher education; delivering textbooks to no fewer than 90 percent of primary schools within the first month of the start of the school year; effectively use school level grants; adequately finance sector budget; creating needs based infrastructure development; measuring student learning; developing a competency-based national primary completion examination. More...


JOBS

Operations Officer (CSO, Capacity Development) - Washington, DC
The Global Environment Facility (GEF), is a multilateral financial mechanism established in 1991. It provides grants to developing countries for projects and programs that protect the global environment. GEF grants support projects related to six focal areas: biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants. GEF is looking for an officer to handle the following tasks among others: Manage and develop relations between the GEF and NGOs; Organize the CSO consultations before each Council Meeting; Organize the participation of CSOs in the Expanded Constituency Meetings of the Country Support Program; Ensure relations with CSOs are properly reflected on the GEF website, etc. Application closes September 25, 2011. See here for details...

For more job opportunities at the World Bank, please click here...

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ON THE BLOGS

Track Global Performance on Education with Interactive Mapping Tool
EdStats, the World Bank's free database for global education statistics, has launched EdStats StatPlanet -- an exciting new data visualization and mapping dashboard for exploring country, regional and global performance on 19 key education indicators through interactive, animated world maps, charts and tables. Check out… 


WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

The 'WDR 2012: Gender Equality and Development' to Be Launched 
The WDR 2012 will focus on the evolution of gender equality across the world in the context of the development process. For key dimensions of gender equality, including women's and men's endowments of human and physical capital, their access to economic opportunities and their ability to shape their lives, the report will show that although many women around the world still continue to struggle with gender-based disadvantages, much has changed for the better and at a much more rapid pace than ever before. But the report will also show that progress needs to be expanded, protected and deepened. Read 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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