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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - October 2011

1. THINK EQUAL: Gender Issues at the Heart of the 2011 Annual Meetings
2. Sri Mulyani Discusses Post-Revolution Democracy Building at CIVICUS Assembly
3. CSOs Advising WB on Health Policies
4. Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) Released!
5. Debate on Gender Equality (WDR 2012) Goes Global
6. Doing Business Report 2012 Finds More Economies Implemented Business Reforms
7. Where Does the World Bank’s Money Go?
8. 10 Things you May not Know about Program for Results (PforR) 

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

 

MAIN STORIES 

1. THINK EQUAL: Gender Issues at the Heart of the 2011 Annual Meetings
The launch and discussion of the 2012 World Development Report on gender inequality marked the recent Annual Meetings. Another significant feature of these Meetings was that civil society participation was the largest to date, both in terms of the number of CSO representatives as well as number of policy sessions. The Civil Society Program included a CSO Roundtable with Executive Directors, CSO Townhall with Mr. Zoellick and Ms. Lagarde, and dozens of policy sessions on energy/extractive energy, safeguards, disaster management, and aid effectiveness. More… 

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2. Sri Mulyani Discusses Post-Revolution Democracy Building at CIVICUS Assembly
Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Bank Managing Director, participated in the CIVICUS World Assembly held in Montreal on September 10 – 12. She spoke on a plenary panel titled “Civil Society’s Role in Political and Social Transformation: Before and After the Revolution” with CIVICUS General Secretary, Ingrid Srinath, and well known civil society activists from Egypt and South Africa. They discussed the role civil society can play in promoting more transparent and inclusive societies in the wake of revolutions. More…


3. CSOs Advising WB on Health Policies
The World Bank Civil Society Consultative Group on Health, Nutrition, and Population (CSCG-HNP) met in Washington during the last week of September to continue to advise the Bank on health policies. This was the Group’s third meeting since being established in 2010, and they focused on such issues as helping countries accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals for health; health systems strengthening and measuring impact; results-based financing; and private sector participation in health. Cristian Baeza, a Director at the World Bank’s Human Development Network blogged about his take away of the meeting and stating her excitement "to see this group beginning to move from theory to action". More… 

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4. Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) Released!
The 2011 update of the WGI was launched on October 4. This report shows aggregate and individual governance indicators for 213 economies over the period 1996–2010, for six dimensions of governance which includes: Voice and Accountability, Political Stability and Absence of Violence, Government Effectiveness, Regulatory Quality, Rule of Law and Control of Corruption. The aggregate indicators combine the views of a large number of enterprise, citizen and expert survey respondents in industrial and developing countries. Full Report… 


5. Debate on Gender Equality (WDR 2012) Goes Global
The overall message of the recently launched World Development Report (WDR 2012) is that “gender equality matters and is the right and smart thing to do”. Discussions around key findings on gender equality and development are taking place in a number of countries around the world. These events, organized jointly with governments, donor agencies, CSOs, and think tanks, aim to foster policy dialogue on gender equality and development. See attached a tentative schedule of report launches in countries throughout the world. Please contact the World Bank Office in your country, for details of each event, including venues. See also the report and reviews of the Open Forum on Gender and Development held on September 20-21, 2011.

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6. The Doing Business Report 2012 Finds More Economies Implemented Business Reforms in 2010-2011
This World Bank Group report released on October 20, 2011 finds that economies continued to implement reforms that enhance local firms’ ability to do business, with transparency and access to information playing a key role in the reforms. This report assesses regulations affecting domestic firms in 183 economies and ranks the economies in 10 areas of business regulation, such as starting a business, resolving insolvency and trading across borders. The global report shows that governments in 125 economies out of 183 measured implemented a total of 245 business regulatory reforms—13 percent more reforms than in the previous year. More…


7. Where Does the World Bank’s Money Go?
Have you wondered what the World Bank does with its money? Which countries it partners with to fund development projects and how much money it disburses to such projects? Ever wanted to track a Bank-financed project from financing to implementation? The new ‘World Bank Finances’ mobile app provides the answers to these questions and more. More…

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8. 10 Things you May not Know about Program for Results (PforR)
In today’s world, development is about results. Every one - including government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, poor people, private sector – is demanding programs that help deliver lasting, tangible results. PforR is the first major development financing instrument to formally link disbursements to the achievement of tangible, verifiable results. PforR will help countries achieve lasting results by investing in capacity building and strengthening country institutions. Read more about the PforR instrument.


REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA
World Bank Helps to Prepare Thousands of Nigerian Youth for ICT and Services Sector Jobs
Nigeria's non-oil economy is booming, driven by service sectors such as ICTs, finance, and banking. The ICT sector is growing at a rate of 30 percent, a pace second only to China. While there is a growing need for skilled employees in these sectors, about 46 percent of Nigeria’s young people (aged 18-24) are unemployed. In order to address this problem, the Bank is supporting the ACCESS (Assessment of Core Competence for Employability in the Services Sector) program, which aims to help the Country boost youth employment by linking skills training to market needs. More…

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC
Universal Access to Modern Energy Within Reach in East Asia Pacific
Despite impressive growth, around 170 million people in the East Asia-Pacific region still have no electricity connections while another 1 billion people still use solid fuels for cooking. Nonetheless, a joint World Bank-Australian AID report, released on October 18, 2011 outlined an ambitious program to overcome energy poverty and develop sustainable infrastructure in this region by 2030. More…


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA
Closing the Skills Gap in Emerging Europe and Central Asia
A new World Bank report titled; “Skills, Not Just Diplomas: Managing Education for Results in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”, addresses the need to reform the education and training systems of the countries in this region in order to boost innovation, competitiveness, labor productivity, and earnings, which are key to ignite and sustain inclusive economic growth in the region. More…

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
Improving Panama’s Preparedness and Response to Catastrophic Disasters
With a US$66 million development policy loan approved by the World Bank Board on October 18th, Panama’s capacity has been enhanced to implement its Disaster Risk Management Program for natural disasters. This operation offers Panama timely funds in the aftermath of a major natural disaster, enabling the Government to complement its own resources and quickly address emergencies and other risk reduction needs. More...


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA
“Tunisia’s New Path Towards Democracy and Prosperity”
In a recent visit to the World Bank Headquarters, Tunisian Prime Minister Béji Caïd Essebsi discussed his interim government's "budget priority switch" which he said was designed to turn around the inequalities of a country divided between a prosperous coast and lagging interior regions. Welcoming the Prime Minister, Inger Andersen, Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa region, noted that this is a “remarkable watershed moment in Tunisia’s history". In June 2011 the WBG has disbursed $500 million to support the interim government’s program of reforms. More…

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SOUTH ASIA
About 166,000 Farm Families in India to Benefit from Increased Agricultural Production
Agriculture serves as the backbone of India's West Bengal’s rural economy. It accounts for about 20 percent of the state’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and provides employment to more than 55 percent of workers in the state. Agricultural growth over the past decade was on average about 3 percent per annum. Maintaining this growth rate with infrastructure support, crop diversification and market access is exactly what the new World Bank resources to India would accomplish. More... 


JOBS

The World Bank’s Water Anchor seeks to recruit a short-term consultant or consultants for two assignments:

1. Content Management/SharePoint Assignment
The assignment is to design and build a SharePoint library (or libraries) of documents and other files related to the subject of rural water supply private operators, for internal use by World Bank Group staff. The assignment also includes training staff in the World Bank’s Water Anchor (TWIWA) on how to maintain, add to, and use the library.

2. SharePoint Assignment
The consultant will assist the World Bank’s Water Anchor (TWIWA) to
- conceptualize, create, and begin to populate a set of SharePoint sites and sub-sites with libraries, calendars, lists, etc., appropriate to the information which the Water Anchor will manage over the next 24 months, and
- decide the types of information that the Water Anchor should make available through SharePoint, and make plans for how to collect, process, and retrieve this information.

Interested candidates should submit a resume/CV and a cover letter of no more than one page to whelpdesk@worldbank.org by November 4. View Terms of Reference for these jobs.

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ON THE BLOGS

Marching Citizens: When Elections do not Produce Accountability
“The culture of impunity at the top of society is driving ordinary citizens into paroxysms of rage. Now, they are beginning to march, and march", says Sina Odugbemi in this blog entry as he shares his thoughts on the now wide spread Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement. Read…



WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS 

Coping with Conflict: Poverty and Inclusion in the West Bank and Gaza
A new report by the World Bank reveals a precarious economic situation in Gaza, where donor aid is keeping the economy afloat, unemployment is high, and a significant portion of the population lives very close to the poverty line. This report is the first major analysis of poverty in the West Bank and Gaza since 2001. It finds that donor aid in the region is relatively well coordinated, especially within the Palestinian Authority. More...

 

Building World Class Research Universities Is Significantly More Complex than Many Countries Estimate―New World Bank Report
In a global economy that depends on sophisticated innovation and knowledge to drive growth and wealth, a new World Bank report on higher education entitled Road to Academic Excellence: The Making of World-Class Research Universities suggests that low- and middle-income countries should resist the temptation to establish world-class universities to cash in on research earnings and court global prestige before educating their own citizens to high tertiary standards. More... 

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