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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - December 2011

1. TELL US WHAT YOU THINK - Survey on the CSO eNewsletter and Website
2. VIEWS SOUGHT - How Do High Food Prices Affect Local Communities?
3. SIGN UP - Free online FAO / WB e-Learning Course on Social Safety Nets
4. Durban: MDBs Agree to a New Partnership for Climate Action in Cities
5. Connect4Climate Competition Winners Announced
6. CSOs Assess Results of 2011 Annual Meetings
7. Asian CSOs Hold Dialogue with the Bank on Transparency
8. Open Aid Partnership: Using Maps to Track Development Results
9. New Bank Publication Sheds Light on Anti-Corruption Sanctions Board Decisions
10. 'Apps for Climate' Competition Kicks Off
 

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

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1. TELL US WHAT YOU THINK - Survey on the CSO eNewsletter and Website
In the past six years, the World Bank External Affairs Civil Society Team (EXTCS) has been providing information and updates on the Bank’s civil society engagement policies, programs, and events through our monthly Civil Society eNewsletter and the Civil Society Website. We are seeking your feedback on the usefulness and quality of these online products, as well as suggestions on how to improve them. We invite you to please take 5 minutes to give us your feedback. Click here to take the survey.

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2. VIEWS SOUGHT - How Do High Food Prices Affect Local Communities?
Some CSOs have responded to our call for compelling community-level examples of how people have coped with higher and more volatile food prices. However, additional inputs from CSOs are needed to further enrich the 2012 Global Monitoring Report (GMR). The GMR is a World Bank-IMF publication that provides an annual assessment on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as the challenges which developing countries face in achieving them. Click here to provide your input.


3. SIGN UP - Free online FAO / WB eLearning Course on Social Safety Nets
The Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Bank are offering a distance eLearning course titled “Introduction to Social Safety Nets”. The course aims to support capacity building and on-the-job training for policy makers, managers, and technical staff involved in safety nets and food security policy and implementation. The course consists of 6 lessons containing interactive step-by-step instructions, case studies, exercises and relevant reading material. A course certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the final test. More… 

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4. Durban: MDBs Agree to a New Partnership for Climate Action in Cities
At the Climate Change Conference in Durban held from November 29 through December 9, five Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), agreed to a new partnership of an annual lending of some $8.4 billion for climate action in cities to combat global warming. These MDBs include; the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank. The five MDBs said they would develop a common approach for cities to assess climate risk, standardize greenhouse gas emissions inventories, and encourage a consistent suite of climate finance options. More... 


5. Connect4Climate Competition Winners Announced
A riveting photo “Solar Panels: The Sunny Energy” by a young Durbanite, Dina Osman, and a catchy rap video “Me and My Bike” celebrating bicycle transport by Dickson Oyuki of Kenya won top honors in the Africa-wide Connect4Climate competition announced in Durban during the recently concluded COP17. This was a result of a community-oriented campaign geared to raising awareness about climate change issues in Africa and globally. The Photo/Video Contest was launched to challenge African youth to share their climate change stories and ideas for action. More…

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6. CSOs Assess Results of 2011 Annual Meetings
The World Bank and IMF Civil Society Teams solicited feedback from CSO representatives on the 2011 Annual Meetings. Responses to the online questionnaire were received from 92 participants (17 % of all 520 attendees), which is within an acceptable margin of responses for this type of survey. In general, respondents gave high marks for the logistics and policy sessions, as well as for the overall usefulness of the Civil Society Policy Forum, while providing useful critique and suggestions on how to improve the CS Forum in the future. The findings will help guide the planning process for the 2012 Spring and Annual Meetings. More... 


7. Asian CSOs Hold Dialogue with the Bank on Transparency
The World Bank and Asia Development Bank joined the Global Transparency Initiative, Bank Information Center, and other East Asia regional CSOs in holding a meeting in Manila on December 8 to highlight the importance of transparency among international financial institutions (IFIs). Titled "Right to Information in ADB and the World Bank: the Challenge for People's Practice", the December 8th forum was attended by over 20 CSO representatives from the Philippines, Indonesia and Cambodia. The forum discussed the World Bank's Access to Information Policy and implementations in the region. For more information on Bank - CSO engagement in the East Asian Region, click here... 

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8. Open Aid Partnership: Using Maps to Track Development Results
The Bank joined several governments in November to support the Open Aid Partnership which allows for visualization of their development assistance through innovative technologies, particularly through web-based open collaborative maps. The immediate goal of the program managed by the World Bank Institute is to synchronize the mapping tools among donors, and pilot its use in certain countries to better monitor the impact of development programs on citizens, as well as seek direct feedback on project results. More...


9. New Bank Publication Sheds Light on Anti-Corruption Sanctions Board Decisions
December 9, 2011 - The World Bank Group announced another milestone in its leadership on anticorruption with the release of the Sanctions Board Law Digest, publicly detailing for the first time the rationale behind how the Bank Group holds entities accountable for fraud, corruption, and other wrongdoing. Making the announcement, the Bank Group President, Robert B. Zoellick said that, "By holding companies and individuals accountable through a fair and robust process, the Bank Group’s sanctions system promotes integrity and levels the playing field for those committed to clean business practices." More...

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10. 'Apps for Climate' Competition Kicks Off
December 2nd, 2011 - the World Bank Group announced a new contest ‘Apps For Climate’, a competition to discover ways to use open data to address the challenges of climate change. Apps For Climate aims to bring together the best ideas from scientists, application developers, civil society organizations, and development practitioners to create innovative software apps using World Bank climate data. Applications must be received by March 16, 2012 and winners will receive cash prizes and featured placement on the World Bank Open Data website. For more information on the competition, visit: http://www.worldbank.org/appsforclimate.



REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

‘Call to Action’ on Africa Climate-Smart Agriculture
One the outcomes of COP17 is an initiative for an African Climate-Smart Agriculture. This initiative led by the African Union (AU) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and supported by the World Bank would rapidly refocus support to agriculture that strengthens food security, as well as climate change adaptation and mitigation. This is a call by African governments eager to incorporate climate-smart agriculture systems, techniques and policies into existing national and regional agriculture strategies in order to strengthen resilience to climate change. More…

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

The Bank Convenes Regional Partners and Local Communities
At the end of the November summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Bank helped to convene a multi-donor meeting between the Heads of State, civil society organizations, development partners, and the media. There were over 300 participants with some connected by videoconference. Watch the archived video here…. 


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

World Bank Launches New Partnership Strategy with Uzbekistan
The government of Uzbekistan and the World Bank recently signed a new four year development partnership strategy. The new Strategy, which was developed in broad consultations with all stakeholders including civil society organizations, proposes a program linked to Uzbekistan’s development vision of reaching high middle-income status by mid-century. Key elements of the strategy include ensuring social inclusion, promoting efficiency, enhancing competitiveness, and accelerating diversification. More...

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

CSOs Join Bank to Fight Corruption in the Dominican Republic
The World Bank is coordinating an Anti-Corruption Initiative (IPAC) in the Dominican Republic aimed at improving transparency, strengthening institutions, and fighting corruption in the country. The IPAC is a broad multi-donor and multi-stakeholder participatory mechanism involving representatives from civil society, government, private sector, and 12 international donor agencies. Concurrently, an independent coalition of 14 national CSOs known as “The Citizen Observatory” was set up to monitor the implementation of policy reforms agreed to by IPAC. As part of this effort, an accountability workshop was held in October which discussed the presented a 55% progress report accomplishment by the government. Read report.


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Public Call for Contributions
The Bank, in partnership with the League of Arab States (or Arab League), is preparing a regional Climate Change Flagship Report to be titled, "Adaptation to a Changing Climate in the Arab Countries." The report aims to provide information on climate change issues in the Arab region as well as strategic guidance on adapting to a changing climate. The general public is welcome to provide comments to this draft report, due for completion in early 2012. To download the draft report and to submit your comments which are still received until early January, click here...

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SOUTH ASIA

India Averting 3 Million HIV Infections
On the eve of World AIDS Day 2011, the World Bank released groundbreaking new evidence from India that demonstrates major advances in the understanding and prevention of HIV/AIDS. A recently published impact evaluation found a significant decline in HIV prevalence among female sex workers and young women (15-24 years) seeking antenatal care in the high-prevalence southern states. Among this group of women in districts with high intensity of targeted interventions, HIV prevalence declined by more than 50 percent from 1.9 percent in 2001 to 0.8 percent in 2008, compared with low-intensity districts where the infection rate remained constant at 0.9 percent in both 2001 and 2008. More...


JOBS

Senior Social Development Specialist - Washington DC
The Social Development Department (SDV) within the Sustainable Development Network Anchor (SDN) at the World Bank leads the implementation of the Bank's social development work. SDV is seeking an experienced and motivated Senior Social Development Specialist to provide policy and technical advice on deepening the Bank’s and its client countries’ engagement with minority groups, including indigenous peoples (IPs). All applications should be submitted by December 22, 2011. Click here for more information and to apply.

For More Job Opportunities at the World Bank, click here...

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ON THE BLOGS

Should CSOs Have a Seat at the Table?
The World Bank has experimented with different approaches to including civil society organizations (CSOs) in its decision-making processes over the years. These have varied from regular policy dialogue with CSOs through the Bank – NGO Committee in the 1980s and 1990s, to establishing CSO advisory committees in several Bank units during the 2000s. Perhaps the most significant approach undertaken by the Bank to date to include civil society in its decision making has been CSO involvement in the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP). With the proposed launch of the civil society support facility, in which CSOs are expected to be full members in its governing body, we may be entering a new, more institutionalized phase in CSO participation in Bank governance. Stay tuned… 


What did Durban deliver?
At 4.30 on Sunday morning, after 36 hours of overtime (a record), the 194 country members of the UNFCCC pulled a rabbit from the hat. Special flights had been put on stand-by by South African Airways as a way to encourage delegates not to leave. The negotiations at the 2-week climate conference resembled a complex puzzle. Putting the pieces together required compromise and was accompanied with brinksmanship, emotion, and millions of words spoken. Read the analysis by Andrew Steer, Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change, on what was achieved and was challenges remains to achieve a comprehensive global agreement on climate change. More... 

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

Corrupt Money Concealed in Shell Companies and Other Opaque Legal Entities
According to a recent report by the Stolen Assests Recovery Initiative (StAR), an initiative of the World Bank and the UN, most large-scale corruption cases involve using legal entities to conceal ownership and control of corrupt proceeds. The report titled, "The Puppet Masters: How the Corrupt Use Legal Structures to Hide Stolen Assets and What to Do About It", advised that policymakers should take steps to improve transparency and to reduce opportunities for wrongdoing. More… 

 

Community Participation Improves HIV/AIDS Response Efforts
As the World marked the 30th anniversary of HIV AIDS on December 1, an important evaluation report on community response to the epidemic was launched in Washington by a group of CSOs, DFID, and the World Bank. The report covered eight countries and highlighted that there is strong casual evidence that specific community interventions can affect the course of the HIV epidemic through greater knowledge, increased condom use, treatment adherence, and increased use of treatment services. Download report... 

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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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