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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - January 2012

1. SHARE YOUR VIEWS - Consultations on Bank’s New Social Accountability Partnership
2. New Global Economic Prospects Report Shows that Economic Growth to Slow in 2012
3. Proposed Program-for-Results (PforR) Policy Paper Available Online 
4. SHARE YOUR VIEWS - Consultations on the World Bank's Governance and Anti-Corruption Updated Strategy
5. CALL FOR ENTRIES – Apps for Climate Change Competition Launched
6. Explore Gender Report with New Mobile Application
7. New Bank Software Allows Users to Mash Micro-Level Development Data
8. New Vice Presidents appointed to the East Asia and Latin America Regions 
 

REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS
JOBS
EVENTS
ON THE BLOGS
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1. SHARE YOUR VIEWS - Consultations on Bank’s New Social Accountability Partnership
The World Bank has launched the consultation process for the Global Partnership for Enhanced Social Accountability. The Partnership will focus on supporting CSOs working in the area of social accountability in developing countries through capacity-building, knowledge management, and networking. Public consultations with multiple stakeholders will be held from January through June 2012. For background materials, consultation schedules, and summary notes of briefing meetings held last year, visit www.worldbank.org/gpesa.

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2. New Global Economic Prospects Report Shows that Economic Growth to Slow in 2012
In a new report, the World Bank downgrades its global growth forecast for 2012 to 2.5% and warns developing countries will be impacted. The Global Economic Prospects (GEP) 2012 also notes that developing countries should prepare for further downside risks, as Euro Area debt problems and weakening growth in several big emerging economies are dimming global growth prospects. “Developing countries need to evaluate their vulnerabilities and prepare for further shocks, while there is still time,” said Justin Yifu Lin, the World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics. Click here to read the report, and here for more....


3. Proposed Program-for-Results (PforR) Policy Paper Available Online 
The proposed Program-for-Results (PforR) financing instrument policy paper and supporting documents are now available on the Bank’s external website. PforR represents the first major development financing instrument to formally link disbursements to the achievement of results.This follows a lengthy and extensive global consultation process from March to September 2011, with meetings held with multiple stakeholders, including CSOs in over 39 countries. The comments, feedback, and suggestions from the consultations were taken into account in the drafting of the final PforR policy paper, which goes to the World Bank's Board of Executive Directors for discussion and approval on January 24, 2012. More… 

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4. SHARE YOUR VIEWS - Consultations on the World Bank's Governance and Anti-Corruption Updated Strategy 
In 2007, the World Bank adopted the Strengthening World Bank Group Engagement on Governance and Anticorruption (GAC) strategy. The Bank is now updating this strategy to engage with countries on governance and anti-corruption as an integral part of its work to improve development effectiveness, reduce poverty, and promote growth. We invite you to send your feedback on the draft paper, Strengthening Governance, Tackling Corruption: The World Bank's Updated Strategy and Implementation Plan, from January 17 to February 19, by clicking here. Please visit the Governance and Anti-Corruption consultations page...


5. CALL FOR ENTRIES - Apps for Climate Change Competition Launched
The World Bank Group recently announced Apps for Climate, a competition to discover new 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. Winners will receive cash prizes and featured placements on the World Bank Open Data website. To attend an information session about this competition that will be held in Washington D.C., on January 31, 2012, visit http://bit.ly/wbclimatemtg More… 

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6. Explore Gender Report with New App
The World Bank recently launched a new mobile application (app) for the 2012 World Development Report on gender “Gender Equality and Development” making the report on gender equality and development more accessible and mobile. The free app for the iPad allows users to easily locate the analysis, data, and policy recommendations of most interest throughout the report in new and interactive ways. The new WDR app also lets users browse the entire report, which is organized by region, country, topic, key words, and other categories. A video tutorial of the app can be found at: http://www.amphetamobile.com/wdr-video More…


7. New Bank Software Allows Users to Mash Micro-Level Development Data
The World Bank, which already offers its data free to the world, is now sharing its knowledge and software platforms as well. ADePT, a free software program created by World Bank researchers, uses micro-level data from various types of surveys, such as household budget surveys, demographic and health surveys, and labor force surveys, to produce various sets of tables and graphs for economic research and analysis. ADePT also dramatically reduces the time required for the production of analytical reports, minimizes human errors, and introduces new methods of economic analysis to users worldwide. Visit here for a video tutorial, More… 

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8. New Vice Presidents appointed to the East Asia and Latin America Regions
The Bank has appointed two new regional vice presidents effective January 1, 2012. Hasan Tuluy, a Turkish national who was previously vice president for Human Resources, was appointed Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). He will lead the activities of the 700-plus staff working in the LAC region and will oversee a portfolio of over US$17 billion in loans, grants, and credits. Pamela Cox, an American national who was previously Vice President for the LAC region, was appointed Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific. She has also worked as Chief of Country Operations in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Korea. More…


REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

World Bank to Finance Better Health Services for up to 8 Million Tanzanians a Year
The 2015 Millennium Development Goal on reducing child mortality is now within Tanzania’s reach. A new World Bank Basic Health Services Project will allow about eight million Tanzanians to have access to better health services each year from now until 2015. The project - expected to contribute about a fifth of the total Health Basket Fund (Tanzania’s main vehicle for donor financing for health) - will further support the Tanzanian government’s efforts to focus on quality health care and bring in new financing mechanisms that strengthen the management of health services at the local level. More…

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Making Women’s Voices Count: Integrating Gender Issues in Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and Pacific
The Infrastructure and Social Development Teams in East Asia and Pacific have developed a series of five Guidance Notes on Integrating Gender Issues in Disaster Risk Management (DRM). These notes address key issues and bottlenecks that relate to gender issues in DRM projects, and are designed to help task teams design and implement gender recommendations and solutions. The second component of the program will pilot the recommendations in select countries in the region. Starting in 2012, the program will focus on strategic support to World Bank teams, country level policy analysis, and capacity building. More…


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

The Russian Federation Country Partnership Strategy 2012-16
The World Bank Group 2012-2016 Country Partnership Strategy (CPS) will support Russia to increase its growth and diversification through better management of public finances, improved investment climate and innovation, stronger financial sector, better infrastructure, and more effective protection of the environment. The CPS will also focus increasing training and social services through improvements in education, health, and social protection, deepening Russia’s global and regional role related to its aspirations as a donor, and improving governance and transparency through more accountability. More… 

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Mobile Phones as Tools for Development
A recent innovation from the World Bank’s Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region leverages Internet-mounted platforms, crowdsourcing, and mobile technology to conduct close-to-real-time surveys via mobile phone. L2L (Listening to LAC) allows the World Bank to deploy and monitor surveys, with the goal to prepare for and respond to crises more effectively. In the pilots being run now, the survey questions (10 per round) fall into one of six themes associated with vulnerability and coping strategies: employment, violence, weather shocks, hunger, illness, and access to social services. More…


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Bank Vice President Holds Live Chat on Arab World Development Challenges
World Bank Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, Inger Andersen, recently led a live online global dialogue on the subject of the Arab World. With more 640 participants worldwide, the hour and 20 minute discussion addressed timely issues such as how to reform education, job creation, and political freedom. Ms. Andersen noted that, “I have found that in most of the 160 comments we received [prior to the event], it was about jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. Jobs will come from growth and stability. So governments constantly need to juggle between short-term job creation and longer-term sustainable growth.” More…

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SOUTH ASIA

Improving Road Safety in India
India has one of the highest rates of road accidents in the world, with about 500,000 accidents a year. Within India, the Tamil Nadu state has recorded one of the fastest increases in the number of vehicles on the roads and the highest number of fatalities. To address this public safety crisis, Tamil Nadu became the first state in the country to announce a Road Safety Policy Action Plan in April 2007. As part of the Action Plan, the World Bank recently developed the Road Accident Data Management System, a software that analyzes the ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘why’ of road accidents, and enables users to plan and implement remedial measures. More… 


JOBS

Manager, Web Program Office, Washington, D.C.
The Corporate Communications unit within the World Bank External Affairs Vice Presidency manages strategic communications with the World Bank’s key stakeholders. The unit works to increase the understanding and impact of the World Bank’s mission through effective communications, representation, and issues management. The opening in this unit is for a Manager who can drive the overall strategy of the web program, provide leadership in the Web Governance Council, and lead other web-related initiatives. This opening, which was posted on January 11, closes on February 8. For more information and to apply, visit...

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EVENTS 

Fighting Corruption in Public Services: Chronicling Georgia’s Reforms
World Bank InfoShop, January 31, 2012, 2:00 0 3:30 p.m.
 
This book signing focuses on Georgia’s post Rose Revolution, and the country’s efforts in fighting government corruption. “Fighting Corruption in Public Services” distills the “how” in anti-corruption reforms and addresses key areas such as how reforms are applied and monitored, as well as how anti-corruption best practices can be replicated in other countries. More…

 

E-learning Course: Policies for Growth: February 1 – 29, 2012
The course will cover the role of economic policies’ in the growth and poverty reduction of developing countries. Policies governing money supply, exchange rates and the financial sector are also covered. The remainder of the course examines the many circumstances that keep the poor from moving out of poverty. Policy makers, academics, representatives of donor agencies, civil society organizations, and students of development economics are all encouraged to participate. More… 


ON THE BLOGS


Seven Years After the Tsunami in Indonesia
David Lawrence, a consultant in the International Finance Corporation’s Public-Private Partnerships department, reflects on his time in the tsunami-ravaged province of Aceh, Indonesia in 2006. In his blog entry, he writes, “The worst was over before I arrived, but the stories were still fresh.” Mr. Lawrence also shares what he has recently heard from the locals, both foreign and Acehnese, at the seven-year mark: rebuilt road systems, a new international airport and seaport, and thriving schools and universities. More… 

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS


Podcast: Today in Haiti
Two years have passed since the devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake crippled Haiti. What has been done? This “Today in Haiti” podcast presents how the various teams of the World Bank Group, the government of Haiti, the United Nations, the EU, NGOs, and international organizations are working together to help reconstruct this devastated island nation and how they are still facing some very challenging situations. More… 

Podcast: Program-for-Results (PforR)
In today’s world, development is about results. Everyone - government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, poor people, the private sector - is demanding programs that help deliver sustainable results. To meet this demand, the World Bank has introduced the Program-for-Results (PforR) instrument—the first major development financing instrument to formally link disbursements to the achievement of results. More… 

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Last updated: 2012-01-19




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