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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - February 2012

1. Bank Announces Process for Selecting New President
2. ACCREDITATION OPEN: World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings
3. CONSULTATIONS EXPANDED - Global Partnership for Enhanced Social Accountability (GPSESA)
4. Program For Results Instrument Approved
5. World Bank's Free App Highlight Women’s Struggles
6. GOXI – Website Promotes Greater Accountability in Extractive Industries
7. New Soil Carbon Methodology for Smallholder Farmers
8. Bank Report Shows Decline in Global Food Prices
9. Private and Public Partners Unite to Combat 10 Neglected Tropical Diseases by 2020
10. Boosting Assistance for Emerging Countries Affected by Eurozone Crisis 

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

MAIN STORIES 

1. Bank Announces Process for Selecting New President
With the recent announcement that President Robert Zoellick is stepping down at the end of his five year term on June 30, 2012, the Bank just released information on the process for selecting the new chief executive. The Executive Directors agreed that the process will be merit-based and transparent. Candidates should meet a number of criteria including: a proven track record of leadership; experience of managing large organizations; and ability to articulate a clear vision of the organization's development mission. All 187 member countries can submit candidates and a short list of up to three candidates will be formally interviewed by the Board of Directors. The expectation is that the new President will be selected by consensus and announced by the Spring Meetings in April 2012. More…

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2. ACCREDITATION OPEN: World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings
The 2012 World Bank and International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings will be held over the weekend of April 20-22, 2012 in Washington, D.C. As in previous years, the Civil Society Policy Forum, a program of policy dialogues for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), will be held between April 18 and April 21, 2012. All CSO representatives interested in participating in the Spring Meetings must obtain individual accreditation and are encouraged to do so early as the process takes up to three weeks. The online registration system is now open and will close on April 10, 2012. If you have any questions about the Spring Meetings and/or are interested in organizing a policy session, please send an email to ngoliaison@imf.org or civilsociety@worldbank.org. Click here for more and to request accreditation:


3. CONSULTATIONS EXPANDED - Global Partnership for Enhanced Social Accountability (GPSESA)
The consultation website for the proposed Global Partnership for Enhanced Social Accountability which was launched in January by the World Bank in English, is now available in three additional languages; French, Spanish and Arabic! 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 began with numerous meetings in Africa in January, and will continue through early March. Please check the website to see where and when the next consultations will be held. More...

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4. Program For Results Instrument Approved
Program-for-Results (PforR), a new innovative financing instrument, was approved by the World Bank's Executive Directors in January 2012. PforR links the disbursement of funds directly to the delivery of defined results. It is governed by the operational policy, OP/BP 9.00. This new instrument will help the Bank's partner countries improve the design and implementation of their development programs and achieve lasting results by strengthening institutions and building capacity, and supports government programs in a diverse range of countries and sectors. An extensive global consultations process with multiple stakeholders, including CSOs, over the last twelve months provided important inputs to the design of PforR. More…


5. World Bank's Free App Highlights Women’s Struggles
From a new bride in Singapore to girl soldiers in Mozambique, a free iPhone and iPad app launched by the World Bank with online photo encyclopedia Fotopediaon uses striking photographs to pay poignant tribute to the diversity and strength of women around the world. Through the app, users will encounter women from every corner of the globe and witness their fighting spirit in the face of human, political, and religious challenges. This collaboration also highlights the World Bank’s ThinkEQUAL campaign that aims to increase awareness of progress and obstacles in gender equality around the globe. Today, more girls go to school and more women receive maternal healthcare than ever before, yet only 15 percent of landowners and only one in five lawmakers are women. More…

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6. GOXI – Website Promotes Greater Accountability in Extractive Industries
Many countries with mineral and oil wealth experience slower economic growth than countries not so endowed. How does a country break this ‘resource curse’ pattern and transform its resources into drivers of development? That’s the challenge the World Bank aim to tackle with the new Extractives for Development, or E4D Initiative. As part of this initiative, a collaborative website, GOXI, has also been established where CSOs and other partners are invited to share, learn, and connect around initiatives geared to promoting greater accountability in extractive industries. To share your views go to: http://goxi.org/ and click here for more information on E4D.


7. New Soil Carbon Methodology for Smallholder Farmers
A new methodology to encourage smallholder farmers in Kenya – and potentially worldwide -- to adopt improved farming techniques, boost productivity, increase their resilience to climate change, and earn carbon credits, has been given international approval. This new approach for sustainable agricultural land management (SALM) practices developed by the World Bank for the Smallholder Agriculture Carbon Finance Project run by the non-governmental organization Vi Agroforestry in western Kenya. The pilot project involves more than 60,000 smallholders who are farming 45,000 hectares of land, and is being supported by the World Bank’s BioCarbon Fund. More...

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8. Bank Report Shows Decline in Global Food Prices
Millions of people worldwide have been struggling to pay for basic food staples such as rice, oil and wheat since prices began climbing in late 2010. According to the latest Food Price Watch report released in January, global food prices declined 8% between September and December of 2011 due to increasing supplies and uncertainty about the global economy, but still remain volatile and high with the 2011 annual index 24% higher than its average in 2010. At a recent live chat with a World Bank Senior Economist, people shared their views about the different types of coping strategies they are using in combating high food prices. More… 


9. Private and Public Partners Unite to Combat 10 Neglected Tropical Diseases by 2020
Teaming up with other development agencies, the World Bank recently announced a new, coordinated push to accelerate progress toward eliminating or controlling 10 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by the end of the decade. Uniting efforts with NTD-endemic countries, partners pledged to bring a unique focus to defeating these diseases and to work together to improve the lives of the 1.4 billion people worldwide affected by NTDs, most of who are among the worlds poorest. In the largest coordinated effort to date to combat NTDs, the group announced at an event at the Royal College of Physicians that they would among other measures provide more than US$785 million to support R&D efforts and strengthen drug distribution and implementation programs. More…

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10. Boosting Assistance for Emerging Countries Affected by Eurozone Crisis
The World Bank Group recently announced a $27 billion in funding available over the next two years for countries of Emerging Europe and Central Asia (ECA) impacted by the Eurozone crisis. “While the effects of the Eurozone crisis on the largest economies of Western Europe receive most of the world's attention, the crisis is also hurting people in emerging Eastern European countries, particularly the poorest in Central and Southeastern Europe,” said World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick. “The World Bank Group is expanding funding available to the region so that those countries can rely on these resources to weather the crisis” he continued. More…


REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

 

AFRICA

Africa Losing Billions in Potential Trade Earnings
With African leaders now calling for a continental free trade area by 2017 to boost trade within the continent, a new World Bank report shows how African countries are losing out on billions of dollars in potential trade earnings every year because of high trade barriers with neighboring countries, and that it is easier for Africa to trade with the rest of the world than with itself. According to the new report De-Fragmenting Africa: Deepening Regional Trade Integration in Goods and Services regional fragmentation could become even more costly for the continent with new World Bank forecasts suggesting that economic slowdown in the Eurozone could shave Africa’s growth by up to 1.3 percentage points this year. Read Report | Watch Video… 

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Jakarta Receives Support for Its Flood Mitigation Efforts
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors recently approved a project to clean out a number of major waterways in Jakarta, in support of the provincial government’s flood management system. The Jakarta Urgent Flood Mitigation Project – also known as the Jakarta Emergency Dredging Initiative, or JEDI – will help dredge about 67.5 km of 11 key channel sections and 65 hectares of four retention basins, to help restore their operating capacities. About 42 km of embankments will also be repaired. More... 


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Improving Preschool Education in Russia
World Bank experts are working with government officials, teachers, and parents in the Sakha Republic, a region of the Russian Federation in the Arctic Circle, to tackle early childhood education reform. According to Afanasy S. Vladimirov, Sakha Republic Education Minister, "We have acute problem of shortage of places in kindergartens. Total coverage of preschool education is 63.3%. More than 30 thousand children are in the queue.” These issues require a multifaceted approach—one in which the World Bank has experience, he continued. More… 

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Cleaner and Better Urban Transport for Half a Million People in Rio
The Government of Brazil in partnership with the World Bank is poised to reduce 93.700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions - equivalent to over 25,000 gasoline passenger cars per year and to better the quality of life for more than half a million daily commuters, most of them poor; as the two embark on Upgrading and Greening the Rio de Janeiro Urban Rail System Project. More... 


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Launch: World Bank Facebook Page in Arabic, French, and English
In recognition of social media's role in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the region launched its first Facebook Page on February 1, 2012 in three languages, (English, Arabic and French). The Page will feature various news and blogs relevant to MENA and will highlight some of the World Bank MENA Region’s activities and efforts. Recent posts have covered issues important to the CSO community, including education quality, gender, governance and food security. In addition, CSO engagement is particularly vital to the success of the Page and most importantly, to the Bank’s work in the Region. Feel free to share its content and visit the page at http://www.facebook.com/WorldBankMiddleEastNorthAfrica and “Like it”! 


SOUTH ASIA

Making Sri Lanka More Competitive in the Region and Worldwide
With a US$11 million concessional credit approved recently by the World Bank the Sri Lankan government is poised to enhance its Information and Communication Technology services that would help it gain a considerable competitive advantage in the region. This fund will enable the government to build on the gains of the first ICT project also financed by the World Bank and through which the country has won several International ICT awards. More...

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JOBS

Senior Communications Officer, Washington DC
The joint World Bank / UNODC Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR), housed in the Finance and Private Sector Development (FPD) Vice Presidency of the World Bank is seeking an experienced Senior Communications Officer to lead communications work for its high profile Stolen Asset Recovery (StAR) Initiative and on other financial sector related work. Among other duties the successful candidate will advise the FPD Communications manager and the StAR coordinator on asset recovery issues and prepare management briefings on trends, news developments, public opinion, or changing/unexpected circumstances that may impact the Bank and StAR. Application closes on February 28, 2012. More… 

 

Senior Poverty Specialist, Hanoi, Vietnam
The World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Region’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (EASPR) unit is seeking to hire a Senior Poverty Specialist to be based in its Hanoi office. EASPR is responsible for the Bank’s work in the areas of economic policy, public sector governance, poverty analysis and gender for this dynamic and rapidly evolving region. Among other duties the successful candidate will work on a program to improve capacity for measuring and monitoring poverty and to target social transfers by supporting poverty surveys, research and analysis to feed policy and by improving M&E system for social programs. Application closes on 11-Mar-2012. More…

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EVENTS

CALL For Proposals: Health Policy Action Fund (HPAF)
The Health Policy Action Fund (HPAF) invites Civil Society Organizations to submit proposals for funding of health policy work at national level. The grants will fund work over an 18-month period starting in April 2012, and have a maximum of US$ 30,000 per grantee. Interested applicants are requested to visit the HPAF website at www.healthpolicyactionfund.org for more details. This call for proposals opened on 25 January 2012 and will close 17h00 (Pretoria Time) on 28 February 2012. Forms can be downloaded from the HPAF website. Proposals can be sent to cjacob@oxfam.org.uk.

 

Transnational NGO Leadership Institute
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, in upstate New York have announced its May, 2012 leadership preparedness program. This five day course targets current leaders who are working at the second tier of leadership in international NGO’s and who wish to prepare themselves to assume top leadership positions. Some areas to be covered include; leading in a complex context, organizational governance, collaboration and crisis, etc. The deadline for application for scholarships is March 1, 2012. Further details and application materials are available at www.maxwell.syr.edu/leadershipinstitute.

 

Translation Services for Civil Society Organizations
Traducteurs sans Frontières (TSF) is an independent non-profit association established in 1993, dedicated to helping CSOs extend their humanitarian work by providing free, professional translations. Today, its sister organization Translators without Borders (TWB), assists in translating more than two million words per year for NGOs/CSOs, using a systems platform that enables CSOs to connect directly with professional translators who volunteer their time to help. Should a CSO wish to request translation from TWB, they can apply using the following link: http://translatorswithoutborders.com/NGO-Application-Form.

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ON THE BLOGS

How Should the World Bank Support Social Accountability: Share Your Views!
This is a question many World Bank stakeholders – civil society, government, private sector representatives – have been debating in recent years. The questions is even more timely now that the Bank is considering establishing a new global Partnership for Social Accountability geared to supporting civil society capacity to engage with governments to improve development effectiveness. It comes in response to a speech Mr. Zoellick gave in April 2011 on the need to scale up relations with civil society in the wake of the Arab Spring and growth of civil society worldwide. Share your views by participating in the global consultation process. More...



WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS
Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century
Urban flooding is a significant challenge which today increasingly confronts the residents of the expanding cities and towns of developing countries, as well as policymakers and national, regional and local government officials. The Global Handbook presents the state-of-the art in urban flood risk management in a thorough and user-friendly way. It serves as a primer in integrated urban flood risk management for technical specialists, decision-makers and other concerned stakeholders in the private and community sectors. More…

 

Rents to Riches?: The Political Economy of Natural Resource-Led Development
This book focuses on the political economy of the detailed decisions that governments make at each step of the natural resource management (nrm) value chain. Many resource-dependent developing countries pursue seemingly shortsighted and suboptimal policies when extracting, taxing, and investing resource rents. The book contextualizes these micro-level outcomes with an emphasis on two central political economy dimensions: the degree to which governments can make credible intertemporal commitments to both resource developers and citizens, and the degree to which governments are inclusive and inclined to turn resource rents into public goods. More...

For a detailed list of Bank publications, visit: http://publications.worldbank.org/ 

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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. Please share your comments on the Newsletter with us: civilsociety@worldbank.org. All past issues of the Newsletter can be found at here.




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