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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - May 2012

1. Record Number of CSOs Participate in the Spring Meetings
2. Parliamentarian Delegation Attends the Spring Meetings
3. INPUT SOUGHT: Procurement Policy Review
4. InterAction and GFDRR Showcase New Tools for Mapping Disaster Recovery
5. Bank Releases Green Growth Report Ahead of Rio +20
6. World Bank Highlights its Record of Supporting Land Rights
7. World Bank Launches Online Corporate Scorecard
8. Social Accountability Partnership Enters Second Phase of Consultations
9. World Bank Discusses with CSOs its Re-engagement Plans for Myanmar 
 

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

MAIN STORIES

1. Record Number of CSOs Participate in the Spring Meetings
A record number of CSOs participated in the recent World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings in Washington DC. Over 550 (see list) civil society representatives – 200 more than in 2011 – attended the Civil Society Program which spanned five days from April 17 to 21, 2012. Of these, the Bank and Fund sponsored 29 CSOs / Youth Leaders and Academics (see list) from developing countries in order to ensure that voices and perspectives from southern civil society and young people were adequately represented at the Spring Meetings. The Civil Society Program included a CSO Roundtable with Executive Directors, high-level panel on Social Accountability, and the Civil Society Policy Forum with some 45 sessions (CS Forum), and click here for more.

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2. Parliamentarian Delegation Attends the Spring Meetings
The Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (the Parliamentary Network) participated with a delegation comprised of five Board members, sixteen additional Parliamentary Network members and two Secretariat staff to the Spring Meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. from 17 to 19 April 2012. During this time, delegates took part in a parliamentary workshop and met with senior representatives from the World Bank and IMF in bilateral meetings. More…


3. INPUT SOUGHT: Procurement Policy Review
In line with the World Bank’s broader modernization agenda and reform of investment lending, the Bank has announced a review of its operational procurement policy and procedures. The review is being undertaken in response to new demands emerging from a changing global operating context, the diverse and evolving needs of clients, and the varying instruments and changing business that the Bank offers today to promote development. The review will include consultations with CSOs and other stakeholders throughout its two-year duration, from March 2012 through early 2014. To access the review documents and provide input, please click here...

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4. InterAction and GFDRR Showcase New Tools for Mapping Disaster Recovery
InterAction and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), co-hosted a workshop on May 3 in Washington on opportunities for strengthening disaster risk reduction, humanitarian relief, and sustainable development. Some 200 participants from over 70 CSOs and technology firms participated in the half-day event in which mapping experts and development professionals demonstrated a variety of geo-mapping tools and on-the-ground experiences in such places as Haiti and Afghanistan. As Suzanne Kindervatter (Vice President for Strategic Impact, InterAction) said, “At its heart, mapping is about openness. Openness is critical for inclusive development and a thriving civil society.” More…


5. Bank Releases Green Growth Report Ahead of Rio +20
Economic growth has lifted more than 660 million people out of poverty and has raised income levels of millions more. But with 1.3 billion people still without access to electricity, 2.6 billion without access to sanitation, and 900 million lacking safe, clean drinking water, has that growth really been “inclusive?” A new Bank report Inclusive Green Growth: The Pathway to Sustainable Development” launched on May 10 ahead of the Rio +2 Conference in mid-June, challenges governments to change their approach to growth policies, better measuring not only what is being produced, but what is being used up and polluted in the process. More...

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6. World Bank Highlights its Record of Supporting Land Rights
The leasing or purchase of agricultural land in the developing world has become a hot button issue as the planet has grown more crowded and the pressure to stake out more arable land – whether for food or biofuels – grows. At the same time, agricultural productivity in many of the poorest communities around the globe has stagnated and, unless higher crop yields can be attained, far too many people will remain trapped in poverty. Helping such smallholders catch the wave of rising interest in farmland was a key aim of the Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, which was held on April 23 -26 in Washington. In his blog, Klaus Deininger a Lead Economist, also highlights the Bank’s strong track record of supporting policies to protect the land rights of local farmers, including poor people and women. Read…


7. World Bank Launches Online Corporate Scorecard
As part of its focus on results, accountability and openness, the World Bank has developed an electronic version of its Corporate Scorecard, providing a snapshot of the Bank's overall performance in the context of development results. The electronic version of the Corporate Scorecard provides users with easy on-line access to indicators, data disaggregated by regions and countries for selected indicators, time series, and visual data presentation. The online Scorecard also includes definitions, sources, and links to supplemental information and other relevant resources. More… 

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8. Social Accountability Partnership Enters Second Phase of Consultations
CSOs and Bank senior Management participated in a high level session during the Spring Meetings to further explore the role that social accountability plays in development, and how the Bank can best support efforts to improve government services and promote more accountable governance. The session also highlighted the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) which the Bank is developing to support civil society knowledge-sharing, networking, and programs in this area. It was announced that after an extensive consultation process which began in February, a second round of country-specific consultations will be held from May through June 2012 to go deeper into the operational details, before going back to the Bank’s board for consideration. Watch a replay of the webcast and read summary of the session.


9. World Bank Discusses with CSOs its Re-engagement Plans for Myanmar
Human Rights Watch and several other CSOs organized a session during the recent Spring Meeting to which it invited representatives of the World Bank, IMF, and Asian Development Bank to discuss expected IFI re-engagement in Myanmar. During the discussion there was consensus among the panelists that engagement needs to be accompanied by significant governance reforms and undertaken within a framework of transparency and accountability. This common understanding was reflected in a press statement released by the Bank on April 26 which states that in addition to working with the government and other donor agencies the Bank is committed to supporting the important work CSOs are doing to encourage transparency and accountability in Myanmar. The Bank also announced that it would open its office in Myanmar in early June. More...

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

Sierra Leone Fights Malaria with Mass Distribution of Treated Mosquito Nets
During this year's World Malaria Day, the message from the global Roll Back Malaria Partnership was ‘Sustain Gains, Save Lives: Invest in Malaria'. In Africa deaths from the disease—which has claimed the lives of thousands of young children every year—have fallen by a third over the last ten years due to increased efforts to prevent and treat malaria, According to a Malaria Indicator Survey, 87 percent of all households in Sierra Leone now own at least one mosquito net that has been treated with insecticide. This is a huge increase from the previous year, when just 33 percent of households owned one. More…


EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Proper Targeting for Better Poverty Reduction Results in the Philippines
The National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) in the Philippines was conceived in 2008 initially to identify potential beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program. Through World Bank assistance, the CCT became the first program to adopt an objective and uniform system for targeting poor households. As of July 2011, NHTS-PR has identified 5.2 million poor households, of which 2.3 million were enrolled in the CCT. More...

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Citizens of FYR Macedonia to Benefit from Infrastructure Improvements
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors recently approved an additional financing loan of EURO 37.2 million for the FYR Macedonia Municipal Services Improvement Project. The project underscores the importance of investments in urban infrastructure and municipal services to support economic growth and employment. It also puts transparency, financial sustainability and delivery of targeted municipal services for the citizens of FYR Macedonia at the core of its intervention. More…


LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Brazil: Redefining 'Resettlement' to Meet Urban Challenges
According to Fabio Pittaluga, a Senior Social Development Specialist at the World Bank; it is no secret Brazil is undergoing a “renaissance” of sorts. After decades of rough economic times marred by the stigma of deep inequity and social exclusion, Brazil has emerged as an economic powerhouse in the region and globally. It is equally true that transforming those urban spaces will not be possible without taking decisive actions in the favelas – the physical scars of inequality that mar the Brazilian body politic. Read all of Fabio’s blog.

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MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

Middle East and North Africa Must Launch Its Own ‘Employment Miracle’
The World Bank’s latest Economic Update for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) presents a two-track regional growth forecast for 2012. The report says growth in oil exporters will receive an anticipated 2 percent boost and achieve a rate of 5.4 percent in 2012, while oil importers are expected to grow at about half that rate as internal and external risks continue to threaten recovery prospects. With youth unemployment in MENA above 25 percent, the authors of this report examine the incidence, and subsequently the determinants of employment miracles across the globe over the past three decades and identify what might be helpful to MENA countries in the hunt for similar miracles now. More...


SOUTH ASIA

Improving Education and Enhancing Natural Gas Supply in Pakistan
Two critical sectors to Pakistan’s growth and development, education and natural gas, recently received a US$550 million support in projects from the World Bank. The Education Sector Project will support the Government of Punjab’s education sector reform program to increase child school participation and student achievement whereas the Natural Gas Efficiency Project aims to enhance the supply of natural gas in Pakistan by reducing the physical and commercial losses in the gas pipeline system. More... 

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JOBS

Senior Social Development Specialist (IP Issues) - (Washington DC)
The Social development department of the World Bank focuses on the need to ‘put people first’ in development processes. Poor people’s own voices tell us that poverty is more than low income—it is also about vulnerability, exclusion and isolation, unaccountable institutions, powerlessness, and exposure to violence. As such, efforts to overcome poverty must not just get economic policies right. They must also promote social development, which empowers people by creating more inclusive, cohesive, accountable and resilient institutions and societies. This department has advertised the above position with closing date as May 29, 2012. For more information and to apply, click here...

For more opportunities at the World Bank, please visit our jobs website.


EVENTS

Training workshop on Community Score Card (CSC), May 28-June 1, 2012, Jaipur, India
Responding to the demand from various organizations working on social accountability issues within India and abroad, the Consumer Unity & Trust Society (CUTS) is organizing 5 day training on Community Score Card in Jaipur from May 29 to June 1, 2012. The training fee is US$ 1100 per participant, which will cover 6 nights stay, boarding, training cost including one a filed visit and practical exercise etc. More...

 

UN Open Government Data Survey
The UN is calling on CSOs and other stakeholders to share their thoughts and comments on its new online platform on Public Administration that is geared towards enhancing good governance, transparency and accountability.  Survey closes on May 31.  To particiapte in the survey please use this link: http://bit.ly/unogd-survey

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ON THE BLOGS

1. Open Data at the World Bank: 2 Year Anniversary
In April 2010, the World Bank's President, Robert Zoellick announced the Bank's Open Data Initiative which made available to the public over 2000 datasets of the institution that were previously sold. In two years, this initiative has grown to include over 8000 datasets, geo-mapping of Bank projects, Bank financial data, and the recently launched Open Knowledge Repository which includes research and knowledge reports available under a Creative Commons (CC-BY) license. As Shaida Baidee notes in her blog, perhaps the most incredible aspect of this process has been that this data has in turn been used by independent software developers to create hundreds of apps which can make this data more readily available to the average citizen. More... 

 

2. Kudos to Kenya for Gender and Water Efforts!
This blog credits the Ministry of Water and Irrigation (MoWI) in Kenya for winning a second place on the United Nations Public Service Award (UNPSA) in recognition of its work to promote gender integration and awareness in the sector. But the authors also celebrate a successful collaboration between the MoWI, the World Bank and the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP) since 2009 that has enabled this result. More…


WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

Sourcebook for 21 Social Accountability Tools
The Program for Accountability in Nepal (PRAN) has launched the English version of their "Sourcebook for 21 Social Accountability Tools". It is a collection of existing and well used tools in Nepal (like "Public Hearing" and "Social Audit"); tools that have been used and documented in Nepal, but not frequently used (like "Integrity Pact", "Declaration of Assets"); and tools that in the opinion of PRAN are necessary and valuable for CSOs in Nepal (like "Civic Education" and "Conflict of Interest"). The format of each chapter involves important issues like "What can go wrong?" and what can citizens do in such cases? Click here to access the sourcebook.

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