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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter – June 2012

1. New Social Accountability Mechanism for Civil Society Approved
2. World Bank Focuses on Six Key Issues for Rio +20
3. CSOs Support Global Oceans Initiative Ahead of Rio +20
4. New Bank Environment Strategy Released
5. CSOs Participate in GEF Council Meetings
6. PROVIDE FEEDBACK: Amplifying Citizen Voices through Technology
7. Developing Country Growth Projected to Slow to 5.3% in 2012
8. Why are Food Prices on the Rise Again?
9. Using Geo Mapping to Alter the Bank – CSO Political Landscape
10. Jobs4Africa: African Youth Share Their Concerns, Solutions to More Jobs on the Continent

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

MAIN STORIES 

1. New Social Accountability Mechanism for Civil Society Approved
On June 12, the Bank’s Board approved the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) and the establishment of a Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF). To inform that process, Bank staff in Washington and country offices organized consultations with 1,300 civil society stakeholders in more than 60 countries. As outlined in the GPSA Board paper, the Partnership will provide strategic and sustained support to CSOs and beneficiary groups working in the field of social accountability, leading to improved country-level governance reforms and service delivery. Please see the GPSA webpage for more information and forthcoming updates.

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2. World Bank Focuses on Six Key Issues for Rio +20
A delegation of World Bank leaders and environment experts attending the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio are focusing on six key issues: 1. inclusive green growth as the path to sustainable development; 2. natural capital accounting as a way to measure a country's wealth for better decision making; 3. promoting cross-sector support for better ocean health and productivity; 4. integrate forests, land, and water resources to promote food security sustainably; 5. promoting the sustainability for the world's growing cities; and 6. supporting sustainable energy resources. More… 


3. CSOs Support Global Oceans Initiative Ahead of Rio +20
Over 80 countries, civil society groups, private companies, and international organizations have declared their support for the new Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO) which is geared to restoring the world’s oceans to health and productivity. The Partnership, announced by the Bank in February 2012, will focus in three key areas: sustainable seafood and livelihoods from capture fisheries and aquaculture; critical coastal and ocean habitats and biodiversity; and pollution reduction. Among the CSOs supporting the initiative are Conservation International, Environmental Defense Fund, and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). More...

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4. New Bank Environment Strategy Released
The World Bank released its new Environment Strategy for 'Green, Clean, Resilient' Development (2012 – 2022) on June 5, 2012. It was the result of extensive consultations held with numerous stakeholders, including civil society, from 126 countries since 2009. The new strategy responds to calls from governments, private sector, and civil society for new approaches to development in light of unprecedented environmental challenges, and lays out a vision aimed at supporting countries to pursue sustainable development pathways that are green, inclusive, efficient, and affordable. Click here for the Press Release announcing the Strategy and here to see the Consultation Map.


5. CSOs Participate in GEF Council Meetings
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) held its 42nd Council meetings on June 4-7, 2012. During the regular day-long consultation meeting between CSO advisors and GEF managers, they discussed a number of issues including principles & guidelines for engagement with Indigenous Peoples. In a major breakthrough, the Council accepted the GEF Secretariat’s recommendation to accredit 11 organizations as GEF Project Agencies, four of which are CSOs: World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and International Federation of Red Cross. They will next be assessed in terms of compliance with the GEF’s Social and Environmental Safeguards and Fiduciary Standards. More…

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6. PROVIDE FEEDBACK: Amplifying Citizen Voices through Technology
Join the conversation on how to best use technology as an instrument to make governments and donors more accountable and responsive to citizens needs. The Open Development Technology Alliance (ODTA), in collaboration with the World Bank, is inviting feedback on four "How-To Notes." These draft Notes explore the role information and communication technologies (ICTs) can play to enhance governance, strengthen social accountability mechanisms and ultimately improve development outcomes. To participate, click here…


7. Developing Country Growth Projected to Slow to 5.3% in 2012
The Bank’s new Global Economic Prospects (GEP) released on June 12 has urged developing countries to prepare for a long period of volatility in the global economy by re-emphasizing medium-term development strategies, while preparing for tougher times. According to the report, a resurgence of tensions in high-income Europe has eroded the gains made during the first four months of 2012, making for increased market jitters with some country stock markets losing as much as 7 percent and industrial commodity prices down, etc. More… 

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8. Why are Food Prices on the Rise Again?
After a four-month decline, global food prices jumped 8 percent during the first quarter of 2012, according to the quarterly Food Price Watch report of the World Bank released a few weeks ago. This is causing hardship for millions of people worldwide, especially those with already-scarce resources. Replay a discussion with World Bank senior economist José Cuesta as he discussed the latest issue of Food Price Watch and the impact of rising food prices. More...


9. Using Geo Mapping to Alter the Bank – CSO Political Landscape
Can the sharing of technical mapping tools and datasets help to change longstanding political relations? This is exactly what’s happening between the World Bank and some of its longstanding advocacy CSO interlocutors said John Garrison in his latest blog. Several recent training sessions and technical workshops co-organized with CSOs on the Bank’s open data tools, are leading to increased collaboration around a common transparency and accountability agenda. Read the full blog…

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10. Jobs4Africa: African Youth Share Their Concerns, Solutions to More Jobs on the Continent 
African youth want to work, but they need the education, information, skills training and opportunities necessary to get a good job. That was the consensus after four days of brainstorming sessions with youth in Ghana, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More than 600 youth joined World Bank managers and staff for the Africa Gathering which was held on April 20 - 27, 2012, to share their views on how to increase employment in Africa and to offer solutions to some of the challenges they face. The event was part of a larger effort by the World Bank to include youth perspectives in an upcoming report on creating productive jobs for Africa’s youth. More…


REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

China and Africa Share Experience in Development
An ongoing "South-South" program organized by the Chinese government, its African partners and the World Bank have brought Chinese and African officials and experts together to share experience in development. Both sides gave positive feedbacks on how they got inspired by the exchange which since 2008 has delivered a series of events covering various topics: special economic zones, agriculture and poverty reduction, health, vocational education and training, and watershed and land management. More…

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EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Improving Transport Services for 470,000 Residents in Yining - China
The People’s Republic of China, in collaboration with the World Bank, is poised to provide better and safer transport services for the residents of Yining municipality in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The US$100 million loan recently approved by the Bank's Board of Executive Directors, will provide China’s historic gateway to Central Asia and Europe with an opportunity to become a regional trade and logistics center as well as an industrial base for export processing industries. More...


EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

Closing the Early Learning Gap for Roma Children in Eastern Europe
Ensuring that poor Roma and non-Roma children alike receive an equal start in life by investing in early childhood development is both essential to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and smart economics. The vast majority of young Roma – more than 75% - do not complete secondary education and enter the labor market unprepared. To bridge this gap, the World Bank joined other international organizations recently to launch a Roma Education Fund to ensure that all Romani and other poor and excluded children have access to quality early childhood education and care (ECEC) services. More...

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Colombian Youth Use Art, Music to Envision Future Without Violence
In Colombia, where conflict has continued for more than 50 years with 4,000 minors killed between 2003-2006, the road to peace especially for young people is daunting and full of obstacles. The World Bank recently signed a memorandum of understanding with a local Foundation which campaigns for a Colombia free from violence. The program aims to provide young people with the opportunity to use the art of singing, painting, and composing to exorcize the threat of violence on the streets, in their neighborhoods, homes and schools. More…


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

One Million Yemenis to Benefit from New Labor Intensive Public Works Project
The Board of Directors of the World Bank recently approved $65 million in support of the Yemeni government's project designed to generate much-needed employment in Yemen, and provide urgently needed services in sparsely populated rural settlements and poor urban communities. At an estimated job creation of 120,000 persons/month, this project will cover all of Yemen’s twenty-one governorates, delivering a wide range of services to marginalized and poor communities. More…

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SOUTH ASIA

Reshaping Tomorrow: Is South Asia Ready for the Big Leap?
South Asia is among the fastest growing regions in the world, but it is also home to the largest concentration of people living in conditions of debilitating poverty, gender disparities, and conflict. The optimistic view is that India will achieve double-digit growth rates benefitting the rest of South Asia. The pessimistic view is that growth will be derailed by structural and transformational challenges. Which of these two outlooks will prevail? See what panel of experts said in a recent discussion hosted by World Bank's South Asia's Chief Economist, Kalpana Kochhar. More… 


EVENTS

Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) Kicks off its 2012 Photo Contest
Is there a moment or a place where your lens has captured the impact of finance in helping poor people improve their lives? Submit your photos for the chance to win this year’s prestigious award, and tell the world about microfinance and financial inclusion. Winners receive considerable exposure, and become part of a global community of photographers who share a twin passion for photography and advancing financial access for the world’s poor. Entries will close on 3 September 2012. For more information and to submit your entries, click here…

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ON THE BLOGS

Africa's Success Story: Infant Mortality Down
There is a tremendous success story in Sub-Saharan Africa that has only barely been recognized. Infant and under-5 mortality has plummeted in many countries in the region in recent years. The under-5 mortality (U5MR) measure captures the number of children per 1000 live births who die before their 5th birthday. One of the Millennium Development Goals is a two-thirds decline in U5MR between 1990 and 2015, which would require an annual decline of 4.4 percent per year. In the 20 countries for which recent data is available, 12 show rates of decline above this “MDG rate.” More…


WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

Global Mobility Unaffected by Financial Crisis
A new book on migration and remittances published on June 14 by the World Bank has noted that the global financial crisis of 2008/09 has not affected remittances despite worsening employment prospects and anti-immigration rhetoric in some destination countries. Remittances have continued to be resilient, providing a steady source of foreign currency to developing country economies at a time when foreign aid remained flat and foreign direct investment declined. The resilience of remittances is good news for developing countries as they remain one of the less volatile sources of foreign exchange earnings, particularly for the less developed countries. More… 

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