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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter – July 2012

1. ACCREDITATION OPEN: WB/IMF 2012 Annual Meetings (Tokyo)
2. Statement of New Bank President Jim Yong Kim
3. MTV and Bank Launch Climate Change Music Videos Competition
4. World Bank Group Committed $52.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2012
5. CSO Participants Provide Feedback on 2012 Spring Meetings
6. World Bank Announces Winners in "Apps for Climate" Competition
7. World Bank Sanctions Oxford University Press for Corrupt Practices
8. Bank Hosts International Open Government Data Conference
9. G20 Leaders Announces Innovative Fund to Boost Food Security and Farmer Livelihoods
10. World Bank Sees Warning Sign in Gas Flaring Increase 


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1. ACCREDITATION OPEN: WB/IMF Annual Meetings (Tokyo)
The 2012 World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings will be held on October 14-16, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. The Civil Society Program will be held from October 8 through 14. The online registration system for CSO representatives is now open and will close on September 24. All CSO representatives interested in participating in the Annual Meetings must obtain individual accreditation and are encouraged to do so at their earliest as the process takes up to three weeks. Click here to request accreditation: Please check our website for more information.

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2. Statement of New World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim
Dr. Jim Yong Kim, the new president of the World Bank Group started his 5-year term on Monday, July 2. In an open statement, he said that “my immediate priority will be to intensify the World Bank’s efforts to help developing countries maintain progress against poverty in these volatile times. I know from my work in poor communities around the world that, when a crisis hits, and no safety net is in place, the effects can be devastating.” Read more about the new president’s statement. And click here to know more about Dr. Kim.


3. MTV and Bank Launch Climate Change Music Videos Competition
The World Bank Connect4Climate (C4C) Team and MTV launched the “Voices4Climate” competition on June 28. The completion invites young people from around the world to share or sing their personal stories about climate change for the chance to win prizes and receive international recognition at the December 2012 UN Conference on Climate Change in Doha. Music video winners will spend a day with MTV editors in New York or London and have their music videos featured on MTV’s ‘Voices’ platform. More…

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4. World Bank Group Committed $52.6 billion in Fiscal Year 2012
The World Bank Group committed $52.6 billion in loans, grants, equity investments, and guarantees to help promote economic growth and overcome poverty in developing countries during fiscal year 2012 (which ended on June 30). As developing countries face strong economic headwinds, the Bank Group financed an estimated 884 projects and investments to promote opportunity and get needed services to the poor. While the level of funding was somewhat lower than the $57.4 billion committed in 2011, it still represents a historic high in response to the negative impacts of the 2008 global economic crisis. More…


5. CSO Participants Provide Feedback on 2012 Spring Meetings
The largest number ever of CSOs (550) participated in the 2012 Spring Meetings, and in keeping with our efforts to enhance the quality and usefulness of the Civil Society Program we asked them to fill out short online survey. Responses were received from 54 participants who gave high marks for the accreditation process and policy dialogue sessions, but also made several useful suggestions on ways to improve the program such as increasing access to Bank / Fund staff. Click here to read the full summary.


6. World Bank Announces Winners in "Apps for Climate" Competition
The World Bank announced 14 finalists of Apps for Climate Competition at the “Connecting for Climate: Technology, Creativity, and Action” event at the Newseum in Washington, DC on June 28. “Apps for Climate” was announced in December 2011 during the United Nations COP-17 climate conference in Durban, South Africa. The top three winning apps in the competition were Ecofacts, My Climate Plan, and Globe Town. Read more…

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7. World Bank Sanctions Oxford University Press for Corrupt Practices
The World Bank Group announced on July 3 the debarment of two wholly-owned subsidiaries of Oxford University Press (OUP); Oxford University Press East Africa Limited (OUPEA) and Oxford University Press Tanzania Limited (OUPT). The debarment is for a period of three years following OUP’s acknowledgment of misconduct by its two subsidiaries in relation to two Bank-financed education projects in East Africa. This debarment is testimony to the World Bank’s continued commitment to protecting the integrity of its projects. More…


8. Bank Hosts International Open Government Data Conference
Sponsored by the World Bank and the US Government’s data.gov, the second International Open Government Data Conference (IOGDC) was held on July 10-12, 2012, at Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. The IOGDC gathered the world's foremost experts on open government data, policymakers, developers, and others to share lessons-learned, stimulate new ideas, and demonstrate the power of democratizing data. Check the conference website.

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9. G20 Leaders Announces Innovative Fund to Boost Food Security and Farmer Livelihoods
An innovative initiative, AgResults, which aims at enhancing global food security and improving the livelihoods of developing country farmers through prizes and other market-based incentives, was announced on June 18 at the G20 Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. Administered by the World Bank, AgResults will achieve improvements in the wellbeing of the poor and vulnerable in developing countries with a fund of up to $100 million. More…


10. World Bank Sees Warning Sign in Gas Flaring Increase
New data showing a two-billion cubic meter increase in flared gas in 2011 over the previous year is a warning that efforts to reduce flaring need to be sustained and even scaled up, said officials with the World Bank-led Global Gas Flaring Reduction partnership (GGFR). “The small increase underlines the importance for countries and companies to sustain and even accelerate efforts to reduce flaring of gas associated with oil production,” said Bent Svensson, manager of the GGFR partnership. Read more…

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REGIONAL NEWS AND PROJECTS

AFRICA

World Bank and IMF Announce More Than US$4 Billion in Debt Relief for Côte d’Ivoire
The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA) and the IMF approved US$3.1 billion in debt relief for Côte d’Ivoire under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, representing a 24 percent reduction of its external debt, plus a further US$1.3 billion dollars of debt relief under the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative (MDRI). The Boards of Directors of both institutions determined the country has made satisfactory progress in meeting the requirements to reach the completion point under the HIPC Initiative. More...


EAST ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

Active Policy Required to Close Remaining Gender Gaps in East Asia Pacific
A new World Bank report shows that while gender equality has increased across East Asia and the Pacific, disparities still exist in a number of important areas. The report, entitled “Toward Gender Equality in East Asia and the Pacific”, says improving women’s access to jobs and economic opportunity could significantly boost productivity in the region. Read more.

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EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

World Bank Improves Infrastructure and Social Services in Rural Azerbaijan
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$ 30 million loan for the Second Rural Investment Project in Azerbaijan (AzRIP-2). The goal of the project is to improve access to community-driven rural infrastructure and expand economic activities for rural households. As a result of the project, nearly 1.5 million rural residents in Azerbaijan will have better access to infrastructure and social services. More…


MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

World Bank Group Support Transition in Tunisia with Focus on Jobs, Inclusion, and Voice
On July 3, the World Bank released the Tunisia Interim Strategy Note (ISN), which outlines new approaches designed to assist Tunisia as it manages a crucial stage in its political transition. The note emphasizes that the overall focus of World Bank investments in Tunisia for the next two years will be jobs and economic recovery, along with support for reforms to give citizens more voice and make government more transparent and accountable. More…


SOUTH ASIA

World Bank Statement on Padma Bridge
In light of the inadequate response by the Government of Bangladesh regarding credible evidences of a high-level corruption conspiracy among Bangladeshi government officials, SNC Lavalin executives, and private individuals in connection with the Padma project, the World Bank has decided to cancel its $1.2 billion IDA credit in support of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge project, effective immediately. Read more from Bank’s statement.


LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

WBG Continued to Support Latin America and the Caribbean’s Resilience to Global Turmoil in 2012
The World Bank Group (WBG) committed $11.8 billion in fiscal year 2012 (July 2011 to June 2012) to support Latin America and the Caribbean’s (LAC) resilience in the midst of the continuing impact from the global economic crisis. The Bank’s financing in the region was geared to supporting programs that increase productivity, create new good-quality jobs, support safety nets for those most in need, and promote environmental responsibility. More... 

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JOBS

Social Development Specialist, Various Openings in Europe and Central Asia Country Offices, Local Hire
The Europe and Central Asia (ECA)’s Social Development Unit opens several Social Development Specialist/Senior Social Development Specialist positions in Turkey, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Romania. These specialists will serve as the Social Development specialists at the Country Offices and focus on incorporating social development in Country Assistance Strategies, research agenda, and the lending portfolio. For more information and to apply, please click here.


EVENTS

2012 International AIDS Conference
The International AIDS Conference will gather experts and practitioners working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC on July 22-27, 2012. The Bank will host a number of events including a session together with the International HIV&AIDS Alliance titled “How Can Civil Society Measure Value for Money and Prove Their Worth” on July 26. For more information on the AIDS Conference, check here… 

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WEB / PUBLICATIONS / PODCASTS

Engaging the Future: Conversations with Global Youth
It is hard to talk about South Asia without invoking its demographics. The region will contribute nearly 40 percent of the growth in the world’s working age (15-64) population, and will need to add a staggering 1 to 1.2 million new entrants to the labor market every month for the next two decades. Entrepreneurship is the spark that lights the fire, and the engine that generates opportunities in local communities. In light of these challenges, the World Bank hosted a discussion on Youth Entrepreneurship in South Asia on July 10, bringing together young social entrepreneurs from Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Japan, and the US. Participants shared their experiences, highlighted their sources of inspiration, the challenges they faced, and the assistance they needed to spur job creation and improve welfare within their communities. More...

 

Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond
The World Bank officially launched the book titled “Migration and Remittances during the Global Financial Crisis and Beyond” on July 10 in Washington, DC at World Bank Headquarters. The book finds that global mobility was unaffected by the crisis and that remittances remained resilient, in sharp contrast with the precipitous declines seen in global private capital flows. It calls for the removal of restrictions on human mobility, which may help enhance financial flows among nations and alleviate some of the adverse effects of the crisis. More... 

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