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2012 Annual Meetings - Civil Society Policy Forum

Civil Society Policy Forum
Tokyo, Japan
October 10 - 13, 2012

The Civil Society Policy Forum will be held from Wednesday, October 10 to Saturday, October 13, prior to, and during the 2012 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG). It is being organized by the Bank and Fund Civil Society Teams. The Forum will bring together IMF and WBG staff, CSO representatives, government officials, academics, and others to exchange views on a variety of topics ranging from the global economic crisis and food security, to health.  The expected 50 sessions will be organized by Bank, Fund, and CSOs individually or jointly. 

The CS Forum will also include a Townhall Meeting with Bank President Jim Yong Kim and Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and a CSO Roundtable with Executive Directors from the IMF and WBG.  Several sessions are also being organized prior to the CS Forum including a Capacity-building session on the IMF and an Orientation session on the WBG.  The CS Forum sessions will all be held at the Tokyo International Forum (TIF) unless indicated otherwise.

Please find the tentative schedule of sessions below.  Please check back frequently as we will be publishing additional information and sessions in the coming days.  For additional sessions which are still being planned visit our online draft schedule.   If you would like more information on these sessions, please contact John Garrison (jgarrison@worldbank.org) for WB-related sessions, and Karla Chaman (kchaman@imf.org) for IMF-related sessions.
 

 

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Saturday

Pre-Civil Society Forum Events
 

Monday, October 8

9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Room: TBC

Capacity-Building Session on the IMF  /  Orientation Session on the World Bank

Sponsors:  IMF, WBG

Panelists: IMF:  Vasuki Shastry (External Relations Department), Karla Chaman (Civil Society Team); WB: Jill Wilkins (External Affairs Department, WB), John Garrison (Civil Society Team, WB)

This session will focus on the IMF and WBG (IBRD, IFC, MIGA) origins, organizational structure, major policies, and operational work.  Space may be limited thus please RSVP to this session by sending email to: nokereke@worldbank.org by October 1.

Coffee, tea, and cookies will be served

 

Tuesday, October 9

CIVIL SOCIETY POLICY FORUM EVENTS 
October 10 - 13

Wednesday, October 10

 8:30  – 9:00
Room: TBC

Welcome Breakfast

Sponsors:  International Monetary Fund / World Bank Group

Panelists: Karla Chaman (IMF),  John Garrison, Leonora Gonzales, Yukako Hiraki, Nneka Okereke (WB)

Come meet the Fund and Bank Civil Society Team staff, learn about Annual Meetings activities such as the CS Forum policy sessions, CSO Townhall with Ms. Lagarde and Mr. Kim, CSO Roundtable with Executive Directors, Program of Seminars, and discuss meeting logistics.

 

9:00 – 10:30
Room: TBC

Water Privatization Management Issues

Sponsors: Asia Pacific Network for Food Sovereignty (APNFS)

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 11:00 – 12:30
Room: TBC

Capacity Building in Practice: What Does it Mean for Farmers’ Organisations?

Sponsor:  Network of Agri-agencies in Europe, Africa, and Asia (AgriCord)

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

11:00 – 12:30
Room: TBC

Basic Education and the World Bank’s 2010 Pledge

Sponsor: Results

Panelists:  Dan Jones (Campaigns Manager, RESULTS UK), Tony Baker (Education for All Campaign Manager, RESULTS), Katie Malouf Bous (Policy Advisor - Education and Health, Oxfam International), CHAIR: Takafumi Miyake (Secretary-General, Japan NGO Network for Education)

While in recent years IDA financing for basic education worldwide has been increasing overall, it has been decreasing in many of the countries most off-track from reaching the education MDGs, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. Moreover, there are growing trends in which IDA support to basic education is decreasing in countries that are part of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the membership to which indicates a particular need and readiness for additional education support.

To address these trends, the World Bank in 2010 pledged to increase IDA support to basic education by $750 million over the 2011-15 period. This session will examine: i) recent trends in IDA support to basic education, paying specific attention to complements formed by IDA funds in concurrence with grants from the GPE; ii) progress on the 2010 pledge; and iii) mechanisms which may be put in place to help increase the effectiveness of IDA support to basic education.


11:00 – 12:30
Room: TBC

Global Townhall on Women, Sustainable Peace, and Economic Growth

Sponsors: Naija Worldwide Charities, Global Women Africa Network (GLOW)

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 14:00 – 15:30
Room: TBC

Role of Farmer Organizations / Civil Society Organizations in Public and Private Investment Programs

Sponsors:  Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), Asian Partnership for the Development of Human
Resources in Rural Areas (AsiaDHRRA)

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

16:00 – 17:30
Room: TBC

Empowering Civil Society to Take Part in Governance

Sponsor:  Synergia Foundation

Panelists: TBC

The engagement of civil society can promote accountability and participatory governance.  Government programs can be more relevant to the needs of communities if civil society groups are involved in planning and decision-making.  However, the engagement of civil society in governance processes is often ad hoc, sporadic, and selective.  There are no formal mechanisms through which the participation of civil society in governance can be made more inclusive, systematic, and sustained.  Civil society groups often lack the capacity for meaningful political engagement, and they may need to have greater access to information so that their analysis and recommendations are evidenced-based. 

This session will engage the participants on best practices on how national and central governments have provided opportunities and programs to draw greater participation from civil society groups.  It will also focus on how civil society organizations have influenced their governments to make them partners in governance.


16:00 – 17:30
Room: TBC

Land Investments and Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure (Principles on Responsible Agricultural Investment)

Sponsors: Asian NGO Coalition for Agrarian Reform and Rural Development (ANGOC), Asian Farmers Association for Sustainable Rural Development (AFA), Asia Pacific Network for Food Sovereignty (APNFS)

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

16:00 – 17:30
Room: TBC

Results & Sustainability: Rights-based Perspectives

Sponsors: IBON International, Reality of Aid Network

Panelists:  Tony Tujan (Director, IBON International), Vitalice Meja (Coordinator, Reality of Aid Africa), CHAIR: Paul Quintos (Program Manager, IBON International)

The session will look into results and sustainability assumptions, as well as expectations of current development programs and strategies through a rights-based lens. How are results identified and defined? What are the implications for communities, ecosystems and the commons? Will these foster genuine results for human rights and sustainable development? This session provides a space for a public conversation on these issues to draw lessons for a sustainable and inclusive development agenda.


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Thursday, October 11

 9:00 - 10:30
Room: TBC

The World Bank Safeguards: Lessons from IEG Evaluation, Directions for Change

Sponsors:  Bank Information Center (BIC), Ugerwald

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 9:00 - 10:30
Room: TBC

Human Resources Development for Fight against TB and the role of Japan: Achievements and Challenges???

Sponsors: Stop TB Partnership Japan

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

9:00 - 10:30
Room: TBC

Land Management Policies

Sponsor: Oxfam International

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

11:00 - 12:30
Room: TBC

New Values for Japan: From Money Centered Value to Life Centered Value

Sponsors: Earth Summit 2012Japan,  World Shift Network Japan

Panelists: Toshihiko Fukui (Chairman of the Board of Directors, Cannon Institute for Global Studies), Masahiro Sato (Chief Director of Earth Summit 2012 Japan), Tetsu Hattori (Environmental Program Officer, Tohoku University), CHAIR: Tomoyo Nonaka (Gaia Initiative Corporation)

The last time the WB/IMF Annual Meetings were held in Japan in 1964, the country was the midst of rapid economic growth. The session will begin by providing an overview and lessons learned from Japan's economic and social development over the last 50 years.  Next, we will discuss the kind of development we would like to see over the coming 50 years, and particularly the notion of sustainable development and the fundamental shift in economic and social policies this will require, as illustrated by the lessons from the Fukushima nuclear accident and Rio +20.  It will require a shift from money to life-centered values, and a restoration of a holistic human approach rooted in Japanese and East Asian culture. 


12:30 – 13:30
Room: TBC

The Role of the Independent Evaluation Group

Sponsor:  Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) / World Bank Group

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 14:30 – 16:00
Room: TBC

Youth (Un) Employment

Sponsor: Plan International

Panelists:  Plan International (TBC), ILO Youth Employment Network / YEN (TBC),  Indonesia Government Representative (TBC),   

Globally, more than 75 million youth are unemployed. 80% of the unemployed youth live in developing countries and their prospects for decent work do not look promising. There is already a shortage of jobs and it is estimated that some 40 million new jobs will need to be created each year for new market entrants. Historically, youth are the last to be hired and the first to be released, making it even harder for this population.  The challenge is formidable.   

In this session we will explore youth unemployment from two perspectives: the consequences of unemployment through the eyes of youth; and what can be done to respond to the challenge?  In the Youth in Action (YiA) project youth from West Africa and Europe came together to explore the consequences of unemployment for youth, and particularly for girls. During the first half of the session they will share their findings and conclusions. In the second half of the session some key players in the field of youth employment will be asked to offer specific examples of what they are currently doing to address the challenge. A discussion will then follow and recommendations developed from the session.    

 

 14:30 - 16:00
Room: TBC

From Country Systems to DPLs: Understanding the World Bank’s Approach to Social and Environmental Risk Assessment

Sponsors: Global Witness, Bank Information Center (BIC)

Panelists: Vince McElhinny (Bank Information Center), Rick Jacobsen (Global Witness), Southern CSO (TBC), World Bank (TBC), CHAIR: TBC

Proper risk assessment and management are critical to achieving intended development results. The World Bank’s approach to risk assessment and management varies depending on the lending instrument and is currently evolving in the case of Investment Lending.  The Bank began revising its risk assessment approach to Investment Lending in 2010 in order to consider risks more comprehensively and better support implementation and target results.  This shift is expected to expand to cover other instruments such as Development Policy Loans (DPLs) and Program for Results (P4R).

This session will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Bank’s approaches with respect to different financial instruments and evaluate the challenges of ensuring coherence in environmental and social sustainability outcomes across instruments.  It will examine specific examples from traditional Investment Lending, including Use of Country Systems and Financial Intermediary projects, as well as programmatic, sector-wide lending through DPLs and P4Rs. It will also discuss the Bank’s recently adopted risk-based approach - the Operational Risk Assessment Framework - and its implications for the upcoming Safeguards Review.

 

16:00 - 17:30
Room: TBC

Leveraging CSO - Government Collaboration to Empower the Poor

Sponsor: Voices of the Poor Group, World Bank

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 16:00 - 17:30
Room: TBC

Sovereign Debt Workouts

Sponsors: erlassjahr.de, European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD)

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 18:00  - 19:30
Hall B 5

Civil Society Townhall Meeting

Sponsors:  International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group

Panelists: Christine Lagarde (Managing Director, IMF), Jim Yong Kim (President,WBG),  CSO Chair (TBD), and two CSO Discussants (TBD)

This townhall is for CSO representatives accredited to the Annual Meetings.  The CSO Discussants will make initial remarks on Fund and Bank policies, to be followed by comments from Mr. Kim and Ms.Lagarde.  This will be followed by a general discussion on issues of concern to CSO representatives.


 

 19:15  - 20:30
Hall B 5

Civil Society Reception

Sponsors:  International Monetary Fund, World Bank

The event will be hosted by Gerry Rice (Acting Director of the External Relations Department, IMF) and Cyril Muller (Vice President for External Affairs,  World Bank).
 

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Friday, October 12

9:00 - 10:30
Room: TBC 

Disaster Risk and Resilience

Sponsors:  Cordaid

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

9:00 - 10:30
Room: TBC

Youth Employment: Lessons Learned

Sponsor: Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) / World Bank Group

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

9:00 - 10:30
Room: TBC

Global Financial Regulations and their Impact on Major Campaigns

Sponsor: New Rules for Global Finance Coalition

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 11:00 – 12:30
Room: TBC

Post-Disaster Environmental Recovery

Sponsors:  OISCA International

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 11:00 – 12:30
Room: TBC

Doing Business Report Rankings

Sponsors: CAFOD, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern

Panelists: Peter Bakvis (ITUC), Geoffrey Chongo (Jesuit Center for Theological Reflection, Zambia), Augusto Lopez-Claros (IFC / World Bank), Elisabeth Tuerk (UNCTAD/IPFSD), Business Representative (TBC), Government Representative (TBC), CHAIR: TBC

The Doing Business Rankings are one of the best-selling and most hotly debated publications of the World Bank. They tackle the important topic of how to guide countries to create a better enabling environment for business. Whilst some topics seem uncontroversial – who would argue that new businesses should face long and complex registration procedures – they are increasingly criticised as irrelevant for the majority of businesses and the economic development prospects especially of poor countries.  They are also seen as harmful in critical areas such as tax, land and labour; and for discouraging discussion of what is the right kind of regulation for broader policy objectives.

This session will bring together experts from labour, development and business organizations to highlight issues and perspectives that need to be part of the review of these influential rankings. 

 

 11:00 - 13:00
Room: TBC

Debt Re-Structuring

Sponsors: United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 12:30 - 14:00
Room: TBC

Investing in Health: for Whom?

Sponsors:  Japan CSO Network on Global Health, Civil Society Consultative Group on Health, Nutrition, and Population, Oxfam, Save the Children

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 14:00 – 15:30
Room: TBC

Citizen-Led Accountability at the World Bank Group: Experiences of Independent Recourse Mechanisms

Sponsors: Inspection Panel (WB), Compliance Adviser and Ombudsman (IFC)

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 14:00 - 15:30
Room: TBC

Universal Health Coverage: What, Why and Investing in Health: for Whom?

Sponsors:  Japan CSO Network on Global Health, Civil Society Consultative Group on Health, Nutrition, and Population.

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

14:00 - 15:30
Room: TBC

The Road to 2015: Africa Accessing Global Finance for Infrastructure Development

Sponsors: Africa Business Roundtable

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 16:00 – 17:30
Room: TBC

Achieving Improved Health through Social Accountability Initiatives

Sponsors:  World Vision / Japan

Panelists: Dr. Lynn Freedman (Professor, Columbia University), Rudo Kwaramba (Southern Africa Regional Leader, World Vision), Fletcher Tambo (Research Associate, Overseas Development Institute), Japanese Government (TBC), World Bank (TBC)

This panel discussion will focus on the relationship between social accountability and better health governance and outcomes. Panelists will explore the theory of change which connects increased civic engagement with better health.  We will also examine compelling evidence from impact evaluations demonstrating the effectiveness of social accountability approaches.  For example, one such evaluation demonstrated a 33% drop in under-five child mortality as a result of these approaches. 

World Vision will contribute an overview of its experience scaling its social accountability approach to over 200 programs in 29 countries.  We will explore how these programs have contributed to improve maternal and child health.  Finally, a representative will share the Bank’s perspective on Social Accountability and its place within the Bank’s broader mandate, particularly in light of the recently announced Global Partnership for Social Accountability. 

 

 16:00 – 17:30
Room: TBC

Income, Age, Race, Gender, Region: Growing Divides?  The Role of the Post-2015 Framework in Addressing Worsening Inequality

Sponsors: Save the Children / UK

Panelists: Sangeev Gupta (Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF),  Nuria Molina (Director of Policy and Research, Save the Children), Dr. Gong Sen (China Development Research Council), Minister Marco Farani (Director, Brazilian Cooperation Agency, Otaviano Canuto (Vice President, World Bank), CHAIR: Heidi Hautala (Minister for International Development, Finland)

During this panel discussion and the subsequent debate we will explore new evidence on the nature of within country inequalities based on income, consumption, age, and gender. A new report from Save the Children will show the particular effects of these different forms of inequality for future generations. Several speakers will unpack the specific inequalities affecting their country and tease out the implications of this for national development, now and in the future.

This session will focus on identifying the forms of inequality that need due consideration in the post-2015 development framework. It will also address ways to measure different forms of inequality and highlight successful policy responses from across a range of countries.

 

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Saturday, October 13

 9:00 - 10:30
Room: TBC

Think Tanks:  Promoting Local Solutions, Influencing Global Thinking

Sponsors:  International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Panelists: Prof. Debapriya Bhattacharya (Centre for Policy Dialogue / CPD, Bangladesh), Prof. Samuel Wangwe (Policy Research for Development / REPOA, Tanzania), Andrea Ordóñez (Grupo FARO, Ecuador), CHAIR: Dr. Peter Taylor (IDRC)

Session description forthcoming

 

 9:00 – 10:30
Room: TBC

World Bank Inspection Panel at 19: Some Lessons for Safeguard Policy Review

Sponsors: Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Bank Information Center (BIC)

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

12:30 – 14:00
Room: TBC

Addressing Community Grievances Related to World Bank Group Private Sector Development in Asia

Sponsor: Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) for IFC and MIGA

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

 13:30 – 15:00
Room: TBC

The World Bank’s work on Gender in Asia

Sponsors:  Bank Information Center, World Bank

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

14:00 – 15:30
Room: TBC

MDG1 and Post-2015 Development Agenda

Sponsors: Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), Ugoku / Ugokasu (GCAP Japan),

Panelists: TBC

Session description forthcoming

 

16:00 – 17:30
Room: TBC

Youth and Social Entrepreneurship

Sponsors: Development Japan

Panelists: Yuka Matsushima (Cross Fields), Sayaka Murata (Kamonohashi), Ai Osakabe (SIBP), CHAIR: Elli Sudo (Development Japan)

Today we are facing a complicated world with hundreds of challenges emerging from social issues. “Social Entrepreneurship” by young people is an important concept which can address many of the world’s challenges and make for a better world for the next generation. Yet young entrepreneurs face many challenges because people do not believe enough in youth talent or do not value youth voice.

This session will gather social entrepreneurs from Japan and the South Asia to share their views and experiences.  Specifically, they will discuss way to eliminate the barriers to become and succeed as social entrepreneurs, and how to get young talents more involved in international development in the future.

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Last updated: 2012-09-20




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