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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter – September 2012


September 2012 eNewsletter
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Also This Month
Events & Consultations

TEDxSendai: Natural Disaster: The Bank is sponsoring a TEDx session focusing on natural disasters in Sendai, Japan on October 10, 2012. Planned to precede the Annual Meetings, TEDxSendai will bring together thinkers and leaders from business, arts, politics, and science to discuss lessons learned from disaster recovery and resilience related to the Japan Tsunami. For more information about TEDxSendai and to register click here.

WE ARE LISTENING: Send us your Voices4Climate!
Connect4Climate, in collaboration with MTV and TerrAfrica, invites young people ages 13-35 from all over the world to Voices4Climate competition. Using photos, videos, music videos, and podcasts, let the World know how climate change is affecting your community.
Enter the competition and view the entries here....


Social Development Specialist - Beijing, China: The Sustainable Development Unit in the World Bank’s Office in Beijing (WBOB) is seeking a Social Development Specialist to join its team. Main focus will be advising client government on social development approaches, policies, and technical issues including safeguard issues during project preparation and supervision. Closing date is September 24. Read More »


Latin American Women Driving Region’s Prosperity: Women are increasingly becoming Latin America’s critical development partners says Joao Pedro Azevedo and Louise Cord. In this blog, they argue that moms, students, working professionals, women from all walks of life, are a driving force behind a gender revolution that has made huge contributions to the region’s prosperity. Read More »


New World Bank Sourcebook Advocates Engaging Stakeholders as Allies for Pollution Management: A fresh approach to pollution management is advocated in the "Getting to Green – A Sourcebook of Pollution Management Policy Tools for Growth and Competitiveness" launched recently. The Sourcebook highlights advantages of a multi-stakeholder approach and tools that can create incentives for green growth while managing pollution. The Sourcebook is available online.



AMsTokyo20122012 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings - Request Your Accreditation

The 2012 World Bank - IMF Annual Meetings will be held in Tokyo Japan from October 12 through the 14th. To attend the numerous CSO related events each individual CSO representatives needs to request accreditation. Please do so by September 24. To request your accreditation and for more information. Read More»


President Jim Kim’s Visit to Africa World Bank President Visits Cote d'Ivoire 

President Jim Yong Kim visited Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa in his first official international trip on September 4 – 6. Dr. Kim met with national leaders and ministers, as well as women, youth, and business leaders. He was accompanied by Makhtar Diop, Africa Region Vice President. Read President Kim’s blog to know more about his visit.


WB Managing Director Caroline Anstey @ 2012 Civicus Global Assembly

World Bank Managing Director @ Civicus Assembly

As with the previous two years, senior Bank management participated in the 2012 Civicus Global Assembly held in Montreal, Canada on October 3 – 7. Caroline headlined a panel entitled “Redefining Global Governance” which was chaired by Ingrid Srinath and included representatives from UNDP and Social Watch. Click here for a summary and video of the panel.


InterAction Joins Open Aid Partnership

InterAction, the largest network of U.S. based international NGOs has endorsed the Open Aid Partnership (OAP) joining Canada, United Kingdom, Estonia, Netherlands, Spain, and the World Bank. OAP brings together development agencies to increase the transparency of development aid by making data on the projects they finance available online. Click here to read Interaction's Press Release and here for more on Open Aid Partnership» 


Bank Appoints Kaushik Basu as Chief Economist

Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the appointment of Kaushik Basu as the institution’s new Chief Economist and Senior Vice President. Basu, an Indian national, most recently served as Chief Economic Adviser of the Government of India, while on leave from his position as Professor of Economics at Cornell University. Basu begins his term October 1, 2012. Read More »


New Head of Global Partnership for Social Accountability Appointed

Roby Senderowitsch, an Argentine national and Bank staff, has been appointed Program Manager of the new Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). The GPSA, which will become operational by early 2013, will provide grants to CSOs who are promoting social accountability in developing countries. Roby brings extensive knowledge and work experience with civil society and governance issues. Click here for more on GPSA. 


What will it take to end poverty?

1.3 billion people live on less than $1.25 per day. What will it take …to improve your life? …for your children to be better off? …for mothers to be healthy? …for all to get a good education? …to end poverty? In a video posted on September 17, 2012, the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim wants to hear your views. Watch this video to find out how you can join the What Will It Take campaign. Post your questions on Twitter using #whatwillittake, and share your solutions with the hashtag #ittakes. Click here to learn more on how you can join the "What Will It Take campaign" and send questions that you may have to


Regional News

Jobs4Africa - Solutions to Productive Jobs for African Youth: Half the population of Africa is under 25 years of age. This means that over 10 million people enter the labor force every year. This represents an opportunity to generate economic growth and to reduce poverty, but it is also a huge challenge for countries trying to raise the productivity of all their workers. What can be done? Read More »

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East Asia Pacific (EAP)
World Bank Group Ready to Support Myanmar’s Reforms: With its new country office open, the World Bank Group is stepping up its support for reforms in Myanmar. Part of this preparedness will come in grants of up to $85 million to benefit men, women, and children through community driven development programs. Read More »

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Europe and Central Asia (ECA)
Tajikistan's Municipal Services Receives Additional Boost: The efforts of the Tajikistan government to improve the availability, quality, and efficiency of delivery of basic municipal services to its population recently received additional funding from the World Bank. With this, over 200,000 people residing in five towns of Tajikistan will benefit from improved access to clean water and high-quality utility services. Read More »

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Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)
Small Farmers Learn to Improve their Income while Caring for the Environment: With technical and financial support from the World Bank, over 3000 rural families in Paraguay are learning how to plan their crops and improve income. This project targets small farmers with less than 20 hectares and the beneficiary households are expected to double by year’s end. Read More »

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
I - Gov, Tunisia’s Citizen Scorecard is Born: The government recently launched the country's first citizen scorecard programs with funds from a Bank-financed Development Policy Loan focusing on promoting governance reform. The National Health Insurance Fund Scorecard aims to inform the government and the public on citizens’ views on how to improve and reform health services. Read More »

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South Asia (SAR)
India Gets Support for Its Children Nutrition Program: India has one of the highest malnutrition rates in the world. In order to address this pressing problem, the Bank's Board recently approved a US$106 million credit to support the Government of India in its efforts to improve the nutritional outcomes for children less than six years of age, with a particular focus on 0-3 year-old children. Read More »

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