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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter – October 2012


October 2012 eNewsletter
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Also This Month
Events & Consultations

INPUT SOUGHT: Safeguard Policies Review and Update
The World Bank has begun a two-year process to review and update its environmental and social safeguard policies. Click
here to read more on the three-phase approach to the review and to make your contributions.

Photo Contest - "Picture Inequality"
The World Bank is hosting an online photo contest, inviting everyone ages 14 and up to submit images they think describe inequality. Snap a picture where you live, work or travel and share your ideas! Competition opened on October 25 and closes on December 6. Click here for more and to enter the competition.


Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Washington DC: The Climate Investment Funds (CIF) is an important source of funding through which additional grants and concessional financing are provided to developing countries to address urgent climate change challenges. The CIF is seeking an M&E Officer to joint its team. Application closes on November 15. Click here for details and to apply.


When Participation Works: Increasing CSO Involvement in Annual Meetings:
John Garrison, Head of Civil Society Team at the World Bank blogs about his experience on involving CSO representatives in the planning process for the Civil Society Program at the Annual Meetings.
Read More.


Community Driven Development Website Launched
Community Driven Development (CDD) is an approach by the World Bank that gives control over planning decisions and investment resources for local development projects to community groups. This website hopes to make available to visitors easy access to guides, multimedia, news content, publications, CDD experts, and more. Visit the

Launch of a Monthly Newsletter - "MDGs and Beyond"
The World Bank's Global Monitoring Report (GMR) Team recently announced the launch of MDGs and Beyond, a monthly newsletter focused on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and what comes after. Access the first issue



Stand Up Against PovertyJapanese CSOs Spearhead Civil Society Program at 2012 Annual Meetings

From the cherry tree flower on the CSO Program poster to the enthusiastic Japanese student volunteers scurrying about the CSO Center, the civil society events at the 2012 Annual Meetings definitely had the feel of Japan. Continuing the ascending trends of recent years, more CSO representatives participated in these meetings than ever before. Read More» 


GPSA Selects CSO Representatives to Serve on Steering Group

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability has just announced the three CSO Representatives on its Steering Committee. CSO networks worldwide submitted nominations and a multistakeholder panel selected the members. The Steering Committee will set strategic directions to guide GPSA activities. For more information see here (and select tab GPSA Governance).


World Bank Launches Initiative on Eradicating Poverty

Dr. Kim on End Poverty Campaign

World Bank Group President Jim Kim launched a strategic initiative to eradicate poverty. The What Will It Take campaign is eliciting views and ideas to end poverty. The Bank took this campaign to Tokyo, the venue of this year's Annual Meetings. People stopped by and left thousands of messages tacked to "the poverty wall". Click here to watch farmers, mothers, business owners tell us what it takes to end poverty and improve their lives. These include the World Bank Group president Jim Yong Kim, international CSO leaders, and Japanese students. Watch here what they have to say »


Jobs Drive Development, Transform Societies Says 2013 World Development Report

The World Development Report 2013 released in October by the World Bank stresses the role of strong private sector led growth in creating jobs and outlines how jobs that do the most for development can spur a virtuous cycle. The report finds that poverty falls as people work their way out of hardship and as jobs empower women to invest more in their children. Click here to access the report and view videos of speech by President Kim..» 


Publish What You Fund Ranks World Bank Second in Aid Transparency

The World Bank has been ranked second among 72 aid organizations in the just released 2012 Aid Transparency Assessment of the independent UK-based Publish What You Fund. The Bank improved its 2011 ratings scoring 87.9%, moving it from the fair to good category. The report urges donors to sign and implement the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), an organization that sets the standards for publishing aid information. Click here for the report.



Beyond the Bottom Line to Sustainability Review

The World Bank’s 2012 Sustainability Review, based on the internationally agreed upon indicators coordinated by Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), highlights the Bank’s environmental, social, and governance policies, projects, and impacts. Read by more and more investors, job seekers, and
Bank watchers, the sustainability review has become an essential insight into the transparency and sustainability of the World Bank Group. Details at:

Regional News

Half the population of Africa Can Feed Itself, Earn Billions, and Avoid Food Crises: A new World Bank report says that Africa’s farmers can potentially grow enough food to feed the continent and avert future food crises if countries remove cross-border restrictions on the food trade within the region. Read More »

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East Asia Pacific (EAP)
Asian Leaders Call For Disaster- Resilient Schools and Hospitals: On October 25th in YOGYAKARTA, Heads of Governments and Ministers from Asian countries rose from its 5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Management calling for a global program to make schools and hospitals safe in the event of a natural disaster. Read More »

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Europe and Central Asia (ECA)
Eastern Europe and Central Asia Most Active in Improving Business Climate: The newly released 2013 Doing Business report finds that since 2005, the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region leads the world in enhancing the business climate for local firms. The region overtook East Asia and the Pacific to become the world’s second most business-friendly, after OECD high-income economies. Read More »

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Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)
Changing Gears in Haiti: From Recovery to Growth: Almost three years since the terrible earthquake, Haiti seems to have math on its side; showing remarkable gains on health, education, housing, agriculture and job creation among other vital areas. These efforts got a big boost recently as the World Bank approved a new plan of US$245 million in grants that aims to provide cholera prevention and treatment for 1.5 million and Improve access to electricity for 600,000 Haitians. Read More »

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
World Bank Reaffirms Support for Economic and Political Transition Process in Yemen: Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group, committed the institution’s best efforts and expertise to Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Al-Hadi, during the latter's recent visit to the Bank Headquarters in Washington DC. Read More »

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South Asia (SAR)
Karnataka Health System Gets a Boost by the World Bank: Recently the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved $70 Million for Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project. This will allow over a 1000 public health facilities in India’s rural areas to be open 24 hours a day. Read More »

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This Newsletter is produced by the Civil Society Team of the World Bank (WB) in collaboration with other WB units. The Newsletter highlights some of the many policies, programs, and initiatives of the WB which may involve or be of interest to CSOs. We welcome your comments and feedback to make this newsletter as useful as possible. You can subscribe to the Newsletter using a new registration page. Please share your comments on the Newsletter with us: All past issues of the Newsletter can be found at here. To unsubscribe click here.


Last updated: 2012-11-01

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