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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter – November 2012


November 2012 eNewsletter
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Also This Month
Events & Consultations

Review and Update of the World Bank Safeguard Policies - Consultation Phase 1:  The World Bank has begun a two-year process to review and update its environmental and social safeguard policies.  The initial consultation meeting was held in Washington on November 15.  Click here to read more on the three-phase approach to the review and to make your contributions.


Global Partnership for Education Seeks CSO Specialist.
Responsibilities for this Washington based position include but are not limited to leading engagement efforts with CSOs, teachers groups, foundations, and private sector partners, as well as on resource mobilization support and policy advocacy.  Applications close on 25-Nov-2012.   Read More »


Within Reach – Global Development Goals:
In her guest blog about the launch of Bread for the World’s 2013 Hunger Report, Asma Lateff argues that the MDGs have been remarkably successful in focusing the world’s attention on hunger and poverty.  Now it’s time for a strong push to meet the  MDG targets by 2015. Read More »



Who’s Running the Company: A Guide to Reporting on Corporate Governance
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with the International Center for Journalists, has launched a media guide, "Who's Running the Company: A Guide to Reporting on Corporate Governance," to help journalists develop clear and compelling stories that examine how a company is governed.  Access the media guide here.



 Bono and Dr. Kim
Bono and Jim Kim Discuss Steps to End Poverty

Well-known rock singer, activist, and co-founder of ONE, Bono, visited the World Bank on November 14.  He participated in a lively discussion with Bank President Jim Young Kim on ways to end world poverty, as part of the Bank's "What Will It Take" global campaign.  The conversation was moderated by Isha Sesay, anchor and correspondent for CNN.  The event not only generated a large internal audience but was watched online by a large audience.  Read More»

Remittances to Hit $406 Billion by Year’s End!

Remittance flows to the developing world are expected to exceed earlier estimates and total $406 billion this year, an increase of 6.5 percent over the previous year according to a new World Bank brief on global migration and remittances.  While remittances levels are recovering from the global recession, they are still lagging in those regions most heavily affected such as the Eurozone.  Countries which most received remittances as percentage of GDP were Tajikistan, Liberia, and Kyrgyz Republic.  Read More»


What Would the World Be Like if It Were 4°C Warmer?


A new report synthesizing the latest scientific knowledge on global warming warns we’re on a path to a 4 degree warmer world by the end of the century—with huge implications for humanity. All regions of the world would suffer – some more than others – but the report finds that the poor will suffer the most.  “...Climate change is one of the single biggest challenges facing development, and we need to assume the moral responsibility to take action on behalf of future generations, especially the poorest” said President Kim. Read the full report here.


When Do Participatory Development Projects Work?

Involving local communities in decisions that affect their lives is central to making development more effective, and it has the potential to transform the role that poor people play in development by giving them voice and agency. But inducing civic engagement in development is not easy, says a new World Bank report released on November 14th.  The report in analyzing participatory development efforts, shows that such projects often fail to be sensitive to complex contexts – including social, political, historical and geographical realities – and fall short in terms of monitoring and evaluation systems, which hampers learning.  Read More...


Foundation Center Endorses the Open Aid Partnership (OAP)

On November 14, the Foundation Center endorsed the Open Aid Partnership (OAP). The OAP was established by the World Bank Institute (WBI) and donor partners, along with foundations and civil society to help enhance the openness and effectiveness of development assistance. The OAP has been endorsed by eight countries (Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom), and InterAction, ONE, and the World Bank.
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Regional News

Citizen Feedback Drives Performance Improvements in Kenya's Water and Sanitation Services:  With support from the World Bank and the Water and Sanitation Program, the government of Kenya is working to address water shortages, targeting major infrastructure investment, as well as strengthening governance reforms.  Read More »

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East Asia Pacific (EAP)
Vietnam Escuela Nueva: A New and Exciting Way of Learning:  Vietnam has increased access to primary education with a completion rate of almost 100 percent. However, the main challenge of improving the quality of teaching and learning remains. To overcome this challenge, the Vietnamese government with World Bank support adapted Colombia’s innovative education model called Escuela Nueva program. Read More »

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Europe and Central Asia (ECA)
New Joint IFI Action Plan for Growth in Central and South Eastern Europe: Three International Financial Institutions including the World Bank recently signed on a new Joint Action Plan, aimed at supporting economic recovery and growth in Central and South Eastern Europe. The Action Plan, a direct response to the continuing impact of Eurozone problems on the economies of emerging Europe, includes more than EUR 30 billion of joint commitments for the period 2013-2014. Read More »

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Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)
Latin American's New Middle Class: Over the past decade almost 50 million people have joined the ranks of Latin America’s middle class –an increase of 50% - thanks to solid economic growth and employment across the region. But global economic instability could jeopardize these gains unless public policies are put in place to protect them.....  Read More »

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
New Competition Launched to Promote Job Creation in Rural Egypt:  International and local Partners recently joined forces with the World Bank to support innovation in the agricultural sector of rural Egypt.  This newly launched funding mechanism will commit $1.4 million in grants and technical support to this initiative. Read More »

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South Asia (SAR)
Technology-Based Safety Net Transforms Lives in Pakistan: "Before, there was nothing to eat, not even good water to drink," says one beneficiary of a program aimed at Pakistan's poorest families. Created after the food, financial, and fuel crisis of 2008, this social safety net initiative supported by the World Bank has till date benefited more than 6 million eligible families in Pakistan.  Read More »
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