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2013 Annual Meetings - Civil Society Program

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Civil Society Program
Washington, DC
October 7 - 12, 2013

The Civil Society Program was held from Monday, October 7 to Saturday, October 12, prior to and during the 2013 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBG). It was organized by the Bank and Fund Civil Society Teams, and brought together IMF and WBG staff, CSO representatives, government officials, academics, and others in dialogue and exchange of views on a wide range of topics.

The CS Program comprised CSO Orientation sessions on the IMF and WBG, CSO Roundtable with Executive Directors, CSO Townhall and Reception with the heads of the WBG and IMF, and a Civil Society Policy Forum with some 60 policy dialogue sessions on such issues as climate change, fiscal policies, post-MDGs agenda, and safeguards. These sessions were organized by CSOs, WBG, and IMF individually or jointly. CSOs also participated in the Program of Seminars and other high level sessions.

Please find below the schedule of policy sessions with available powerpoint presentations and archived webcast links. If you have questions, please contact the World Bank Group Civil Society Team at




Pre-Civil Society Forum Events

Monday, October 7

9:30 am – 4:30 pm
IMF HQ1 Building
Room HQ1-3-500B

Orientation Session on the IMF

Sponsor: IMF

Panelists: Sabina Bhatia (Public Affairs Division), Serpil Bouza (Strategy & Policy Department), Andy Berg (Research Department) Rhoda Weeks-Brown, Karla Chaman, Tilla McAntony (Communications Department)

This session will focus on IMF history and structure, as well as policies and programs related to inequality, jobs, and growth.

Tuesday, October 8

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Room: World Bank Main Complex
(MC 2 - 800)

Orientation Session on the World Bank

Sponsor: World Bank Group

Panelists: Jill Wilkins, John Garrison, Aaron Rosenberg, Cara Santos, Hannah George (External and Corporate Relations Department), Soren Gigler (World Bank Institute), and Dina El Neggar (Institutional Integrity Unit/WB).

This session will be divided into two sections. The first will focus on WBG (IBRD, IFC, MIGA) origins, organizational structure, major policies, and operational work. The second section will comprise hands on presentations on the Bank’s new Open Data databases and programs such as Access to Information, Mapping for Results, Open Finances, IFC and MIGA Projects and Operations Portals, and Open Knowledge Repository.


WBG General
Presentation on the IFC
Presentation on MIGA
Presentation on the Inspection Panel
Presentation on Institutional Intergrity


3:00 - 5:00
I2 - 220

Thinking Small at the World Bank

Sponsors: CAFOD, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Panelists: Martin Rama (Director, 2013 World Development Report, WBG), Andrew Stone (Lead Evaluation Officer, Independent Evaluation Group, WBG), Esperanza Lasagabaster (Manager, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, WBG), Sarah Montgomery (Economic Policy Analyst, CAFOD, UK), Ana Avendaño (Director of Immigration and Community Action, AFL-CIO), CHAIR: Rogerio Studart (Brazilian Executive Director).

The World Development Report on Jobs (2013) highlighted the importance of micro and small enterprises in developing countries. Should small businesses become a bigger focus of the World Bank’s activities? Do they matter for the Bank’s 2030 goals of shared prosperity and ending poverty? What is the Bank already doing or could it do differently? How should we define small businesses? How can we ensure that the ILO’s Decent Work agenda is realized for those working in micro and small enterprises?

This panel session brings together key World Bank staff and other experts to discuss these questions and present their ideas for future “Thinking Small” at the World Bank.


Final Summary of Meeting


5:00 PM - 6:30
MC 13 - 121

CSO Roundtable with World Bank Executive Directors

Sponsor: World Bank Group

Panelists:  Merza Hassan (WB Executive Director for Kuwait and Dean of the Board of Executive Directors), Satu Santala (WB Executive Director for Sweden), Victoria Tauli Corpuz (Director, Tebtebba: Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education)

This will be a roundtable discussion between WBG Executive Directors and civil society representatives attending the Annual Meetings. The purpose of this event is to promote an exchange of views and discussion on key policy issues such as the Bank’s new development strategy, citizen’s voices, safeguards review, and climate change.


October 9 - 12

Wednesday, October 9

8:30 - 9:00
I 2 - 220

Welcome Breakfast

Sponsors: International Monetary Fund / World Bank Group

Panelists: Karla Chaman, Tilla McAntony (IMF), John Garrison, Nneka Okereke (WB)

Come meet the Fund and Bank Civil Society Team staff, learn about Spring Meetings policy agenda and activities such as the CS Forum policy sessions, CSO Reception, and other high-level events, as well as discuss meeting logistics.


9:00 - 10:30
I 2 - 220

The World Bank Group and the Global Food Crisis: An Evaluation of the World Bank Group Response

Sponsor: WBG (Independent Evaluation Group/IEG)

Panelists: Ismail Arslan (Lead Evaluation Officer, IEG), Christopher L. Delgado (Economics and Policy Advisor, WBG), CHAIR: Manny Jimenez (Director, IEG),

The unanticipated spike in international food prices in 2007 - 2008 hit particularly hard the poor and near-poor in developing countries, many of whom spend a large share of their income on food and have limited means to cope with price shocks. The World Bank Group quickly organized for short-term support in the crisis, launching a fast-track program of loans and grants -- the Global Food Crisis Response Program. The Bank also scaled up lending for agriculture and social protection to support the building of medium-term resilience to future food price shocks. IFC responded by sharply increasing access to liquidity for agribusiness and agricultural traders in the short and medium term, as well as with new programs to improve incentives for agricultural market participants.

This evaluation assesses the effectiveness of the World Bank Group in addressing the short-term impacts of the global food price crisis as well as in enhancing developing countries' resilience to future food price shocks. It derives lessons that can help improve the Bank Group's performance in preparing for and responding to future food price crises.




9:00 – 10:30
I 2 - 210

Update on Revision of Guidelines for IMF Staff Engagement with CSOs

Sponsor: IMF (Civil Society Team)

Panelists: Bessma Momani (Associate Professor, University of Waterloo), Marjorie Henriquez (Communications Department, IMF)

The current Guide for Staff Relations with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) was prepared in 2003 to provide guidance to IMF staff for effectively engaging with CSOs. The Guide is the process of being revised to reflect the evolving role of the IMF and of its engagement with CSOs over the past 10 years. The IMF hired earlier this year an independent consultant, Dr. Bessma Momani, to assess how the Guide can be improved, to review similar guides prepared by comparable institutions, identify best practices, and to help the IMF prepare a new version of the Guide. She is also giving the IMF recommendations on how to conduct public consultations on policy issues early on in the process.

During this session, Dr. Momani will brief CSOs on the steps taken so far in the revision of the Guide; what the key findings have been; what CSOs had to say; and what the next steps are.




9:00 – 10:30
I 2 - 250

Implementing Safeguards: Navigating Relationships between Banks, Governments and Stakeholders

Sponsors: World Resources Institute, Bank Information Center (BIC)

Panelists: Victoria Tauli Corpus (Founder and Executive Director, Tebtebba Foundation), Vijay Jagganath (Senior Fellow, WRI), CHAIR : Gaia Larsen (Associate, WRI)

This panel discussion will examine the challenges and opportunities of safeguard implementation with a particular emphasis on the relationship between IFI and country safeguard systems. It will seek to explore the questions: How do IFIs and national governments interact in different safeguard approaches? What are the challenges and opportunities in these interactions? How can IFIs help increase borrowers’ capacity while ensuring mutual accountability for the outcomes of their investments?


9:30 – 11:00
MC 5 - 100

Engaging with Citizens for Greater Development Impact

Sponsors: This event is jointly organized by the World Bank Group (WBI, OPCS, SDV, MNA, IFC and ECR) and Civicus – World Alliance for Citizen Participation.

Panelists: Danny Sriskandarajah (Secretary General, CIVICUS), Linda Raftree (Sr. Advisor, Plan International), Robert Hunja (Manager, World Bank Institute), Vinay Bhargava (Chief Technical Adviser, Partnership for Transparency Fund), Franck Bousquet (Sector Manager, World Bank), Miguel Angel Rebolledo (Sr. Results Measurement Specialist, IFC), CHAIR: Rachel Jones (Sr. Communications Officer, World Bank Institute)

Citizen engagement can make governments and service providers (including the private sector) more accountable so that policies and project interventions have greater impact for all citizens. The session’s objective is to have a dialogue on best practices and lessons learned in engaging with citizens for greater development impact, including perspectives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the World Bank Group (WBG). In the context of its renewed focus on ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity, the World Bank Group is looking at ways to scale-up citizen engagement where appropriate, building on lessons of experience.

CSO and WBG panelists will discuss experiences in the use of transparent and effective processes and mechanisms for greater citizen voice and participation in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs and projects as well as efforts to develop sustainable country systems for effective citizen-state engagement.


11:00 –12:30
I 2 - 250

Addressing the Challenges of an Unregulated Virtual Economy

Sponsors: International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children; Global Forum on Law, Justice, and Development; WBG (Legal Vice Presidency)

Panelists: Jason Thomas (Thomson Reuters Special Services), Tom Kellermann (Vice President, Cyber Security, Trend Micro, Inc.), CHAIR: Massimo Cirasino (Head, Payment System Development Group, WBG),

The main objectives of this session are three. First, to build global awareness and understanding of the emergence of a new, unregulated, unbanked virtual economy composed of among other things virtual currencies, anonymous online payment systems, anonymous Internet tools, and bulletproof hosting companies. Second, to help relevant stakeholders, including domestic and global players, to understand the positive aspects associated with these new ecosystems and the risks, including possible abuses to facilitate criminal and illegal activities. Third, to generate dialogue regarding steps that can be taken in every country and globally.




11:00 – 12.30
I 2 - 220

Dispute Resolution and Prevention at the World Bank: A Collaborative Approach to Problem Solving

Sponsor: WBG (Dispute Resolution and Prevention Team)

Panelists: Amar Inamdar (Program Manager, Dispute Resolution & Prevention, WBG), Paola Agostini (Senior Economist and Program Coordinator, GEF/TerrAfrica/FCPF), Kris Genovese (Senior Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law)

How does the World Bank create opportunities for on-the-ground problem solving? How well is the Bank implementing its commitment to mainstreaming grievance redress? This session will discuss the World Bank's recently-published Global Review of Grievance Redress Mechanisms and assess whether and how communities impacted by Bank projects are able to raise issues and get their concerns resolved in a transparent and timely manner.

Stakeholder disputes and grievances are an expected part of complex and challenging development projects worldwide. Handled poorly or ignored, they can cause project delays, cost overruns, and lead to lasting damage between development agencies, governments, and impacted communities. Managing and resolving stakeholder disputes and grievances early – before they escalate - is a critical risk management tool for the World Bank and an effective technique to strengthen local ownership over development issues and projects.




12:00 – 1:30
Preston Auditorium
(WB Main Complex Building)

From Poverty to Prosperity

Sponsor: World Bank Group

Panelists: Jim Yong Kim (President, WBG), Kaushik Basu (Chief Economist, WBG), Helen Clark (Administrator, United Nations Development Programme), Pravin Gordhan (Minister, South Africa), Santiago Levy (Vice President for Knowledge and Sectors, Inter-American Development Bank), CHAIR: Martin Wolf (Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times)

Though millions of people have moved out of extreme poverty since 2000, prosperity for people at the lower end of the income spectrum remains elusive and, in far too many countries, inequality abides. The WBG has added to its poverty fighting mission the goal of promoting shared prosperity by focusing on the income growth of the bottom 40 percent. This panel will discuss policy questions related to shared prosperity. Globally, what is the role of globalization in shaping a country’s progress in promoting shared prosperity? Is there a next wave of national economic and social policies that can promote shared prosperity in individual countries?


12:30 – 2:00
I 2 - 250

Real Costs of Coal: Lessons from the Tata Mundra Coal Power Plant

Sponsors: Oil Change International, Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan (MASS-India), Sierra Club, Bank Information Center (BIC)

Panelists: Dr. Bharat Patel (Secretary General, MASS), Maduresh Kumar (Coordinator, National Alliance of Peoples’ Movement), Arif Fiyanto (Energy Campaigner, Greenpeace Indonesia), CHAIR: Elizabeth Bast (Managing Director, Oil Change International)

The Tata Mundra Coal Power Plant in Gujarat, India, serves as an example of the challenges that may emerge as a result of a large-scale coal power project. The World Bank Group recently approved an Energy Sector Directions Paper that would restrict coal project lending to limited circumstances.

However, additional World Bank Group support for coal development in Asia, particularly through development policy loans and financial intermediaries, may also provide an indication of the Bank's direction on coal.


Presentation 3
Presentation 4


12:30 - 2:00
I 2 - 210

Indigenous Peoples’ Lands and Development: World Bank Interventions and Lessons Learned

Sponsor: Indian Law Resource Center

Panelists: Alf Jerve (Member, Inspection Panel, WBG), Isabel Lavadenz-Paccieri (Former Ombudsperson, Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism, Inter-American Development Bank), Liza Grandia (Associate Professor, University of California-Davis, Department of Native American Studies – TBC), CHAIR: Leonardo Crippa (Senior Attorney, Indian Law Resource Center)

The World Bank is increasing its attention to land access, security of land tenure, and land administration as strategies for development. While land is a critical issue for development, when indigenous peoples’ lands are at issue, development outcomes often depend on the extent to which project design and implementation recognize the unique nature of indigenous peoples’ relationship to the land and their collective ownership rights over their lands and resources.

This panel discussion will identify key issues regarding indigenous peoples and land, and explore lessons from past World Bank interventions. Cases examined will include World Bank support of demarcation and titling of indigenous territories in Nicaragua to implement the landmark Awas Tingni decision by the Inter-American Court, land interventions in Honduras and the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as ongoing support for land surveying and registry through the Guatemala Land Administration projects.


Presentation 3
Presentation 4


12:30 – 2:00
I 2 - 220

Status of World Bank - Civil Society Relations: Advances and Challenges

Sponsor: WBG (Civil Society Team)

Panelists: John Garrison (Head, Civil Society Team, WBG), Chad Dobson (Executive Director, Bank Information Center), Virginia Ifeadiro (National Coordinator, CSO Consultative Group on the World Bank, Nigeria), CHAIR: Izabella Toth (Sr. Corporate Funding Strategist, Cordaid)

The Bank recently published World Bank – Civil Society Engagement: Review of Fiscal Years 2010 – 2012. This is the most comprehensive of the Civil Society Review series since its first edition in 2002. Through its 136 pages of text, photos, and tables, it illustrates how relations with civil society have continued to both expand and deepen across the World Bank Group. The strengthening of these relations was experienced across the spectrum of the “engagement continuum,” which includes information disclosure, policy dialogue, strategy consultations, operational collaboration, and institutional partnerships.

The Review provides detailed information on civil society outreach events, program initiatives, and funding mechanisms implemented by the regions, networks, and numerous other units at the national, regional, and global levels. Please visit our website for more information and to download the full report and executive summaries in six languages.

This session will promote a discussion on the status of WBG – CSO relations from the perspective of several CSO leaders who engage the Bank through policy dialogue and operational collaboration from the national to the global level.




2:00 – 3:30
I 2 - 210

CSO Views on Fiscal Transparency

Sponsor: New Rules for Global Finance Coalition

Panelists: Tim Erwin (Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF), Mahinour El Badwari (The Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights), Vivek Ramkumar (International Budget Partnership / IBP), Rosa Cañete Alonso (Directora Oxfam, República Dominicana), CHAIR: Nathan Coplin (New Rules)

A weak global economic recovery, matched by the challenges with tax evasion/avoidance, has significantly increased pressure on government budgets. With tighter budgets, government expenditures need to be more effective in providing social services and stimulating equitable economic growth. To increase the effectiveness of expenditures, as well as public willingness to pay taxes, the public, including CSOs, must be involved in the process. All citizens have the right to know where the government money comes from and how it is being spent. This right is based on two pillars: 1) impact: fiscal policies (expenditures and revenue collection) have a critical impact on economic, social and environmental outcomes at all levels of development; and 2) ownership: public budgets are raised through citizens’ contributions and income generated from public assets. To ensure meaningful participation from the public, fiscal policy-making requires genuine transparency.

This seminar aims to review the concerted effort to develop a set of internationally accepted standards for fiscal transparency – specifically the IMF Code on Fiscal Transparency – and to discuss how Civil Society can influence the IMF Code, as well as policies at the national level. At the end of the seminar, there will be an open discussion to get feedback and recommendations for improving the IMF Code.

Presentation 2


2:00 – 3:30
6K-168 (2121 Pennsylvania Ave, IFC Building)

Update on IFC response to CAO Audit of Financial Intermediaries

Sponsors: International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Panelists: James Scriven (Director for Global Financial Markets, IFC), Bill Bulmer (Director, Environmental, Social, and Governance Department, IFC), CHAIR: Aaron Rosenberg (Chief Public Affairs Office, IFC)

Speakers will give an update on recent developments in response to a CAO audit of IFC's financial intermediary investments, including IFC's FI Action Plan.


2:00 – 3:30
I 2 - 220

IDA 17 Replenishment

Sponsor: WBG (Concessional Finance and Partnerships Vice Presidency)

Panelists: Antonella Bassani (Director, IDA Team), Edith Jibunoh (Director, Multilateral Institutions, ONE), Sam Worthington (President, InterAction), CHAIR: Joachim von Amsberg (Vice President, Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships)

This session on IDA, the World Bank's fund for the poorest, will focus on the current development finance environment, need for development funding, and IDA's thematic directions and results. Remarks will be followed by a discussion.




3:30 – 4:45
I 2 - 250

Update on Global Partnership on Social Accountability

Sponsor: WBG (World Bank Institute)

Panelists: Jeff Hall (Director for Local Advocacy, World Vision International), Rosa Cañete (Director, Oxfam Dominican Republic Program), Jesus Garza (Deputy Director General for International Financial Organizations, Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit of Mexico), Mirza Jahani (CEO of Aga Khan Foundation, U.S.A.), CHAIR: Roby Senderowitsch (Program Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, WBG)

The Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) is a coalition of donors, governments and civil society organizations (CSOs) that supports civil society and governments to work together to solve governance challenges. To achieve this objective, the GPSA provides strategic and sustained support to CSOs’ social accountability initiatives aimed at strengthening transparency and accountability. It builds on the World Bank’s direct engagement with public sector actors, to create an enabling environment in which citizen feedback is used to solve the critical problems in service delivery and to strengthen public institutions. The GPSA has selected 12 finalists from 10 countries for the first grants. A Knowledge Platform on social accountability is also being prepared.

The panel will bring together representatives from civil society, government and the World Bank to share perspectives on key issues and opportunities in the implementation of the program. Participants will gain an understanding of how this initiative works to foster solutions for key development challenges through social accountability. The discussion will provide an opportunity to generate insights that will shape the next steps for the GPSA as the first round of projects gets underway.

Watch the archived webcast.


3:30 – 4:45
I 2 - 210

Global Youth Dialogue – Inclusive Economic Growth and the Post-2015 Agenda

Sponsor: Global Voices

Panelists: Duangmala Phommavong (Member of the Board, Young Entrepreneurs Association of Laos), Haweya Ismail (Australian Youth Delegate Global Voices), Atsuyoshi Saisho (CEO, Founder, eEducation), Abdoulaye Diogo Balde (President, Active Youth of Guinea), CHAIR: Victoria Flamant (Civil Society Team, WBG)

Economic growth has largely held its position on center stage since the wake of the Great Recession, and is fundamental in driving the reduction of poverty levels around the world. However, to ensure sustainable development, such growth needs to be inclusive and be spread across industries, demographics, and over time.

This panel will bring together representatives from a diverse range of nations and institutions under the common theme of youth to discuss the role of inclusive economic growth in this context, and the role of future leaders in light of the approaching Millennium Development Goals’ deadline and Post-2015 Development Agenda. Diverse forms of interaction between participants and the panelists will be facilitated and encouraged throughout the session.

Key questions to be addressed:

  1. Is focusing on creating productive employment opportunities for young people an effective way to stimulate growth and reduce poverty levels around the world?
  2. What role can young people play in fostering a community that supports the principles of inclusive economic development?
  3. How can these principles be best represented in the post 2015 development agenda?


3:30 – 5:00
I 2 - 220

Safeguarding Development Policy Operations: What Should be the Standards?

Sponsors: Global Witness, Derecho, Ambiente, Y Recurso Natural (DAR), Bank Information Center (BIC)

Panelists: Hana Heineken (Assistant Policy Advisor, Global Witness), Arif Fiyanto (Greenpeace, South Asia), Cesar Gamboa (Director, Derecho, Ambiente y Recurso Natural / DAR), Serge Selwan (Sr. Panel Operations Officer, Inspection Panel, WBG), Ed Mountfield (Manager, Operational Policy and Country Economics, WBG – TBC), CHAIR: Marie-Lucie Morin (Executive Director for Canada, WBG – TBC)

As part of the safeguard review consultations, numerous civil society organizations have pointed to Development Policy Loans (DPLs) as a major loophole in the Bank’s application of its safeguard policies. DPLs typically fund policy reform through budgetary support, and have on average constituted 30 to 40% of total Bank funding. DPLs are governed by OP/BP 8.60 instead of the safeguards, and are subject to different, and in the view of some, often times weaker standards on risk assessment, risk mitigation, consultation, transparency, and accountability.

This is concerning because DPLs can have significant and long-term environmental and social impacts. The Panel will discuss several recent DPL case studies, the need for reforming DPLs to be a more effective lending instrument, and different viewpoints about the proposals and challenges for including DPLs in the Safeguard review.




5:00 - 6:00
MC 13 - 121

Civil Society Townhall Meeting

Sponsors: World Bank Group, IMF

Panelists: Jim Yong Kim (President, WBG), Christine Lagarde (Managing Director, IMF), Winnie Byanyima (CEO, Oxfam International), Peter John Gordon (Lecturer, University of West Indies), CHAIR: Danny Sriskandarajah (Secretary General, CIVICUS)

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.

Watch the video


6:15 - 7:30
East Dining MC C1 - Basement Level

Civil Society Reception

Sponsors: International Monetary Fund, World Bank

The event will be hosted by Cyril Muller (Vice President for External and Corporate Relations , WBG), and Gerry Rice (Director of the Communications Department, IMF)



Thursday, October 10

9:00 - 10:30
I 2 - 210

Post-tsunami Japan Recovery: Philanthropic and Seashore Restoration Response

Sponsors: OISCA / Japan, Global Giving

Panelists: Watanabe Tadashi (Director General, OISCA International), John Hecklinger (Chief Program Officer, GlobalGiving Foundation), CHAIR: Takahiro Nanri (Director, Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA)

Two and a half years have passed since Japan suffered from one of the most severe natural disasters in a millennium. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake and produced a tsunami which hit the eastern region of Tohoku, causing over 15,000 deaths, hundreds of thousands of displaced persons, and a nuclear power plant meltdown.

This session will cover both the broad philanthropic response of Global Giving’s $12 million effort to support local Japanese organizations in the recovery and rebuilding of their communities, and OISCA’s efforts to restore seashore forest at Natori-city, Miyagi-Prefecture. This 10-year effort will entail growing millions of black pine (Pinus thumbergi) seedlings and transplanting them onto the seashore in order to promote integrated environmental, commercial, and economic recovery of the region.




9:00 - 10:30
I 2 - 220

A Decade of CORDAID Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction: Addressing the Challenge of Scaling Up

Sponsor: Cordaid

Panelists: Monique Lagro (Director for DRR & Disaster Response, CORDAID), Munish Kaushik (CMDRR India Program Advisor, Cordaid / Caritas India), Naghma Firdaus (Senior Specialist on CBDM, India National Disaster Management Authority), Christian Dominguez (Director Caritas Zacapa, Guatemala), Mario Abel Diaz Anzueto (Environmental Coordinator, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala), Rasmus Heltberg (Lead Evaluation Officer for Global Programs, IEG/WBG).

Among the multitude of crises and related challenges that impact our lives in a multipolar world, one of the most significant are still the ever rising number of natural hazards and disasters. National governments, donor governments, and international institutions try to cope with floods, earthquakes and extreme droughts, which often require disaster and emergency responses. Cordaid believes that we not only need to invest more in enhancing resilience and reducing risks, but take into account the capabilities, needs, and views of local communities. Cordaid promotes community resilience by supporting a managed risk reduction approach ( CMDRR) whereby communities analyze their risks , develop actions to reduce risks, and engage their government and other players in realizing those actions. In order to achieve resilience at a wider scale and achieve greater impact, however, Cordaid believes that risk analysis and reduction needs to be integrated into government planning and program.

This session will promote a discussion on the practical challenges of incorporating a community-based risk reduction approach into government policies in order to promote nationwide disaster resilience. It will be based on lessons learned by Cordaid over the past decade in engaging local government around CMDRR, and linked to reflections on the Bank’s WDR 2014 on Resilience. Panelists will also reflect on country experiences from Indian and Guatemala, where CSOs have worked closely with local and national governments to develop new and more integrated DRR policies.


Final CORDAID Report


9:00 - 10:30
I 2 - 250

Gender, Growth, and Jobs

Sponsor: IMF

Panelists: Kalpana Kochar (Deputy-Director, Strategy, Policy and Review Department, IMF), Prof. Jennifer L. Klein (Georgetown Law School/Advisor to Hillary Clinton on Women and Girls)

Women make up a little over half the world's population, but their contribution to measured economic activity, growth, and well-being is far below its potential, with serious macroeconomic consequences. The challenges of growth, job creation, and inclusion are closely intertwined. While growth and stability are necessary to give women the opportunities they need, women's participation in the labor market is also a part of the growth and stability equation. This session discusses macro-critical features of women's participation in the labor market, the constraints preventing women from developing their full economic potential, and possible policies to overcome these obstacles.



10:00 – 12:00
Preston Auditorium
(WB Main Complex Building)

The Rise of the Middle Class and the Service Delivery Gap in Latin America and the Caribbean

Sponsors: WBG, El Pais

Panelists: Hasan Tuluy (Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, WBG), Enrique V. Iglesias (Secretary-General, Ibero-American Cooperation Secretariat), Nancy Birdsall (President, Center for Global Development), Mauricio Cardenas (Minister of Finance, Colombia), Marta Lagos (Executive Director, Latinobarometro), Fernando Lorenzo (Minister of Finance, Uruguay), Luciano Coutinho (President, BNDES, Brazil), CHAIR: Moises Naim (Chief International Columnist, El Pais)

This event, organized jointly by the World Bank Group and the global Spanish Newspaper El País, will bring together heads of state, ministers and experts to debate the challenges created by one of Latin America's most impressive recent development successes: While the middle class surpassed for the first time ever the number of poor in the region, this achievement highlights the public service gap and multiplied citizen demands for quality service delivery.


11:15 – 12:30
J B1 – 080
(701 18th St, NW)

Post-2015 Global Development Framework: Going from Goals (the What) to Solutions (the How)

Sponsors: WBG (Office of the Special Envoy of the President)

Panelists: Pascal Canfin (Minister for Development, France), Pravin Gordhan (Minister of Finance, South Africa), Kaushik Basu (Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, WBG), Homi Kharas (Lead Author, ‘A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development’), Robert Kirkpatrick (Director, UN Global Pulse), CHAIR: Mahmoud Mohieldin (Special Envoy of the President, WBG)

The UN’s ‘A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development’ report articulates five fundamental transformations that, if implemented, would imply a sharp change from business as usual in every country and internationally. Importantly, in order to monitor progress, the report calls for a “data revolution,” arguing that data has enormous power if it is open and accessible, and that data in a far more disaggregated form is necessary to ensure that no marginalized or excluded group gets left behind.

While, many discussions around the globe are focused on the “What”, less attention has so far focused on the “How.” This discussion aims to strengthen the understanding of what it will take to end poverty and promote shared prosperity and, under the anticipated new development goals, the need for data, statistical capacity, and results management.


11:00 - 12:30
I 2 - 210

Politics, Power and Risk: Reforming World Bank Operations in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Situations

Sponsors: International Alert, Oxfam International

Panelists: Yongmei Zhou (Manager, Centre for Conflict, Security and Development, World Bank), Gwen Hines (Executive Director, World Bank - UK), Denny Kalyalya (Executive Director, World Bank – Africa Group I), Ana Lourenço (Alternate Executive Director, World Bank – Angola, Nigeria and South Africa), Dr. Marc Cohen (Oxfam), CHAIR: Phil Vernon (International Alert)

The World Bank has embarked on a series of ambitious reforms designed to strengthen how it supports development in fragile and conflict-affected countries and situations (FCS). World Bank Country strategies and IDA-funded projects in FCS are increasingly to include a greater focus on conflict and fragility dynamics, with knock-on implications for Bank operational priorities and ways of working. But how far is the Bank prepared for reforms to improve development outcomes in FCS and achieve the Bank’s goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030?

This session will discuss Bank reforms including political challenges - how the Bank should respond when client government political priorities dominate their preferences? EG: the client government doesn’t want Bank lending to support communities associated with political opponents, or wants to minimise participation? Financing challenges - Bank economists calculated that the Bank spends almost three times as much on project preparation and supervision per dollar in FCS than in non-FCS, how much of this cost is the Bank (and its shareholders) prepared to absorb to support stronger approaches to development in FCS? Staffing challenges – how is the Bank going to encourage the vast majority of staff (without expertise in conflict and fragility issues) to change the way they work? Current incentive structures encourage fast and risk-averse disbursement with basic supervision, what options might be considered to shift incentive structures within the Bank?

Article on Session


11:00 - 12:30
I 2 - 250

Toward a Sustainable Energy Future

Sponsors: Bank Information Center (BIC), Urgewald

Panelists: Sam Tumiwa (North America Representative for the Asian Development Bank / ADB), Josue Tanaka (Managing Director for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development / EBRD), Emmanuel Boulet (Senior Safeguard Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank / IDB), Sean Whittaker (Senior Industry Specialist, International Finance Corporation), Vivien Foster (Energy Sector Manager, WBG), CHAIR: Nezir Sinani (Climate Change Coordinator, Bank Information Center)

Global efforts to overcome poverty and advance development can no longer ignore an urgent need of addressing global climate change. For this reason, MDBs have lately adopted policy and project-level energy approaches to support initiatives that promote a sustainable and clean energy future. The Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the World Bank (WB) will be presenting and discussing these new approaches. Specifically the session will focus on the various safeguard policies, renewable and efficiency energy options, and the main challenges and concerns to implement them.




11:00 – 12:30
I 2 - 220

A Practical Approach to Human Rights Due Diligence

Sponsors: Human Rights Watch (HRW), International Accountability Project (IAP), Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), Tebtebba

Panelists: Amy Lehr (Associate Foley Hoag), Kendyl Salcito (Executive Director, NomoGaia), Victoria Tauli-Corpus (Executive Director, Tebtebba), Reidar Kvam (International Finance Corporation), CHAIR: Tom Porteous (Deputy Program Director, HRW)

The World Bank is undertaking its first ever review of its safeguard policies. This provides a much-waited-for opportunity to finally bring these policies into line with international human rights law by requiring the World Bank to respect and protect human rights in the activities it funds and undertake due diligence to realize this obligation. A key element of the Bank’s due diligence obligations would be requiring it to analyze the human rights risks of its own activities, prior to financing them and throughout implementation.

This panel will bring together three human rights professionals who have undertaken human rights risk analyses and human rights impact assessments in various communities, as well as a panelist from the International Finance Corporation which has designed human rights guidelines.




11:30 – 1:00
MC 2-131

Economic Management during Political Transition Egypt's Economic plan: The role of the World Bank group and Civil Society

Sponsors: WBG (Office of the Dean of Executive Directors)

Panelists: H.E. Dr. Ziad Bahaa-Eldin (Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of International Cooperation), Junaid Kamal Ahmad (Director, Sustainable Development Department for Middle East and North Africa Region, IBRD), Mouayed Makhlouf (Director, Middle East & North Africa, IFC), Mahinour El Badrawi (Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights), CHAIR: Hartwig Schafer (Country Director for Djibouti, Egypt, and Yemen, IBRD)


12:30 - 2:00
I 2 - 220

Gender Justice: An Update on the World Bank’s Gender Work and Views from the Ground

Sponsors: WBG (Gender Team), Bank Information Center (BIC)

Panelists: Jeni Klugman (Director of Gender and Development, WBG), Odile Faye (AWWORD), Delphine Djiraibe (Human Rights Attorney, Chadian Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights), CHAIR: Jorg Frieden (Executive Director, WBG)

The Gender Justice session will focus on what the World Bank has done to take steps forward in its gender work since the Spring Meetings. Gender was selected as a special theme in IDA 16 and will continue to be a special area of focus in IDA 17. The Bank recognizes that development that equally includes both genders will accelerate their mission of alleviating poverty, yet they receive criticism for overlooking women in project design and implementation and not appropriately allocating resources to truly give this special theme its rightful attention.

For this panel, we are fortunate to have the director of the Gender and Development unit from the Bank, Jeni Klugman, who will speak on Bank policy and actions. She will be followed by: Odile Faye, the Executive Secretary of the Association of African Women for Research and Development and Delphine Djiraibe, a noted Human Rights Lawyer who co-founded the Chad Association for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights. Each will give insights into their on-the-ground experiences and their proposals for how the Bank can better integrate gender focus into their policies and projects. We aim to learn a bit more from each perspective and find ways to move forward with gender mainstreaming and equality at the World Bank and within its projects.

12:30 - 2:00
I 2 - 250

Environmental and Social Assessment and Management: Strengthening all Levels of the Integrated Framework

Sponsors: Bank Information Center (BIC), International Rivers

Panelists: Mark Rentschler (Campaign Director, BIC), Heike Mainhardt (Oil Change International), Anis Dani (Sr. Evaluator, Independent Evaluation Group, WBG), Emmanuel Boulet (Sr. Safeguard Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank), Glenn Morgan (Lead Environmental Specialist, WBG), CHAIR: Sara Aviel (U.S. Alternate ED, WBG)

In April, the Bank Information Center (BIC) submitted a model policy on environment and social assessment and management (ESAM) to the first consultation phase of the World Bank safeguard review. Reflecting inputs from a wide range of organizations and experts, ESAM policy proposal is an initial statement on priorities for the Bank to strengthen OP 4.01 to bring the Bank into line with the highest international standards for ESAM.

This panel will focus on three environmental and social risk management challenges for the Bank raised in the ESAM proposal at different stages of the project cycle: upstream strategy level assessment; cumulative impact assessment during scoping; and implementation.




12:30 - 2:00
I 2 - 210

Issues in Education: World Bank Policy Frameworks and Investment Trends

Sponsor: RESULTS Education Fund

Panelists: Steve Klees (Professor of International Education Policy, University of Maryland), Tony Baker (Education for All Campaign Manager, RESULTS Educational Fund), Judith-Ann Walker (Co-Founder and Executive Director, Development Research and Projects Centre), Heather Simpson (Senior Director of the Department of Education and Child Development, Save the Children), CHAIR: Nancy Van Meter (Deputy Director of Research and Strategic Initiatives, American Federation of Teachers)

Recent years have seen new developments in the World Bank’s approach to education, including the launch of a new World Bank Group Education Strategy and the announcement of a bold five-year commitment to increase IDA investments in basic education. The near future, with the incoming post-2015 development agenda, will likewise bring about shifts in the World Bank’s attention and a reprioritization of development objectives. All of these issues have been the subjects of global discussion and debate.

This session will bring key issues of World Bank education support into focus, including the urgent need to enhance the teaching profession, critiques and alternatives to the Education Strategy, impact of the 2010 pledge to basic education, potential interventions in girls’ education, and essential considerations for post-2015 priorities and strategies.



12:30 - 2:00
MC 4 - 100

Mobilizing Youth Against Corruption

Sponsors: Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network (GYAC), OCASA Corporation

Panelists: Andrea Benavides Romero (Executive Director, OCASA Corporation, Colombia), Emanuel Callejas Aquino (Advisor, National Network for Integrity, Guatemala), David Riveros Garcia (President, Youth Change Reaction, Paraguay), CHAIR: Jeff Thindwa (Manager, World Bank Institute)

Corruption represents a major threat to the prosperity and development of a country. Considering that today’s youth are the future leaders of the world, it is not only important that they become aware of the negative effects of corruption, but also that they start to engage actively in the prevention of and fight against this development challenge. As part of these efforts, in 2010, the World Bank Institute supported the development of the Global Youth Anti-Corruption (GYAC) network, which is composed by over 1,700 young leaders, journalists, artists, and experts in information and communication technologies (ICT) from civil society all over the world who work to improve transparency and social accountability for better governance.

This session will showcase the work that three youth leaders and members of the GYAC network have done to engage youth in the fight against corruption in their countries –Colombia, Guatemala and Paraguay.


12:30 – 2:00
I 2 - 440

A Global Citizen Movement Towards an End of Extreme Poverty by 2030

Sponsor: Global Poverty Project

CHAIR: Elisha London

The World Bank declared in April 2013 that it is possible to end extreme poverty by 2030. Essential in this goal is a global movement of citizen voices calling on their governments to support all efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030. This lunchtime working meeting will provide an opportunity for organizations working to build a movement to end extreme poverty to share in best practice and lessons learned through movement building, as well as hear an exclusive introduction to a new campaign; Zero Poverty 2030, a global petition which will be presented at the April 2014 World Bank meetings.


1:30 – 2:30
Lisner Auditorium George Washington University
(730 21st Street NW)

CNN Debate on the Global Economy

Sponsors: IMF, CNN

Panelists: Christine Lagarde (Managing Director, IMF), Yi Gang (Deputy Governor, People’s Bank of China), Jason Furman (Chairman of the US Council of Economic Advisers), Raghuram Rajan (Governor, Reserve Bank of India), CHAIR: Richard Quest (International Anchor, CNN)

While conditions may be improving in some quarters, the world economy continues to struggle to jumpstart growth. Global growth remains subdued but its underlying dynamics are changing. Major advanced economies are seeing gradual improvement in activity, while key emerging economies have slowed. Private demand growth continues to recover in the U.S. and the euro area is beginning to emerge from recession.

However, growth is slowing in China, India and an increasing number of emerging economies. At the same time, global financial conditions have tightened and market turbulence has hit several emerging markets with important vulnerabilities. Thus, risks—old and new—continue to dominate the outlook and some have become more prominent. Against this backdrop, cross-border spillovers may pose greater risks and new policy challenges are arising. The debate will focus on how policymakers could collaborate globally to better manage the risks and durably boost jobs and growth.

This session will be broadcast on CNNi that afternoon. Audience members should be in their seats no later than 1:15 p.m when the doors will close.


2:00 - 3:30
I 2 - 250

Mass Atrocity Prevention as a Development Imperative in Fragile and Conflict Affected Countries

Sponsors: Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, Trust Fund for Victims, U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Panelists: Kristin Kalla (Senior Program Officer, Trust Fund for Victims), Ambassador Stephen Rapp (Office of Global Criminal Justice), Sheelagh Stewart (Director of Governance and Rule of Law, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, United Nations Development Programme), CHAIR: Tibi Galis (Executive Director, Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation)

The purpose of this session will be to bring together representatives from civil society (Auschwitz Institute), intergovernmental organizations (ICC/Assembly of States Parties of the Rome Statute, Victims Fund, and the World Bank), bilateral development agencies (USAID) and the U.S. Government (State Department) to present and discuss their respective roles and actions in the prevention of mass atrocities. The session will specifically focus on ways to strengthen the prevention of mass atrocities by adding a development dimension and to continue the knowledge sharing process on this topic, with a special emphasis on Fragile and Conflict affected Situations (FCS).



2:00 – 3:30
I 2 - 210

Donor Investments in Post-Earthquake Haiti: Gender, Accountability and other Critical Issues for a Just Reconstruction

Sponsor: Gender Action, Action Aid, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Panelists: Doudou Pierre Festile (Executive Director, Mouvman Peyizan l’Acul du Nord /MPA) and National Haitian Network for Food Sovereignty and Food Security, RENHASSA - TBC), Rosnel Jean-Baptiste (Executive Secretary, Tet Kole Ti Peyizan Ayisyen – TBC), Claire Lauterbac (Project Manager, Gender Action), CHAIR: Doug Hertzler (Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid)

Since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti in January 2010, over US$ 13.3 billion has been pledged to the country’s reconstruction. International Financial Institutions (IFIs), including the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, have committed over US$ 1.7 billion. The US government has committed more than US$ 1.1 billion mostly through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and State Department. Three years since the earthquake, Haitians and their allies worldwide demand to know how donor funding is being spent.

This panel aims to present critical and gendered perspectives on donor investments and their role in shaping Haiti’s reconstruction and development. Presenters will draw on their recent research and experiences to discuss and critique gender, accountability, and other critical dimensions of donor-funded projects in sectors including agriculture, export-processing, and mining. Panelists will reflect on practical ways to enhance the responsiveness of donors, including the IFIs, to Haitian voices and needs.


2:00 – 3:30
I 2 - 220

The Economic Impact of IMF-Supported Programs in Low-Income Countries

Sponsor: IMF

Panelists: Chris Lane (Division Chief, Low-Income Countries Unit, IMF), Brett House (Visiting Scholar, Columbia University's Chazen Institute of International Business)

The last 25 years have witnessed a profound transformation in the economic fortunes of low-income countries (LICs). While some of the achievements occurred in the context of an unusually benign global environment, LICs continued to grow during the global financial crisis. This session examines the economic impact of IMF support in LICs, giving some country examples and explaining how the nature of IMF engagement has evolved over time, in part reflecting changes in LICs themselves.


Chris Lane


4:00 – 5:30
I 2 - 220

Is the World Bank Getting Serious about Civil Society and Communities?: The Model of the HNP CSO Consultative Group.

Sponsor: Health Nutrition & Population Civil Society Consultative Group

Panelists: Carolyn Reynolds (Communications Adviser, WBG), Mette Kinoti (Head of Program Management, African Medical and Research Foundation / AMREF), Knud Voercking (Head of IFI Programme, Ugerwald), Mogha Kamal Yanni (Senior Health Adviser), CHAIR: Joan Awunyo-Akaba (Executive Director, Future Generations International, Ghana)

The Bank’s HNP division established a Civil Society Consultative Group in 2011, made up of a group of NGO representatives. Face-to-face meetings alongside the Annual and Spring meetings are supplemented by web or teleconference meetings in between. This session will look at the experiment and how the group is developing as well as more broad questions about the way that civil society is represented in the Bank’s thinking and activities.

This will also consider the concept of Community System Strengthening and how Bank should be ensuring that its loans, grants, and programmes have proper civil society engagement in proposal development and delivery of health systems strengthening activities towards Universal Health Coverage. It will also consider how other sectors and organizations are operating and what lessons can be learned.

3:30 – 5:00
I 2 - 250

The Role of Intellectual Property (IP) in Developing Countries

Sponsors: Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisers (PIIPA), U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Panelists: Abanti Bhattacharyya (JD, Senior Intellectual Property Manager, Johns Hopkins University Technology Transfer), Samuel G. Adewusi Esquire (Senior Counsel, African Artists Collaborative), Dr. Devinder Mahajan (Professor, Stonybrook University), CHAIR: R. Mark Davis (President and CEO of Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisers / PIIPA )

The purpose of this session will be to explore the ways in which intellectual property can serve as a development tool in the areas of health, agriculture (food security), science, education, culture, biodiversity, the environment, and promote sustainable economic development. This panel discussion will be the first in a series of events held at the World Bank where practitioners and policymakers will explore the pragmatic applications of intellectual property as a development tool.




4:00 – 5:30
I 2 - 210

Program-for-Results: An Update

Sponsor: WBG (Operational Policies and Country Systems Vice Presidency)

Panelist: Fadia Saadah (Manager, Operations Policy and Country Services, WBG)

In today’s world, development is about results. Everyone—government officials, parliamentarians, civil society, citizens, the private sector—is demanding programs that help deliver sustainable results. In 2012, the World Bank Group (WBG) introduced a new innovative financing instrument entitled Program-for-Results (PforR) that provides support to government programs and makes disbursements based on results. To date, eight PforR operations have been approved, totaling $1.4 billion of Bank financing, leveraging a total of $4 billion of government programs. Another 16 operations are under preparation.

This session will provide an update on the PforR instrument, experiences to date, and early lessons. The session is also an opportunity to seek feedback and views that would be timely as management prepares for the two year review of the instrument.




5:30 – 7:00
MC 10 - 512
(Inspection Panel Office)

Inspection Panel Reception

Sponsor: Inspection Panel

As part of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings 2013, the Inspection Panel would be pleased to welcome Forum participants to its traditional Open House. Come and meet the Panel Members and staff of its Secretariat, learn how the Panel works and exchange views with us. Refreshments will be served.

The Inspection Panel is an independent complaints mechanism for people who believe that they have been, or are likely to be, adversely affected by a World Bank-funded project. The Panel provides for accountability through assessment of Bank's compliance with operational policies. The process is designed to provide redress to affected people and address issues of policy non-compliance and harm.



Friday, October 11

9:00 - 10:30
I 2 - 220

New Approaches to Dealing with Sovereign Indebtedness

Sponsors: New Rules for Global Finance, Jubilee USA, Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Panelists: Richard Gitlin (Senior Fellow, CIGI), Eric LeCompte (Executive Director, Jubilee USA), Tirivangani Mutazu (Policy Officer, AFRODAD), CHAIR: Jo Marie Griesgraber (Executive Director, New Rules for Global Finance)

Since the failure of the Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism (SDRM) in 2003, the international discussion on sovereign crisis workouts and debt restructuring has been at an impasse between proponents of statutory approaches and those favoring decentralized market-based tools. Beyond some refinements to Collective Action Clauses (CACs), little progress has been made over the last 10 years to improve our ability to resolve sovereign debt problems quickly, effectively and efficiently. Given the global economic turmoil of the last few years, it is time to look afresh at incremental ways in which the (non) system can be improved.

This session will consider priorities for improving our approaches to dealing with sovereign debt problems and will review several mutually supportive work programs underway to enhance our capacity to handle sovereign crises through small changes to the status quo.


9:00 - 10:30
I 2 - 250

The Cost of Austerity and Inequality in Europe

Sponsors: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Oxfam International

Panelists: Nicolas Mombrial (Head of Washington Office, Oxfam International), Peter Bakvis (Director Washington Office, ITUC), Rekson Silaban (Director, Labour Institute, Indonesia), Mahmood Pradhan (Deputy-Director, European Department, IMF)

Oxfam recently released the paper “A Cautionary Tale: The True Cost of Austerity and Inequality in Europe”, which estimates that current austerity policies in Europe promoted by the "troika" could increase the number of those living in poverty by 15 to 25 million. A speaker from Oxfam will present the report's findings concerning higher inequality, inferior public services, and reduced incomes if the policies are not changed, and speak of an alternative recovery strategy. Other speakers will add comments about the impact on European workers and draw comparisons with the results of structural adjustment policies applied in Indonesia in the late 1990s through IMF loan conditions. An IMF speaker will respond and discussion with the audience will follow.




9:00 - 10:30
I 2 - 210

Stakeholder Consultations at the World Bank: Principles, Process, Practices

Sponsor: WBG (External and Corporate Relations)

Panelist: Ida Mori (Head, Consultations Team, WBG)

This session will introduce a number of products that the World Bank Group recently issued: A Consultation Hub, which serves as one-stop shop for all Bank stakeholders to see all opportunities for consultation at one glance. This Hub is designed to provide stakeholders with easy access to the opportunities to participate in the Bank’s decision-making process. In this session, we will also introduce a practice note on “Stakeholder Consultations at the World Bank: Principles, Process, Practices,” which introduces principles for stakeholder consultations at the World Bank and provides guidance on how to plan and implement consultations according to best practices.




10:00 - 11:00
U3 -352

MIGA Open House for CSOs

Sponsor: Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)

This session will provide an opportunity for CSO representatives to meet with MIGA staff to learn more about MIGA and to discuss any issues of concern. Any questions may be directed to Cara Santos Pianesi at


11:00 - 12:30
I 2 - 210

The Chad-Cameroon Oil & Pipeline Project: 10th Anniversary of first Oil Exports from Chad. Are there lessons for the World Bank’s planned “smart” risks strategy?

Sponsors: Urgewald, Public Interest Law Center (PILC), Chad

Panelists: Delphine Djiraibe (Director, PILC), Peter Rosenblum (Co-Director, Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School), Elaine Zuckerman (President, Gender Action), CHAIR: Korinna Horta (Policy director, Urgewald)

World Bank Group financing served as the catalyst for the building of the approximately US$ 7.2 billion Chad-Cameroon Oil & Pipeline Project. This was to be a model extractive industry project to reduce poverty in one of Africa’s poorest regions. Since its inauguration on October 10, 2003, hundreds of millions of barrels of oil have been exported from Chad, yet the country has fallen further on UNDP’s Human Development Index, where it now occupies position Nº 184 out of 186 countries.

This session will present the impacts of the project on people and their environment. It will also discuss the lessons to be drawn from a project where the Bank’s credit risk was well protected but enormous environmental and social risks were placed on the most vulnerable of populations. Such lessons should matter as the World Bank intends to take on more “smart” risk as part of its new corporate strategy.




11:00 - 12:30
I 2 - 440

The Role of Child Protection Investments in the Economic and Social Progress of Developing Countries

Sponsor: ChildFund International

Panelists: David Mugawe (Executive Director, AfriChild Centre), Dr. Neil Boothby (Senior Coordinator to the USAID Administrator on Children in Adversity, USAID), Santi Kumaningrum (Co-Director, Centre on Child Protection, University of Indonesia), Prof. Fred Ssewamala (Director, International Centre for Child Health and Asset Development, Columbia University), CHAIR: Timothy Opobo (Child Protection Co-coordinator, ChildFund International),

Social Protection as a means to realize a child’s right to an adequate standard of living has gained political prominence at global, regional and national levels. There is a growing consensus among development practitioners for the need to shift the focus from a development strategy based on the belief that “a rising tide lifts all boats” to one that focuses on the most vulnerable, such as women, children, and people with disabilities. In particular, there is a need to prioritize investments on child development. The World Bank’s own research demonstrates that investing in children has large potential returns in terms of a community’s future economic well-being, while periods of deprivation have long lasting detrimental consequences.

This session will discuss the linkage between investment in child protection as a component of social protection, and economic and social progress of developing countries.




10:30 - 12:00
I 2 - 220

Stakeholder-Centered Carbon Pricing to Solve the Climate Crisis

Sponsor: Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)

Panelists: Sieren Ernst (Director, Environment & Ethics), Danny Richter (Citizens Climate Lobby, Legislative Director), Joseph Robertson (President, Geoversiv Envisioning), Elli Sparks (Development Director, Citizens Climate Lobby), CHAIR: Erica Flock (Online Manager, EarthShare)

This panel will discuss the ramifications and the scalability of a revenue-neutral carbon pricing approach called Carbon Fee and Dividend. The four panelists will cover, principally: 1) Carbon Fee and Dividend; 2) Community Building as relating to this carbon pricing strategy; 3) Political Scalability (propagating the policy without need for a global summit); 4) Economics of a Clean-energy Paradigm Shift (political, technological and commercial innovation). All topics will center on the Carbon Fee and Dividend plan. The four presentations will be followed by discussion and Q&A.



11:00 - 12:30
I 2 - 250

Social Assessment and LGBT Inclusion Issues: Advancing from Concept to Policy to Practice

Sponsors: Reconciling Works: Lutherans for Full Participation, St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation

Panelists: Rachel Kyte (Vice-President for Sustainable Development, WBG), Rev. Canon Albert Ogle (President, St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation), Rev. McDonald Sembereka (Advisor to the President on Civil Society, Government of Malawi), Khemraj Persaud (Program Coordinator, Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination / SASOD), CHAIR: Philip W. Moeller (Director of International Programs, Reconciling Works)

This session builds on two previous panels within the last year on the inclusion of LGBT issues in social assessments carried out for projects financed by the World Bank. The World Bank is beginning to address LGBT inclusivity in some of its operations. With this in mind, this session will focus on: (i) how should the Bank insert the concept of LGBT inclusivity into operational policy, and in its operations; (ii) what issues would relate to communicating and collaborating on this new direction with client governments; (iii) what is the best way for the Bank to work with the CSO community on these issues; and (iv) how would one address local perceptions of cultural sensitivity and inclusivity for the LGBT community in projects financed by the World Bank.

Summary Note


12:30 – 2:00
I 2 - 440

World Development Report 2015: The Behavioral and Social Foundations of Development Policy

Sponsor: WBG (WDR Team)

Panelists: Karla Hoff (Director, WDR 2015 Team, WBG), Varun Gauri (Deputy Director, WDR 2015 Team), CHAIR: Merrell Tuck-Primdahl (Sr. Communications Officer, Development Economics Department, WBG).

The World Development Report 2015, to be published in September 2014, will explore what implications recent work in behavioral economics and social psychology have for development policy. This session will focus on the main themes of the report, current issues, and possible implications for development policy, and is part of a wider effort by the WDR15 Team to consult with different stakeholders worldwide over the coming year.


12:00 – 1:30
I 2 - 220

Launch of Global Financial Governance & Impact Report

Sponsor: New Rules for Global Finance Coalition, Development Finance International, Heinrich Boell Foundation

Panelists: Congresswoman Maxine Waters (US Representative, US Congress), Nancy Alexander (G20 Project coordinator, Heinrich Boell Foundation), Branden Wu (Tax Program, Actionaid), Jose Antonio Ocampo (Professor, Columbia University), Matthew Martin (Director, Development Finance International), CHAIR: Seamus Finn (Board Chair, New Rules Coalition & Oblates of Mary Immaculate)

New Rules for Global Finance, in collaboration with over 10 other organizations and individuals, present the first comprehensive review of the Governance and the Impact on poor people and low income countries of the international organizations responsible for the regulation of global finance. Those institutions are: the Financial Stability Board, IMF, World Bank, G20, and international tax rule-making bodies. Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) Ranking Minority leader of the US House Financial Services Committee will be the Keynote speaker.


12:30 – 2:00
I 2 - 210

Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture

Sponsor: Practical Action, WBG (Agriculture and Rural Development Department)

Panelists: Alison Griffith (Senior Policy and Practice Advisor, Practical Action), Grahame Dixie, (Grahame Dixie, Lead Adviser for the BBA Program, WBG), Federica Saliola (Program Manager, WBG), Alan Rennison (Program Officer for Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), Hannah Chira (Peace & Livelihoods Program Officer, Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development /ACORD, Kenya) CHAIR: William Galvin (Head of US Operations, Self Help Africa)

The World Bank, with the support of the UK, US and Danish governments and the Gates Foundation, has been developing indicators for a new initiative called 'Benchmarking the Business of Agriculture' (BBA), which is part of a broader Agricultural Transformation Index (ATI). Many NGOs across the globe have decades of experience of working with small holder farmers in developing countries to improve the viability of their livelihoods. This includes working with governments and donors to shape the policies and practices that will create better enabling environments for those farmers.

This panel session brings together members of the World Bank’s BBA team and members of civil society, to provide a platform for the BBA team to inform a broader set of actors about the project and for civil society to share their perspectives.




12:30 – 2:00
I 2 - 250

Scaling up support to community forestry as an approach to managing REDD+: Lessons from Southeast Asia

Sponsors: RECOFTC, debtWATCH (Indonesia), TEBTEBBA (Philippines)

Panelists: Victoria Tuali Corpuz (Executive Director, TEBTEBBA), Diana Goeltom (Coordinator, debtWATCH ), James Bampton (Manager, Program Coordination, Monitoring, and Evaluation, RECOFTC)

Community-based forest management has proven to be successful in securing community land tenure and improving agro-forest livelihood and resource conservation while the challenges of economic concessions and land use change persist. Yet, support to this practice of safeguarding forests and livelihood rights from the risks of degradation remains limited and is arguably on the back burner in many REDD+ support facilities. How can multilateral and bilateral agencies scale up support to community forestry approach as an effective approach to REDD+ management?


1:00 – 1:45
James Wolfensohn Atrium
(WBG Main Complex)

I AM MALALA: A Conversation with Malala Yousafzai on the Occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child

Sponsor: World Bank Group

CHAIR: Jim Yong Kim (President, WBG)

Malala Yousafzai, the 16 year old educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, will speak about her passionate fight for girls’ education. One year ago, Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education. She is the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala champions universal access to education through the Malala Fund, which focuses on helping girls around the world go to school and raise their voices for the right to education.


2:00 – 3:30
I 2 - 250

Importance of Including Disability in Development Programs

Sponsors: Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union, International Disability Alliance, National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda, Bank Information Center (BIC)

Panelists: Mohammed Loutfy (Campaign Coordinator, Lebanese Physical Handicapped Union), Edson Ngirabakunzi (Executive Director, National Union of Disabled Persons of Uganda), Georgia Stone (Human Rights and Social Development Officer, International Disability Alliance), Charles Alton (Independent Consultant), CHAIR: Rachel Burton (Policy Associate, BIC)

This session will explore the importance of including disability in World Bank operations, particularly in the safeguards, through an analysis of how a World Bank project in Uganda affected persons with disabilities. Based on lessons learned from this and other World Bank projects that have not taken into consideration persons with disabilities needs and rights, the panel will discuss how the World Bank can integrate disability into the safeguards, with a particular emphasis on the Indigenous Peoples Policy, the Involuntary Resettlement Policy, and the Environmental Assessment Policy, as well as the World Bank’s role in the post-MDG agenda related to disability.


2:00 – 3:30
I 2 - 220

Civil Society Consultations on Country Strategy Development: Lessons and Prospects from MENA and Other Regions

Sponsor: Bank Information Center

Panelists: Najat Yamouri (Senior Social Development Specialist, WBG), Ida Mori (Global Consultations Team, WBG), Nina Bhatt (Senior Social Scientist, WBG), CHAIR: Amy Ekdawi (Regional Program Manager, BIC)

This session will discuss how the World Bank is changing the process through which it develops its Country Assistance/Partnership Strategies and the importance of consulting with civil society in a meaningful way when preparing these strategies. The panel will take the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as the reference point – given that the Bank is piloting several tools for engaging civil society there – but it will also share experiences from other places to demonstrate the relevance of these issues across regions. The panel will discuss best practices in strategy consultation, and exchange views and lessons learned from various countries, while tackling some of the challenges that both CSOs and the Bank face in bridging gaps and closing the feedback loop in the consultation processes


2:00 – 3:30
I 2 - 210

Continuing Conversations with CAO

Sponsor: IFC (Compliance and Ombusdman Office / CAO)

Panelists: Meg Taylor (Compliance Advisor and Ombudsman, CAO), Gina Lea Barbieri (Senior Dispute Resolution Specialist, CAO), Daniel Adler (Senior Compliance Specialist, CAO), CHAIR: David Hunter (Professor, Washington College of Law)

The session will present a snapshot of CAO’s work over the last 13 years, and will offer an opportunity for stakeholders to engage CAO in a robust discussion about its body of work, particularly as it relates to recourse, remedy and outcomes. In particular the session will focus on how CAO looks at outcomes, and will speak to outcomes from both Dispute Resolution and Compliance.


4:00- 5:30
I 2 - 220

Debating the IMF Wages, Taxes, and Subsidies Policies

Sponsors: Arab NGO Network for Development, Third World Network

Panelists: Mahinour El Badrawi (Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights), Mohamed Said Saadi (Graduate Institute of Commerce and Business Administration of Casablanca / ISCAE, Morocco), Bhumika Muchhala (Third World Network), CHAIR: Kinda Mohamadieh (Arab NGO Network for Development )

Morocco, Yemen, Jordan, and Tunisia have set up new loan agreements with the IMF. The negotiations for a loan agreement with Egypt have been popularly contested, and set on hold. Policy advice attached to financing and assessment reports from the IMF hold significant implications on policy-making in the Arab countries.

The panel will address the overall role of the IMF in the Arab region, and focus on debating the policy approaches to social protection including subsidy reforms, and growth-related policies, including wage and labor-market policies as well as tax policies.


4:00 – 5:30
I 2 - 210

Safeguarding Forests and Forest Peoples: Lessons from Indonesia, Colombia, China, and India in the context of the World Bank Safeguards Review

Sponsors: Ulu Foundation, NorthEast People’s Alliance (NEPA – India), Lembaga Keadilan Ekologi, Indonesia), ILSA (Colombia), Green Watershed (China), Both ENDS, (Netherlands), Urgewald (Germany), Friends of the Earth (US)

Panelists: Korinna Horta (Urgewald), Mayra Tenjo Hurtado (ILSA), Ram Wangkheirakpam (NEPA), Yu Chen (Green Watershed), Orchida Rachmadania, Suwiryo Ismail (Lembaga Keadilan Ekologi , Stephanie Fried (Ulu Foundation), CHAIR: Pieter Jansen (Both ENDS),

In the context of the World Bank Safeguard Review and proposed Bank support for national biodiversity offset plans, panelists will present an overview of concerns related to WBG forest policies and activities. These include Bank support for industrial-scale logging in tropical forests, the use of biodiversity off-sets to compensate for the degradation and destruction of critical natural habitat, and the intersection of illegal logging, forest destruction and money laundering. Cases will be presented from Indonesia (Climate Investment Fund / Forest Investment Plan activities and Indonesian CSO concerns about WB Forest Policy), Colombia (forest and land tenure rights), China (environmental policy) and India (forest conversion to plantations).




4:00 – 5:30
I 2 - 250

Update: World Bank Group Strategy and Change Process

Sponsor: WBG (Reform Team)

Panelists: Sanjay Pradhan (Vice President, Change, Knowledge and Learning, WBG), Barbara Lee (Manager, OPCS, WBG), Christian Grossman (Director for Corporate Strategy, IFC), Marcus Williams (Chief Officer, Strategy, Communications, and Partnerships MIGA), CHAIR: Rachel Winter Jones (Senior Communications Officer, WBG)

Last April, the Board endorsed two goals for the international development community: the first to end extreme poverty by 2030; the second to boost shared prosperity by promoting real income growth for the bottom 40 percent of the population. The World Bank Group is committed to helping countries reach these goals through economic growth, inclusion and sustainability, and through its new Strategy, the first encompassing IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA, working together as one World Bank Group.

The Strategy focuses on customizing development solutions and aligning all WBG activities with the two goals; working more in partnership with others, and significantly increasing collaboration across agencies. Implementation of the Strategy will require organizational change and a new framework for medium-term financial sustainability to ensure that WBG resources are commensurate with the roles and responsibilities it carries out on behalf of the international community. The Strategy is the key item for discussion at the October 12th meeting of the Development Committee.

During this session, participants will have an opportunity to learn more about the goals, the strategy and the change process at the WBG to help support their implementation.



Watch the archived webcast.


5:30 -7:00
WBG J Building
(701 18th St NW )

The Resilience Dialogue: Poverty Reduction in a Time of Extremes - Shared Prosperity through Resilience

Sponsor: WBG

Panelists: Sri Mulyani Indrawati (COO and Managing Director, WBG), Mitsuhiro Furusawa (Vice Minister of Finance for International Affairs, Japan), Kittiratt Na-Ranong (Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Thailand), Kristalina Georgieva (European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, EU), Nancy Lindborg (Assistant Administrator, USAID), Rachel Kyte (Vice President for Sustainable Development, WBG), CHAIR: Femi Oke (Al Jazeera America)

On October 11, policy makers attending the WBG-IMF Annual Meetings will meet for the 5th round of the Resilience Dialogue series. Exploring the impacts of disasters on poverty dynamics as well as the opportunities of resilience for poverty reduction, the speakers will highlight the need to invest in resilience to achieve poverty reduction and shared prosperity goals.



Saturday, October 12

9:00 - 11:00
I 2 - 250

Review and Update of the World Bank Safeguard Policies: Status Report

Sponsor: WBG (Operations Communications, Operational Risk Management)

Panelists: Stefan Koeberle (Director, Operational Risk Management), Stephen Lintner (Senior Adviser, Operational Risk Management), Motoko Aizawa (Adviser, Social Development Network), Charles di Leva (Chief Counsel,Office of the General Counsel), CHAIR: Sumir Lal (Manager, Operations Communication)

In 2012, the World Bank began a two-year process to review and update its environmental and social safeguard policies. Throughout the review process, the Bank has been seeking the views of a wide range of stakeholders to help shape the next generation of safeguard policies. Currently, the World Bank review team is carefully reviewing the feedback received as they are working on a proposal for an integrated framework. In this session, the safeguards review team will provide an update on the review process, explain the thinking around the framework, and respond to questions people may have.



Watch the archived webcast and read more on the Safeguard Review Process.


9:00 - 10:30
I 2 - 220

Towards a Global Aid Map

Sponsor: WBG (Open Aid Partnership)

Panelists: Myragliha Giles (General Director for External Financing Management, Government of Bolivia), Jackson Kinyanjui (Director for External Resource Department, National Treasury of Kenya [TBC]), Edith Jibunoh (Director for Multilateral Institutions, ONE), Andrew Clarke (Advocacy Manager, Publish What You Fund), CHAIR: Johannes Kiess (Operations Officer, WBG)

The Open Aid Partnership (OAP) brings together development partners, governments, civil society organizations, foundations, and the private sector to improve aid transparency and effectiveness. The OAP’s goal is to collect and open up local development data to engage citizens and other stakeholders in evidence-based conversations on development. The OAP supports partners to collect, curate and publish development data in an open and accessible format, and visualize it on a common mapping platform. The Partnership builds capacity of citizens, civil society, and the media to understand, use and give feedback on open development data. Thus far, OAP has engaged with Governments of Bolivia, Kenya, Nepal, and Malawi to help them be more transparent, as well as organized data literacy bootcamps for civil society organizations and journalists.

The session will demonstrate the power of open development data with a focus on the geography of aid and how open data can help to better engage with CSOs and citizens.


Presentation #3


9:00 – 10:30
I 2 - 210

Engaging Local Entrepreneurs on Solving Development Challenges

Sponsor: Egypreneur

Panelists: Magdi Amin (Lead Economist, IFC), Christopher Chroeder (Author of Startup Rising), Ahmed El Sheick (Consultant), Lana Newishy (Founder, YESMENA), Hasina Kharbhih (Founder, Impulse Social Enterprises), CHAIR: Abdelrahman Magdy (CEO, Egypreneur)

Albert Einstein once remarked that "Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that has created them in the first place". Egypt, with a population fast approaching 100 million living on an area half the size of Denmark and importing close to 70% of its food supplies, needs a new level of awareness to address its problems. 60% of Egypt's population is below 30 years of age, have never been empowered to contribute to the economic activities or the political scene despite the huge economic opportunity that they represent.

The session will focus on how the World Bank can empower local entrepreneurs to shape a preferred future for Egypt and create a win-win-win situation for the MENA region, US, Europe, and the global economy. Panelists will specifically discuss the concepts of proactive entrepreneurship, human ecology, and long cycles of capital accumulation in order to bring a new perspective to the current situation in Egypt and the MENA region.


10:00 – 11:30 AM
MC C2-131

United Nations Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing: Dialogue on Sustainable Development Financing

Sponsors: United Nations

Panelists: Mansur Muhtar and Ambassador Pertti Majanen (Committee Co-chairs)

The Rio+20 Summit held in June 2012 mandated an Intergovernmental Committee of experts to develop “options on an effective sustainable development strategy to facilitate the mobilization of resources and their effective use in achieving sustainable development objectives”. The report of the committee will be a key input to the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, set to start in September 2014.

The session objectives include: Inform NGOs and other Major Groups (MGs) and relevant stakeholders of the ongoing work of the committee; Gather feedback and inputs from stakeholders on the strategic issues they perceive in the field of financing for sustainable development; Create the conditions for ongoing dialogue and contribution of NGOs and other MGs and relevant stakeholders to the work of the committee.


10:00 – 12:00
MC 4 - 100

Monitoring Land Governance and the Post 2015 Agenda: Lessons from Asia

Sponsors: ANGOC and World Bank Group (DECAR)

Panelists: Kate Geary (Oxfam), Folay Eleazar (LETS), Keith Bell (World Bank), Don Marquez (Asian NGO Coalition), Klaus Deininger (World Bank), Thea Hilhorst (World Bank)

To the extent that they can be translated into country level realities and regularly monitored, the Voluntary Guidelines on responsible tenure (VGs) provide a unique opportunity to address land tenure issues that have undermined poverty reduction and broad-based sustainable growth in many contexts and, in doing so, make a significant input into the discussion on the post-2015 MDG framework. The session will present approaches for doing so, discuss their impact thus far, and aim to draw out commonalities that can form the basis for coordinated action.


I 2 - 220

Towards Universal Health Coverage in Fragile and Transition States

Sponsors: Cordaid, Ministry of Health/ Burundi, Health Development and Performance (HDP/Rwanda)

Panelists: Arjanne Rietsema (Director, Cordaid Zimbabwe Office), Dr. Nyasha Masuka (Provincial Medical Director, Ministry of Health, Zimbabwe), Habineza Christian (Director, HDP), Dr.Dionis Nizigiyimana (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health and the Fight Against AIDS), Akiko Maeda (Lead Health Specialist on HNP, Human Development Network, WBG), CHAIR: Dr. Godelieve van Heteren (Director, Rotterdam Global Health Initiative at Erasmus University, Rotterdam)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will replace the MDGs after 2015. Already, WHO and World Bank have jointly given their support to one SDG for health, namely Universal Health Coverage (UHC). At the same time, the “New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States” (Busan Declaration of December 2011) serves as an equally important global policy framework on how to promote health coverage in fragile states. Cordaid has a strong track record on healthcare interventions in fragile and transition states and is well-known for its ability to design and implement results-based financing for health (RBF) programs, scale up such programs, and provide technical assistance related to RBF.

It is our intention to feed this experience into the global discussion on universal health coverage, while at the same time gain insight on the specific challenges to promote universal health coverage in fragile states. With this in mind, Cordaid has produced a position paper on this issue based on an extensive literature review, mixed methods interviews with key stakeholders in four countries (Zimbabwe, DRC Congo, Burundi, and Afghanistan), and background research.

The session will include a presentation of this paper and promote a discussion among government officials, CSO representatives, Bank staff, and participants around the challenges of promoting universal health coverage in fragile states.

Final CORDAID Report on UHC


I 2 - 210

Adaptive Change is the Question; Entrepreneurial Civil Society is the Answer

Sponsors: Operation HOPE, Parksonian Institute

Panelists: Jena Roscoe (1st SVP, Chief of Government Affairs, Operation HOPE, Inc.), Faisal Hoque (Founder/CEO, BTM Corporation), Michele Golden (CEO, Empowered World Ventures), Pya Cope (Partner KAM Financial), Ambassador Robin Sanders (Founder, FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative), Ditu Kasuyi (Advisory Board President, Urban Financial Services Coalition), Zaneilia Harris (President, Harris & Harris Wealth Management Group), Marilyn Hoosen (Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley), CHAIR: James Parks (Founder/CEO, Parksonian Institute),

Adaptive work happens when we lead change where both the problem and the solution are unclear and all the participants require new learning. A social entrepreneurial mindset for Civil Society can change the odds. Government agencies are slow to respond. Due to globalization and technology, empowered individuals have more influence than ever. Entrepreneurial Civil Society represents the quantum approach, where relationships & creativity are the critical success factors. The global entrepreneurial mindset unleashes new perspectives on new challenges and opportunities. Rapid changes in demographics, economics, and technology are affecting this sector in profound ways.

In this high-energy session, we have two sets of panelists: (1) successful global entrepreneurs who will help to frame the questions; (2) successful CSO practitioners who will help to frame the answers. Our panelists have unique perspectives on how CSOs can be more effective and efficient.


11:00 – 12:30
I 2 - 250

Assessing IMF Advice on Subsidy Policy in the Middle East

Sponsors: New American Foundation, Arab NGO Network for Development

Panelists: Carlo Sdralevich (Deputy Division Chief, IMF's Middle East and Central Asia), Dr. Mohsin Khan (Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, The Atlantic Council), Abdulla Zaid (Adjunct Fellow, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation), Kinda Mohamadieh (Policy Advisor, Arab NGO Network for Development), CHAIR: Leila Hilal (Director, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation);

The New America Foundation's Middle East Task Force and Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) will present the findings of a policy brief examining IMF advice on subsidy reform in the Arab World. The policy brief, based on a review of IMF staff reports and consultations with regional civil society organizations, will present the launching point for a discussion of IMF subsidy policies in Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Yemen, and Egypt. The panel will consist of representatives from the New America Foundation, ANND, and the IMF.



1:00 – 2:30
J 1 – 050
WBG J Building
(701 18th St NW )

Gender at Work: Barriers and Promising Approaches to Women's Economic Participation

Sponsors: WBG, IMF

Panelists: Kalpana Kochhar (Deputy Director, Strategy, Policy and Review Department, IMF), Elizabeth Broderick (Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australia), Jeni Klugman (Director, Gender and Development, WBG), CHAIR: Rachel Kyte (Vice President, Sustainable Development Network, WBG)

During this moderated panel, we will discuss emerging findings from the World Bank’s Gender at Work report and the IMF’s recent paper on Women, Work, and the Economy: Macroeconomic Gains from Gender Equity. Join us for an exchange on what works, what doesn't, and on how to support more evidence-based policy making to reduce gender gaps in the world of work.


12:30 – 2:00
I 2 - 250

Why the Bank and Fund Provide Too Little Debt Relief Too Late - and What can be Done About it.

Sponsors: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, EURODAD, Erlassjahr

Panelists: Anna Gelpern (Professor of Law, Georgetown University), Gail Hurley (Policy Specialist, United Nations Development Programme), Matthew Martin (Director, Debt Relief International), Timothy Antoine (Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance - TBC), Adrian Cosentino (Secretary of Finance in the Argentine Ministry of the Economy - TBC). CHAIR: Jürgen Kaiser (Policy Coordinator, erlassjahr)

In a remarkable stock taking effort, the IMF has stated that in its management of sovereign debt crises it has often provided insufficient debt relief. There are numerous reasons for this, some technical, some more political in nature. What exactly have been the reasons for the IFI’s poor performance and what can be done to improve sovereign debt workout processes in the future? Experts from various fields shed light on the history of debt workout procedures and make suggestions for improvements


2:00 – 3:30
I 2 - 250

Meeting President Kim’s Pledge of “No Dilution” for Safeguards? Ensuring Upward Harmonization and Preventing a “Race to the Bottom”

Sponsors: Ulu Foundation (US), Urgewald (Germany), Green Watershed (China), Lembaga Keadilan Ekosistem (Indonesia), Friends of the Earth (US), NEPA (India)

Panelists: Yu Chen (Both ENDS -Green Watershed), Korinna Horta (Urgewald), Ram Wangkheirakpam (NEPA), Orchida Ramadhania, Rio Ismail (Lembaga Keadilan Ekosistem), Stephanie Fried (Ulu Foundation), CHAIR: Pieter Jansen (Both Ends), Mayra Tenjo (ILSA)

During the Bank’s last Annual Meeting in Tokyo, President Kim publicly committed to ensuring that the Safeguard Review process would not lead to any weakening or “dilution” of protections for the environment or project-affected people. To ensure “no dilution” and to avoid a “race to the bottom,” however, the Bank must address concerns regarding scope, architecture, and implementation of policies as well as their content.

This panel will focus on methods for ensuring that the President’s mandate of ensuring “no dilution” can best be met, exploring ways to ensure “upward harmonization” of Bank safeguards with the highest existing standards, avoiding the “China excuse,” recommendations for the scope of the safeguards review and an examination of the relevance of IFC Performance Standards as a model for World Bank Safeguards.


2:00 – 3:30
I 2 - 210

The Voice of Young Business Leaders on the World Economy: Achievements and Prospects of the G-20Y Summits

Sponsors: G-20Y Summit IOC, International Youth Diplomacy League

Panelists: Jean-Luc Larribau (Business Assembly President, G-20Y Summit IOC), Holger Erchinger (Advisory Board Member, G-20Y Summit IOC), Mattias Lundberg (Senior Economist, WBG), CHAIR: Ksenia Khoruzhnikova (Founder and President, G-20Y Summit International Organizing Committee)

After a brief presentation of the G-20Y Summit concept and of a few key-recommendations made in the 2013 G-20Y Summit Communiqué (see for more detailed information), this session will focus on discussing the achievements and prospects of the G-20Y Summit as a policy dialogue platform for young business leaders on the prosperity of the world economy. Panelists will include representatives from the G-20Y Summit, IMF, and WBG. Topics to be discussed include the G20/G-20Y agenda for 2014, and ways international institutions and governments can interact more closely with business platforms such as the G-20YSummit.

The common thread of these discussions will be the threefold G-20Y vision: (i) putting mid- and long-term global economic prosperity on today's international agenda, (ii) achieving greater international cooperation and (iii) sharing innovative ideas.




4:00 – 5:30
I 2 - 220

The World Bank’s Coal to Clean Energy Transition

Sponsor: Sierra Club

Panelists: Dan Schnitzer (Founder and Executive Director, Earthspark International), Bruce Buckheit (Former EPA Enforcement Officer), Visar Azemi (Coordinator, Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development / KOSID), CHAIR: Athena Ballesteros (Financial Flows and Environment Project Manager, World Resources Institute / WRI)

The World Bank’s recently adopted Energy Strategy is a welcomed step forward in the transition away from funding dirty fossil fuel projects, beginning with coal. This provides an opportunity to align the World Bank’s portfolio with emerging opportunities in clean energy including the often neglected off grid clean energy sector. However, while the strategy promises a new direction, old coal projects linger including the proposed 600 MW Kosovo C coal-fired power plant.

The Sierra Club has commissioned Bruce Buckheit, former chief US EPA Enforcement Officer, to provide a new analysis of the project based on the Terms of Reference (TOR) for a new Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA). In addition, to Bruce’s analysis KOSID will present its view of the latest developments in Kosovo and civil society demands regarding the project in light of the World Bank and US Government’s recently announced coal restrictions.

In addition, panelists will discuss how to complete the coal to clean energy transition at World Bank. Dan Schnitzer from Earth Spark International will discuss the neglected opportunities in financing clean energy access including the continued call for $500 million in risk adjusted finance for the off-grid sector.


4:00 – 5:30
I 2 - 210

Is the European Recovery Finally Under Way? And When Will Europe Return to Normal Levels of Employment? The Importance of Macroeconomic Policy for Europe and the World Economy

Sponsor: Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Panelists: Mark Weisbrot (Co-director, CEPR), Prakash Loungani (Advisor , Research Department, IMF), CHAIR: Aldo Caliari (Director, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern)

The Eurozone has officially exited its longest recession, but many worries remain. A change in ECB policy last autumn – which effectively put a ceiling on interest rates for Spanish and Italian bonds – drastically reduced the threat of a financial meltdown. But austerity has continued to hold back the region's recovery, unemployment remains at record highs, and the long-term prospects for both a generation of workers and the potential output of the economy continues to diminish. This panel will look at what needs to be done to ensure that last quarter's growth was not another false start, and most importantly to reduce mass unemployment.




4:00 – 5:30
I 2 - 250

Pathways to Addressing Africa’s Potentially Explosive Unemployment Challenge 

Sponsors: African Business Roundtable (ABR), NEPAD Business Group, African Governance Institute

Panelists: James Mwangi (CEO, Equity Bank), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi (Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria), Abdoulie Janneh (African Governance Institute), Ngozi Okonjo Iweala (Minister of Finance, Nigeria), Strive Masiyiwa (ECONET Wireless).

Africa’s unemployment challenge is troubling. This persistent problem has the potential to derail the current advances made on economic growth and development and generate further political instability. Addressing Africa’s unemployment challenge is not only key to meeting the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, but even more critical in the post 2015 agenda. Expanding traditional sectors and opening up non-traditional but potentially productive sectors is without doubt one of the pathways to generating employment on the continent.

Within this context, this session will focus on the present state of the Africa’s economy with a particular emphasis on the structural unemployment problem which continues unabated despite the economic growth being experienced in many countries. Panelists will discuss modalities for a systemic approach to employment creation in Nigeria and in other countries, analyze their impact, and compare with lessons learned from other regions around the world.



Last updated: 2013-11-06

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