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2014 Spring Meetings - Civil Society Program


Civil Society Program
Washington, DC
April 7 - 12, 2014

The Civil Society Program will be held from Monday, April 7 to Saturday, April 12, prior to, and during the 2014 Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group (WBGG). It is being organized by the Bank and Fund Civil Society Teams. The Forum will bring together IMF and WBGG staff, CSO representatives, government officials, academics, and others to exchange views and dialogue on a wide range of topics. 

The CS Forum will comprise CSO Orientation sessions on the IMF and WBGG, CSO Roundtable with Executive Directors, CSO Reception, and a Civil Society Policy Forum with an expected 55 policy dialogue sessions on such issues as climate change, fiscal policies, post-MDGs agenda, and safeguards. These sessions will be organized by the CSOs, WBGG, and IMF individually or jointly. CSOs will also be able to participate in many other policy sessions during the Spring Meetings.

Please find the schedule of sessions below.  Please check back frequently as we will be publishing additional information and sessions in the coming days.  For additional sessions which are still being planned visit our online draft schedule.   If you would like more information on these sessions, please contact John Garrison ( for WBG-related sessions, and Tilla McAntony ( for IMF-related sessions.

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Pre-Civil Society Forum Events

Monday, April 7

9:00 am – 5:30 pm
IMF HQ 2 Building
Room 01A - 250A&B
1900 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Orientation Session on the IMF

Sponsor: IMF

Panelists: Sabina Bhatia, Sabina Bhatia, Nisreen Farhan, Karla Chaman, Tilla McAntony (Communications Department).

This session will focus on the origin, mandate, policies, funding programs, and current global economic issues the IMF is tackling. It will also include meetings with senior Fund staff.

Tuesday, April 8

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Room: I 2 - 220

Orientation Session on the World Bank Group

Sponsor: World Bank Group

Panelists: Edith Jibunoh and John Garrison (Civil Society Team), Aaron Rosenberg (IFC), Cara Santos Pianesi (MIGA), Zeinab Bashir El Bakri (Inspection Panel Member), Meg Taylor (Compliance Advisor and Ombudsman Vice President), Dina El Naggar (Institutional Integrity) Hannah George and Anna Hidalgo (External and Corporate Relations), Soong Sup Lee (Development Economics Department), Ankur Nagar (Office of the Controller), Johannes Kiess (World Bank Institute)

This session is composed of two segments.  The first segment will introduce CSO participants to the World Bank Group (WBG) main agencies (IBRD, IFC, MIGA) and compliance mechanisms (IP, CAO, INT). Speakers will focus on origins, organizational structure, major policies, and operational work of each of these units.  The second segment will focus on the WBG’s array of Access to Information and Open Development initiatives and tools, with an emphasis on live demos and practical guidance. Participants will learn how to access and utilize WBG research data, knowledge resources, and project databases.


IBRD/IDA by Garrison
IFC by Rosenberg
CAO by Taylor
WBG Finances by Nagar
Open Data by Lee
Mapping for Development by Kiess


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

CSO Roundtable with World Bank Group Executive Directors

Sponsor: World Bank Group

Panelists:  Merza Hassan (Executive Director for Kuwait, and Dean of the Executive Board of Directors), Victoria Tauli Corpuz (Director, Tebtebba: Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education), Sara Aviel (Executive Director for the United States), Collins Magalasi (Executive Director, African Forum and Network on Debt and Development / AFRODAD)

This will be a roundtable discussion between WBG Executive Directors and civil society representatives attending the Spring 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.


April 9 - 12

Wednesday, April 9

8:30 - 9:00
I 2 - 220
(1850 I St, N.W)

Welcome Breakfast

Sponsors: International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group

Panelists: Edith Jibunoh, John Garrison, Nneka Okereke (WBG), Tilla McAntony, Anneta Orraca-Tetteh (IMF)

Come meet the Fund and Bank Civil Society Team staff, learn about Spring Meetings activities such as the CS Forum policy sessions, and discuss meeting logistics.


9:00 – 10:00
Preston Auditorium
Main Complex Building

A Conversation with Al Jazeera’s Ali Velshi and Jim Yong Kim

Sponsor:  WBG

Panelists:  Jim Yong Kim (President, WBG), Ali Velshi (Journalist, Al Jazeera America)

Ali Velshi of Al Jazeera America interviewed WBG President Jim Yong Kim on pressing issues, particularly what the Bank is doing to address rising inequality.

Watch archived video.


9:00 – 10:30
Room: I 2 - 250 

Mega-Project Mania? What are the Infrastructure Trends in Terms of New/Existing Institutions? Scale? and Normative Approaches?

Sponsors: Heinrich Boell Foundation, Bretton Woods Project, Latindadd, Pacific Environment, International Rivers, European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD), Center of Concern, URGEWALD

Panelists: Cesar Gamboa (Executive Director, Derechos Ambiente y Recursos Naturales / DAR), Peru), Iderley Colombini (Economist and Researcher, IBASE, Brazil), Jeroen Kwakkenbos (Senior Policy Officer, EURODAD), Jordan Schwartz (Manager, Singapore Infrastructure Hub, WBG), CHAIR: Nancy Alexander (Director, Economic Governance Program for Heinrich Boell Foundation-North America),

Existing international institutions are being re-oriented and new international institutions created - primarily for the purpose of mobilizing finance for infrastructure projects. In terms of new institutions, we are seeing movement toward formation of the BRICS Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and a World Bank Global Infrastructure Financing Facility (GIFF) as well as an expansion of infrastructure operations by the Latin America Development Bank (CAF) and the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), among others.

What is the emphasis on scale (megaprojects)? Sectors (industry and trade facilitation, energy, ports, roads, rails, water)? Norms (e.g., transparency, social, environmental, human rights, gender)? How is the G20 working to mobilize public and private finance, reform the investment climate, and ensure that obstacles to building "pipelines" of bankable projects, especially public-private partnerships (PPPs) are removed.


Brazil’s Neo-Development model by Colombini
Infrastructure and Governance in Latin America by Gamboa


9:00 – 10:30
Room: I 2 - 210 

IMF Debt Limit Policies

Sponsor: International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Panelists: Kwame Owino (Institute of Economic Affairs, Kenya), Nathan Coplin (Coordinator, New Rules for Global Finance), Laurence Allain (Deputy Division Chief, Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, IMF), Peter Allum (Assistant Director, Strategy, Policy, and Review Department, IMF)

A reform of the external debt limits policy in IMF-supported programs is currently being discussed. For low income countries (LICs), the reform of the IMF's debt limits policy (DLP) is being framed in an environment of significantly improved economic performance and changing financing needs and opportunities. Debt burdens on LICs are much lower than in previous decades, reflecting improved macroeconomic performance and the benefits of debt relief.

The proposed reform prompted a few questions from CSOs / Think-tanks, which would serve to guide the discussion. These include: How can countries improve their investment planning and debt management capacity to address the new challenges in managing a broader range of financing options? What measures can be taken to increase transparency in the borrowing plans? What can be done to further promote concessional financing to LICs?


Debt Policy Reform Proposal by Allain


9:00 – 10:30
Room: I 2 - 220

Ensuring the Bank’s Investment in and Prioritization of Reproductive Health up to 2015 and Beyond

Sponsors: International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), White Ribbon Alliance, WBG (Health, Nutrition and Population Division)

Panelists: HRH Princess Sarah Zeid (Champion of The White Ribbon Alliance), Gwen Hines (UK Executive Director, WBG), Nicole Klingen (Sector Manager for Health, Nutrition, and Population, WBG), Alison Marshall (Senior Adviser, Advocacy, IPPF), Jeni Klugman (Gender and Development Director, WBG), Jackson Chekweko (Executive Director, Reproductive Health Uganda, IPPF Member Association)

The session will focus on the recent IPPF’s publication “The Scorecard Revisited: Monitoring and Evaluating the Implementation of the World Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan 2010–2015” which is IPPF’s second interim assessment on the implementation of World Bank’s Reproductive Health Action Plan which was launched in 2010. The Bank’s Action Plan is ambitious in its aims to reduce high fertility, improve pregnancy outcomes, and reduce sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, across 57 ‘high burden’ countries.

The session will provide a shared platform for the Bank and IPPF to showcase the achievements of the Bank’s Action Plan, to discuss the Scorecard’s findings, and furthermore to reinvigorate energy around accelerating progress on MDG 5, where least has been made.


Scorecard Revisited by Marshall


12:00 – 1:30
Room: L-109
IFC Building
(2121 Penn. Ave.)

Discussion with CAO: Update on Recent Compliance Cases

Sponsor: Compliance Advisor and Ombudsman, CAO (WBG)

Panelists: Meg Taylor (Vice President, CAO) and CAO Staff

Join CAO's compliance team to gain a better understanding about how we work to conduct investigations of IFC's/MIGA's environmental and social performance, and the role of IFC/MIGA, their client companies, civil society, and other stakeholders in the process. CAO will also answer questions relating to recently completed compliance investigations of IFC, including Dinant in Honduras, Tata Ultra Mega in India, and IFC's global Financial Intermediary portfolio (FIs).

  • What is the scope of CAO’s compliance mandate and what is reviewed during a compliance process?
  •  What is the involvement of different stakeholders, including communities and civil society, in the process?
  •  What determines whether a case goes to compliance investigation?
  •  What is expected of IFC/MIGA when CAO makes findings of non-compliance?
  •  What leverage does CAO have to ensure its findings are addressed by IFC/MIGA and lead to remedy for affected communities?


11:00 – 12:30
Room: I 2 - 250 

What are the Trends in the Energy Sector?  For Instance, What is the Future for Fossil Fuels (King Coal) and Big Dams Versus Appropriate-Scale Renewables?

Sponsors: Bretton Woods Project, Mott Foundation, Heinrich Boell Foundation-North America, Latindadd, Pacific Environment, International Rivers, Eurodad, Center of Concern, and Third World Network.

Panelists: Peter Bosshard (International Rivers), Elizabeth Bast (Oil Change International), Athena Ballesteros (Project Manager, Institutions and Governance Program, World Resources Institute / WRI), Vijay Iyer (Director of Sustainable Energy Department, WBG), CHAIR: Lisa Friedman (Deputy Editor, ClimateWire)

With great consequences for the energy sector and climate change, we see some Development Finance Institutions, Export-Credit Agencies and governments moving away from coal and toward renewables, while others are doing the opposite. The World Bank and other institutions are relying more heavily on large dams and natural gas. In some places, there is a resurgence of nuclear power. At the same time, there is a commercial breakthrough in renewables such as wind and solar. Come listen and discuss these important trends and identify ways to democratize the decision-making process to help ensure sustainable development.


Fossil Fuel Finance at IFIs by Bast
The World Bank, Hydropower and Renewable Energy by Bosshard
Ending the ‘No Access’ Trend by Iyer
Endless Energy Poverty in India by Krishnaswamy


11:00 – 12:30
Room: I 2 - 220 

Gender and Sexual Minority and Gender Identity Model Safeguard Presentation

Sponsors: American Jewish World Service, Bank Information Center, Council for Global Equality, Gender Action, WBG (SOGI Development Group)

Panelists: Bisi Alimi (Fellow, Aspen New Global Voices), Andrea Quesada (Senior Project Coordinator, Women’s Environment & Development Organization), CHAIR: Ingrid Hoven (German Executive Director to the WBG) 


11:00 – 12:30
Room: I 2 - 210 

Adapting IMF Policy Advice in a Rapidly Changing World

Sponsor: IMF

Panelists: Kalpana Kochhar (Deputy Director, Strategy Policy and Review Department, IMF), Taline Koranchelian (Division Chief, Strategy Policy and Review Department, IMF), Hans Weisfeld (Deputy Division Chief, Strategy Policy and Review Department, IMF), Chair: Martin Edwards (Associate Professor and Director of the Center for United Nations and Global Governance Studies, Seton Hall University).

The IMF is currently assessing how well it conducts its surveillance-oversight of the world economy and monitoring of the economic policies of its 188 member countries. The purpose of this periodic exercise is to find ways to improve the effectiveness and traction of surveillance. It will take stock of the extent to which the initiatives introduced in the aftermath of the global financial crisis have helped strengthen surveillance and how the IMF is responding to new challenges. It will also attempt to gauge the evenhandedness and traction of IMF policy advice.  The IMF is seeking the views of civil society, including on the following:

  • Is IMF surveillance keeping pace with global economic changes;
  •  Has surveillance been consistent and evenhanded across countries;
  •  How do you see the role of the IMF in a rapidly evolving international monetary and financial system;
  •  What can the IMF do to make surveillance more effective?


11:30 – 1:00
James D. Wolfensohn Atrium
World Bank

Syrian Crisis: The Art of Resilience

Sponsor: WBG

Panelists: Jim Yong Kim (President, WBG), Raghad Mardini (Founder and Director, Art Residence Aley, Lebanon),  Chris Gunness (Spokesperson and Director of Communications, UNRWA),  Laura Trevelyan (Anchor & Correspondent, BBC World News America), Jihad Yazigi (Founder and Editor, Syria Report)

The World Bank is hosting an event to mark the opening of an exhibition featuring 35 paintings by Syrian artists influenced by the past three years of conflict in their country. Artists are among the millions of Syrians affected by war, but they also highlight the resilience of society. The artists exhibited are some of the many given the space to express themselves at an artists’ residence in the town of Aley in the mountains of neighboring Lebanon.

The exhibition showcases talent and human spirit in the face of adversity. More than 130,000 people have been killed in the war in Syria, which has also caused one of the largest refugee exoduses in recent history, with as many as four million Syrians already displaced inside and outside their country.  A discussion at the event will revolve around the power of iconography in the Syrian context. It will take place at the opening of the exhibition.

Watch video of the session.


12:30 – 2:00
Room: I 2 - 220

The Role of Development Agencies in Preventing Mass Atrocities

Sponsors: Budapest Centre for the International Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities, WBG (Legal Vice Presidency), United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Panelists: Nancy Lindborg (Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, United States Agency for International Development), Bernard Harborne  (Lead, Violence Prevention Team, WBG), Davide Zaru (Office of the United Nations Special Advisors on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect), Liberata Mulamula (Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Tanzania to the US), CHAIR: Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini (Director of Research and Cooperation, Budapest Centre)

Bilateral and multilateral development agencies and donors play a key role in efficiently responding to crisis situations. Their activities should also be increasingly taken into account in crisis situations with potential for escalation and mass atrocities. Bilateral and multilateral development agencies have a key role to play in crisis situations because of both their relatively easy access to information in hard-to-access areas, and their ability to communicate with the conflicting parties and other players/stakeholders of the international community.

Furthermore, their work on the ground enables them to effectively contribute to identifying community-level risk factors of mass violence. Most notably, they are able to find evidence on a variety of local issues which are not visible from far away capital cities.

This session, will therefore foster a discussion among bilateral and multilateral development agencies on their possible role and ways of cooperation with other stakeholders in mass atrocities prevention.


12:30 – 2:00
Room: I 2 - 210

In What Way is the Donor Community Doing Things Differently?  Progress and Perspectives on the Interim Strategies of the World Bank, IMF, and ADB in Myanmar

Sponsors: IFI Watch Myanmar, US Campaign for Burma, Bank Information Center

Panelists: Khon Ja (Coordinator, Kachin Peace Network), Sai Sam Kham (Executive Director, Metta Development Foundation), Rachel Wagley (Policy Director, US Campaign for Burma), Representatives from Asian Development Bank, WBG, IMF (TBC)

Since 2012, MDBs and other donor agencies have stepped up their wide range of activities to support Myanmar’s economic reconstruction. As they expand their analytical and investment services, they are also developing their medium term strategies with broader geographic reach and sectoral scope and bigger lending commitments.

This panel will explore: How do agriculture and regional economic cooperation and integration play out in their strategies? In addition to the regulatory framework for agricultural financing, how are they approaching the different forms of resource conflict and the environmental and social risks that will be associated with their investments? What can they draw from local agricultural practices and innovations in the country as well as the risk management systems in cross-border projects to inform their partnership frameworks for poverty reduction and inclusive development in Myanmar?


Progress and Perspectives

Challenges to Agricultural Investment in Myanmar


12:30 – 2:00
Room: I 2 - 250

Discussion of “Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction”

Sponsor: WBG (Civil Society Team)

Panelists: Bruce Rich (Author), Werner Kiene (Former Chair, WBG Inspection Panel), Stephen Lintner (Former Senior Technical Specialist, WBG), CHAIR: Charles di Leva (Chief Counsel, LEGEN, WBG)

Drawing on hundreds of case studies and scores of internal and external reports and evaluations, “Foreclosing the Future” argues that the World Bank Group too often continues to violate its own environmental, social, and fiduciary safeguards.  The book contends that many of these problems are associated with a dysfunctional institutional culture, well-documented for over two decades, in which the pressure to move money out the door can override all other considerations. Rich argues that the World Bank Group has a unique wealth of experience that could help build governance and development best practice if only the Bank would learn more from its experience rather than flee from it. 

This session, involving experts from inside and outside the World Bank Group, will discuss these questions and measures the World Bank Group and member countries can undertake to improve the organization’s environmental and social performance.


2:00 - 3:30
Room: L-109 
IFC Building
(2121 Penn. Ave.)

Update on Dinant and Discussion of Environmental and Social Risk Management at IFC

Sponsor: IFC

Panelists: Morgan Landy (Director, Environment, Social and Governance Department, IFC), Atul Mehta (Global Director, Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Services, IFC)

This discussion will focus on IFC's recent response to the CAO audit of the Dinant investment in Honduras; as well as broader environmental & social risk management themes and initiatives being undertaken to improve compliance at IFC.


2:00 – 3:30
Room: I 2 - 250

Looking Ahead to the June 2014 GPE Pledging Conference: The World Bank and the Global Partnership for Education

Sponsors: Global Campaign for Education, Global Campaign for Education – US, RESULTS Educational Fund, Women Thrive Worldwide, Plan International, Save the Children, Oxfam International

Panelists: Elizabeth King (Director of Education and Acting Vice President in the Human Development Network, World Bank), Charles Tapp (Manager, Partnerships and External Relations, Global Partnership for Education), Caroline Pearce (Global Coordinator, Global Campaign for Education), Dr. Lea Salmon-Marchat (Lead Education Specialist, Laboratory for Research on Economic and Social Transformations (LARTES) of the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar), Chernor Bah (Chair, Youth Advocacy Group),  CHAIR: Ed Gragert (Director, Global Campaign for Education – US)

With the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) – a key partner of the World Bank – kicking off its 2015-2018 replenishment campaign with a pledging conference to be held in Brussels in June, this session looks at the surrounding landscape of issues and implications for support to basic education, including:

  • Evolving relations between the World Bank and GPE.
  • World Bank and GPE support to basic education and the overall education aid landscape.
  • GPE’s support to civil society through the Civil Society Education Fund.
  •  GPE’s country-level impact and national education advocates’ activity around GPE replenishment.
  • Implications of the GPE Pledging Conference on education in a post-2015 world.


2:00 – 3:30
Preston Auditorium
MC Building

Closing Feedback Loops: From Engaged Citizens to More Responsive Governments

Sponsors: WBG (World Bank Institute), Open Development Technology Alliance, Open Government Partnership, CIVICUS, Making All Voices Count, Communications and Development Institute ( ICD)

Panelists: Sanjay Pradhan (Vice President for Change, Leadership and Innovation, WBG), Anabel Cruz (Founder and Director, Communication and Development Institute, Uruguay), Ellen Miller (Co-Founder and Executive Director, Sunlight Foundation), Chris Underwood (Director, Global Action, Making All Voices Count), Edwin Lacierda (Presidential Spokesperson, Government of the Philippines), CHAIR: Stella Dawson (Chief Correspondent, Governance and Anti-Corruption, Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Efforts to foster citizen engagement on government decision-making processes have advanced significantly in recent years. Still, more can be done to ensure that participation leads to sustainable development impact. The conversation needs to move beyond the importance of engaging citizens and the need for greater government responsiveness, to what are the approaches and methodologies that lead to a more inclusive and collaborative relationship between citizens and their governments.

This is the second and central event of a Series on “How Can Technology Accelerate Citizen Engagement?” The series complements the World Bank Directions in Development publication entitled “Closing the Feedback Loop: How Can Technology Bridge the Accountability Gap?” The publication brings together an evidence base around the issue of how we can better engage citizens, close the feedback loop, and improve government responsiveness. Copies of the conference edition of the publication will be available at the event.

This event was live streamed in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.

Watch video of the session.


2:15 – 3:45
Room: I 2 - 220

Fighting Inequality: What Role for Public Services and Fiscal Policy?

Sponsors: IMF, WBG, Oxfam

Panelists:  Max Lawson (Head of Global Policy and Campaigns for Oxfam GB), David Coady (Deputy Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF), Dean Jolliffe (Senior Economist, Poverty and Inequality Team, WBG), CHAIR: Peter Bakvis (Washington Representative, International Trade Union Confederation)

Oxfam's recent Davos report, "Working for the Few” underscored the high degree of global income and wealth inequality by documenting that the richest 85 people in the world own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion. Inequality has also been raised as a major issue and an impediment to poverty reduction by both World Bank President Kim in his blog, and IMF Managing Director Lagarde in a recent speech.

This session will focus on how government tax and spending policies can help reduce inequality of both income and wealth. The event will provide an opportunity for Oxfam to present its new paper, "Working for the Many: Public Services Fight Inequality" on the role of public health and education in reducing inequality. The IMF will present the main findings from its recently published paper, "Fiscal Policy and Income Inequality”, and the WBG will share the latest WBG research findings and initiatives in this area.


Fiscal Policy and Income Inequality by Coady

Public Services Fight Inequality by Jolliffe


2:15 – 3:45
Room: I 2 – 210

How to Make External Debt Sustainable?

Sponsors: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Jubilee USA Network,

Panelists:  Sara Burke (Senior Policy Analyst, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, New York Office), Adrian Cosentino (Secretary of Finance, Argentina), Lee C. Buchheit (Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP), Aldo Caliari (Director, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern), Kristina Rehbein (, Timothy Antoine (Permanent Secretary, Grenada Ministry of Finance), Marco Cavaliere (Advisor to Executive Director for Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan (OEDSZ) , CHAIR: Eric LeCompte (Executive Director, Jubilee USA Network)

Since the outbreak of the world recession in 2008 countries as diverse as Greece, Grenada, Burundi, and Ukraine have run into serious debt sustainability problems. Ultimately even the IMF had to acknowledge what academics have been warning against for years. Multilateral debt relief initiatives such as HIPC and MDRI have not solved the global sovereign debt crisis "once and for all". A recent IMF staff paper has identified some of the reasons for this in the set-up of global debt management, but has stopped short of making proposals for remedy.
One of the key elements of any debt restructuring process is the definition of a sustainable debt level for sovereigns. IFIs have developed various methodologies for distilling definitions for a sustainable debt out of a plethora of economic data and political circumstances. However, in real life, economic expertise tends to be over-ruled by political preferences (for or against relieving individual countries of their over-indebtedness) and by the dominance of creditors, who urge debtors to kick the can the road rather than solve a looming crisis in time.

Against this sobering background we ask for the link between the technical definition of debt sustainability and its translation into meaningful debt restructuring. How can timely and sufficient debt relief be provided? What are the missing links in global sovereign debt management? The panel discussion will provide input from policy makers as well as academic experts and civil society representatives with a long-standing record of advocating for fairness and transparency in sovereign debt workouts.


Global Debt Map by Rehbein


3:30 – 5:30
Room: I 2 - 250

What Role Can People in Poverty Play in Ending Extreme Poverty?

Sponsors: ATD Quart Monde,  WBG (Chief Financial Office), French Embassy

Panelists: Opening Remarks: Bertrand Badré (Chief Financial Officer, WBG), Xavier Godinot (Research Director, International Movement ATD Fourth World), Robert Walker ( Professor of Social Policy, University of Oxford), Pamela Gomez (Research Officer, International Trade Union Confederation / ITUC), Marcelo Giugale (Sector Director, WBG), Ben Fehsenfeld (National Director, ATD Fourth World, USA), CHAIR: Mahmoud Mohieldin (Special envoy on UN MDGs, WBG)

In 2000, a study by the World Bank, conducted in fifty developing countries, stated that “there are 2.8 billion poverty experts: the poor themselves. Yet the development discourse about poverty has been dominated by the perspectives and expertise of those who are not poor … The bottom poor, in all their diversity, are excluded, impotent, ignored and neglected; the bottom poor are a blind spot in development.” 

In April 2013, President Jim Yong Kim stated that the Bank’s “first goal is to end extreme poverty by 2030 … which will require extraordinary effort …The job will become tougher and tougher, because those remaining in poverty will be the hardest to reach… If we are to succeed, we have to change the way we work together”. 

The process for assessing the MDGs, coordinated by the United Nations, was a unique opportunity to change the way we work together. This is why ATD Fourth World has launched its own participatory research project to assess the MDGs in twelve countries in which it has been active for years, and to ensure that people living in extreme poverty can contribute their experiences and their knowledge to the development agenda.

This session will be devoted to discussing the specific methodology that was implemented to think together with people living in extreme poverty, and its outcomes, paving the way for further collaboration in this field.


ATD Fourth World Presentation by Godinot
ITUC Presentation by Gomez
Poverty and Shame: Main outcomes of international research by Walker


3:45 – 5:30
Jack Morton Auditorium 805 21st Street, NW
George Washington University

Africa Rising: Building to the Future

Sponsor:  IMF

Panelists:  Min Zhu  (IMF Deputy Managing Director), Daniel Kaufman (Revenue Watch Institute), Benno Ndulu (Central Bank Governor, Tanzania), Lant Pritchett (Harvard University)

This panel discussion will be the culmination of a full-day conference on Africa Rising: Building to the Future (, an in-depth examination of the crucial policy challenges facing Africa as it builds upon its recent economic success. Under the theme of Policies for Sustained and Inclusive Growth, the panel will review the conclusions of the day's three earlier panels, on Inclusive Growth, Structural Transformation and Economic Diversification, and Scaling Up Public Investment. The aim is to identify policies to share the fruits of continued high growth more widely across populations, and set sub-Saharan economies on the path to becoming emerging markets. The panel represents a cross section of experts from government, academia, and civil society.


4:00 – 5:30
Room: I 2 - 210

Program-for-Results (PforR): Two-Year Review to Take Stock

Sponsor: WBG (PforR Team)

Speaker: Fadia Saadah (Manager, Operational Policies and Country Services)

The event is intended to provide CSO Forum attendees with an update on the ongoing review of the first two years of implementation of the Program-for Results (PforR). The PforR Team will provide information on the status of the review, discuss early emerging lessons, and present next steps.


Program for Results Update by Saadah


6:00  - 7:30
East Dining Room
(WBG - Main Complex Building)

Civil Society Reception

Sponsors: International Monetary Fund, World Bank Group

The event will be hosted by Cyril Muller (Vice President, External and Corporate Relations, WBG) and Rhoda Weeks-Brown (Deputy Director of the Communications Department, IMF)


Thursday, April 10

9:00 - 10:30
Room: I 2 - 210

Smart Assessment: Capturing and Managing Human Rights Risks

Sponsor: Bank on Human Rights

Panelists: Isabel Lavandez Paccieri (Former Ombudsperson for the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism, IDB), Dylan Tromp (Human Rights Technical Expert), Anne Sipilainen (Undersecretary of State for Development Cooperation, Government of Finland), Alan Rousso (Managing Director, External Action and Political Affairs, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development  / EBRD), Johanna Suurpää (Senior Program Officer, Nordic Trust Fund, WBG),  CHAIR: Arvind Ganesan (Director of Business and Human Rights Division, Human Rights Watch)

International development activities can have a profound impact on the realization of human rights within borrower countries. This impact can be positive, such as improved access and quality of health care, increased security of land tenure, and education that reaches the most marginalized populations. Impacts can also be negative, as in the case of forced evictions, imposed solutions that undermine the livelihoods of never-consulted communities, or further entrenching discrimination. In many instances, however, the human rights implications of development activities are not obvious or immediately apparent. Standard development planning, screening, assessment, and monitoring tools are not designed to capture human rights impacts. Because of this, opportunities to contribute to the realization of human rights through development finance, or to mitigate negative human rights impacts associated with development initiatives, are frequently missed.

The ongoing review of the World Bank’s safeguard policies provides an ideal opportunity to enhance social assessment to better address human rights risks. This panel will bring together social and human rights specialists who have undertaken social or human rights due diligence in various contexts. The discussion will address the following questions:  How does human rights impact assessment differ from standard social impact assessment? What value does it add? What are good practices for incorporating human rights risk and impact analysis within standard social and environmental frameworks?


9:00 - 10:30
Room: I 2 - 220

The IMF's Work on Tax Spillovers and Developing Countries

Sponsors: Action Aid/UK, IMF, TJN Africa, New Rules Coalition, International Center for Tax Development

Panelists: Anna Thomas (ActionAid UK), Vicky Perry (Assistant Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF), Michael Durst (Contributing Editor for Bloomberg BNA), Michael Keen (Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, IMF), Savior Mwambwa (Tax Justice Network Africa), CHAIR: Jo Marie Griesgraber (Executive Director, New Rules for Global Finance Coalition)

This session will discuss the following: (a) The continued, particular importance of corporate taxation for developing countries; (b) The impacts of developed countries' corporate tax policy choices on the revenue base of smaller developing countries; (c) The international impact of trends amongst industrialized countries to move away from worldwide taxation toward territorial taxation; and (d) Evidence of tax competition in national tax policies and possible revenue implications. 

The session will also focus on possible solutions to these problem including: 'defensive measures' against negative tax spillovers; precautionary measures in developed-country tax policymaking; alternatives to the arm's length price; moves towards unitary taxation; reform and alternatives to bilateral tax treaties.


9:00 - 10:30
Room: I 2 - 250

Can Extreme Poverty be Eradicated Without Aggressively Attacking the World’s Top Problem?

Sponsor: Partnership for Transparency Funding (PTF)

Panelists: Emmanuel Abdulai (Executive Director of the Society for Democratic Initiatives, Sierra Leone), Vinay Bhargava (Chief Technical Officer, Partnership for Transparency Fund), Nathaniel Heller (Executive Secretary, Global Integrity), Stefan Koeberle (Director for Operations Risk Management, WBG), CHAIR: Daniel Ritchie (President Emeritus, Partnership for Transparency Fund)

In related recent events, the World Bank has pledged to help eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and the UN High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons, advising on the post-2015 development agenda, has stressed the importance of leaving no one behind.  A recent WIN/Gallup International Poll of 66,806 people in 69 countries identified the world’s top problem as Corruption.  How are these related? Extreme poverty cannot be ended without fighting for corruption-free public services and protection for the most vulnerable. Numerous studies have shown the limited success of government-led anti-corruption efforts. Can citizen-led action provide a solution? Can they complement state-led efforts? Are donors, including the World Bank, still committed to support citizen action? 

The session will focus on these questions, drawing on the grass roots experience of the Partnership for Transparency Fund in helping more than 250,000 poor households fight corruption in 50 countries.   CSOs are welcome to share their experiences. Please Email to participate.


Fighting Corruption by Bhargava
World Bank’s GAC Agenda by Koeberle
World’s Top Problem by Ritchie


11:00 - 12:30
Room: I 2 - 250 

What Role for Human Rights in the World Bank’s Safeguard Review?

Sponsors: Urgewald, German Federal Ministry for International Cooperation (BMZ)

Panelists: Ralf Wyrwinski (Federal Ministry for International Cooperation, Germany), Delphine Djiraibe (Public Interest Law Center, Chad), Jessica Evans (Human Rights Watch), Anders Zeijlon (Nordic Trust Fund at the WBG), Charles di Leva (Chief Counsel, WBG), CHAIR: Korinna Horta (Urgewald)

There is growing recognition that human rights are central to development.  A further indication of this is the adoption of a Human Rights Strategy by the German Government in 2011. This Strategy contains binding requirements for bilateral cooperation and includes a commitment to promoting a human rights approach at multilateral development banks.

This Panel will present the Human Rights Strategy and discuss early experience with its implementation.  We will hear about the experience of the Nordic Trust Fund at the World Bank and the next phase of its activities, especially as they might relate to the Safeguard Review.  Two NGO representatives will provide the perspective of civil society on the need for human rights provisions in the revised Safeguards. The World Bank’s chief legal counsel will present the World Bank’s latest thinking on including human rights in the revised Safeguards.


Human Rights and World Bank's Safeguard Reviews by Djiraibe
Nordic Trust Fund and Human Rights in Bank's Work by Zeijlon


11:00 – 12:00
Room: I 2 - 210

Generation Y: Jobless but not Hopeless - Tackling Unemployment among the Youth

Sponsors: IMF, Global Voices

Panelists: Angana Barneji (Senior Economist, European Department, IMF), Ksenia Khoruzhnikova (G-20Y), Jordan Wren (Global Voices, Australia), CHAIR: Nisreen Farhan (Deputy Chief, Public Affairs, IMF)

The International Labor Organization estimates there are 75 million 15-to-24-year-olds looking for work across the globe. Many of these young people have been hit badly by the global recession since the onset of the financial crisis. The problem is particularly difficult in Europe, given that the region was hard hit by the crisis. But the scale of the problem is also masked by a big increase in young people either extending their studies or working in the informal sector, or on temporary contracts. There are also a number of cultural and structural reasons behind high youth unemployment in some countries, including for example strict hiring rules, a mismatch of skills, or cultural norms that discourage young women from working. The economic and social costs of high unemployment rates among our youth are high in every region of the world.

So what can we do about these problems? What can governments do, what can employers do, and what can the youth themselves do? This session will provide an opportunity to discuss these issues, with some focus on the unemployment problem in Europe since the crisis.


11:00 - 12:30
Room: I 2 - 220

World Crime Forum: The Impact & Cost of Corruption on Development and Global Business

Sponsors: International Society for Criminology, International Association of Penal Law, International Society for Social Defense, Bellagio Forum for Security and Development.

Panelists: Patrick Radden Keefe (Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation), Alexandra Wrage (President, TRACE), Karen A. Popp (Partner & Global Co-chair of White Collar Group, Sidley Austin), Frank Vogl (Co-Founder, Transparency International), CHAIR: Emilio C. Viano (President, Scientific Commission, International Society for Criminology)

Corruption is recognized as one of the world's greatest challenges. It is a major obstacle to sustainable development, with a larger impact on poor communities.  It corrodes the very fabric of society and seriously damages the private sector. It impedes economic growth, distorts competition, and entails serious legal and reputational risks. Corruption is very costly. The World Bank estimates that it adds 10% or more to the costs of doing business worldwide and that "bribery has become a $1 trillion industry."

While game-changing ideas and large-scale initiatives are not easy to implement, a “coalition of the willing” has been forming, with business, civil society and government leaders showing more willingness to support anti-corruption initiatives. This momentum represents an important opportunity to design corruption out of the system.  This session discusses the formulation of a global agenda mobilizing business, government, and civil society against corruption in a coordinated and effective way.


Impact of Corruption on Development Business by Popp


10:30 – 12:00
Room: JB1 - 080 

What have Young People Gained from the Arab Spring?

Sponsor:  WBG

Panelists: Sri Mulyani Indrawati (Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, WBG), Inger Andersen (Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa Region. WBG), H.E. Mohamed Ouzzine (Minister of Youth and Sports, Kingdom of Morocco), Ahmed Alhindawi (Youth Envoy of the UN Secretary General, Jordan), Shatha al-Harazi (Academic/Journalist/Activist, Yemen), Mouheb Ben Garoui (I-WATCH Executive Director, Tunisia), CHAIR: Abderrahim Foukara (Al Jazeera Bureau Chief, Washington)

Youth represent a huge proportion of the population of the Middle East and North Africa. This demographic gift should be the engine of growth and innovation in the region. Yet, three years after the Arab Spring, many young people are excluded from life in the socio-economic mainstream. Youth unemployment of 28% remains among the highest in the world, with 40% of people between the ages of 15 and 29 neither in education, employment, nor training. What can be done to improve this situation and tap the potential of young people? Join us for a lively debate with panelists from Tunisia, Yemen, and Morocco.

Watch video of event.


11:30 – 12:30
MC 9 - 100

Egypt's Economic Roadmap: A Path towards Inclusive Growth

Sponsor: Executive Director Office for Kuwait

Panelists: Ashraf El-Arabi (Egypt’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Cooperation), Dimitris Tsitsiragos (Vice President for Europe, Central Asia, and Middle East & North Africa, IFC), Reem Abdel Haliem (Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights), CHAIR: Hartwig Schafer (Country Director for Egypt, Yemen, and Djibouti, WBG)

Egypt today needs to take big strides in its social and economic roadmap. Now is the time to achieve the aspirations of the Egyptian people through an economic development and social justice pattern that maximizes government resources, gives priority to the needs of citizens, helps promote social justice, maintains economic balance and stability, and preserves the rights of future generations.  While the pace of growth was strong between 2005 and 2010, the pattern of growth was not “inclusive”. Inclusive growth embodies an equal and just environment for all society stakeholders.

Egypt looks forward to setting the foundations for a more inclusive development model. Bold structural changes must be introduced to Egypt's institutions, social protection systems, subsidy programs and state ownership structures. Heavy investments must be made in physical and human infrastructure alike. The quality of public services must be raised and closely monitored. Employment and labor quality issues must be addressed. The engagement of the private sector must be intensified. A strong knowledge base must be built. 

In this panel discussion, Ashraf El-Arabi will present the Program for Economic Development and Social Justice for Egypt.  Reem Abdel Haliem  will comment on the inclusiveness of the plan, and Dimitris Tsitsiragos will discuss the role of the World Bank Group in providing finance and advice for the new economic plan. 


12:00 – 12:30
James D. Wolfensohn Atrium
MC Building

#EndPoverty 2030:  Millennials Take On the Challenge

Sponsor: WBG

Panelists:  Jim Yong Kim (President, WBG), Ban Ki-moon (Secretary-General, United Nations), Hugh Evans (Founder & CEO, The Global Poverty Project), Ashish J. Thakkar (Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation), Chernor Bah (Chair, Youth Advocacy Group, Global Education First Initiative), Nargis Shirazi (Co-Founder, WO-MAN Foundation),  CHAIR: Isha Sesay (Anchor,  CNN)

The World Bank Group, in partnership with its Youth Network and the Global Poverty Project, invite you to a special Call to Action at the IMF/World Bank Group Spring Meeting, featuring "millennials” who are taking on critical issues -- from entrepreneurship to education to gender equality -- to end poverty. Join Jim Kim, Ban Ki-moon and millennial generation leaders in the call for this to be the generation to end extreme poverty.


12:30 - 2:00
Room: I 2 - 220

Latest Developments at the Inspection Panel

Sponsor: WBG (Inspection Panel)

Panelists: Eimi Watanabe (Chair, Inspection Panel, WBG), CHAIR: Gonzalo Castro de la Mata (Panel Member, Inspection Panel, WBG),

This session will focus on the latest developments and new directions at the World Bank Inspection Panel, including presentation and discussion of the Panel’s updated Operating Procedures and the new pilot approach to support early solutions in the Inspection Panel process. The objective of latest changes is to make the Panel process more accessible, user-friendly, and effective in responding to the grievances and concerns raised by project affected people, and to reflect new directions and lessons learned as part of the Panel process over the years, while staying within the ambit of the Panel’s governing framework (the Resolution establishing the Panel and its subsequent Clarifications).

Panel Members will also provide participants with a brief update on the Panel’s most recent caseload.  This session would be of particular interest to CSOs and other development practitioners interested in IFI accountability and their compliance review and grievance redress mechanisms.


Pilot Approach for Early Solutions by Inspections Panel
Inspection Panel Operating Procedures by Watanabe


12:30 - 2:00
Room: I 2 - 250 

Advancing Universal Access to Sustainable Modern Energy

Sponsors: Sierra Club, Oil Change International, Bank Information Center

Panelists: Alex Doukas (Research Analyst, Sustainable Finance Program, World Resources Institute), Vrinda Manglik (Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access, Sierra Club), Dan Schnitzer (Founder and Executive Director, EarthSpark International), Reinhard Reichel (Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation), Richenda Van Leeuwen (Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative, UN Foundation), CHAIR:  Elizabeth Bast (Managing Director, Oil Change International)

Poor people lack access to the most basic energy services, particularly in Africa and Asia. Supporting the goal of ‘universal access to sustainable modern energy’ by 2030 requires an increased emphasis on off-grid, micro-grid, and mini-grid renewables, as outlined in the IEA’s 2011 ‘Energy for All’ report. MDBs can be an important part of this shift, but improved metrics are needed to measure how energy financing is reaching those currently without access.

This panel will explore: current MDB financing for energy access, particularly decentralized renewables; the role of entrepreneurs in the success of energy access initiatives; current efforts to expand energy access for the poor; and possible measurements of success.


International Clean Energy Access by Manglik
Advancing Universal Access to Sustainable Modern Energy by Reichel
Energy Access in Haiti by Schnitzer


12:30 - 2:00
Room: I 2 - 210

Towards more Active Engagement with Faith Communities and Organizations

Sponsor: WBG

Panelist: Katherine Marshall (Director, World Faiths Development Dialogue), Jean Duff (Senior Advisor, Partnership for Faith and Development), Mark Lorey (Partnership Lead on Child Development and Program Effectiveness, World Vision), CHAIR: Adam Taylor (Lead, Faith-based Initiative, WBG)

A round table discussion on opportunities for faith-based organizations and groups to engage directly on development strategies and programs. Experts from academia, policy, and practice will seed the discussion with brief background framings of key data, efforts and initiatives relating to various aspects of faith engagement in development. 

The dialogue will then center on assessing both the opportunities and challenges facing the faith and development communities’ in fostering deeper and more results oriented engagement.  The session will seek to identify approaches that will enhance engagement between faith groups and the World Bank (and other public development institutions).

Summary of session


2:00 – 3:30
IFC Building
(2121 Penn. Ave.)

Update on IFC Action Plan for Financial Intermediaries

Sponsor: IFC

Panelists: James Scriven (Director, Financial Institutions Group, IFC), Morgan Landy (Director, Environment, Social and Governance Department, IFC)

This session will focus on the Action Plan update approved by the WBG’s Board to strengthen IFC’s risk procedures and support. It will also encompass IFC’s improved support and guidance services for financial intermediary clients on environmental & social risk management.


2:15 - 3:45
Room: I 2 - 250

From Citizens’ Voice to Action: Update on the Global Partnership for Social Accountability

Sponsor: WBG (GPSA Team)

Panelists: Adrian Lupusor (Executive Director, EXPERT GRUP, Moldova), Benedicte Leroy de la Brière (Senior Economist, Human Development, WBG), Vinay Bhargava (Chief Technical Adviser, Partnership for Transparency Fund),  CHAIR: Jeff Thindwa (Manager, Social Accountability Practice, WBG)

Join us for a panel discussion on progress made and important steps ahead for the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). On March 18, the GPSA announced the 8 CSO finalists for the second round of GPSA grants. The grants support projects in which civil society and governments collaborate to resolve critical governance problems.

The discussion will focus on key issues and opportunities for engagement around social accountability, knowledge, and solutions for development challenges in the implementation of GPSA. One of the GPSA’s first grantees will join to share their experiences to date, and give some details about the outlook and experiences of the project in the education sector in Moldova.


GPSA Update
GPSA - Philippines Conditional Cash Transfer Program

Watch the archived video of the session.


2:15 - 3:45
Room: I 2 - 220 

Gender & Development: What’s Happening Now 

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

Panelists: Jeni Klugman (Director of Gender Unit, WBG), Nehad Aboul Komsan (Chairperson, Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights), Andrea Quesada (Senior Project Coordinator, Woman’s Environment and Development Organization / WEDO), Maria Eitel (President and CEO, Nike Foundation)

Gender has been identified, again, as a special theme in IDA 17.  The panel will provide an update on recent trends in gender development internationally, and discuss several exciting initiatives and research being carried out on the topic worldwide.


Gender at the World Bank Group by Klugman
From Research to Action, leaf by leaf: Implementing gender sensitive policies by Quesada


2:15 - 3:45
Room: I 2 - 210

Reducing Corruption Through Interaction with Parliamentarians

Sponsor: Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC)

Panelists: Dr. Donya Aziz (Former Parliamentarian, GOPAC), CHAIRAkaash Maharaj (Executive Director, GOPAC)

This session will focus on the various roles that parliamentarians play in reducing corruption in their countries. A GOPAC member, and former parliamentarian, will argue that parliamentarians can interact with the donor community to improve project implementation. A PNOWB member, and current parliamentarian, will discuss how interaction with WB country offices and IMF missions has positively influenced donor funded programing. Representatives from other organizations that work closely with Parliamentarians have also been invited to share their experience on the benefits of transparent legislatures, best practices and tools for parliamentarian, donor and CSO interaction.


3:00 – 4:00
MC 9 – 850

Zero Poverty 2030 Campaign

Sponsor: Global Poverty Project

Zero Poverty 2030 is a global campaign and petition calling on world leaders to support all efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030. This will be a meeting of organizations interested in learning more about the campaign, and joining the global efforts. Seating will be limited, so please arrive early.


4:00 - 5:30
Room: I 2 - 210

Can Development Really be Delivered by Investing in Private Banks?

Sponsors: Bretton Woods Project, European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD)

Panelists: Peter Chowla (Coordinator, Bretton Woods Project), Annie Bird (Co-Director, Rights Action), Tek Vannara (Director, NGO Forum on Cambodia), CHAIR: Kate Geary (Policy Adviser, Oxfam International)

More than 20% of the World Bank’s lending ($10 billion a year) now goes to banks and other financial institutions, yet the Bank’s own compliance body has found that the Bank Group does not have adequate information about the use of the resources. This session will discuss the findings of several new reports and cases in Cambodia, Guatemala and Honduras which shed light on the scale and problems with this sector.


IFC Investment in Dragon Capital by Bretton Woods Project
The World Bank Group and the use of financial intermediaries by Bretton Woods Project


4:00 - 5:30
Room: I 2 - 220

Financing Africa's Agriculture

Sponsors: African Business Roundtable, ONE

Panelists: Alex Otti (Managing Director / Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Bank), Maria Luisa Abrantes (Chairman/CEO Angola National Private Investment Agency ANIP), Jibril Aku (Managing Director/CEO Ecobank Plc), Mohammed Santuraki (Managing Director/CEO Bank of Agriculture), Katrina Ntep (Deputy Vice President Compact Operations Millennium Challenge), CHAIR: Sipho Moyo (Chief Operating Officer, ONE)

Agriculture continues to be a major growth driver in many countries of the world. This is particular true in the case of developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America where food production provides the bulk of personal and national income as well as employment for a sizeable percentage of the population. With the world economy now on a fragile recovery from the global financial and economic crisis, the call for additional 'growth poles' for the world has never been louder and Africa has been recognized to play that important role.

With growth rates far beyond the global average in the last ten years and a projected GDP growth of 5% in 2014, Africa is expected to be a growth driver for the global economy. For that to happen, there is the need to bring Africa's agriculture on a more meaningful and sustainable path with a view to unleashing the potential of that sector, which in turn will require increasing financing for agriculture projects and programs.


Financing & Investment in Agriculture by Abrantes
Financing Africa’s Agriculture by Aku


4:00 - 5:30
Room: I 2 - 250

Mainstreaming Citizens Engagement in World Bank Operations

Sponsor: WBG (Citizens Engagement Team)

Panelists: Astrid Manroth (Operations Adviser, Openness and Aid Effectiveness, WBG), Anabel Cruz (Founder and Director, Communication and Development Institute, Uruguay), Mirza Jahani (CEO, Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A.), John Coonrod (Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project), CHAIR: Lindsay Coates (Executive Vice President, InterAction)

The World Bank Group is developing a coherent approach to more systematically mainstream citizen engagement in Bank-group supported activities with the goal of improving their results. The approach will build on experience from existing citizen engagement efforts, and identify context-specific opportunities to engage with citizens and seek beneficiary feedback to improve outcomes. This dialogue session aims to gather input and experience on how to build citizen engagement activities that contribute towards better results. Specifically, what works, when, why and how? Participants are encouraged to view the materials on the consultations website before the session, and provide input to the following questions, which will guide the discussion.

  1. Why is citizen engagement more prevalent in service delivery than in other outcomes areas such as public financial management, governance, natural resource management and social inclusion? What are the obstacles to scale up citizen engagement in these other areas?
  2. In your experience, what contextual factors—such as government and civil society/citizen capacity and willingness to engage, political economy factors, information provision, cost/funding and global dimensions—are critical to make Citizen Engagement efforts work effectively to enhance results?
  3. Which contextual factors in FCS have helped to promote or create obstacles for effective citizen engagement? Are such factors different for citizen engagement activities being undertaken in non-conflict situations?
  4. Where do you see gaps in what we know about the contribution of citizen engagement to development outcomes that could inform the future research agenda?


Citizen Engagement Framework in WBG Operations by Manroth

This session was webstreamed live, watch the archived video here.


6:30 – 9:00
Preston Auditorium
MC Building

Years of Living Dangerously: Showtime Climate Change Series Premiere

Sponsor:  WBG

Panelists: Rachel Kyte (Climate Change Vice President, WBG), Thomas Friedman (Columnist, New York Times), M. Sanjayan (Executive Vice President, Conservation International), Cyril Muller (External and Corporate Relations Vice President, WBG)

This VIP screening of Showtime’s new documentary mini-series Years of Living Dangerously and panel discussion will highlight the challenges posed by climate change. The mini-series is the brainchild of James Cameron (producer of Titanic and Avatar) and uses celebrities and high-profile journalists—such as Harrison Ford, Matt Damon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Freidman and Leslie Stahl—as correspondents to raise awareness about the human impact of climate change today.


Friday, April 11

8:00 - 1:00
Preston Auditorium
World Bank

Toward Universal Health Coverage by 2030

Sponsor: World Health Organization, WBG

Panelists: Ban Ki-moon (UN Secretary-General), Jim Yong Kim (President, WBG), Lawrence H. Summers (Charles W. Eliot University Professor & President Emeritus, Harvard University), Michael Bloomberg (former Mayor, New York City), Pascal Canfin (Minister for Development, France), CHAIR:  Margaret Chan (Director-General, WHO)

The 2013 Lancet  Commission on Investing in Health shows that the returns on investing in health are greater than previously estimated, and may account for as much as 24% of growth in developing countries.  Within a generation, the world could achieve a "grand convergence" bringing preventable infectious, and maternal  and child deaths down to universally low levels. The report finds that a pathway to universal health coverage (UHC) that targets the poor from the outset is an efficient way to achieve better health services and financial protection for the poorest.  These findings come as a growing number of countries undertake comprehensive reforms toward the goal of UHC.

The aim of this half-day, high-level event is to identify ways in which countries can accelerate achievement of the  Millennium Development Goals and emerging post-2015 targets with aligned support from the global development community. This forum will be open to all Spring Meetings participants and will include ministers of finance and health and senior country officials, global health leaders, and senior development partner agency and civil society representatives working in global health.


9:00 - 10:30
Room: I 2 - 250

Financial Tremors in Developing Countries: Is Another Earthquake On The Way?

Sponsors: Center of Concern, Bretton Woods Project, Third World Network

Panelists: Aldo Caliari (Director, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern), Peter Chowla (Executive Director, Bretton Woods Project), Amar Bhattacharya (Director, G24 Secretariat), Bhumika Muchhala (Policy Officer, Third World Network)

During the 2013 summer, the US Federal Reserve looked set to sneeze, but before it did the rest of the world had already caught the cold. Yet again in January of this year, the prospect of ‘tapering’, or rich countries’ easing-off of the unprecedented financial support (counted in the trillions of dollars) led to reverberations in developing countries and so-called emerging markets whose currencies and stock markets struggled.

This session seeks to analyze the ongoing risks and explore proposals to remedy a failing and out of date international economic architecture that generates them. What reforms can provide a solution to the problems associated to a domestic currency acting as the primary reserve and trading currency?  Can a sovereign debt resolution mechanism make credit provision more stable? Should developing countries rely more on tools such as capital controls, reserve accumulation, and expansionary monetary policies, and do they risk stigma for doing so?


9:00 - 10:30
Room: I 2 - 210 

WDR 2015 on "Mind and Culture": Understanding Others, Understanding Ourselves

Sponsor: WBG (WDR 15 Team)

Panelists: Varun Gauri (Co-Director of the 'Mind and Culture' WDR), John Coonrod (Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project), CHAIR: Merrell Tuck-Primdahl (Senior Communications Officer, Development Economics, WBG)

The WDR 2015 aims to provide a more realistic understanding of how human motivation - both our own and that of others - can shape development outcomes.  During this session, Varun will update CSOs on the engagement already undertaken during the drafting of the Report, which will be launched this November. He will also explain how the Report aims to change the way we think about development problems by integrating knowledge that is now scattered across many disciplines, including behavioral economics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, neuroscience, and political science.  The WDR Team has been working hard to gather CSO perspectives on what a richer understanding of the human actor entails, and how it might help address social and economic challenges.


World Development Report (WDR) 2015: Mind and Culture by Gauri


10:00 – 11:00
Room: U12-250
(1800 G St NW)

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 any issues of concern. Any questions may be directed to Cara Santos Pianesi at


10:45 – 12:00
Room: I 2 - 210 

Update on Access to Information

Sponsor: WBG (Access to Information Team)

Panelists: Mariam Sherman (Access to Information Committee Chair, WBG), Lisa Lui (Lead Counsel, WBG), CHAIR: Sumir Lal (Manager, Operational Communications, WBG)

This session will update CSO representatives on the latest developments of the Bank’s Access to Information (AI) Policy. This brief will cover the implementation of changes to the Policy’s structure, lessons learned and way forward.


11:00 – 12:30
Room: I 2 - 250 

Safeguarding Forests and Forest Peoples in the Context of the Safeguards Review: Lessons Learned

Sponsors: Ulu Foundation, Urgewald, Friends of the Earth/USA, Ecological Justice

Panelists: Korinna Horta (Urgewald), Orchida Rachmadania ( Ecological Justice),  Stephanie Fried (Ulu Foundation), Tuukka Castrén (Sr. Forestry Specialist, WBG),  CHAIR: Niranjali Amerasinghe (Center for International Environmental Law / CIEL)

In the context of the World Bank Safeguard Review, and proposed IFC support for large-scale industrial logging in tropical forests-- including through the Forest Investment Plan -- panelists will present an overview of concerns related to WBG forest policies and activities and will also highlight the intersection of illegal (or legal and destructive) logging, forest destruction and money laundering.


Safeguarding Forests and Forest Peoples by Horta


11:00 - 12:30
Room: I 2 - 220

Empowering Civil Society: How to improve accountability and service delivery through open budgeting? 

Sponsor: WBG (World Bank Institute)

Panelists: George Osei-Bimpeh (Country Director, SEND Ghana), Oluseun Onigbinde (Knight International Journalism Fellow, Center for Journalists Nigeria), Mongo Aharh-Kpessou (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Togo) (tbc), CHAIR: Keith McLean (Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank Institute)

‘Is my government spending public money efficiently?' ‘How can I participate in public budgeting?’ ‘How do I ‘follow the money’ to see where public recourses are allocated?’

At the center of these questions is the reality that budgets influence public service delivery, and that citizen-responsive budgeting can improve the way governments deliver services. Participation in the budget process allows citizens to voice their priorities in resource allocations, monitor public expenditure, and hold government’s accountable for the quality of services.

Opportunities for public participation around the budget cycle are growing as more governments are opening up their budget data, and the international development organizations, including the World Bank Group, are spearheading the global agenda on fiscal transparency and open data. This trend has created new space for the use of data by CSOs, media, parliaments, and citizens to increase government accountability. However, the use of data by non-state actors is still lagging partly due to insufficient capacity.

This session provides an overview of how the World Bank’s Open Budgeting Program helps bridge this gap. Join us to discuss how building capacity of the governments as well as CSOs, media, parliaments and citizens can help them work together around public budgeting to enhance public accountability and delivery of services. 

This session was held with simultaneous interpretation: (French-English-French)

Watch the archived video here.


Using Budgets to Make Service Delivery Accountable by Onigbinde


11:00 - 12:30
Room: I 2 - 440

Two-step Plan for an Economically Efficient Global Climate Solution

Sponsor: Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL)

Panelists: Danny Richter  (Legislative Director, CCL), Sieren Ernst (Principal Ethics and Environment), Erica Flock (Earth Share), Elli Sparks (Development Director, CCL), CHAIR: Joseph Robertson (Strategic Coordinator, CCL)

Citizens Climate Lobby would like to follow up our panel presentation at the Fall 2013 Civil Society Forum with a new panel presentation, touching on the same core policy concept, but adding depth and strategic policymaking analysis for the international policymaking arena. We will explain the economically efficient, revenue neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend (CF&D) plan, in brief, and also introduce a white paper explaining how locally deployed CF&D policies can harmonize across borders, mitigating climate fallout, engaging stakeholders and making a global Climate Impact Response Fund (CIRF) more efficient, more affordable, more effective and ultimately, more viable.


12:30 – 2:00
Room: I 2 - 210

Dispute Resolution: How CAO Works with Project-affected Communities and Companies to Address Environmental and social harm

Sponsor: WBG (Compliance Advisor and Ombudsman - CAO)

Panelists: Meg Taylor (Vice President, CAO) and CAO staff

Join CAO Dispute Resolution specialists to gain a deeper understanding about how we work with communities and companies to help address project-related disputes and issues of environmental and social harm.  The discussion will revolve around the following questions:

  • What exactly is dispute resolution and what does it require of the host community, company, CSOs, and other stakeholders, such as local and national government?
  • What is the role of civil society organizations - who may be supporting an affected community - in the process?
  • When is the context right for dispute resolution, and when is it not?
  • What do we try to achieve through dispute resolution and what are the principles that guide our work?
  • How does a dispute resolution approach compare to a compliance-based approach to remediating harm?  Are the two complimentary or mutually exclusive?
  • What kind of outcomes can be generated to benefit affected communities, most especially to livelihoods?
  • How sustainable are agreements reached? How is implementation monitored to ensure communities actually benefit from agreed actions?

What are the main challenges involved? What happens if dispute resolution fails?

CAO will discuss current cases in dispute resolution and examples of outcomes from its work.


Dispute Resolution: How CAO Works by Taylor


12:30 – 2:00
Room: I 2 - 220

Bridging the Gap: Scalling up Investment into Africa's Infrastructure

Sponsors: NEPAD Business Group, African Business Roundtable

Panelists: Tas Anvaripour (Director of Infrastructure, Finance and PPP, African Development Bank), Andrew M. Herscowitz (Coordinator, Power Africa), Alex Otti (Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Bank), Eloho Otobo (Former Director, United Nation Peace Building Commission), CHAIR: Dotun Ajayi  (Executive Director, African Business Roundtable)

At the heart of this challenge is the question of financing Africa’s infrastructure needs. The Commission for Africa concluded in 2005 that Africa will need some $68 billion dollars on an annual basis for twenty years to effectively close this infrastructure deficit. Since then, despite Africa’s booming economic growth, infrastructure financing still remains a major huddle to overcome. While domestic resource mobilization has not been adequate, attracting international capital flow has not been particularly effective. Most traditional instruments for project financing in many African Countries are characteristically short term in nature, rigid due to conditionalities, and comes with high cost of funds which hinders the huge infrastructure projects which Africa truly needs. On the other hand, the capital market which could have been a key source of financing remains shallow and rudimentary in many African Countries.

In response, policy designs, especially in recent years, are focusing more on innovative financing mechanisms to complement traditional instruments from commercial banks and multilateral development institutions to finance infrastructure. For Africa’s growth figures to lead to continental transformation, shared prosperity and sustainable development, there is the need to scale up resources from both domestic resources mobilization and International capital flows into Africa’s Infrastructure.  The panel will analyze what it will take to scale-up these resources.


Africa50: Financing Africa's Infrastructure by Anvaripour
Power Africa by Herscowitz


12:30 – 2:00
Room: I 2 - 250

Discussion on In-Country Situations for LGBT Communities

Sponsors: Bank Information Center,  American Jewish World Service, Council for Global Equality, WBG (SOGI Development Group), Gender Action

Panelists: Jonas Bagas (Executive Director of the TLF Sexuality, Health and Rights Educators Collective, Philippines), Ying Xin (Executive Director of the Beijing LGBT Center, China), Simran Shaikh (New Delhi Program Officer for HIV/AIDS Alliance, India), CHAIR: Kelly Verdade (Executive Coordinator for ELAS, Brazil)

Uganda, Nigeria, and Russia are just some of the most prominent examples for discrimination and human rights abuses of sexual and gender minorities around the world, but they are not the only places where developments on these fronts occur. This panel will host activists from Brazil, Philippines, China, and India who will talk about the current situations in their home countries and their work on the ground to make positive change for LGBTI communities. 


In-Country Situation for the LGBT Community in China by Xin


2:15 – 3:45
Room: I 2 - 210

Update on WBG Consultations Portal

Sponsor: WBG (Global Consultations Team)

Speaker: Ida Mori (Senior Communications Officer, WBG)

Ida will provide an update on the implementation of the WBG’s Consultation Portal, highlight several new features being rolled out such as the feedback wall, and gather feedback from participants on how to improve the site.


Consultation Hub: Feedback Contribute and Participate by Mori


2:15 – 3:45
Room: I 2 - 250

Climate Risks and the World Bank

Sponsor: World Resources Institute (WRI)

Panelists:  Milap Patel (World Resources Institute), Nezir Sinani (Bank Information Center), Nicole Ghio (Sierra Club), CHAIR: Sara Aviel (US Executive Director, WBG)

We are facing existential threats from global climate change. The World Bank is in a unique position to help the world mitigate and adapt to these threats, but has struggled to truly reflect this urgency in its investments. This panel will look at how the World Bank has dealt with climate risks in the past and how they may improve their practices in the future.


2:15 – 3:45
Room: I 2 - 220

Mainstreaming Labor Standards at the World Bank from Safeguards to Country Strategies

Sponsors: International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), Bank Information Center (BIC)

Panelists: Suzan Nada (Program Coordinator, Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights), Nadejda Atayeva (Association for Human Rights in Central Asia), Peter Bakvis (Washington Representative, ITUC), Charles di Leva (Chief Counsel, WBG), CHAIR: Elana Berger (International Child Rights Campaign Associate, BIC)

Ensuring strong labor standards across the World Bank’s portfolio is essential to the Bank’s ability to achieve its dual goals of poverty reduction and shared prosperity.  Along with a new safeguard policy on labor, the Bank should have the tools to understand challenges and barriers to labor rights in the countries where it operates, as well as ensuring that the jobs created through Bank-funded projects and programs are sustainable and high-quality.  Panelists will bring examples from policy advocacy experience and from the field in Egypt and Uzbekistan.


4:00 – 5:30
James D. Wolfensohn Atrium
MC Building

Sharing Prosperity

Sponsor:  WBG

Panelists: Jim Yong Kim (President, WBG), Jeffrey Sachs (Director, Columbia University's Earth Institute & Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General), Kaushik Basu (Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, WBG), CHAIR: Annie Lowrey (Economic Policy Reporter, New York Times)

Judging a nation in terms of how the poorest segment fares is the essence behind the goal of shared prosperity. This event will place a spotlight on the World Bank Group’s ambitious goal to promote shared prosperity globally by lifting the bottom 40 percent.  Speakers will discuss the policies that emerge from this goal and explore the role of aid in promoting inclusive growth and ending poverty. 

Watch the event video here.


4:00 – 5:30
Room: I 2 - 250

Engaging NGOs/CSOs in Economic Development and Public Policy Dialogues for Sustainable Development

Sponsor: International Association of Africa Non-governmental Organizations (IAAN)

Panelists: Ambassador Hurbert Charles (Dominica), Ambassador H.E. Joseph Bienvenu Foe-Atangana (Cameroon), Frankline Moore (Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID), Florence Ajimobi (First Lady Oyo State Nigeria), Minister Patrick Chinamassa (Zimbabwe), Jana Oberdoff (Director of Advocacy and Communications, Women Deliver), Jindra Cekan (Catalyst, Valuing Voices), CHAIR: Erica Muempfer (Director of research, John Hopkins University)

Civil society and different community organizations seek to participate in social, economic, and political life in a meaningful way to address issues of common concern. Whether volunteering in the community, expressing views at a public forum, voting in elections, or protesting against government corruption, peoples’ active participation in public life is vital to strong democratic institutions. Therefore, citizen’s participation in the democratic process is a hallmark of good governance. A government that is accountable to its citizens is one of the fundamentals of democratic development and economic growth. Government officials and decision makers are helping to ensure fairness, economic equality, access, and civic participation in the political process through various civil society engagements mechanisms. This in-turn helps to harness the enormous potential and tacit knowledge within the civil society for economic growth and sustainable development.

During this session, government and policy makers will share their experience on how they have successfully harnessed the potential within CSOs for sustainable development in the country. The discussion will examine engagement strategies and tools that have and can be used.


4:00 – 5:30
Room: I 2 - 210

The Future of Doing Business

Sponsors: EURODAD, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), International Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages

Panelists: Natalia Speer (Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for  Brazil WBG), Sharan Burrow (General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation), Carlos Benavente (Hemispheric Working Group on Trade-Finance Linkages), CHAIR: Aldo Caliari (Center of Concern)

The Doing Business Report is one of the most influential World Bank publications which recently came under the scrutiny of an Independent Panel commissioned by World Bank President Jim Kim to assess its value and accuracy. The panel came to some clear conclusions about existing methodological problems and noted that in its current form it undermines the credibility of the World Bank. They put forward several proposals that address these shortcomings and increase the Report's ability to promote good development results. The purpose of this session will be to facilitate a round table discussion that analyzes the Panel's findings and recommendations, gathers input from a broad range of stakeholders on how Doing Business should look in the future.


4:00 – 5:30
Room: I 2 - 220

What Does Real Accountability Mean in Practice?: Lessons from IFC’s investment in Corporacion Dinant and Tata Ultra Mega

Sponsors: Rights Action, Bank Information Center, Oxfam

Panelists: Dr. Bharat Patel (Secretary General, Machimar Adhikar Sangharsh Sangathan / MASS), Yoni Rivas Baire (General Secretary of Movement of Unified Campesinos in Aguan, Honduras), Kate Geary (Policy Adviser for Private Sector Investments, Oxfam International)

The IFC response to two recent CAO audit reports displayed the level of preparedness of management to own up to its serious oversight responsibilities and demonstrate accountability to the adversely impacted communities. This session will discuss the troubling human rights, social, and environmental conditions on the ground months after the release of the CAO reports and consider how to bring about institutional improvements as the World Bank deals with the costs of complex and high-risk investments like those in Corporacion Dinant (Honduras) and Tata Ultra Mega (India).


Chronology: Demanding Bank accountability in Tata Mundra coal plant
Peoples' Struggle for Environmental Justice and Human Rights by Patel


5:30 – 7:00
Room: MC 10 - 507

Inspection Panel Reception

Sponsor: Inspection Panel

As part of the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings 2014, 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.

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.



Saturday, April 12

9:00 - 10:30
Room: I 2 - 210 

Towards a More Inclusive and Comprehensive Measurement Framework for External Development Finance Post-2015

Sponsor:  Organization for Economic Co operation and Development (OECD)

Panelists: Serge Tomasi (Deputy Director, Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD), Taurai Chiraerae (Senior Policy Researcher on Development Aid, AFRODAD), Jeroen Kwakkenbos (Policy and Advocacy Officer, EURODAD), CHAIR: Eric Solheim (Chair of the Development Assistance Committee, OECD)

In order to support the UN’s work on a financial framework for post-2015 sustainable development goals, the OECD-DAC is looking at new ways to measure and monitor external financing for development beyond ODA through the modernisation of its statistical system. This includes:

  1. Elaborating a proposal for a new headline measure of total official support for development (to better capture market-based instruments and resources leveraged from the private sector as well as support for global public goods and policies);
  2. Exploring ways of representing both donor effort and recipient resource receipts;
  3. Investigating whether any resulting new measure suggest the need to modernise the ODA concept; and
  4. Establishing at the latest by 2015, a clear, quantitative definition of concessionality, in line with prevailing financial market conditions.

Objectives of this work include better targeting of ODA, mobilising more resources for the post-2015 sustainable development agenda and increasing their impact through better leveraging of private resources. This roundtable discussion will be undertaken with the following objectives in mind: exchange views on new ways to measure external development finance; and provide an opportunity for the DAC to present its work for discussion and input by CSOs.


New Ways to Measure Development Finance by Tomasi


9:00 – 10:30
Room: I 2 - 220

The Voice of Young Business Leaders: G-20Y Association mission and G-20Y Summit 2014 agenda

Sponsor: G - 20Y Association

Panelists: Ann Kaplan (President & CEO, iFinance Canada Inc), Barbara Kreissler (Head Business Partnerships Group, United Nations Industrial Development Organization), Kazuki Kitaoka (Chief, Strategic Planning and Coordination, UNIDO),  CHAIR: Ksenia Khoruzhnikova (Founder and President, G-20Y Association),

The session will begin with a brief introduction of the G-20Y Association mission and past G-20Y Summits. (see for more detailed information). The discussion will then focus on presenting the agenda for the upcoming G-20Y 2014 Summit to be held in Montreux, Switzerland on September 10-14, 2014. The plan is for some 100 c-level representatives from leading international companies to draft, over ten committee sessions, the final G-20Y Summit Communiqué. This Communiqué will, in turn, be presented at the Civil Society Policy Forum to be held during the 2014 Annual Meetings. After the 2014 agenda introduction, the Session will focus on presenting the cooperation between G-20Y Association and UNIDO.


Who are we? G-20Y Association by Khoruzhnikova
Partnerships with the Private Sector by Kreissler


9:00 - 12:00
Room: I 2 - 250

Update on WBG Safeguard's Review Process

Sponsor: WBG (Safeguards Review Team)

Panelists: Stefan Koeberle (Director, Operational Policies Country Services), Mark King (Chief Officer, Environmental and  Social Standards), Charles di Leva (Chief Counsel), CHAIR: Sumir Lal (Manager, Operational Communications)

The purpose of this session will be two folds. First, to provide an update on the safeguards review process. Second, to seek input and feedback on a consultation plan for phase two of the review to ensure: buy-in of the process; and ample participation by civil society groups. The discussion will provide an opportunity to identify opportunities for engagement as well as potential risks for the review process.

Watch the video recording of the session here.  Visit the safeguard website for more information on the review process and of oncoming consultations.


Safeguards Review and Update


11:00 – 12:30
Room: I 2 - 210 

WBG Engagement in Health Public Private Partnerships (PPPs): Recent Experiences of a PPP Hospital in Lesotho

Sponsors: Oxfam International, Consumer Protection Association of Lesotho

Panelists: Lehlohonolo Chefa (Director, Consumer Protection Association of Lesotho), Ceri Averill (Health Policy Advisor, OXFAM), Laurence Carter (Director of Infrastructure Advisory Services, IFC), CHAIR: Matthew Martin (Director, Development Finance International Group)

The Lesotho PPP (public-private partnership) hospital is the first of its kind in Africa. It has been described as opening a new era for private sector involvement in health care in Africa and celebrated as a flagship model to be replicated across the continent. Drawing on Lesotho’s recent experience, this session will consider the opportunities and risks associated with this kind of health PPPs in low-income countries.

What lessons does the Lesotho PPP offer for low-income country governments, especially African governments? Do health PPPs of this kind represent value for money for low-income country governments? What added value can and should the International Finance Corporation (IFC) advisory services bring in terms of ensuring sustainability, equity and efficiency of health PPPs?


Will the IFC’s Flagship Health PPP Bankrupt Lesotho’s Ministry of Health? by Averill
Lesotho Health PPP: Flagship model for Africa? by Chefa


11:00 – 12:30
Room: I 2 - 220 

What Role for Finance in the Transformation of Economies to Higher Levels of Development and How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Excessive Financialisation

Sponsors: DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP), Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

Panelists: Opening speech from Professor Njuguna Ndung'u (Governor of the Bank of Kenya), Avinash Persaud (Chairman, Intelligence Capital), Stephany Griffith Jones (Research Associate, ODI and Financial Markets Director Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University), Thorsten Beck (Professor of Banking and Finance at Cass Business School, London), CHAIR: Dirk Willem te Velde (Head of Programme, International Economic Development Group, ODI)

The role of the financial sector is often regarded as critical in transforming economies. Many countries, especially low income ones, are characterized by limited depth and efficiency of the financial sector, implying insufficient credit to the private sector, including SMEs and long term finance. In other low-income countries, the financial sector is poorly regulated posing risks for financial stability.  How can countries avoid a situation whereby finance comes in only two forms: famine or feast?

The DFID-ESRC Growth Research Programme (DEGRP) funds research on agriculture, innovation and finance, and growth in low income countries. This session will draw on existing DEGRP research and other financial sector research and practice to examine what role there is for finance to transform economies and how to avoid to the pitfalls of excessive financialisation.


Finance and Growth: Too much of a good thing? by Beck
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Excessive Financialisation by Ndung’u


12:30 – 2:00
Room: I 2 – 250

Building Resiliency: The Importance of Food Security and Population

Sponsor: Aspen Food Security Strategy Group, Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health

Panelists:  Joy Phumaphi (Chair for Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health), Salif Niang (Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer, Malô SARL), Clive Mutunga (Senior Technical Advisor, USAID), CHAIR: David Monsma (Director of Aspen Food Security Strategy Group / FSSG)

It is the great challenge of the 21st century to lift billions of people from poverty, while coping with a changing climate, increased incidences of crisis, and greater demands for resources. By 2050, it’s estimated that the world will need to increase food production by 70 percent.  Many regions of the world with steep projected declines in agriculture production are the same places that struggle with fast-growing populations, and also lack access to family planning and reproductive health services. How can we sustainably and equitably feed a growing world population?

The Aspen Food Security Strategy Group and the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health invite you to join our panelists in a discussion to ensure a sustainable future for the families, communities and countries which are increasingly vulnerable.

Watch archived video of session here.


12:30 – 2:00
Room: I 2 – 220

Agile Innovation & Technology: Lessons From the Developing World

Sponsors:  Operation Hope, FEEEDS

Panelists: Bill Knapp (Managing Partner, EduTech, Nigeria), Jena Roscoe (Chief of Government Affairs), Patricia McCants (Founder, African Diaspora Chamber Of Commerce), Ditu Kasuyi (UFSC International, Advisory Board Chair), James H. Parks ( Founder, The Parksonian Institute), CHAIR: Ambassador Robin Sanders (Founder, FEEEDS)

This panel will focus on agile global development and using technology to fight extreme poverty, in light of the World Bank's Campaign to end Global Poverty.  Given key areas of social economic challenges in the developing world, young entrepreneurs are designing creative responses and enterprises by utilizing innovative technology to address social sector reform.  This panel will highlight young entrepreneur best practices from around the world.


Agile Innovations & Technology: Lessons from the Developing World by Knapp
Africa’s Youth Bulge – Strategic Implications for Growth & Economic Development by Sanders


12:30 – 2:00
Room: I 2 – 210 

An Overview of the WBG's New Country Engagement Model

Sponsor:  WBG (Operations Policy and Country Services Department)

Panelists:  Edward Mountfield (Manager, OPCS), John L. Nasir (Economic Adviser, OPCS), Ambar Narayan (Lead Economist, PREM), Arthur Karlin (Chief Strategy Officer, IFC)

This session will provide an overview of the new country engagement model including the Systematic Country Diagnostic and Country Partnership Framework, which are being introduced as part of the WBG's new overall strategy.  The initial presentation will be followed by a general discussion as the WBG is seeking feedback from civil society on the design and application of the new model.


Systematic Country Diagnostics –An overview of current thinking by Narayan
WBG - Proposed New Framework for Country Engagement by Nasir

 Watch an archived video of a session held on April 8 on the new Country Engagement model.


2:15 – 3:45
Room: I 2 - 250

Reforming IMF Conditionality. Where do we Stand?

Sponsors: Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND), EURODAD, Oxfam, ITUC

Panelists: Bodo Ellmers (Senior Policy Officer, EURODAD), Kinda Mohamadieh (Policy Advisor, ANND), Peter Bakvis (ITUC Washington Representative), Ranil Salgado (IMF), CHAIR: Nicolas Mombrial (Head  of Oxfam’s Washington Office)

Based on a new research papers by Eurodad and ANND, this session takes a look at recent practice of conditionality that was attached to IMF programmes over the past years three years, assessing in particular:

  • the quantity of IMF conditionality and the reform burden it puts on countries under stress;
  • IMF's trade and investment conditionality in countries of the MENA region;
  • IMF’s tax conditionality and its distributional impact; and
  • IMF’s labor market conditionality and what it means for vulnerable populations.

Experts from ANND, EURODAD, and the International Trade Union Confederation will present their latest observations. The IMF will be given an opportunity to answer and the floor then open to questions.


2:15 – 3:45
Room: I 2 - 220

Reaching Every Newborn: A Stepping Stone Towards Universal Health Coverage

Sponsor: Save the Children / UK

Panelists:  Simon Wright (Head of Child Survival, Save the Children UK), Tim Evans (Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, WBG)

The first 24 hours of a newborn baby’s life are the most dangerous. In 2012, 2.9 million babies died within their first month of life and one million of these on their first – and only – day of life. In addition, there were 1.2m intrapartum stillbirths. Global targets for child mortality won’t be achieved unless we urgently tackle the crisis of newborn deaths and this means ensuring that no family is denied life-saving care at birth.

At this session, we will present key findings from Ending Newborn Deaths report. We will discuss the links between newborn survival and UHC, and the opportunity of a universal newborns target to be a stepping stone for accelerating progress towards UHC.


Every Newborn Action Plan
Ending Newborn Deaths by Save the Children


4:00 – 5:30
Room: I 2 - 250 

IMF Recommendations to Arab Countries in Transition: Challenges & Prospects

Sponsors: Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND); Bretton Woods Project; Middle East Task Force of the New America Foundation

Panelists: Kinda Mohamadieh (Regional Advisor, Arab NGO Network for Development), Dr. Mohamad Saadi (Professor, Casablanca University), Dr. Adnan Mazarei (Deputy Director of Middle East and Central Asia, IMF), CHAIR: Ziad Abdel Samad (Executive Director, Arab NGO Network for Development)

The IMF has been the protagonist in molding the macroeconomic agenda of countries in the Arab region. For three decades and since the implementation of the IMF-backed Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) in the 1980s, many Arab country economies have not only failed to achieve sustainable growth rates but have become even more dependent on outside assistance. Recently, the IMF responded to the waves of popular uprisings by offering new loans to Arab countries in transition. This assistance, however, is contingent on specific economic reform policies that local authorities are expected to adhere to, and which often take the form of traditional austerity measures including decreasing government spending and the unwinding of subsidies.

This session will specifically discuss the following policy areas: (i) IMF-proposed austerity measures; (ii) IMF trade and investment policies; and (iii) IMF subsidy reform in the Arab region.


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