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The World Bank and Civil Society

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The growth of civil society has been one of the most significant trends in international development. This website will provide you with information and materials on the World Bank's evolving relationship with civil society. More 


World Bank Group Supports the Launch of Action/2015

Action 2015 @ World Bank

On January 15, a group of fifteen year old leaders met with the World Bank Group senior management to mark the civil society launch of Action 2015.  Action 2015 is a global coalition of over one thousand global civil society organizations that have come together to promote the adoption of an ambitious agenda to tackle poverty, climate change, and inequality. The group, brought together by ONE, Save the Children, and the UN Foundation, discussed energy access, health, agriculture, food security and nutrition, as well as gender inequality.  In an informal setting, student representatives made short speeches to express their hope and concerns on this variety of global issues.  See details

 What's New! 

Networking at the CSO Center

2015 Spring Meetings: Civil Society Policy Forum – Call for Session Proposals: The Civil Society Policy Forum will convene from April 14 – 17, 2015 and will comprise 40-50 policy sessions on a wide range of topics.  CSO representatives are encouraged to submit proposals for policy sessions on social and economic development topics. The Civil Society Team will receive proposals from January 21 to February 25, 2015. More details and a link to the session proposal form can be found here.

CSOs Townhall with Dr. Kim and Madame Lagarde

CSOs Rate the 2014 October Civil Society Policy Forum: Civil Society representatives surveyed at the end of the October 2014 Civil Society Policy Forum have rated the program as satisfactory. The event that got the highest score was the CSO Townhall with President Kim and Madame Lagarde.  Over 500 participants attended the Policy Forum.  See details of the survey result here.

Safeguards Review and Consultations

Review and Update of the World Bank Safeguard Policies: People and the environment are at the center of the World Bank's work. Through the revision of its environmental and social safeguard policies, the World Bank is ramping up its standards to ensure the delivery of an environmental and social framework which is more efficient and comprehensive; includes a strengthened approach to the management of environmental and social risks that will support sustainable development through standards that are clear to those impacted by the projects it finances, those who implements, and those holding the institution to account. Find here details about the ongoing consultations.

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Civil Society eNewsletter – January 2015 New!!: Dear subscribers, we hope your year has been off to a good start.  We thank you for your collaboration in the past years and look forward to your continued interest in finding ways to enrich the Bank's partnership with the global civil society. In this first edition in 2015, we are glad to bring you news of the Bank's support to the launch of Action 2015 on January 15 among other stories.  Read the full web based newsletter and please subscribe.  

Last updated: 2015-01-21

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