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Specific Topics Related to the PRS Approach on B-SPAN

B-SPAN is an internet-based broadcasting station that presents World Bank seminars, workshops, and conferences on a variety of sustainable development and poverty reduction issues..

May 2, 2005

Sustaining Participation in Poverty Reduction Strategies

The Poverty Reduction Group, the World Bank Institute and the Social Development Department brought together representatives of civil society, government, media, the World Bank, and various non-governmental organizations on May 2, 2005, in Accra, Ghana, to discuss sustaining participation in poverty reduction strategies (PRS). The purpose of PRS Day was to provide a platform for stakeholders to highlight good practice from PRS implementation, share experiences, facilitate regional and cross-sectoral coalition building, and develop politically-feasible approaches for sustaining stakeholder participation in PRS monitoring and implementation.

December 7, 2004

Global Dialogue on Scaling Up Poverty Reduction 

How can developing countries accelerate progress in reducing poverty to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)? This and other related questions were raised and discussed at the Global Dialogue on “Scaling Up Poverty Reduction,” which brought together panelists and audiences from six countries. Frannie Léautier, from HQ in Washington, DC, provided an overview on the topic, “How Do Countries Scale Up: Lessons Learned.” Professor Saleh Afif from Indonesia, former Coordinating Minister for Economy, talked about “Rapid Growth, Weak Institutions.” From Chile, Mauricio Olivarria, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Chile, discussed successful social reforms in that country. Audiences from Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam were connected with the panelists through the GDLN network.

November 17, 2004

Opening Budgets to Public Understanding and Debate: Results from 36 Countries 

The World Bank’s Community of Practice on Social Accountability (COPSA) hosted an event to discuss the results of The International Budget Project’s (IBP) Open Budget Questionnaire, which was used to evaluate public access to budget information and the openness of the budget process from the perspective of civil society organizations. The results of the study were compiled in a volume entitled “Opening Budgets to Public Understanding and Debate: Results from 36 Countries.” Pamela Gomez, International Budget Policy Analyst at the IBP, presented the report’s findings and shared additional insights regarding its implications and policy recommendations at the World Bank in Washington on November 17.

October 13, 2004

PRSP and Budget Links

This session highlighted evidence from a series of case studies on the interaction between the PRSP process and the budget, as a basis for discussion. The five studies, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Vietnam and Tanzania aim to assess the extent to which public finance management and budget allocations reflect the principles and content of the PRSP, hence providing insights into progress in PRSP implementation. The cases also shed light on whether the PRSP process itself has fostered more accountable, efficient and pro-poor budget processes and allocations.

January 14, 2004

Institutionalizing Participation in Poverty Reduction Strategies: Concepts and Practical Experience 

During this session, the basic concepts regarding institutionalization of participation in poverty reduction strategies (PRSP) were presented. An overview of the three core dimensions: structures (legally framed roles and information flows), capacity (including resources and networks), and legitimacy (through the involvement of parliaments and civil society) were presented. Afterward, the role of these core dimensions in implementation, monitoring, and review were explained. There were also discussions of how the PRSP has been received in African countries and how participation exercises may be improved through new formats.

Institutionalizing Participation in Poverty Reduction Strategies: What Is Needed to Improve the Support of the World Bank?

During this session presentations were made by two working groups who discussed the current and potential role of the World Bank to support the institutionalization of stakeholder participation in Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRSP) processes. The first group addressed the role of citizens, civil society organizations, and parliaments. The second group addressed the role of intra-governmental participation including parliaments, cabinets, and local governments.

December 11, 2003

World Bank and Civil Society Discussion on Poverty Reduction Strategies and Governance

As part of the World Bank’s ongoing series of discussions with civil society on the effects of development and World Bank policies promoting development, two papers were discussed on country-level participation in the PRSPs. The first was "Laying the Foundation for Sustainable Development: Good Governance and the Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers" by Ann Huduck, Senior Advisor, World Learning. The second was “Assessment of Trade Union Participation in the PRSP Process” by Lawrence Egulu, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions. Carolyn Reynolds, Senior Communications Officer, External Affairs, World Bank, chaired the event.

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