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Welcome to the Governance & Anti-Corruption (GAC) Calendar of Events page. Detailed information on upcoming, current, and ongoing events can be found below; also, access our  Archived Events for a look back at past GAC activities. For information on GAC external events that are learning events organized by the WBI, please visit the Governance and Anti-Corruption Learning Catalog Calendar of Events page.

 

Events and Conferences by Year:

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Selected Upcoming Events  

  • E-Course: Parliament and the Budget (19 January, 2009). This course, equivalent to 5 days (40 hours) of class room training, will last for approximately 6 weeks. Topics covered include introducing the budget; the budget process; parliamentary approval of the budget; the audit of public accounts; and opening up the parliamentary involvement to the media and the public. While it has been designed especially for parliamentary staff, it is open to all participants and will be of particular interest to journalists, civil society groups and officials working in ministries of finance. Course moderator is Anthony Staddon (WBI consultant and visiting lecturer, University of Westminster; course facilitator is Brooke Prater (WBI consultant). )Places are limited, so register early!! There is no charge for this course, but participants are expected to commit up to 8 hours per week to the course, including reading materials, participating in web-based discussions and completing an assignment (which can be done in groups). For more information, please contact Brooke Prater at parliamentarystrengthening@gmail.com.

Recent Events

  • Daniel Kaufmann's Farewell Lecture: Governance, Crisis, and Longer View: Unorthodox Reflections on the New Reality (December 9, 2008):  The World Bank Institute and the Public Sector Governance Board of the World Bank hosted a farewell lecture by Daniel Kaufmann, outgoing Director of Global Programs at the World Bank Institute.  The lecture was held on the International Anti-Corruption Day.  View presentation and view video .

  • Workshop on Implementing the Freedom of Information Law in Indonesia (November 14, 2008). Representatives of the World Bank Institute Poverty Reduction unit (WBIPR) will travel to Jakarta, Indonesia to deliver a learning program entitled "Implementing the FOI Law in Indonesia" in cooperation with country office staff in Jakarta, local CSOs, USAID and the Ministry of Information. The overall objective of the learning program is to strengthen good governance capacity in Indonesia by improving access to public information. Access to information is a fundamental human right. View Agenda.  Additionally, WBIPR will conduct meetings with country office staff to plan how WBI can develop FOI capacity building work that will support GAC implementation in Indonesia.
  • Conference "Understanding Long-Run Economic Growth" - University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA (November 7-8, 2008). The Conference honored the contributions of Kenneth Sokoloff and was sponsored by NBER, the All-UC Economic History Group, and UCLA. A major presentation was given by Daniel Kaufmann, Director, World Bank Institute, on Institutions and Economic Growth in Developing Countries. View presentation and view agenda.

  • Videoconference presentation: "Gobernabilidad y control de corrupción: aspectos centrales para el desarrollo socioeconómico y el crecimiento" by Daniel Kaufmann, University of Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (November 6, 2008). Videoconference for the Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government, High Government Program, section on Corruption.

  • World Bank Institute's seminars at the 13th International Anti-Corruption Conference, Global Transparency: Fighting Corruption for a Sustainable Future, Athens, Greece (October 31, 2008):  
    - Combating Corruption in Water Supply and Sanitation Session. Members of the governance team from the World Bank Institute presented and trained participants on the tools, instruments and strategies relevant to promoting transparency, integrity, and accountability in the delivery of municipal services in water supply and sanitation. The workshop focused on use of diagnostic tools to identify corruption, use of anticorruption tools in improving municipal water supply and sanitation, developing action plans for addressing corruption and improving transparency, integrity, and accountability in the water sector. Pilot projects from Honduras and Nicaragua that were developed during the program delivered by WBI on Governance and Water in September 2007 were presented. Participants provided feedback on the Water and Corruption draft manual prepared by WBI and TI that will be published shortly. Partners for the workshop were Transparency International Berlin, IRC, WIN. Some 30 representatives from IRC, Water Group Zambia, Kenya community Support Center, Mombasa Kenya, PM Global Infrastructure and international donors participated in the workshop. For more information, contact Maria Gonzalez de Asis (mgonzalezdeasis@worldbank.org), Carolina Vaira (cvaira@worldbank.org ).  

    - Collective Private Sector Action Seminar 2008. Seminar explored recent developments and emerging trends in private sector anti-corruption engagement. More than 1300 people, from 135 countries and from the private, public and non-profit sectors, came together in Athens to find effective solutions for tackling corruption. During a special afternoon session, WBI led a session on evolving strategies and practices for private sector anti-corruption engagement, with particular attention to collective action and WBI’s recently launch collective action webportal (www.fightingcorruption.org). Approximately 70 participants attended the seminar who was partnered with Transparency International USA and the Center for International Private Enterprise. For more information, contact Djordjija Petkoski (dpetkoski@worldbank.org )

  • Capacity building program to improve information transparency and accountability in the water and sanitation sector in Nicaragua: "Training to the Tripartite Committee" - Managua, Nicaragua, (October 30-31, 2008). The World Bank Institute's governance team provided training to the Tripartite Committee on overseeing, monitoring, and planning budgets, resource allocation and procurement activities. During the two day program participants discussed Committee's role to oversee the operations of the municipality and to ensure proper and more efficient use of the financial and human resources, among other tasks. Partners were WSP, INAA (Water regulatory Agency of Nicaragua), AMUNIC (Municipal Association of Nicaragua). For more information, contact Carolina Vaira (cvaira@worldbank.org)

  • Fraud World 2008, London, United Kingdom (October 28-31, 2008). The Fraud World 2008 conference will address eight streams and themes, with emphasis on strategies to combat fraud for internal auditors, fraud, investigations and security specialists. Sterl Greenhalgh, Member of the Business Fighting Corruption Working Group from Grant Thornton will present the new web portal and "Fighting Corruption through Collective Action" guide. The Fraud World conference is the largest fraud event in Europe. Open to the public. For more information click here.
  • Launch of the Corporate Social Responsibility Program for InWent Alumni, Alexandria, Egypt (October 29, 2008). Program promoted the concepts and principles of Corporate Social Responsibility in Egypt and the Arab World and create a new generation of responsible business leaders. The event introduced InWent Alumni from Egypt and the broader region to the benefits of the CSR program developed by WBI. In the next couple of months, the program will be offered to them in the form of local training sessions and WBI e-learning CSR course in Arabic. Case studies of companies that had already incorporated CSR in their business strategy were also presented during the event. Some 80 alumni from past InWEnt programs. Partners were InWEnt and Capacity Building International, Germany. For more information, contact Djordjija Petkoski (dpetkoski@worldbank.org) and Diletta Doretti (ddoretti@worldbank.org)

  • International Seminar on Fiscal Policy for Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development. Xiamen, China (October 28-30, 2008). For more information, contact Anwar Shah at ashah@worldbank.org

  • Presentation: "Corrupción, Gobernanza y Desarrollo Económico: Chile y America Latina en Un Marco Empírico Global". Adolfo Ibañez University School of Government, Santiago de Chile (October 21, 2008). Presentation by Daniel Kaufmann in workshop on Chile´s Institutions. View presentation  (In Spanish, 402 kb pdf)

  • United Nations Global Compact VI Annual Local Networks ForumBonn, Germany (October 21-22, 2008). The UNGC Local Networks Forum convened to seek input from Global Compact Local Networks (GCLN) representatives on key governance issues relating to Local Networks and the Global Compact initiative as a whole. Approximately 150-200 participants representing GCLN, Regional Support Centers, the private sector, government and civil society representatives provided a unique platform for GCLN representatives to exchange experiences in addressing the challenges and opportunities faced by networks in their efforts to promote the Global Compact locally. The "Fighting Corruption through Collective Action" guide and portal was presented during the Knowledge Fair at the Forum.

  • Presentation: "Corrupción, Gobernanza y Desarrollo Económico: Chile y América Latina en Un Marco Empírico Global". University of Chile, Santiago de Chile (October 20, 2008). Presentation to the Magister of Management and Public Policy. View presentation  (In Spanish, 398 kb pdf)

  • Presentation: "Corrupción, Transparencia, Gobernanza y Desarrollo Económico: América Latina en Un Marco Empírico Global" (October 14-15, 2008). Presentation by Daniel Kaufmann during the Dominican Express Conference, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In the presentation, Daniel Kaufmann spoke about the relationship between governance, development and growth in the context of Latin America. He touched on regional issues of corruption, transparency, rule of law, voice and accountability, among others, as well as on related global evidence. View presentation (In Spanish, 407 kb pdf)

  • Global Fraud Summit, Singapore (October 14-17, 2008). The Global Fraud Summit showcased successful anti-fraud strategies used by organizations to prevent, deter and eliminate fraud. The four day event explored strategies and practical methods for fraud prevention and recovery, with emphasis on internal controls and establishing solid anti-fraud frameworks. In a presentation on the World Fraud Situation, Sterl Greenhalgh of Grant Thornton and Working Group Member of Business Fighting Corruption presented the new web portal and "Fighting Corruption through Collective Action" guide. Open to the public. For more information click here.

  • 2nd Annual European Anti-corruption Summit, The Hague, Netherlands (October 6-8, 2008). The conference took a practical look at how to mitigate corporate corruption risk through effective ethics and compliance management, and provided an opportunity to network with and learn from peers and experts working in corruption prevention. A special session was held on "Collective Action Against Corruption: experiences from around the world", and focused on the nature of collective action and successful projects from around the world, focusing both on developed and developing countries. Two industry case studies from representatives of leading companies in the Pharmaceutical and Construction/Procurement industries were presented, along with expertise on collective action and its implementation from representatives of the World Bank and the Center for International Private Enterprise. Open to the public. For more information, click here.

  • Saviologos Debates Conference, Pamplona, Spain (September 25-26, 2008). A forum of thought organized by Caja Navarra and led by social and economic intellectual authorities both from Spain and abroad. The sessions worked through previously organized work groups focusing on subjects which the group coordinators announced a couple of months beforehand, followed by an open debate. A book containing the conclusions of the sessions and debates will be published. Daniel Kaufmann, Director, World Bank Institute was one of the keynote speakers on the topic of transparency.

  • Parliamentary Indicators and Benchmarks - International Seminar and Workshop - Brisbane, Australia (September 21-24, 2008). In September 2008, WBI and Griffith University’s Politics and Public Policy Department organized an international seminar and workshop which brought together all of the key organizations working on the parliamentary indicators and benchmarks with the aim of developing a generally accepted framework to measure parliamentary performance. The purpose of this workshop was to provide a forum where practitioners and scholars could discuss the various ways in which legislative performance and the effectiveness of legislative strengthening programs could be assessed. Recognizing that there is unlikely to be a “one-size-fits-all” framework for assessing legislative performance, there is still much to be gained by sharing approaches, methodologies and results. A particular focus of this workshop was to show how well each framework or metric works in an empirical setting and to consider whether a new, holistic framework to measure legislative performance could be established. For more information please contact Frederick Staphenhurst  fstapenhurst@worldbank.org or Paulina Biernacka  pbiernacka@worldbank.org.

  • 1st CSR Mercosur Forum—Concrete Actions and Regional Integration, Buenos Aires, Argentina (September 22-24, 2008). This international conference for the Mercosur region brought together companies, business associations, unions, research institutions, universities and business schools to exchange knowledge and expertise, and reinforce the business case for action to implementing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practices. The conference drew companies which had completed the World Bank Institute’s CSR Online Course and had experience in implementing CSR programs. A presentation from the World Bank Institute introduced the Business Fighting Corruption Portal and "Fighting Corruption through Collective Action" guide as resources for business collective action initiatives. Open to the public. For more information, click here (in Portuguese and Spanish).

  • Responsible Parliamentary Governance Course. Canberra, Australia (September 8-19, 2008). The World Bank Institute together with the Center for Democratic Institutions delivered a course on Responsible Parliamentary Governance. This intensive two-week seminar examined the fundamental principles and doctrines underlying the practice of responsible parliamentary governance, and was designed for middle-level parliamentary officials from Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji.The course took place at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra until September 19, 2008, and it covered issues such as constitutional foundations, the main activities of parliament, and related structures for accountability and scrutiny of administration. For more information please contact Rick Stapenhurst fstaphenhurst@worldbank.org.

  • Capacity Enhancement Program on Controlling Corruption and Improving Governance for Thailand, Washington, D.C., (September 6-17, 2008). This month, the World Bank Institute organized a Capacity Enhancement Program on the request of the Thai Government. The Capacity Enhancement Program aimed at providing 40 high level officials with in-depth knowledge of Good Governance and Anti-Corruption strategies. The program resulted in participants drafting context specific action plans to improve the Governance in their respective agency. Moreover, the program strengthened the professional networks amongst the participants representing different agencies. The program was organized in collaboration with the Civil Service Commission of Thailand. For more information contact Maria Gonzalez de Asis mgonzalezasis@worldbank.orgor Carolina Vaira cvaira@worldbank.org.

  • Financial Times Germany Conference on Economic Risk, Crime and Corruption, Cologne, Germany (September 17, 2008). This seminar, held by the Financial Times in Germany, addressed compliance issues and risks with international experts. Key questions addressed included: What are the consequences of industry espionage on attacked/targeted businesses? How should a company handle external communications in a case of compliance scrutiny? What makes a good Compliance Manager? Jens Berthelsen of Global Advice Network, Denmark, and working group member of Business Fighting Corruption Working Group member presented the fightingcorruption.org portal and "Fighting Corruption through Collective Action" guide. The event was open to the public.

  • Training for the Iraqi Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee Bern, Switzerland (August 17-23, 2008). The World Bank Institute together with Operations, the United States Institute for Peace and the Swiss Government delivered a training activity for the Iraqi Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee (CRC). The event took place in Bern, Switzerland between 17-13 August, 2008.

    It focused on the two recommendations that have received a favorable reception from the Iraqi Parliament, namely: (i) The formation of a Second Chamber of Parliament (the Federation Council); and (ii) Judicial Federalism. WBI provided specific assistance with the design and delivery of the second chamber component of this learning activity.

This activity brought together 17 Members of the Iraqi Parliament's Constitutional Review Committee and senior members of the Iraqi judiciary and legal fraternity. For more information please contact: Raoul Blindenbacher rblindenbacher@worldbank.orgor Rick
Stapenhurst fstapenhurst@worldbank.org or Paulina Biernacka pbiernacka@worldbank.org

  • Parliamentary Professional Development Course Effective Financial Scrutiny: The Role of Parliament in Public Finance (July 28-August 21, 2008). The World Bank Institute (WBI) in partnership with the Center for Democratic Institutions (CDI) conducted a course for parliamentary staff. The course consisted of 8 VC sessions connecting participants from Indonesia, Australia, USA, Timor Leste, PNG, Kiribati and Fiji.  The course discussed the following issues: The Evolution of Parliament’s Power of the Purse, Introducing the Budget, The Budget Process, Parliamentary Approval of the Budget, Parliament and the Audit of Public Accounts, Opening up the Parliamentary Process, Strengthening Parliamentary Involvement. For more information please contact Rick Stapenhurst stapenhurst@worldbank.org or Paulina Biernacka pbiernacka@worldbank.org

  • Training on Financial Oversight- Francophone Africa, Accra, Ghana (August 11-15, 2008). The World Bank Institute together with the Parliamentary Center conducted Training on Financial Oversight. The event took place in Accra, August 11-15, 2008 and brought together Members of Parliament and professional legislative staff from the Republic of Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal.  The main objective of the seminar was to strengthen capacity of parliamentarians to perform their financial oversight function and to equip them with tools with which to analyze government budgets.  For more information please contact: Rick Stapenhurst fstapenhurst@worldbank.org or Paulina Biernacka pbiernacka@worldbank.org

  • Public Expenditure Analysis Regional Workshop (with MEFMI), Maputo, Mozambique (July 28-August 12, 2008). For more information, contact: Raj Nallari Rnallari@worldbank.org

  • Fifty-Fourth Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (August 5-10, 2008). The 54th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference brought together parliaments from around the Commonwealth for the purpose of looking at the contribution parliament’s can make to three of today’s most series global challenges – preventing environmental degradation, promoting sustainable development, and reducing threats to security.

Participants from over 150 national and sub-national legislatures from around the Commonwealth attended. As part of its efforts to strengthen demand-side accountability institutions, the World Bank Institute, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, delivered trainings for Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff on (i) “Reforming the Budget Process: Parliamentary Budget Offices and Effective Parliamentary Oversight;” and “The Role of Parliament in Conflict Prevention and Resolution.” For more information please contact Rick Stapenhurst fstapenhurst@worldbank.org or Mitchell O'Brien mobrien@worldbank.org.

  • Small Countries Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (August 3-4, 2008). The Small Countries Conferences which was held this year in Kuala Lumpur (August 3-4, 2008) is an annual event with the participation from up to 40 parliaments from small states from around the Commonwealth. In collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the World Bank Institute delivered a learning activity on "Promoting Dealing with Conflicts of Interest and Corruption in Small States." Parliaments that represent small states face particular issues when performing their primary functions, mainly due to either limited resources or limited membership. The aim of this activity was to address some of the issues that face all parliaments; however, apply them to the particular situation of small state parliaments. For more information please contact Rick Stapenhurst  fstapenhurst@worldbank.org or Mitchell O’Brien mobrien@worldbank.org.

  • Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action for the Advancement of the Right to Information (August 1, 2008). WBI Social Development Specialist Marcos Mendiburu joined the more than 125 participants, representing governments, civil society, international organizations and financial institutions, private sector, donors and scholars, from 40 countries who met to discuss the successes and future challenges to the establishment of a right of access to information. In July, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter forwarded the Atlanta Declaration and Plan of Action  (69 kb pdf) for the Advancement of the Right to Information to all heads of state and leaders of the major international organizations and financial institutions. President Carter urged these leaders to ensure the right of access to information and its implementation and enforcement. For additional information related to the conference and materials visit the Carter Center’s Access to Information project website or contact Laura Neuman euman@emory.edu.

  • Seminar on Legislative Budget Offices, Washington DC (July 28-30, 2008). The World Bank Institute (WBI) together with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), conducted a Seminar on Legislative Budget Office. This seminar brought together approximately 30 Members of Parliament from Ghana, Nigeria, Thailand, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Morocco, Lebanon and Dominican Republic. The purpose of this event was to enhance participants’ knowledge concerning the informational needs for improved financial oversight by parliaments, to exchange ‘international better practice’ with respect to the design and development of Legislative Budget Offices and to undertake site visits and briefings in order to provide participants with a clearer understanding as to the operational issues impacting on the effectiveness of Legislative Budget Offices.For more information please contact: Rick Stapenhurst fstapenhurst@worldbank.orgor Paulina Biernacka pbiernacka@worldbank.org.

  • The Africa Good Governance Program on the Radio Waves (July 1-30 2008): The goal of this program was to support local government capacity building and community empowerment through a learning program that focuses on anti-corruption, civic participation and fiscal decentralization. The program builds on the great oral tradition of knowledge exchange in Africa, relying on participants’ engagement. The program was produced for three initial countries –Benin, Burkina Faso and Madagascar-, although its potential utility can reach other francophone countries in the region. For more information contact Maria Gonzalez de Asis mgonzalezasis@worldbank.org .

  • FORTUNE TECH Brainstorm (July 21-23, 2008). Half Moon Bay California. The meeting
    was comprised of Fortune magazine's technology, media, and internet editorial talent
    and brought together again leaders and influencers of the digital world to look at the future
    of the tech business. Topics ranged from the greening of the valley, and people driven media
    to the future of gaming and next-generation mobile internet. Chaired by technology editor
    David Kirkpatrick FORTUNE Brainstorm: Daniel Kaufmann, Director, World Bank Institute
    gave a special presentation on governance and technology.
    http://www.timeinc.net/fortune/conferences/brainstormtech/tech_home.html

  • Strategic Choices for Education Reform, Washington DC (July 14, 2008).
    The World Bank Institute Education Program (WBIHD) delivered its Strategic Choices for Education Reform core course for UNICEF Education Field Officers. Presentation given by
    Daniel Kaufmann at The Rights Based Approach to Education Reform session titled
    “Human  Rights, Governance, and Development: Empirics Refuting Convention?”.  View presentation (136 kb pdf). View agenda (148 kb pdf)

  • World Justice Forum, Vienna, Austria (July 2-5, 2008)
    The Forum brought together hundreds of leaders from diverse disciplines around the world
    and launched a new multidisciplinary, multinational movement to strengthen the rule of law.
    Invitees included past and current heads of state, presidents of multilateral institutions,
    CEOs of multinational corporations, labor leaders, and directors of key nongovernmental
    organizations from 112 countries. The Forum featured discussions on multidisciplinary approaches to advancing the rule of law. In addition, the findings of the scholarship
    sponsored by the World Justice Project (WJP) were presented, as was the WJP’s newly
    created Rule of Law Index and the results of Index field testing in India, Chile, Nigeria, and
    the United States. Daniel Kaufmann is a member of the World Justice
    Project. http://www.abanet.org/wjp/forum.html.

  • Learning event on Improving Government Performance and Accountability: Implications for
    Growth and Competitiveness, Neum, Bosnia and Herzegovina (June 23-25, 2008). 
    For more information contact Kiran Choudhry kchoudry@worldbank.org or Anwar Shah
    ashah@worldbank.org.
  • Book Launch of “Broadcasting, Voice, and Accountability: A Public Interest Approach to
    Policy, Law, and Regulation”, World Bank Headquarters, Washington, D.C. (June 17, 2008)
    This book, by Steve Buckley, Kreszentia Duer, Toby Mendel and Sean O Siochru with Monroe
    E. Price and Marc Raboy, provides guidelines, tools, and real world examples to help assess
    and reform the enabling environment for media development that serves public interest goals.
    It builds on a growing awareness of the role of media and voice in the promotion of transparent
    and accountable governance, in the empowerment of people to better exercise their rights and
    hold leaders to account; and in support of equitable development including improved
    livelihoods, health, and access to education.  For more information visit: http://go.worldbank.org/W7PZU0XX30 
  • Media Sustainability Index for Africa: Launch events were on June 12 in Washington and on
    May 27 in Ottawa.  For the first time, a major collection of comparative country data on the
    state of the media in Africa has been compiled in the newly released Media Sustainability
    Index (MSI) for Africa. 

The MSI, an index that is in its sixth year in the Europe-Central Asia region and which was
launched in the Middle East North Africa region 2005, has now been extended to provide in
-depth analyses of the strength and viability of the independent media sector throughout 37
sub-Saharan countries. The MSI considers all the factors that contribute to a media system
—the quality of journalism, effectiveness of management, the legal environment supporting
freedom of the press, and more— to arrive at its rankings. These scores represent the
strength of media sector components and can be analyzed over time to chart progress or
regression in a country.  Mark Nelson, from WBI, spoke about the political and media
landscape in Africa and discussed why such measurement tools are critical to forging
reforms. Leon Morse from IREX’s gave a brief overview of the MSI methodology and discussed some of its findings, including the role of radio and newspapers, the relationship between the quality of journalism and business management practices in media outlets, and the characteristics of community radio. The MSI for Africa was produced by IREX  (International Research and Exchanges Board) with support from the Canadian International Development Agency, USAID, and WBI. For more information see: http://www.irex.org/programs/MSI_Africa/index.asp

  • Parliamentary Budget Oversight - Training for the Sudanese National Assembly, Khartoum,
    Sudan (June 9 -11, 2008).  In collaboration with the Parliamentary Center, the World Bank Institute held a seminar for Members of Parliament on Parliamentary Budget Oversight from June 9 to 11, 2008 in Khartoum, Sudan. This learning activity was designed to strengthen the capacity of Members of Parliament to perform their financial oversight function and to equip them with the tools to analyze government budgets to ensure they met development objectives. For more information please contact Paulina Biernacka pbiernacka@worldbank.org.

  • Executive Development Program on Inclusive and Sustainable Business: Creating Markets
    with the Poor (June 11, 2008 10:40am). Preston Auditorium, World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC: Panel on "The Corruption Challenge in High Risk Environments". Moderator was John Sullivan, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise and panelists included Roderick Hills, Founder and Chairman of the Hills Program on Governance at CSIS, Daniel Kaufmann, Director, Global Programs, World Bank Institute, Lee Tashjian, Vice President, Corporate Communications, Fluor Corporation, Pascale Dubois, Sanctions Evaluation and Suspension Officer, World Bank Group. For more details contact Djordjija Petkoski dpetkoski@worldbank.org or visit http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/edp.

  • Panel on "Fighting Corruption through Collective Action": Wednesday (June 11, 12:30-1:45)
    Preston Auditorium, World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC: Panelists debated the
    challenges of designing and implementing effective collective action initiatives. The World
    Bank Institute also previewed a new guide and accompanying web portal "Fighting Corruption
    Through Collective Action--Resources for Business" that it had developed with a business
    -oriented group of organizations from the private and civil sectors. Panelists included Georg
    Kell, Executive Director of United Nations Global Compact, Nancy Boswell, President and
    CEO, Transparency International, USA, Lee Tashjian, Vice President, Fluor Corporation, John
    Sullivan, Executive Director, Center for International Private Enterprise, and Sanjay Pradhan,
    Sector Director, World Bank.

  • 18th World Economic Forum on Africa (June 4-6, 2008)
    Participation of Daniel Kaufmann, Director, Governance and Anti-Corruption, WBI, in several
    interactive sessions during event held in Capetown, South Africa.

  • Conference “El Papel del Fortalecimiento Institucional en el Desarrollo”, Madrid, Spain
    (June 2-3, 2008)
    Keynote address and presentations in Spanish by Daniel Kaufmann, Director, Governance
    and Anti-Corruption, World Bank Institute on governance and institutional strengthening
    organized by CODESPA Foundation and Instituto Universitario de Estudios Europeos,
    Universidad San Pablo, Madrid, Spain.
  • Lunch Seminar on India Corruption Surveys (June 3, 2008, 12:30 - 2:00)
    The Center for Media Studies is an independent, not for profit national level organization in
    India. It is a multi-disciplinary development research and facilitative body of eminent
    professionals nationally known for its advocacy initiatives. The Center is about to finalize its
    nationwide corruption study which measures perception, experience, and estimation of
    corruption. The first of its kind national study (covering 31 states, 11 services and a sample of
    around 23000 'below poverty line' households) uses the Center's unique PEE (Perception,
    Experience & Estimation) methodology to understand the complex phenomenon of corruption.
    CMS has pioneered the methodology of quantifying both perception (P) and experience (E),
    and based on these two dimensions, estimation (E) of corruption. The India Corruption Study 2005, done by CMS with partial support of Transparency International-India (TII) has been a
    pioneering study on the subject. Its India Corruption Study - 2007, focusing on below poverty
    line (BPL) households and covering all parts of the country - again with the support of TII, is
    currently under finalization and is expected to be out in mid June 2008.

  • Roundtable Event on Information Flows and Records Management as a basis for Access to Information at the Local Government level in Bangladesh, Dhaka (June 2, 2008)
    The overall objective of the event is to discuss recommendations and exchange ideas among various stakeholders to (i) strengthen capacity for improved information flows from the government to the citizenry, and, (ii) strengthen records management as a basis for access to information. The event will review the study results prepared in coordination with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and the International Records Management Trust focusing on access to information and records management at the local government level. The World Bank Institute, in close collaboration with the country team and the World Bank country office, has organized this event. For more information contact Marcos Mendiburu 
    mmendiburu@worldbank.orgor Mita Chakraborty mchakraborty@worldbank.org
  • Building Transparency and Reducing Corruption Related to Defence Establishments, Geneva,
    Switzerland (May 5 - 7, 2008)

    The workshop is part of a new, developing body of knowledge and practice that seeks to
    promote best practice and address the negative problems caused by corruption in defence
    establishments. This event was hosted by Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), the
    Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) and Transparency
    International UK (TI-UK).

  • Latinobarometro International Advisory Council Meeting, Santiago, Chile (May 8 - 9, 2008)
    Latinobarometro and ECLAC hosted this meeting.

  • Seminar on Public Account Committee, Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 13 - 15, 2008)
    In collaboration with the Canadian Comprehensive Auditing Foundation (CCAF), WBI held a
    seminar on Public Account Committee. This learning activity was designed to build both
    knowledge and capacity for effective governance, and meaningful accountability, management
    and audit. Workshop participants consisted of members of the Bangladeshi PAC,
    parliamentary staff supporting the work of the Bangladeshi PAC, and staff of the Bangladeshi
    Audit Office. The aim of targeting support to the PAC and the Audit Office was to strengthen
    oversight of the government and public officials in Bangladesh with respect to the budget
    cycle. For more information contact 
     
    fstapenhurst@worldbank.org or
    pbiernacka@worldbank.org.

  • Governance and Education Program for Honduras (May 21 - 22, 2008)
    The program brought to the table representatives of all relevant stakeholders and presented
    best practices from around the region in the Education sector and the different tools that can
    be adapted and implemented at the school and district level to improve information,
    transparency and accountability. WBI coordinated this effort with the Latin America and
    Caribbean Education and Public Sector Units, the Honduras Country Office and the Ministry
    of Education in Honduras. For more information contact
     
    mgonzalezasis@worldbank.org.

  • Learning Program on Development Journalism in Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh (May 24-26, 2008) The WBI, in conjunction with the Economics Research Group (ERG), organized a workshop designed to enhance the knowledge of journalists and strengthen capacity of journalism trainers on issues relating to economic development for effective reporting, accountability and good governance.  For more information contact mchakraborty@worldbank.org.

  • The Africa Local Government Action Forum (ALGAF) (April - June, 2008)
    ALGAF is a process which brings together African local government practitioners from seven countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe) every month through a videoconference. The theme of ALGAF VIII was Participatory Budgeting, Social Accountability and Social Inclusion. WBI in partnership with Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), Municipal Development Partnership for Eastern and Southern Africa (MDP-ESA), World Bank Social Development Network (SDV) and National Associations of Local Governments hosted this forum. For more information contact
    spalmreuther@worldbank.org.

  • Journalism Training on Transparency and G overnance, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (February 4 - June 30, 2008)
    This program aims to support journalism training in Honduras, particularly with regards to reporting on transparency and governance issues. For more information contact Marcos Mendiburu 
    mmendiburu@worldbank.org.

  • Civic Journalism Training Program, Tegucigalpa, Honduras (February 5, 2007 - June 30, 2008)
    This program aims at training Honduran CSOs' staff in journalistic techniques to produce and package news about their activities in a journalistic form. For more information contact Marcos Mendiburu 
    mmendiburu@worldbank.org.

  • The Rule of Law: A National Town Hall Meeting, Washington DC (April 30, 2008).
    The program focused on the 2008 Law Day theme: The Rule of Law: Foundation for Communities of Opportunity and Equity. The aim was to emphasize the rule of law as both an ideal and a practical reality for Americans from all walks of life and fields of endeavor. This event was part of the Leon Jaworski Public Program Series which have been conducted since 2001 by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education.
    View full panel discussion
    For more information visit: http://www.abanet.org/publiced/jaworski.html#details

  • Lessons from the Implementation of the Transparency and Access to Information Law in
    Mexico, Mexico City (April 21 - 24, 2008)
    The purpose of this event was for the three country delegations to learn about the
    achievements and implementation challenges that Mexico has gone through in regard to
    Access to Information (ATI) legislation as these other countries (Bangladesh, Honduras and
    Nicaragua) are currently embarked on a similar path, yet at an earlier stage. The second
    purpose of this visit was to promote dialogue among access to information practitioners,
    government institutions, and civil society organizations in order to identify common areas for
    future work. The World Bank, in collaboration with the Mexican Federal Institute of Access to
    Information (IFAI) supported this event.

  • East African Conference on Freedom of Information, Kampala, Uganda (April 21 - 23, 2008)
    The World Bank, in collaboration with the Africa Freedom of Information Center and the Open
    Society Institute, supported a three-day event entitled "East African Conference on Freedom
    of Information." The event was designed to build consensus on securing and implementing a
    robust FOI legal framework for the East Africa region. FOI practitioners from throughout Africa
    shared experiences on lessons learned regarding advocacy for, and implementation of,
    access to information legislation. Dialog also focused on overcoming future challenges to FOI
    in East Africa and how to expand a regional coalition in support of open access to information.

  • Francophone Africa Course, Washington DC (April 23, 2008)
    This course was part of the Workshop on Governance and Anti-corruption "From Evaluation to
    Practice". Daniel Kaufmann delivered a presentation entitled "Irrational Exuberance vs. ‘Afro
    -Pessimism’:Lessons from an empirical perspective on governance in Africa." View
    presenation in 
    English and in  French. Nathaniel Heller, Managing Director of Global Integrity,
    talked about the objectives of the Integrity indicators and their contribution to assessing the
    anti-corruption architecture of a country. View 
    presentation. Carol Nkatha Matiko from the
    Steadman Group based in Kenya, discussed the firm's experience in conducting governance
    surveys in the Africa region and shared data analysis and results reporting techniques for
    such surveys with the participants.

  • Book Launch  "The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and The
    Quest for a Global Nation"
    , Washington DC (April 22, 2008)
    The World Bank InfoShop in collaboration with WBI and the Brookings Institution hosted this
    event. This dramatic narrative of breathtaking scope and riveting focus puts the "story" back
    into history. It is the saga of how the most ambitious of big ideas -- that a world made up of
    many nations can govern itself peacefully -- has played out over the millennia. Humankind's
    "Great Experiment" goes back to the most ancient of days -- literally to the Garden of Eden --
    and into the present, with an eye to the future. This event was presented by Strobe Talbott,
    John van Oudenaren, Daniel Kaufmann, and Michele De Nevers.

  • Challenging Orthodoxy on Governance and Corruption: Lessons from Worldwide Empirics,
    Columbia University, NY (April 21, 2008). Special lecture by Daniel Kaufmann given to the Global Economy course of Prof. Sunit Gulati, drawing on empirical research and experience. 
    View presentation.

  • Media Ethics, Sri Lanka (April 21, 2008)
    This event focused on the role of Media Ethics and ethical principles for journalists. Also, the
    event included facilitated discussions and group exercises to help journalists identify and
    solve ethical dilemmas. This was a Distance Learning event organized by the WBI, the World
    Bank Sri Lanka Country Office, and the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN).

  • Learning Event on Managing and Interpreting Development Data, Sri Lanka (April 7, 2008)
    WBI organized a videoconference training event for media practitioners in Sri Lanka for
    strengthening their capacity for effective access, management, analysis, and reporting on
    development stories based on economic and development data.

  • The Role of Parliament in Curbing Corruption, Vientiane, Laos (March 24 - 25, 2008)
    In collaboration with UNDP, the World Bank Institute held this learning activity designed to
    improve the knowledge of participants on issues relating to the international best practice in
    the role of parliament in providing oversight, improving transparency, and contributing to anti
    -corruption efforts.

  • Access to Information, Media and Accountability Workshop, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (March 6 - 8, 2008). WBI's Media, Information and Governance Program partnered with the Media Institute of South Africa in order to deliver a workshop that enabled participants to share knowledge in creating an open access to information environment which supports accountable and transparent governance in Tanzania.

  • Seminar on Parliaments and Financial Oversight, Accra, Ghana (March 3 – 7, 2008)
    In collaboration with the Canadian Parliamentary Centre, this activity highlighted best
    practices with respect to effective financial oversight by parliament and the contribution such
    oversight can make to poverty reduction. The target audience for this activity was Members of
    Parliament and parliamentary staff involved in oversight of the budget process from Malawi,
    Tanzania and Uganda.

  • Seminar on Member of Parliament Salaries, London, United Kingdom (March 3, 2008)
    In collaboration with the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Commonwealth
    Parliamentary Association, this seminar highlighted research undertaken at LSE on MP
    salaries worldwide, with an emphasis on establishing guidelines and benchmarks.

  • Effective Parliamentary Committee Inquiries Course, Canberra, Australia (February 11 - 15,
    2008). WBI In collaboration with the Centre for Democratic Institutions presented this course for parliamentary staff. This program was aimed specifically at Parliamentary Committee staff and focused on the practical aspects of parliamentary committee work including conducting a
    committee inquiry and writing a committee inquiry report.

  • Challenging Orthodoxy on Governance and Corruption: Lessons from Worldwide Empirics,
    John Hopkins SAIS, Washington DC (February 1, 2008)
    Drawing on years of research and experience as a pioneer in the area of governance metrics,
    Daniel Kaufmann, Director of Global Governance at the World Bank Institute, discussed the
    analytics, empirics, and implications of the ongoing efforts in measuring governance. His
    presentation also showcased applications of the empirical work and addressed some of the
    debated issues in this evolving field.

  • Workshop on Budget Monitoring for Journalists and Journalism Trainers, Dhaka, Bangladesh
    (January 2008). As part of the Bangladesh Governance and Transparency program, the WBI Media, Information and Governance team organized a workshop on Budget Monitoring in Bangladesh.

  • Can Indicator-Based Competition Make Foreign Aid Work?, organized by American EnterpriseInstitute, Washington, DC (January 14, 2008).This event focused on    the use of indicators to make policy shortcomings more visible and aid allocation more competitive.    A series of questions were discussed by some of the leading practitioners of indicator-based development policy.  View presentation .

 




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