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NGOs and Civil Society

Country Strategy and Other Consultations   Global Development Marketplace (DM) 2007   India DM 2007

One of the most significant trends in international development over the past decade has been the remarkable growth of civil society around the world.  During this time, the World Bank’s collaboration with civil society organizations (CSO) has also increased dramatically.


CSO involvement in Bank-funded projects has risen steadily, from around 20 percent of all projects in 1990 to some 70 percent in 2003.   

Experience has shown that CSOs participation improves the outcomes of projects and programs by contributing local knowledge, bringing innovative ideas and solutions to development challenges, amplifying the voice of the poor, and providing technical expertise. 

Consultations to Formulate the Bank's India Country Strategy 

The World Bank’s New Delhi office welcomes the opportunity to work with civil society and has  stepped up its engagement with CSOs in recent years. 

A wide range of stakeholders are consulted before its Country Strategy (CAS) - the roadmap for the Bank's work in the country over the next four years - is formulated.  

For instance, the consultation process for the formulation of the India CAS 2009-2012 began in late 2007. Initial consultations were held in New Delhi in August and September 2007. Discussions were held around the key pillars of the Government of India's 11th Five Year Plan: 

Agricultural Growth 
Service Delivery and Infrastructure Development 
Health and Education 
Inclusive Growth

Lessons learnt from NGOs working on World Bank supported projects.

These consultations identified a set of key themes to be further discussed in a more structured manner:

  • Promoting Inclusive Growth
  • Helping Manage Natural Resources to ensure that Growth is Responsible
  • Helping Improve Government Effectiveness

These initial consultations were followed up with another round of discussions held in Mumbai and Hyderabad  in April 2008. All these consultations have helped in the formulation of the final Country Strategy for India for 2009-12.

Other Consultations

The Bank regularly consults civil society organizations on a broad range of subjects:

Strengthening Environmental Institutions: Jul 2006 
Helping Poor Women’s Producer Organizations to Access Global Markets: Aug 2006
Improving the Employment Prospects of Poor Rural Youth: Aug 2006
The Challenges of Resettling and Rehabilitating the Urban Poor Affected by Development Projects: Sept 2006.
Social Accountability: May 2008

Development Marketplace

As part of its efforts to promote development and reduce poverty across the world, the World Bank funds innovative ideas from among the people to address compelling development challenges. 

Global Development Marketplace 2007 

For its Global Development Marketplace 2007 (DM 2007), the World Bank is calling for proposals for improving results in Health, Nutrition and Poplulation for the poor. It is looking for creative proposals for small-scale development projects that deliver results and have the potential to be expanded or replicated.  More

India Development Marketplace 2007

In early 2007, the World Bank's New Delhi Office called for innovative proposals for Grassroots Initiatives for Management and Protection of Natural Resources. In May 2007, the winners of the contest were announced. Winners


Five Indian proposals win in Global Development Marketplace 2006

The 30 winners of the Development Marketplace 2006 included five projects from India. They will share a US$5 million grant for initiatives to provide clean water, hygienic sanitation, and access to energy to communities in need. More

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