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Development Dialogues News, Issue # 9, September - October 2009

No.9, September-October 2009  
 

Development Dialogue News is the newsletter of the Development Dialogue on Values and Ethics, a small unit at the World Bank conducting evidence-based analytical, operational and capacity development work on issues related to faith, ethics and development.  To access publications or information on our work please visit the DDVE website. If you would like to contact us, please send an email to Quentin Wodon at qwodon@worldbank.org.

  

Secondary School Madrasas in Bangladesh

Asadullah et al. completed an overview paper for their research on secondary school madrasas in Bangladesh. The study analyzes the market share of madrasas, as well as whom they reach, distinguishing between Quomi (non-stated funded) and Aliya (state-funded) madrasas at both the primary and secondary levels. The authors also use test score data to assess the performance of madrasas as compared to other schools. The paper is available as working paper 2009-14.

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Missing Women in India

Borooah et al. use data from the 2006 National Family Health Survey of India to explore the relationship between religion and demographic behavior. Despite socio-economic disadvantages, Muslims have higher fertility than their Hindu counterparts and also exhibit lower levels of infant mortality (particularly female infant mortality). This effect is robust to the inclusion of controls for non-religious factors such as socio-economic status and area of residence. India's problem of "missing women" may thus be concentrated in particular groups, possibly because religion and caste play a role in determining demographic outcomes. The paper is available as working paper 2009-15.

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Latin America workshop with Fe y Alegria

Together with the World Bank Institute and Magis Americas, DDVE organized a workshop in Peru for representatives of Fe y Alegria, a Jesuit network of schools in 17 countries providing education to one million children, youth and adults.  Government staffs also participated in the workshop.  DDVE’s contribution focused on assessing the performance of Fe y Alegria schools in Colombia using a rich data set on test scores at the end of secondary school.  Simple statistical comparisons would suggest that Fe y Alegria schools perform less well than other schools, but when one controls for the characteristics of the students (which is necessary given that Fe y Alegria tends to serve poorer children), the Fe y Alegria schools perform significantly better than other schools.

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Directory of FBOs, Research Centers and Universities

Three new directories of Faith-based organizations, research centers, and universities with departments working on faith and ethics issues are now available on DDVE’s website.  About 700 organizations and entities are listed, and additional links will be made available over time.  The links to the website of these organizations are provided for the convenience of users and do not in any way represent an endorsement by the World Bank Group, its Executive Directors, or the countries they represent.

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Dialogue with CS and FG

Faith and Malaria

Faith and Malaria.  DDVE participated in the high level consultation on “Faith and Malaria – Towards an Integrated Solution” organized by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty at Yale University.  One of the pilots being implemented in Nigeria with government support from a World Bank operation consists of NIFAA, a new Nigerian InterFaith Association whose first project will be to contribute to the fight against malaria.  More information on NIFAA is available on the web site of CIFA.

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Doha Inter-faith Conference

DDVE made a presentation at the 7th Annual Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue organized on the theme of human solidarity by the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue. DDVE’s presentation focused among others on the role of zakat as an informal safety net. More information on the conference is available here.

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Ethics and Research in Economics

DDVE organized on September 23 two seminars with Professor Deirdre McCloskey on why economics can’t explain the growth that occurred during the industrial revolution and on the “secret sins” of economics. Materials from the seminars are available here.

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New Publications  
Madrasas in Bangladesh
Missing Women in India

Operational and Capacity Development Work

Latin America workshop with Fe y Alegria
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Directory of FBOs, research centers and universities

Dialogue with Civil Society and Faith Groups
2Faith and Malaria
3Doha Inter-faith Conference
4Ethics and Research in Economics


 

For more information on the events listed below, click here

October 26, 2009: Presentation of DDVE’s strategy note at the World Bank’s Health, Nutrition, and Population sector board

October 20-21, 2009: Presentation at the 7th Annual Doha Conference on Interfaith Dialogue on the theme of human solidarity

October 19-21, 2009: Workshop organized in Peru for Fe y Alegria and government staff from Latin America in collaboration with the World Bank Institute and Magis America

September 24, 2009: Presentation on philanthropy and development to the Rotary Club on McLean

September 23, 2009: DDVE seminars with Deirdre McCloskey on why economics can’t explain the growth that occurred during the industrial revolution and on the “secret sins” of economics

September 8-9, 2009: Participation in the high level consultation on “Faith and Malaria – Towards an Integrated Solution” organized by the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty at Yale University

August 17-27, 2009: Technical assistance mission on targeting and baseline data collection for the Republic of Congo's Water and Urban Infrastructure Project

August 4, 2009: Meeting with a delegation from Morocco participating in the US State Department's International Visitors Program and with the Islamic Tijanya Foundation of America

August 3, 2009: Presentation at UNFPA Faith-Based Organizations Policy Roundtable in New York

July 15-16, 2009: Consultation by the World Bank's HIV-AIDS unit on community-based interventions related to HIV-AIDS in London with support from the UK Consortium on AIDS and participation from leading NGOs and faith-based organization

July 13, 2009: Presentation of SimSIP SAM, a tool for macro-micro simulations using social accounting matrices, at the 17th International Input-Output conference (IO2009) hosted by the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

July 5-7, 2009: Presentation by the World Bank Africa Water Resources Group at the Water in Faith Forum organized in Salisbury, UK, by the Alliance of Religions and Conservation with the Dutch Ecological Management Foundation and the International Water and Sanitation Center

July 3, 2009: Organization of technical workshop on faith-based service delivery in health in Accra, Ghana, with the Christian Health Association of Ghana

July 1-2-, 2009: Organization with the World Faiths Development Dialogue of a Faith and Development Leaders Meeting in Accra, Ghana

June 29, 2009: Organization of technical workshop in Accra, Ghana, on improving targeting and pro-poor spending, jointly with UNICEF and the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare

June 15-18, 2009: Organization of two sessions at the World Bank Cairo Global South-South Learning Forum on social protection responses to address the finance, food, and fuel crisis

June 11, 2009: Presentation at World Bank training event on monitoring the social impact of crises

May 23, 2009: Participation in 23rd Annual Conference of Christian Connections for International Health in Buckeystown, Maryland

May 18, 2009: Presentation by Ghana country office to the Economic Council of the President of Ghana on energy prices and the poor based on DDVE analysis

   

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