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Development Dialogue News, Issue # 10 - November - December 2009

No.10, November-December 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.

  

Infrastructure in Africa

The flagship report prepared by the World Bank’s Africa region on infrastructure is now available on (http://www.infrastructureafrica.org/aicd/).  The chapter on infrastructure and poverty was prepared by the DDVE team in collaboration with Africa staff.  The study shows that the poor state of infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa - its power, water, roads, and information and communications technology - cuts economic growth by 2 percentage points every year and reduces business productivity by as much as 40 percent.  Access to basic infrastructure services remains very limited for the poor, with limited gains achieved over the last 15 years.

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Private education provision in the Netherlands

One of the key features of the Dutch education system is freedom of education -- freedom to establish schools and organize teaching. Almost 70 percent of schools in the Netherlands are administered by private school boards, and all schools are government funded equally. Using an instrument to identify school choice, Patrinos shows that the Dutch system promotes academic performance. The instrumental variables results show that private school attendance is associated with higher test scores.  The paper is available as DDVE working paper 2009-16.

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Vulnerability in the Central African Republic 

DDVE staff travelled to Bangui, Central African Republic, from November 3 to November 20, 2009, in order to complete an analysis of the ECASEB household survey in terms of human development, poverty and vulnerability indicators.  A workshop was organized with the Ministry of Planning and the National Statistical Office (ICASEES) to present the main results of the analysis.  The team also prepared the implementation of a new light survey instrument in order to monitor the impact of the economic crisis in Bangui.

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Designing a new survey instrument for Senegal 

A team from the National Statistical Office of Senegal (ANSD) came to Washington DC during the last two weeks of November 2009 in order to work with the DDVE team on the design of the new national household survey that will be implemented in the country in the spring of 2010.  The new survey will include new modules related among others to culture, values, and faith, as well as to income sources and agriculture, thereby making it easier to understand the priorities of the population and the impact of public policies on the poor.

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Dialogue with CS and FG

CIFA-WHO Consultation on Mapping Religious Health Assets

DDVE staff made a presentation at the meeting organized in Geneva on November 10, 2009 by the Center for Interfaith Action and the World Health Organization on how to better document the contribution of faith networks and faith-based organizations to health service delivery.  A summary of the meeting is available on the CIFA website (http://www.centerforinterfaithaction.org/)

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Yale conference on Women, Religion and Globalization

DDVE staff presented preliminary results from their work on faith and values, including on the issue of child marriage at the Yale Conference on Women, Religion and Globalization organized in New Haven on November 12-14, 2009.  This work was also presented at a seminar at the University of Ottawa on December 18, 2009.

 

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Parliament of the World's Religions

DDVE staff participated in two panels organized at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, a major conference gathering representatives from all major religions and taking place every five years, this time on December 3-9, 2009 in Melbourne. The first panel in which DDVE participated included representatives from a half dozen UN agencies, and the second was devoted to the role of faith-based organizations in service delivery.  Information on the Parliament of the World’s Religions is available on their website (http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/).

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5Interreligious Network of Central America 

DDVE presented preliminary results from its on-going work on documenting the role of faith-based organizations in Central America in collaboration with the World Council of Religions for Peace at the Third Meeting of the Interreligious Network of Central America on December 5-7, 2009. 

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New Publications  
Infrastructure in Africa
Private education provision in the Netherlands

Operational and Capacity Development Work

Vulnerability in the Central African Republic
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New survey instrument for Senegal

Dialogue and Outreach
2CIFA-WHO Consultation on Mapping Religious Health Assets
3Yale Conference on Women, Religion and Globalization
4Parliament of the World's Religions
5Interreligious Network of Central America


 

For more information on the events listed below, click here

December 18, 2009: Seminar at the University of Ottawa on Islamic law and family law reforms

December 15, 2009: Presentation of DDVE's strategy note at the World Bank's Education and Social Protection & Labor sector boards.

December 5-7, 2009: Presentation at the Third Meeting of the Interreligious Network of Central America in El Salvador (III Encuentro de la Red Interreligiosa Mesoamericana - Religiones por la Paz)

December 3-9, 2009: Presentations at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne

November 12-14, 2009: Presentation at Yale Conference on Women, Religion and Globalization, New Haven, Connecticut

November 10, 2009: Presentation at the WHO-CIFA Consultation in Geneva on Mapping Religious Health Assets

November 3-20, 2009: Mission to Bangui, Central African Republic, to present results from the analysis of the ECASEB household survey and plan a survey on monitoring the impact of the economic crisis

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

 

   

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