Skip to main content World Bank Group World Bank Group
Home    Site Map    Index    FAQs    Contact Us 
About Countries Data & Research Learning News Projects & Operations Publications Topics
Search Click here for search results
Civil Society eEngagement Newsletter - March/April 2016
  Apr 01, 2016


March / April  2016 eNewsletter
In This Issue

* CLOSING SOON – CSO Registration for the 2016 Spring Meetings.

* Mobilizing Resources to Restore Hope in the MENA Region


Also This Month

World Bank Group Country Strategies: The new Country Partnership Framework (CPF) for Uruguay focuses on sustaining growth with equity. Find the CPF document here and the Systematic Country Diagnostic here. Other country engagement documents can be found on the Country Strategies page.

Webinar on Women, Business and the Law 2016 - Getting to Equal took place on March 30 at 10:30 EST. It looked at how laws, regulations and institutions differentiate between women and men in ways that may affect women’s incentives or capacity to work or to set up and run a business. More

Upcoming Events

Development in a Time of Crisis - World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim’s Spring Meetings pre-positioning speech: Berlin, Germany, April 5, 2016 (6am ET / 12pm CET)

IMF/World Bank 2016 Spring Meeting Civil Society Policy Forum: Washington DC, April 12 -15, 2016

CIVICUS International Civil Society Week 2016:  Bogota, Colombia, April 25-28, 2016

3rd GPSA Global Partners Forum: Washington DC, May 19-20, 2016



Five Forest Figures for International Day of Forests: Forests are key to climate, water, health and livelihoods. This “DATABlog” post draws on the upcoming World Development Indicators 2016 to provide an interactive review of trend changes in forest cover in the last 25 years.

Harnessing the Data Revolution and Improving Land Management through Geospatial Technology:  In this blog World Bank Lead Economist, Klaus Deininger, looks at how advances in earth observation, computing power and connectivity have tremendous potential to help governments - and others - support better land management, and ultimately reduce poverty and promote shared prosperity.



CSO Registration for the 2016 IMF/WBG Spring Meetings CLOSING APRIL 1, 2016


The 2016 Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) will convene from April 11 – 15, 2016. CSO representatives must be accredited to the 2016 Spring Meeting to attend. CSO registration will be open until April 1, 2016. A schedule is available here. More information about the CSPF can be found on our new Civil Society Policy Forum event page.



Mobilizing Resources to Restore Hope in the Middle East and North Africa

The heads of the World Bank Group, the United Nations, and the Islamic Development Bank were in the region to rally support for a new financing initiative before a high level pledging conference in April. Recognizing that support cannot be delayed until the restoration of peace,  the aim of this approach is to complement humanitarian efforts by strengthening the resilience of people and communities.  Read more




Systematic Country Diagnostic Online Consultations

The World Bank is seeking feedback on the Systematic Country Diagnostic process, particularly from interested stakeholders in countries that have already completed an SCD. The consultation is open until April 15, 2016. More



IDA Results Around the World 


For more than 50 years, the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, has taken on the toughest challenges. The latest The ABC’s of IDA publication highlights some of the results it has achieved on Africa, gender, conflict and fragility, climate change and institutional strengthening.  Read More



World Bank President Jim Kim Lecture on The Principle of Mercy – New York, April 6, 2016

World Bank President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, will deliver a lecture looking at the WBG’s engagement with Faith Based Organizations at Union Theological Seminary, in New York on April 6 at 7pm ET. The event is co-hosted by the Jewish Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and The Riverside Church and will be livestreamed. More information here.


Now Available! The 2015 Development Policy Retrospective Review

The World  Bank reviews its experience with Development Policy Financing (DPF) every three years. The 2015 Retrospective provides a systematic analysis of all DPF operations approved between April 2012 and December 2014, as well as long-term trends covering the first 10 years of the instrument. For more information, see the website.



Nine New Projects Have been Pre-Selected by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) 

Nine proposals in Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Georgia, Rwanda, Madagascar, Niger and Mauritania have been selected as finalists for the third round of GPSA grants.  The grants will provide strategic support to projects in which civil society and governments work together to solve critical governance challenges.
Read more.






For more on World Bank - Civil Society Engagement, visit,
Regional News




Clean Water for Rural Uganda: In Busembatia, Uganda, the International Finance Corporation and the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) brought together local financial institutions to work toward small-scale water Public Private Partnerships (PPPs). In turn, a local company, Trandint Limited, received a loan from a local commercial bank, and now 700 stations distribute clean piped water to more than 55,000 people in and around the town.
See details»

* View regional site 



East Asia Pacific (EAP)
Papua New Guinea: Bougainville Women Come Together to Protect Expecting Moms and Babies: After 10 years of civil war, the Bougainville Region was faced with the consequences of the devastating effects of war on its infrastructure- particularly with health care facilities. This feature story looks at the progress of a women’s led community development project, focused on reducing the high rates of maternal mortality through the construction of health posts in remote communities. 
See details»

* View regional site 



Europe and Central Asia (ECA)
Gender Equality Pays in South East Europe: In the six South Eastern European countries examined in this case study (namely: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, and Serbia), the multiple barriers of entry for females to the workforce are examined. Ranging from outdated laws to ingrained social norms, more should be done to increase gender equality and improve women’s access to the job market. .
See details»

* View regional site 



Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)
Mining Leaders from Argentina, Mexico and Peru Focus on Building Trust with Communities: At the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Conference, the World Bank Group and Global Affairs Canada convened a panel discussion with high-level government representatives from Argentina, Mexico, and Peru. All representatives emphasized that a three-way dialogue between communities, companies, and governments should exist to ensure sustainable investments in mining projects.
See details»

* View regional site 



Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
World Bank approves US$100 million in financing to create 100,000 jobs for Jordanians, Syrian refugees: Given the extraordinarily difficult situation facing Syrian refugees and Jordanian hosts, the Board of the World Bank Group offered US$100 million in financing to Jordan under its International Development Association (IDA) program. The funding will aim to create 100,000 new jobs for Jordanians and Syrian refugees by developing and strengthening existing special economic zones to attract foreign and domestic investments.
See details»

* View regional site 



South Asia (SAR)
Flower Making Changes Lives for Business Women in Balkh Province:This feature story highlights an Afghan government led financial services initiative, supported by the International Development Association (IDA) and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund in the Balkh Province. The Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan initiative is aimed at improving access to credit for the currently underserved micro, small and medium enterprises.
See details»

* View regional site 

For Fmorejj on the World Bank - Civil Society Engagement, visit ouFrForf 

This Newsletter is produced by the Civil Society Team of the World Bank Group (WBG) in collaboration with other WBG units. The Newsletter highlights several policies, programs, and initiatives of the WBG which may involve or be of interest to CSOs. We welcome your comments and feedback to make this newsletter as useful as possible. You can subscribe to the Newsletter using a new registration page. Please share your comments on the Newsletter with us: All past issues of the Newsletter can be found at here. To unsubscribe click here. For more on the World Bank - Civil Society Engagement, visit our website.