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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - Aug/Sept 2016
  Sep 09, 2016


August 2016 eNewsletter
In This Issue

* 2016 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum - CSO Registration ClosesSept 16

* New World Bank Environmental and Social Framework Approved


Also This Month

2016 World Water Week:  Nearly 1.6 billion people live in countries where water is scarce – a figure that may double in the coming two decades.  The theme of World Water Week 2016 that took place in Stockholm, Sweden from Aug 28 – Sept 2 was “Water for Sustainable Growth”. Read more

Report Launch – Making Politics Work for Development:  Washington DC, Oct 4, 2016. Synthesizing the best available research, this report shows how citizen engagement and transparency in the political process can hold the key to solving government failures by shaping how political markets function. More information

Upcoming Events

71 Session of the United Nations General Assembly,  New York, 13-26 September, 2016

2016 Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank Group: Washington DC, October 3 -9, 2016

End Poverty Day,  October 17, 2016

World Bank Youth Summit: Rethinking Education for the New Millennium, Washington DC, November 14-15, 2016


Migration and Development - A role for the World Bank GroupWorld Bank lead economist, Dilip Ratha, outlines the recent World Bank paper with the same title, prepared for the UN General Assembly’s Summit on Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants that will take place on September 19.

Investing in pre-crisis financial risk management eases post-disaster recovery needs - Market-based instruments – such as insurance -- can act as shock absorbers in case of natural disasters, helping countries mitigate a crisis’ financial impact. World Bank Senior Director Gloria Grandolini outlines five reasons why investing in pre-crisis financial risk management can ease post-disaster recovery needs.



2016 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum - CSO Registration Closes on Sept 16


CSO registration for the 2016 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum is currently open until September 16.  More information about the Policy Forum and a schedule of sessions can be found here.

World Bank Board Approves New Environmental and Social Framework

On August 4, 2016, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a new Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). This concludes four years of analysis and global engagement with governments, development experts, and civil society groups, reaching nearly 8,000 stakeholders in 63 countries. The framework is part of wider efforts by the World Bank Group to improve development outcomes and streamline its work. More


Aga Khan Foundation USA Renews its Financial Support for the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA)

The Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. recently contributed US$500,000 to the GPSA.  The foundation previously contributed $500,000, including funding for the Aga Khan University's Graduate School of Media and Communications. This partnership led to the launch of the Social Accountability Media Initiative to help build skills for social impact journalism. Read more


Partners Launch Framework to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage in Africa


On August 26, the World Bank and Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (Global Fund) committed to invest $24 billion in Africa over the next three to five years to accelerate progress towards universal health coverage (UHC) in Africa and help countries implement their health reforms. For more details on how these countries are working toward the goal of UHC watch a replay of the World Bank Live event that took place at the sidelines of the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) in Kenya. More


New Task Force on Gender Based Violence Announced

In response to shortcomings highlighted in a recent Inspection Panel investigation report on the Uganda Transport Sector Development Project, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim announced the creation of a Global Gender-based Violence Task Force to advise the institution on best practices for reducing risks to vulnerable populations in its development projects.  Read more


World Bank Board Launches Presidential Selection Process

The World Bank launched a selection process for next President.  The Executive Directors expressed unanimous support for an open, merit-based and transparent selection, with nomination open to all member countries and transparent considerations of all candidates by the Board.  The nomination period is open from August 25 and will run until 6pm on Wednesday, September 14.  Read more 



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Regional News




Harnessing ICT Skills in Fragile States: Tales from Freetown With support from the World Bank, Code for Africa, organized a four-day intensive, hands-on training course in Sierra Leone.  Though group projects that used data to solve delivery and other development issues affecting their communities, participants - comprised of representatives from civil society groups, the private sector, media and government- were able to develop their data literacy and communications skills.  Read more

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East Asia Pacific (EAP)
Indonesia: Rebuilding Hope Through Unity after Natural Disasters: Sitting on the world’s most active seismic region, Indonesia is prone to natural disasters. In an effort to rebuild more than 300 thousand homes destroyed by an earthquake, the World Bank provided assistance to REKOMPAK - a community based Housing and Reconstruction proejct in Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Read more

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Europe and Central Asia (ECA)
Water, Water (Not) Everywhere: the Imperative of Increasing Water Use Efficiency:  As access to water diminishes in Central Asia, countries in the region are looking for ways to improve water-use efficiency across all sectors by learning from best global practices. Read more

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Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)
A Plan to Save the Home of Stevia and Yerba Mate: Paraguay is working to conserve the Atlantic Forest, recognized as a global biological hotspot with as much biodiversity as the Amazon rain forest but threatened by logging and fragmentation from the expansion of agriculture. Read more

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
World Bank Group Supports Lebanon’s Cultural Heritage:  The Cultural Heritage and Urban Development project is helping preserve the heritage of five historic cities in Lebanon by renewing infrastructure, creating business opportunities and helping grow the economy. Read more

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South Asia (SAR)
In Sri Lanka, Youth Learn New Skills and Bridge the Digital Divide A partnership between the World Bank and Microsoft helps a younger generation break through the vicious cycle of poverty, learn ICT skills and find jobs. Over three years 16 NGOs received grants to develop innovative solutions to tackle youth employment and more than 100 NGOs received training in South Asia. Read more

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