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Civil Society Engagement eNewsletter - December 2016
  Dec 16, 2016


December 2016 eNewsletter



In This Issue

* Donor and borrower governments support record replenishment for IDA18

* Key Dates - 2017 Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum



Also This Month

Blog Competition: The World Bank launched a Global Gender Based-Violence Task force on October 13 to strengthen the institution's response through its projects to issues involving sexual exploitation and abuse. Read more

Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCD): This feature story is on the World Bank’s feedback mechanism from civil society in Burkina Faso to inform the SCD that will feed into the country’s 2017-2020 Country Partnership Framework (CPF). Access more of the latest country engagement documents: SCDs and CPFs.

Winners 2016 CGAP Photo Contest Announced: For 11 years, the annual CGAP Photo Contest has sought out original and striking images that demonstrate the impact of financial inclusion around the world. See this year’s winning entries here.

#16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: Learn more about the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence Campaign that shared experiences from around the world here.

Upcoming Events

Land and Poverty Conference 2017:   Responsible Land Governance – Towards an Evidence-Based Approach. Washington DC,  March 20-24, 2017

Civil Society Policy Forum, WBG/IMF 2017 Spring Meetings. Washington DC, December 5-8, 2016


Strengthening the Rules of the Game - Hart Schafer, Vice President of Operations Policy and Country Services, highlights an alternative procurement arrangement in Bhutan, a breakthrough in World Bank procurement.

The Next Phase of Forest Action –  Julia Bucknall, World Bank Director for Environment and Natural Resources  outlines some of the latest work that is being done by the World Bank and its partners -  including civil society - to take a more holistic and ambitious approach to forests.

It’s Time to Make Financial Disclosure Efficient and Effective – Gloria Grandolini, Senior Director of the World Bank Group’s Finance and Markets Global Practice outlines the recently released handbook to help governments implement financial disclosure systems.




Global Community Support Record Replenishment for IDA18, with $75 Billion Commitment to End Extreme Poverty

More than 60 donor and borrower governments agreed on December 15 to commit $75 billion to the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank’s Fund for the poorest countries.  The funding will enable IDA to dramatically scale up development interventions to tackle conflict, fragility and violence, forced displacement, climate change and gender inequality; and promote governance and institution building, as well as jobs and economic transformation.  Read more.


2017 Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum – Key Dates

The 2017 World Bank Group/IMF Spring Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) will convene in Washington, D.C from April 18 - 21, 2017. Registration will open in mid-February. A core component of the CSPF are some 40, mainly CSO-organize, policy dialogue sessions. A Call for Proposals will be launched in late January. For information about the CSPF, please see the event website which will be updated on a regular basis.


Civil Society Leaders and CIF Launch the Stakeholder Advisory Network on Climate Finance

The Climate Investment Funds (CIF), along with other climate finance stakeholders, recently established the Stakeholder Advisory Network (SAN) on Climate Finance to advance the engagement of broader non-state stakeholders in the CIF and other climate finance institutes at the country, regional and global levels. The SAN, which was launched at COP22 in Marrakech, will be overseen by a committee of five representatives—two from CSOs, two from the private sector and one Indigenous People’s representative.  Read more.


Getting the Full Picture on Public Officials: A How-To Guide for Effective Financial Disclosure

Although 161 countries have introduced financial disclosure rules, many practitioners struggle to implement them. A new handbook by the Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative (StAR) – a partnership between the World Bank Group and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) - provides practical guidance to help countries develop more effective and robust financial disclosure systems. Read more.


Leonard McCarthy Speaks at the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference

The World Bank Group’s Vice President for Integrity, Leonard McCarthy, reaffirmed the WBG’s commitments to fighting corruption during his key note speech at Transparency International’s 17th Anti-Corruption Conference that took place in Panama on December 1st. In his speech, he recognized TI’s powerful impact in the fight against corruption and outlined key lessons learned during his eight years in at the World Bank. A copy of the speech can be found here.


Your Input Needed to Update the WBG Report on Recommended Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Contractual Provisions.

The draft updated Report on Recommended PPP Contractual Provisions is now open for public consultation until January 31, 2017. The report aims to help contracting authorities – particularly those in emerging PPP markets – gain a better understanding of provisions that deal with specific legal issues regarding PPP agreements, such as force majeure, termination rights and dispute resolution. Input and feedback can be submitted here


ILO and the World Bank Sign New Framework Agreement to Strengthen Cooperation

The ILO and the World Bank have adopted a new legal framework agreement to strengthen cooperation and facilitate provision of ILO’s expertise to governments implementing projects with World Bank funding. The agreement will help simplify procedures to support the promotion of inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment, and decent work for all.





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Regional News

Working on Early Childhood in Mali The World Bank works with several CSOs around the world. This blog features an interview with a Senior Advisor from Save the Children who is collaborating with the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) on an evaluation of an integrated nutrition, malaria and early childhood development program in Mali.
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East Asia Pacific (EAP)
Improving Primary Education Outcomes for the Most Vulnerable Children in Rural Mongolia: The World Bank Group’s Trust Funds and Partnerships unit, in cooperation with the World Bank Tokyo Office and Save the Children Japan, held the 9th Japan Social Development Fund Dialogue Seminar, "Improving Primary Education Outcomes for the Most Vulnerable Children in Rural Mongolia,” on November 18, 2016. Details can be found here.»

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Europe and Central Asia (ECA). Polarization and Populism – Europe and Central Asia Economic Update:  The latest ECA Regional Economic Update explores the impact of ongoing challenges on countries across the Europe and Central Asia region. Read more»

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Latin America and Caribbean (LAC)
How Much Do You Know About the Indigenous Populations of Latin America? This infographic provides an overview of the advances and challenges of indigenous peoples of Latin America. While the region’s native peoples now enjoy greater visibility and recognition in political decision, gaps remain: and indigenous families are nearly three times more likely to live in poverty than a non-indigenous family.»

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Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Parliamentary Network Launches a New Chapter for the Middle East and North Africa:  The work of parliamentarians is essential for the successful fight against poverty. The new MENA Chapter of the Parliamentary Network will spur collaboration and the exchange of good practices on development challenges, according to the World Bank’s Vice President, Hafez Ghanem. Read more»

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South Asia (SAR). Can Cash Transfers and Training Reduce Intimate Partner Violence? Learning from Bangladesh: Development economists have begun exploring the potential of anti-poverty programming, including cash transfers, to prevent intimate partner violence (IPV).  Recent studies from Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa have shown that several cash transfer programs have decreased physical violence against women. However there is still a lot we do not know. The Bangladesh Study, funded by the Word Bank Group and the Sexual Violence Research Initiative will help fill some knowledge gaps. Read more»

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