eNewsletter  |  April/May 2017 


Recap of the 2017 Spring Meetings CSPF

More than 850 CSOs from 76 countries attended the 2017 WBG/IMF Spring Meetings and participated in the Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF), making it the highest participation from civil society at the Spring Meetings to date. The CSPF took place from April 17 to 21 and was comprised of over 50 - mainly CSO organized - policy dialogue sessions; an orientation session; a networking reception; and a roundtable with World Bank Group Executive Directors.

See results of the CSPF Survey and CSO registration/attendance numbers here. Session presentations and summaries will be posted soon on the CSPF website



New Country Partnership Strategy for Cameroon

The newly approved Country Partnership Strategy for Cameroon sets the objective to share prosperity more widely amongst all Cameroonians. It sets out proposals for supporting Cameroon's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and responsibilities on climate change mitigation and adaptation. More details can be found here

See the latest planned and completed country engagement documents: Systematic Country Diagnostics (SCDs) and Country Partnership Strategies (CPFs).



PPP Reference Guide Version 3.0 – Now Online!

The third version of the Public-Private Partnerships Reference Guide is now available. The update includes timely content on stakeholder engagement, private participation in infrastructure, climate change, and much more.



Forestry Sector Review in Armenia

On April 18, the World Bank in Armenia facilitated a session with key stakeholders, including CSOs, to discuss the final review of the legal, institutional and administrative structures of Armenia’s forestry sector.

The final review highlights the existing gaps and discrepancies of the legislative base, as well as the need for administrative and institutional amendments to ensure sustainable forest management in Armenia. See the full report here.



Now Open: IEG Consultation on World Bank Group Citizen Engagement Efforts

The Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is conducting a survey as part of its evaluation of the World Bank Group’s support for citizen engagement – “Engaging Citizens for Better Development Results”. 

The purpose of this survey is to obtain feedback on expectations and opinions around World Bank Group citizen engagement efforts. Please take the survey hereDeadline: June 19, 2017. 


8th Debt Management Facility (DMF) Stakeholders’ Forum
Borrow Without Sorrow: Prudent Debt Management in a Volatile Global Environment

  • May 22-23, 2017
  • Vienna, Austria

Innovate4Climate: Finance and Markets Week
Innovative Finance and Investment for Climate Action

  • May 22-26, 2017
  • Barcelona, Spain

The Annual Bank Conference on Africa
The Challenges and Opportunities of Transforming African Agriculture

  • June 1-2, 2017
  • Berkeley, California

 To see more World Bank events, please click here


Saskia StegemanFarewell to Saskia Stegeman

Our colleague Saskia Stegeman, who has been working with the World Bank Civil Society Team since 2012, will be leaving the World Bank in early June to join her husband, who is on a country assignment.  We wish her all the best!


BLOG: Keeping Score: New Digital World Bank Group Corporate Scorecard
In this blog post, Hart Schafer, Vice President for Operational Policy & Country Services, talks about measuring progress and results towards achieving the World Bank Group’ mission goals.

FEATURE STORY: Empowering Local Citizens in Lao PDR for Better Development
The project aims to better integrate village planning with their districts to avoid duplication of development activities.

BLOG: Iraq Social Fund for Development: Optimism and the rebuilding of trust between citizens and the state 
Blog by Ghassan Alkhoja, Senior Operations Officer within the Human Development Department of the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank.


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