eNewsletter  |  July 2017 


NOW OPEN: Call for Proposals for the 2017 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum

The next Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF) will convene in Washington, DC, from October 10 to 13, 2017, just ahead of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings.

The Call for Session Proposals was launched on Monday, July 17, 2017, and will remain open until Friday, August 18, 2017. More information is available on the CSPF website.

CSO Registration will open at the end of this month. Stay tuned! 



Registration for GPSA Global Partners Forum 2017 is now open

The 4th annual Global Partners Forum will convene in Washington, DC, from October 30 to November 1, 2017. More than 250 experts from civil society, academia, think tanks, donors, international agencies and governments working in the field of social accountability will participate in this forum.

The Forum’s central theme is Citizen Action for Open, Accountable and Inclusive Institutions. Learn more and register here.



IEG Report: An Early-Stage Assessment of the Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) and Country Partnership Framework (CPF)

This evaluation by the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) provides an early look at how the SCD/CPF process is working, and identifies ways to strengthen the new country engagement model as it continues to unfold. Read more and download the report here



New Publication: WBG Implementing the 2030 Agenda

The World Bank Group (WBG) has published a booklet showing a representative sample of the work underway across the organization to achieve not only individual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also the broader agenda for implementation including finance and data. The global and country examples show the depth and breadth of the WBG’s work toward achieving the 2030 Agenda. Click here to view a PDF of this publication.



World Bank/ICRW Report: Child Marriage Will Cost Developing Countries Trillions of Dollars by 2030

Child marriage will cost developing countries trillions of dollars by 2030, says a new report published in collaboration by the World Bank and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In contrast, ending child marriage would have a large positive effect on the educational attainment of girls, contribute to women having fewer children, and increase women’s expected earnings and household welfare. See more details and download the report here



Uganda: World Bank Approves $40 Million to Strengthen Social Risks Management

As part of the overall management of social risk, this project aims to address the underlying causes of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) by developing and expanding prevention programs and increasing response services for survivors of GBV in targeted districts. Read more here


4th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference
Building or Rebuilding Cities for Growth

  • September 8, 2017
  • Washington, D.C.

4th Suspension and Debarment Colloquium
Recent developments in suspension and debarment systems worldwide

  • September 14, 2017
  • Washington, D.C.

Water Scarce Cities Initiative: Events and Engagement
Knowledge sharing on urban water management

  • Ongoing
  • Several locations

 To see more World Bank events, please click here


FEATURE STORY: How Citizens Are Shaping Budget Priorities in a Kenyan County
Thanks to the Kenya Participatory Budgeting Initiative, which started in October 2015 and is ongoing, West Pokot began integrating participatory budgeting for the first time by engaging the public.

BLOG: What can governments do to bridge the gap between producers and users of budget information
Providing a comprehensive budget dataset to the public does not guarantee that citizens, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and the media will start digging through the numbers.

BLOG: Wheeling through Kingston
James Sullivan, an animator and visual arts video editor at the World Bank Group, went to see first-hand what it’s like to be disabled in a developing country. He shares his experience and his own history in a video and a series of blog posts.


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