eNewsletter  |  August 2017 


CLOSING SOON: Call for Proposals for the 2017 Annual Meetings Civil Society Policy Forum

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

The Call for Session Proposals will close on Friday, August 18, 2017. More information on the CSPF is available here.

CSO Registration is now open. It is free and we encourage you to apply early. 



Task Force Recommends Steps to Tackle Gender-Based Violence in World Bank-Supported Projects

In a new report that the Bank just released, the Global Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Task Force recommended specific steps to strengthen the World Bank's capacity to identify, mitigate, and prevent risk of sexual exploitation and abuse in Bank projects. Read more here



CSOs Serve as Bridges to Improving Delivery and Accountability of Services in Ethiopia

Funded through a multi-donor trust fund, the World Bank-supported Ethiopia Social Accountability Program is helping improve the quality of basic services. The program works in partnership with over 110 Civil Society Organizations across 223 districts, in schools, health centers, and other settings. Read more here



NOW OPEN: Applications Open for a New Data Innovation Fund

Applications are now open for the second round of a new data innovation fund which was announced last month at the United Nations High Level Political Forum. The fund will invest up to $2.5 million in Collaborative Data Innovations for Sustainable Development - ideas to improve the production, management and use of data in poor countries. This year the fund’s thematic areas are “Leave No One Behind” and the environment. Read more here. Details on eligibility criteria and how to apply are available here. Deadline: September 1st, 2017.



IEG Conversations: Are Multilateral Development Banks still Relevant Today?

Leaders from the major multilateral development banks gathered in Rome for the Spring Meetings of the Evaluation Cooperation Group to discuss the future and relevance of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). Read the transcript of this candid conversation and watch the video 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.

Civil Society Policy Forum
2017 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund

  • October 10-13, 2017
  • Washington, D.C.

 To see more World Bank events, please click here


HEALTH BLOG: Sustainable domestic financing – a critical ingredient to driving immunisation progress
Working with Save the Children and others, GSK has made a commitment to support vaccine access for humanitarian organisations providing immunisation for refugees and displaced populations.

BLOG: Three reasons why we should all care about Indigenous Peoples
August 9 is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Worldwide, there are about 370 million Indigenous Peoples and ethnic minorities. No matter where we live or who we are, we should all care about Indigenous Peoples.

EDUCATION BLOG: Effective ways for developing school leadership
What do we know about developing school leaders to successfully transform schools? An example from Jamaica illustrates good practice aspects that can help to equip school leaders with skills to transform schools they run. 


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