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February 2012
Tropical Diseases Private and Public Partners Unite to Combat 10 Neglected Tropical Diseases by 2020

On January 30 - Thirteen pharmaceutical companies, the U.S., U.K. and U.A.E governments, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank and other global health organisations announced a new, coordinated push to accelerate progress toward eliminating or controlling 10 neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by the end of the decade. Working with countries hard hit by these diseases, the group aims to improve the lives of the 1.4 billion people worldwide affected by NTDs, most of whom are among the world's poorest.

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Parliamentary Engagement
Parliamentary Engagement Hungarian MEP welcomes World Bank focus on gender.
On November 30, in Brussels - Hungarian MEP Zita Gurmai participated in a panel discussion organized by the World Bank to present the World Development Report 2012 on "Gender Equality and Development", and the Gender Report on Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA). MEP Gurmai, who also heads the Party of European Socialist Women (a group of female MEPs, MPs and activists from 33 social-democratic member parties) welcomed the World Bank's current emphasis on gender.

 

Parliamentary Engagement Briefing on Sustainable Rural Development to the Congress in the Philippines.
On December 5, in Manila - The Philippine Congress is currently preparing and discussing several bills on rural development. In a discussion led by Rural Development Committee Chair Mark Enverga, Congress representatives discussed options for agricultural reform, based on input from World Bank experts. This was the third in a series of technical briefings on sustainable rural development organized by the 'Knowledge for Development Center' in Parliament.

 

Parliamentary Engagement Briefing for Congressional Staff in Washington D.C.
On December 13, in D.C. - Theodore Ahlers, World Bank Director for Strategy and Operations in the Europe and Central Asia Vice Presidency, participated in a breakfast briefing with 30 Congressional staffers. He discussed how the Eurozone crisis is impacting economies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as the implications for long-term growth prospects across the region. A speaker from the German Marshall Fund also participated, discussing the origins of the crisis, and its impact on the global economy. The event was organized by the Caucus for Congressional World Bank Dialogue and the German Marshall Fund.

 

Parliamentary Engagement Congressional Staff Day on MENA at the World Bank Headquarters.
On January 12, in D.C. - Over 30 Congressional staffers from the House of Representatives visited the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C. for the Congressional Staff Day. The half day visit focused on the Bank's work in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Laura Tuck, Director of Regional Strategy and Operations, provided an overview of the Bank's regional framework which focuses on jobs, governance, inclusion and growth.

 

Parliamentary Engagement Presentation of new report on Serbia's Growth to the Serbian Parliament.
On January 19, in Serbia - A World Bank team led by the Country Director Jane Armitage and Country Manager Loup Brefort had an opportunity to discuss key findings of the latest Country Economic Memorandum for Serbia, "The Road to Prosperity: Productivity and Exports", at the Serbian Parliament on January 19. Following a presentation of the report's main findings and recommendations by World Bank economist Lazar Sestovic to 24 Members of the Serbian Parliament and staff, participants exchanged views on key priorities for the Serbian economy going forward.

 

Parliamentary Engagement Regional Vice President Discusses Central Asia with MEP.
On January 25, World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Philippe Le Houerou met with German MEP Elizabeth Jeggle, a member of the European Parliament EU-Kazakhstan, EU-Kyrgyzstan and EU-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, to discuss issues relating to energy and water in Central Asia. The WB VP briefed Ms. Jeggle of the Bank's objective of building energy and water security for the region through the Central Asia Energy Water Development Program (CAEWDP).

 

Parliamentary Engagement Lunch hearing at European Parliament.
On January 25, in Brussels - Oliver Griffith, Head of Communications, IFC Western Europe, participated in a lunch hearing at the European Parliament on new technologies for socio-economic development hosted by Alf Svensson, EP member from Sweden. The audience of over 40 included parliamentarians, their staff, NGOs, and other stakeholders. The other speakers were from the European Commission and the mobile company Telenor. Participants shared the experiences of their institutions in the use of technology to facilitate access to finance and health care, and other mobile applications, especially for the poor.

 

Parliamentary Engagement Program for Results (PforR), in the Bundestag.
On January 26, in Berlin - Vice President for the World Bank's Operations Policies and Country Services (OPCS), Joachim von Amsberg, participated via videoconference in an informal briefing on the World Bank's new lending instrument, Program for Results (PforR) in the Bundestag's Development Committee The discussion focused mainly on the instrument's safeguards, transparency guidelines and partner countries' ownership. Von Amsberg also answered a round of questions from Parliamentarians, reiterated the instrument's goals and encouraged continued dialogue.

 

Parliamentary Engagement World Development Report 2012 presented to the Swedish Parliament.
On January 31, in Stockholm - Ana Revenga, Director and Co-Author of the World Development Report 2012 'Gender Equality and Development' presented the report's main findings to the Foreign Policy and Finance Committees in the Swedish Parliament, together with Minister of Finance Mr. Anders Borg, Minister of International Development Ms. Gunilla Carlsson, and the Swedish Executive Director of the World Bank, Ms. Anna Brandt.

 

 
 
Upcoming Activities for Parliamentarians

Consultations on Partnership for Social Accountability
The objective is to strengthen beneficiary feedback and participation, including through supporting civil society capacity to engage with governments to improve development outcomes. You have until February 29 to provide feedback.

Consultations on Governance and Anticorruption
Participate in the online consultations on the Updated Strategy and Implementation Plan. You have until February 19 to provide feedback.

February 5-11, 2012 - Residential Summer School for PACs, Australia
WBI in partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Center for Democratic Institutions (CDI) and the Deakin University, is conducting this summer school for Parliamentary Public Accounts Committees (PACs) from the South Asia Region.

March 5-30, 2012 - E-Course on Parliaments and the Budget
This WBI course provides participants with a comprehensive understanding of the role and responsibilities of parliaments and the budgetary process. Application Ends On: February 20, 2012. For a complete list of upcoming e-learning courses please visit the e-Institute.

March 14-16, 2012 - Private Sector Conference in Kigali
The World Bank ttogether with other partners is supporting a Conference focusing on Private Sector Development in Africa, hosted by the Government and Parliament of Rwanda, and led by the Parliamentary Network (PN) on the World Bank and the IMF.

April 20-22, 2012 - Washington D.C
World Bank - IMF Spring Meetings 2012.

News

PRESS RELEASE | December 8, 2011
Immediate Response Mechanism
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved a new mechanism that will allow the world's poorest countries to expedite access to funding following a crisis.


OPINION | December 16, 2012
New funds to protect the climate through forest conservation
Germany commits an additional EUR 30 million to the Bank administered Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.


PRESS RELEASE | January 11, 2012
Green Growth Knowledge Platform launched
Global Organizations to Expand Cooperation on Green Growth for Development


ARTICLE | January 24, 2012
World Bank Approves Program-for-Results
New Financing Instrument Ties Lending Directly To Verified Development Results.


PRESS RELEASE | Dec - Jan 2012
Consultations on the Bank Country Strategies
The Bank regularly engages parliamentarians and other constituencies during consultations on the Country Strategies. For exemple, the following have been approved recently and members of Parliaments were involved in the preparations: Bolivia / Tuvalu / Vietnam / Serbia / Togo


APPOINTEMENTS | Dec - Jan 2012
Senior management changes
New World Bank Regional Vice Presidents appointed:
Hasan Tuluy for Latin America and the Caribbean / Pamela Cox for East Asia and the Pacific / Makhtar Diop for Africa.


PUBLICATIONS
Data on Poverty World Bank Shines Spotlight on Anti-Corruption with New Sanctions Board Law Digest
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inger andersen Golden Growth: Restoring the Lustre of the European Economic Model
inger andersen Georgia report, "Fighting Corruption in Public Services: Chronicling Georgia's Reforms."
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