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Engaging Civil Society in Situations of Fragility, Conflict and Violence

February 23, 2017 | 16:30 ET, 21:30 GMT

By 2030, almost half of the world’s poor will be living in countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence, and therefore the World Bank’s engagements in fragile contexts through IDA 18 is urgent and appropriate. It will require innovations in harnessing the roles of civil society organizations in supporting state-building, inclusive growth, effective delivery of public services, the integrity of public spending, and the inclusion of citizens. The need for early engagement in rebuilding states and social contracts is a strong rationale for social accountability, which depends on investments in capacity building of civil society and state institutions to engage constructively and inclusively, especially in addressing service delivery problems at the local level.

The World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) convenes 49 governments and more than 290 partners from civil society, businesses and the private sector to solve governance challenges around the world. Discussants and members of the GPSA’s Steering Committee will discuss the unique contribution that the World Bank, specifically the Governance Global Practice and the GPSA, can make to promote inclusive governance, citizen participation, and civil society monitoring and oversight. 

Speakers

Interim Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID, United States

Senior Adviser, Democracy and Governance, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Department for Development Policy, Finland

Director, Economic Governance – Sri Lanka, The Asia Foundation

Head of Budget Reform, Ministry of Finance, Ghana

President Commissioner of the Federal Institute for Access to Information and Data Protection (IFAI), Mexico

Senior Director, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank Group

Senior Director, World Bank Group

Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank

Senior Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank Group

Secretary, Local Government Division, Bangladesh

Special Advisor to the Chairman, George Soros Open Society Foundations

Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Foundation USA

President, InterAction

Chair of Board of the Trustees, ANSA-Arab World