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Engagement with Civil Society : An EITI Implementation Case StudyWorld Bank (Washington, DC, 2014-05-09)Within the World Bank Group (WBG), the Oil, Gas, and Mining Policy Division (COCPO) is responsible for policy and advisory services in the oil, gas, and mining sectors, including World Bank lending. The unit also manages WBG participation in a number of donor-funded global programs and partnerships, including the Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) for the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). The main finding of this paper is that the direct support to civil society organization (CSO) through the Development Grant Facility (DGF) mechanism (July 2005 to June 2008) was well received and met key program objectives. In particular, DGF funding catalyzed the EITI in countries by helping strengthen CSO ability to play their role in the initiative. Working closely with the Revenue Watch Institute (RWI) during the later part of the DGF grant cycle helped COCPO build partnerships with CSO. The CSO also found the strategic nature of the DGF interventions to be positive, given that the grants allowed them to carry out a broad range of activities (advocacy, research, capacity building, and communications) around the sensitive topic of extractive industries and EITI.
Civil Society and Peacebuilding : Potential, Limitations and Critical FactorsWorld Bank (Washington, DC, 2012-06-11)This report develops and discusses a new analytical framework to understand the functions of civil society in peace building. In theory and practice, there is a wide variety of ways to categorize civil society contributions to development and peacebuilding. Donors tend to employ actor-oriented perspectives, focusing on supporting activities of different types of civil society organizations in a given situation. This report proposes to move toward a functional perspective, centered on the roles that different actors can play in conflict situations. The analysis shows that civil society can make numerous positive contributions and have unique potential to support peacebuilding and conflict mitigation. It can do so independently as actor in its own right, or in relation to peacebuilding processes and programs led by Governments or the international community. Despite many successful initiatives on the ground, however, civil society should not be considered a panacea. The existence of civil society per se cannot be equated with the existence of peacebuilding actors. Similarly, civil society strengthening and support does not automatically contribute to peacebuilding. While civil society organizations are frequently actors for peace, they equally have the potential to become actors of violence. So far, outcomes and impacts of different civil society peace interventions have not been sufficiently evaluated. Civil society and donors need to more strategically identify the objectives and demonstrate the relevance of the particular approaches they propose to engage in different phases of conflict/peacebuilding. Without greater clarity regarding objectives and intended impacts, and, without addressing existing institutional constraints and distortions, activities run the risk of being well-intentioned, but unlikely to achieve sustainable results.
Issues and Options for Improving Engagement between the World Bank and Civil Society OrganizationsWorld Bank (Washington, DC, 2016-03-31)The purpose of this paper is to assess
the World Bank's recent relations with civil society
organizations (CSOs), that is, nongovernmental organizations
and not-for-profit organizations, and to propose options for
promoting more effective civic engagement in Bank-supported
activities and managing associated risks in the future. The
analysis in this paper points to four main issues and
challenges for the Bank as it seeks to achieve more
constructive and effective engagement with CSOs in the
future: 1) Promoting best practices for civic engagement; 2)
Closing the gap between expectations, policy and practice;
3) Adapting to changes in global and national civil society;
and 4) Achieving greater Bank-wide coherence and
accountability. To attain these objectives, the report
proposes ten priority actions: Establishing new global
mechanisms for Bank-CSO engagement to help promote mutual
understanding and cooperation; establish a Bank-wide
advisory service/focal point for consultations and feedback;
piloting a new Bank-wide monitoring and evaluation system
for civic engagement; Conduct a review of Bank funds
available for civil society engagement in operations and
policy dialogue, and explore possible realignment or
restructuring. reviewing the Bank's procurement
framework; instituting an integrated learning program for
Bank staff and member governments as well as
capacity-building for CSOs on how to work effectively with
the Bank and its member governments; holding regular
meetings of senior management and periodically with the
Board to review Bank/civil society relations; developing and
issuing new guidelines for Bank staff on the
institution's approach, best practices, and a framework
for engagement with CSOs; emphasizing the importance of
civil society engagement in preparing Country Assistance
Strategies (CAS) as well as in CAS monitoring and
evaluation; and developing tools for analytical mapping of