Civil Society Roles in Engaging Citizens for Better Results in the World Bank Funded Projects

The World Bank Group (WBG) is committed to introduce beneficiary feedback in 100% of Investment Financing Projects by 2018. Corporate score cards indicates that this target is on track with 89% of projects including such collection and 99% of the projects claiming beneficiary oriented design. With the deadline approaching, the WBG management plans to update corporate citizen engagement goals and the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) is conducting an evaluation with completion planned in early 2018. Though much of the citizen engagement included in the design of projects approved in the past two years remains to be implemented, some early lessons can already be drawn. The World Bank Group Citizen Engagement strategy had defined citizens to include all forms of CSOs. In this context, it is timely and important for both the WBG as well as civil society to focus on what was intended and provide a reality check.

To this effect, Partnership for Transparency (PTF), will sponsor a session at the Fall 2017 World Bank Civil Society Policy Forum on Civil Society Roles in Engaging Citizens for Better Results in the World Bank Funded Projects, providing an overview of intended roles of CSOs in the WBG Citizen Engagement (CE) strategy, reported progress, and a comparison with other Multi-lateral Development Banks. Following this presentation local civil society actors will share their experiences. The session will close with a discussion and suggestions on way forward for more effective CSO engagement in supporting CE in WBG funded projects.

More information to follow.

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