Session 8 Operationalizing the Principles of the World Bank’s
Social Development Strategy Through the CEN Thursday, May 27, 2004 Session Description For the first time, the World Bank is consolidating its approach to social development into a single Bank-wide strategic priorities paper. The paper outlines how the World Bank will work with client countries to address their social development challenges and ensure that Bank projects and programs integrate principles of social sustainability (inclusion, cohesion and accountability). The paper sets a vision, objectives, and a course of action for the longer term and suggests specific actions, targets, and institutional measures for the next five years. The first draft of the paper is the culmination of a two-year effort involving extensive stocktaking, research, consultation, and feedback. As part of the Bank policy on Strategies, the Social Development Department is now organizing consultations on the strategic principles outlined in the draft strategy around the world. We are trying to connect with conferences and meetings that have already been planned by non-Bank organizations in order to generate comments from a variety of stakeholders. This will be the first consultation held in Central Asia with the CEN.
Presenters: Mojgan Sami, World Bank, Washington DC; Janna Ryssakova, World Bank, Kazakhstan.
Session objectives In collaboration with CESI and WBI, SDV is hosting a 2 hour session during the CEN Regional Meeting as part of the agenda to enable those gathered (over 60 participants representing government and civil society from Central Asia) to voice their guidance on how the World Bank can implement the strategic priorities of social development into Bank-financed projects.
Our format will have three sessions and will include an " Interactive Knowledge Cafe" (explained below)
Session outcome By the end of this session participants will be:
Familiar with the concepts of Social Development & linkages with Knowledge Sharing
Familiar with an example of an Interactive Knowledge Cafe
Part I: [15 minutes] Plenary: Presentation on Strategic Priorities of Social Development (inclusion, cohesion, accountability) and introduction of dialogues- by Mojgan Sami, Knowledge Sharing & Learning Analyst for Social Development [English, with Russian translation]
Session II: [45 minutes] Interactive Knowledge Cafe: An innovative brainstorming session that is often used in "knowledge sharing" activities. For our session, we will need 6 flipcharts (2 for each topic of : Inclusion, Cohesion & Accountability). We will select one "host" for each flipchart (who agrees to take notes) and then ask people to go to one flipchart. They will have 15 minutes to brainstorm on what the World Bank can do to implement that principle in development in Central Asia. Each topic will have a corresponding question (to be translated into Russian):
Flip Charts on Inclusion: Inclusive societies promote equal access to opportunities. To move toward this goal, societies must alter formal and informal rules that limit the capabilities of the disempowered and encourage the participation of diverse individuals and groups in development activities. From your experience and knowledge, what are the main obstacles that prevent social inclusion, what are strong examples showing that governments can remove those obstacles, what prevents some governments from removing themand what should the Bank do to help? Flip Charts on Cohesion: Cohesive societies are willing and able to work together to address common needs, overcome constraints and consider diverse interests. They resolve differences in a civil, non-confrontational way, promoting peace and security. From your experience and knowledge, what are the key factors that enable social cohesion, and what are the best ways governments and international agencies (including the World Bank) can strengthen those factors? Flip Charts on Accountability: Accountable institutions are transparent and serve the public interest in an effective, efficient and fair way. They are responsive to people's needs. Accountability is the obligation of power-holders (those who can exercise political, economic, or other forms of power) to account for, or to take responsibility for, their actions. From your experience and knowledge, what strategies help citizens to hold institutions accountable, and what is the appropriate for international organizations such as the World Bank in building national, state or local institutional accountability? After 15 minutes, everyone (except the host) has to change to another topic (you can not repeat the topic that you have completed) for 15 minutes (the host briefs the new group on what was discussed previously) and then the exercise is repeated a last time for 15 minutes. The three rotations will allow everyone to offer comments on one topic as well as ensure that all of the thoughts are captured. [to be conducted in Russian]. Key Resource Person: Janna Ryssakova, Almaty Regional Country Office. Session III: [ 30 minutes ] Plenary to report back the summary of ideas generated by Knowledge Cafe, plus Q & A. [Russian with English Translation]