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NGOs and Civil Society

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The breadth and quality of World Bank – civil society relations began to intensify in the mid-1990s when participation action plans were adopted at the regional level and civil society specialists were hired to work in Bank offices worldwide. Since that time there has been a dramatic increase in the level of interaction and collaboration between the World Bank and a broad range of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) worldwide including, community groups, NGOs, labor unions, faith-based organizations, professional associations, and universities.

Reflecting this greater appreciation for the role of civil society in development, projected CSO involvement in Bank-funded projects has risen steadily over the past decade, from 21 percent of the total number of projects in fiscal year 1990 to an estimated 81 percent in fiscal year 2009. CSOs have also increased their involvement in the formulation of Country Assistance Strategies (CASs) and Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSPs). As CSOs have become more influential actors in public policy and in development efforts, the rationale for the Bank’s civil society engagement strategy continues to grow stronger and is becoming recognized as an integral part of an effective institutional strategy for poverty reduction and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The World Bank engages civil society organizations in three ways:

First, it facilitates dialogue and partnership between civil society and governments by providing resources, training, technical support, and often playing a convening role. That type of engagement can be best seen in the process of formulation of the country poverty reduction strategies (PRSPs).

Second, the Bank dialogues and consults with CSOs on issues, policies and programs, by listening to their perspectives and inviting suggestions. These interactions vary from consultations on global policies, such as social safeguards and adjustment lending, to discussions on local Bank-financed projects.

Third, the Bank partners directly with CSOs through contracting technical assistance and training services, funding civil society initiatives, and managing joint programs. There are many examples of active partnerships in the areas of forest conservation, AIDS vaccines, rural poverty, micro-credit, and expanding internet usage.

The World Bank manages several types of funding mechanisms geared to providing funding directly to CSOs. Most of these funding mechanisms are managed out of World Bank's Headquarters, although some of these are also administered at many of the Bank's country offices.

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