… with the British Council
Jointly funded by WBI and the British Council, Debate to Action trains trainers in youth organizations in Africa. Participants learn about international and national frameworks for sustainable development (including the Millennium Development Goals and their countries’ poverty reduction strategies), their own roles within these frameworks, the contributions they can make to sustainable development in their countries, and how to share this information with other young people to promote sustainable development. To date, the program has reached more than 17,000 participants. Begun in Nigeria, where the government has scaled up the program to reach all 37 states and territories, the program has now expanded into Ethiopia, Ghana, and the United Kingdom, with further expansion planned into Kenya, Sudan, and Tanzania. The program is part of a larger strategic partnership between the British Council and the World Bank.
… with the Parliament of Finland
WBI and the Finnish parliament have been collaborating since 2000 to produce seminars, workshops, and training sessions on parliamentary oversight, control of corruption, and the role of parliaments in conflict-affected countries. Significant work has also been done on gender and women’s issues.
WBI, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the parliament of Pakistan collaborated on a seminar for women members of parliament entitled Balancing Political Participation: Moving Towards Gender Equality. Held in Pakistan, the seminar brought together members of national and provincial parliaments from Bangladesh, Maldives, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The participants conceived strategies for empowering women MPs, setting performance criteria, and providing training and capacity building on parliamentary practice and procedure, leadership skills, and effective networking and communications.
… with Carbon Finance Assist, a Multidonor Trust Fund
WBI’s Africa Assist program is a component of the Carbon Finance Assist program (CF-Assist), a multidonor trust fund managed by the World Bank. WBI implements the program in close collaboration with World Bank regional teams from Africa and the Middle East and North Africa, and with the Bank’s Carbon Finance Unit. The program helps build the capacity of countries to create and manage their carbon assets. Partners and collaborators include the Agence Française de Développement, the Development Bank of Southern Africa, and the Mediterranean Environmental Technical Assistance Program.
WBI helps organize the annual Carbon Expo and supports developing country participants in to showcasing their emission reduction projects.
… with Germany’s InWEnt Capacity Building International
In FY07 InWEnt Capacity Building International and WBI jointly hosted the 11th International Business Forum: The Business Challenge in Africa, building on the previous year’s forum on private sector roles in achieving the Millennium Development Goals. The forum brought together 150 business representatives, mostly from Africa, to share their experiences and lessons.
InWEnt and WBI have also organized a series of seminars on corporate social responsibility hosted by German chambers of commerce in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The seminars focused on the importance of understanding and implementing socially and environmentally responsible business practices. Building on discussions initiated at the seminars, WBI and InWEnt organized a training-of-trainers workshop on corporate social responsibility in Mercosur, the common market for the southern cone of Latin America. After the workshop, WBI’s online course in corporate social responsibility was made available to private sector practitioners in all Mercosur countries.