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CABRI: Strengthening Budget Practices in Africa
Tuesday, April 16, 2013, from 12:30pm–2:00pm.
J Building, room JB1-075

The Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI) is a community of practice of Budget Directors in Africa, involving more than 30 countries, that started in 2004. This critical group of stakeholders are drivers of public financial management reform in Africa. With expanded membership and funding, CABRI has recently moved from the accommodation provided by the South African Treasury, and has commenced an expanded work program. Key focus areas include fiscal transparency and accountability, program budgeting and sub-national budgets.  CABRI and the Bank (AFR and WBI) have been developing a strategic partnership in order to deepen collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Neil Cole, Executive Secretary, will make a presentation on current challenges and priorities for budget reform in Africa, and CABRI’s forward agenda, followed by commentary and plenary discussion.

Asad Alam | Chair
Country Director, South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia,
Neil Cole | World Bank Speakers
Executive Secretary,Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative
Discussants:
Robert Hunja,
Manager, Open Government Practice, World Bank Institute
Renaud Seligmann, Manager, Africa Financial Management (West), World Bank
Anand Rajaram, Governance Practice Leader, Africa Region,World Bank
                          
Panel discussion: Update on Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA)
9:00 – 10:30 am
Main Complex, Room MC C1-200
World Bank Headquarters, 1818 H Street NW, Washington DC

The panel will bring together representatives from civil society, government and the World Bank to share perspectives on key issues and opportunities in the implementation of the new Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), including progress made to date. Participants will gain an understanding of how this initiative could benefit civil society organizations working for greater transparency and accountability in developing countries.  The discussion will provide an opportunity to generate insights that will shape the next steps for the GPSA as the first round of projects gets underway.

The GPSA is a coalition of donors, governments and CSO partners launched by the World Bank in 2012 with the goal to improve development results by supporting capacity building for enhanced citizen feedback and participation. As part of its focus on providing strategic long-term support to civil society organizations that work on social accountability programs, the GPSA recently issued its first Call for Proposals to fund CSO projects in 12 participating countries. A knowledge platform on social accountability is also being prepared.

This panel discussion is part of the Spring Meetings CSO Forum (see Forum details).

Speakers:
Jeff Thindwa | Manager, WBI Social Accountability Practice
Lindsay Coates | Executive Vice President, InterAction
Izabella Toth | Senior Corporate Strategist, Cordaid
Randson Mwadiwa | Secretary to the Treasury, Ministry of Finance, Malawi
Moderator: Susan Wong, Sector Manager, Social Development, World Bank
                                                                                  
Strategy Planning for Results in a Low-Capacity Context: Liberia's Experience
3:00 – 5:00 pm
J Building Auditorium, room J1-050
701 18th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Limited capacity often blocks effective national development planning in a fragile state. But Liberia’s recent experience creating its second Poverty Reduction Strategy—the Agenda for Transformation—shows that strategic planning for results is possible using a results-focused approach and practical tools.

In this session, a panel discussion among senior country leaders from fragile and conflict affected countries and experts from the World Bank will draw from Liberia’s experience to explore lessons and opportunities in improving strategic planning in the fragile context. Topics will include how to address institutional challenges, design an outcome-based results framework and integrate multiple stakeholder perspectives.

Speakers:
Yusupha Crookes  | Country Director for Liberia, Ghana and Sierra Leone, World Bank
Robert Floyd  | Director of Operations, World Bank Institute
Amara Konneh  | Minister of Finance, Liberia
Senior leaders from countries and the World Bank
Moderator: Mark Nelson | Lead Specialist, WBI

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