SUDAN WATCH: World Bank launches initiative to promote Sudan's civil society action

Monday, February 05, 2007

World Bank launches initiative to promote Sudan's civil society action

World Bank is delaying the long overdue help that was pledged for South Sudan. Via ST today:
The World Bank Sudan Country office launched "Sudan Development Marketplace (DM) for 2007" initiative to identify innovative development ideas for delivering results, engage directly with stakeholders working at community level, create a forum of knowledge sharing and dissemination and build partnerships with and between other development actors.
How long will it take them to sort that out? See two comments at Sudan Watch entry - EU blames World Bank for delaying South Sudan reconstruction:

It is kind of strange that, the World bank is still bugged down with her bureaucracy. I thought that, with the appointment of Paul Wolfowizt as her New boss things were going to change. However, I am also certain that, poor Wolfowizt may be having a tough time to change the old communist style of work at the World bank. The sad thing is that, people in Sudan and South Sudan in particular are suffering.

January 20, 2007
Anonymous said...
From what I've been told the real problem has been the refusal of the World Bank to deploy senior people to Juba to run this MDTF fund. Every decision on funding a project has to be relayed to regional centres and then to World Bank headquarters. Not surprising that it's been so slow to disburse money. The only developments in Juba at the moment seem to ones directly funded by the government of southern Sudan... that's if you exclude the extremely plush Joint Donor Office which the donors have built themselves... easily the most stylish construction in southern Sudan. Interesting priority.
If anyone has a photo of the Joint Donor Office, please email me, I'd like to share it here for posterity. Thanks.


Blogger Anonymous said...

I have to say despite my other criticisms of the WB, this is a good initiative. The national civil society sector in Sudan is v. weak largely due to the lack of anything but service delivery and project implementation for INGOs - as a result we have the situation that international agencies (at least in Darfur where I work) are bemoaning the lack of viable 'partners' to 'participate' in their programming whilst the NNGOs are simply unable to build the material capacity to pay a decent administrator.

Regarding the South - the second comment sounds about right to me.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007  

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