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AFRO-NETS> World Bank's Development Forum
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> World Bank's Development Forum
- From: "R. Kim" <Rkim@worldbank.org>
- Date: Sat, 21 Nov 1998 03:07:22 -0500 (EST)
[The following message originated from 6 October, 1998 but got (nearly)
lost due to internal e-mail problems. DN Mod.]
World Bank's Development Forum
World Bank launches Development Forum for on-line dialogue and knowl-
The World Bank's newly-redesigned Web site:
includes, among other innovations designed to make the site more inter-
active, a discussion space called the Development Forum.
The Development Forum is an electronic venue for dialogue and knowl-
edge-sharing on issues of sustainable development. Its focal point is
an ongoing and expanding series of electronic Development Dialogues on
key issues and challenges facing the development community and the
world's poor, with a particular emphasis on learning from the experi-
ence of those who face these challenges in their daily lives. These
dialogues will be complemented by other features, including a Speaker's
Corner, that provoke discussion and debate on development issues, and
resources for those who wish to develop their own on-line dialogues.
Also included is an index containing information on ongoing discussions
focused on development issues such as this mailing list.
The Forum is sponsored by the World Bank as part of a broader effort to
maximise access to, and effective use of, knowledge and information as
tools of sustainable development. The objectives of the Forum are:
1) To increase the sharing of knowledge and experience on development
issues between the World Bank and its external partners and clients,
by providing tools for focused dialogue that enhances the effective-
ness of our work by increasing the knowledge base that informs that
2) To increase opportunities for our clients and other stakeholders
from developing countries to be active contributors to the creation
and sharing of high-value information and knowledge on development
3) To encourage and facilitate co-operation among development agencies
and other organisations involved in development by permitting spe-
cialists across the development community to share information and
knowledge in a way that enhances their effectiveness.
In order to maximise participation in these discussions by those with
limited Internet access, all Development Dialogues in the Forum will
use an email list platform, with messages archived to the Forum web
site for future reference. By early 1999, the Forum will feature a
seamless web to email, email to web interface that permits full par-
ticipation in the discussion either by email or from the web site. The
Forum's organisers will work to mobilise active participation in these
dialogues by individuals and groups from developing countries.
A particular effort will be made to reach out to partner institutions
in developing countries' training and research institutions, think
tanks, universities, non-governmental organisations and other develop-
ment stakeholders to encourage them not only to foster participation in
these dialogues but also, over time, to take an increasing role in pro-
posing, planning and leading on-line discussions and knowledge-sharing
efforts on development issues of their own choosing. These efforts will
complement the Bank's growing efforts to help developing countries
maximise access to and effective use of information and communications
technologies and global networks.
The Forum was launched on Friday, October 2 as part of the launch of
the Bank's new web site. The launch features Development Dialogues on 5
1. Ending Violence against Women (co-sponsored by UNIFEM);
2. Rural Communications in Africa;
3. Corporate Governance: Issues for Developing Countries;
4. Facilitating Foreign Direct Investment;
5. Distance Education and Challenged Communities (sponsored by the Com-
monwealth of Learning).
The Speaker's Corner within the Forum features as its inaugural speak-
- World Bank President James Wolfensohn on the need to learn from oth-
ers, particularly those facing development challenges in their daily
- UNIFEM Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer and Third World Network Di-
rector Martin Khor on the social impact of the East Asia crisis.
The World Bank welcomes the active involvement of other development
partners in proposing, organising and moderating on-line discussions
within the Development Forum, which is intended as a resource for the
entire development community.
For more information, please contact the Forum moderators:
Send mail for the `AFRO-NETS' conference to `firstname.lastname@example.org'.
Mail administrative requests to `email@example.com'.
For additional assistance, send mail to: `firstname.lastname@example.org'.