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  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> Course on New Agendas for Poverty Reduction Strategies
  • From: Dieter Neuvians MD <neuvians@mweb.co.za>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2002 16:40:37 -0400 (EDT)

Course on New Agendas for Poverty Reduction Strategies
"Integrating Gender and Health"

3 - 7 February, 2003
Arusha, Tanzania

As part of the World Bank?s efforts to support client countries in develop-
ing effective poverty reduction strategies, the World Bank Institute (WBI)
and its partner institutions are conducting an intensive, innovative learn-
ing program Adapting to Change: Population, Reproductive Health and Health
Sector Reform as a service to client countries, which specifically focuses
on placing efforts to improve health outcomes in a broader framework of
cross-sectoral linkages and synergies. The program aims to inform the pov-
erty agenda and the choice of priority interventions by facilitating the
task of government and donor agency staff working on poverty strategies in
addressing cross-cutting issues, such as gender, in prioritizing interven-
tions aimed at better health.

Using distance learning (DL) techniques and methodologies through the Global
Development Learning Network (GDLN) , the WBI has been offering a Distance
Learning Course on ?New Agendas for Poverty Reduction Strategies: Integrat-
ing Gender and Health?, to assist countries in analyzing, designing, and de-
veloping better health policies and programs which reduce gender-based ine-

WBI has already delivered four courses (series of eight video conferences)
for four Anglophone countries (Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda), and for
four Francophone countries (Benin, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Senegal). The suc-
cess of these led to the first face-to-face Francophone regional course in
June 2002, and WBI will now hold its first face-to-face Anglophone course.

Course Objectives

The course objectives are to enable participants to
* understand the basic concept of gender issues and the critical linkages
between gender, health and poverty;
* identify the fundamental gender-based inequalities and issues contributing
to ill-health and poverty in women and society;
* analyze gender-based heath and poverty issues and problems, their linkages
and key policy implications and actions;
* define and develop possibilities for improved health outcomes (policies,
strategies and actions at different levels: household, community, insti-
tutional and national); and
* identify the critical stakeholders and their roles for improved gender-
based health outcomes in poverty reduction strategies.

Course Content

The Course on ?New Agendas for Poverty Reduction Strategies: Integrating
Gender and Health? uses participatory methods and course material which is
particularly relevant to Sub-Saharan Africa. It will share knowledge on
a) gender biases underlying perceptions of how men and women contribute to
b) the structural roles of men and women in both the market and the house-
hold economies,
c) the persistence of gender-based disparities in access to and control of a
wide range of human, economic, and social capital assets,
d) the policy implications, including with respect to tradeoffs and link-
ages, relevant for improving health outcomes, and
e) the integration of a range of possible policy and project priorities into
poverty reduction strategies.

The sessions will cover the following topics:
Session 1: Introduction to the course
Session 2: Framework for Looking at Gender, Health and Poverty Reduction
Session 3: Gender Dimensions of Reproductive health
Session 4: Maternal Mortality
Session 5: Gender, Poverty and Economic Growth in Africa
Session 6: Gender and HIV/AIDS
Session 7: Education and Health: Cross Sector Implications
Session 8: Gender-based Violence
Session 9: Gender Dimensions of Water, Transport and Energy
Session 10: Integrating Gender and Health into Poverty Reduction Strategies
Session 11: Wrap-up: Strategy Development for an Effective Poverty Reduction
and Country Action Planning

Conditions for Attendance

The training will be delivered in English and is offered to participants
from Anglophone Africa. It is open to high-level government policy makers,
as well as to World Bank staff, international agencies, academics, and civil
society, including national and international NGOs, women?s organization?s
and parliamentarians. The space is limited to 40 attendees.

Those interested in attending the training should be prepared to attend
every session as they are interrelated: the group exercises are very criti-
cal parts of the learning process.

Financing information

Participants are expected to pay an amount of US$ 500, which includes the
course fees, the hotel, breakfast and lunch. This conference package has
been negotiated with the hotel for a duration of 7 days.

Other expenses: Participants are expected to purchase their own round-trip
ticket to Arusha, Tanzania, and to cover their dinner and miscellaneous ex-

Unfortunately, the Gender, Health and Poverty Program does not offer schol-
arships. If your organization does not have the funds available to sponsor
your participation, donor agencies and other organizations may have funds
available through their projects in your own country.

Registration and Contact Information

Nominations/Registration should be faxed or emailed no later than November
20, 2002 to:

Nicole Fults
Tel: +1-202-473-6275
Fax: +1-202-676-0961

Should you require additional logistical or administrative information,
please feel free to e-mail Nicole Fults <nfults@worldbank.org>

For details concerning the course content, please contact:

Marguerite Monnet
Tel: +1-202-458-4286
Fax: +1-202-676-0961

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