Dear CDD Community of Practice Members,

We hope this finds all of you healthy and safe.

This month’s newsletter showcases several stories from the field, from the development of micro-enterprises in India to using the national CDD project in the Philippines for COVID response and recovery.

As always, we are eager to hear from you!  Please share any relevant information and materials that you feel would benefit our community and stay in touch.

With best wishes,

Susan, Nik and Ashutosh

Philippines – National Community Driven Development Project Supporting COVID Response and Recovery

To support communities respond to the Covid pandemic, the Philippines National Community Driven Development Project (NCDDP) leveraged its national platform to provide assistance, including by triggering its Disaster Response Operations Modality (DROM) to support communities with early recovery.  $24 million was channeled towards the DROM in support of close to 600,000 households across 123 of the poorest communities in the Philippines. Early data suggests that the pandemic resulted in a shift in community priorities. Previously, communities mainly prioritized basic service sub-projects including access roads and drainage canals. Covid-19 brought about a focus on isolation facilities, PPE, medical equipment, and WASH for improved sanitation. An additional financing (AF) operation (US$300 million) was approved by the Board in December to scale up the COVID-19 response and recovery support.


Monitoring the social impacts of COVID-19? Community data can offer important clues

In this blog, the authors Susan Wong, Audrey Sacks, Stephen Winkler, Camila Linneman, and Ronnie Sullivan talk about how the World Bank’s Social Sustainability and Inclusion (SSI) team is monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 on certain vulnerable groups, including the poor, women, indigenous people, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and refugees, to provide a resource to make responses to COVID-19 more inclusive.

A practical agenda for addressing climate-related conflict

This blog by authors Margaret Arnold, Nikolas Myint, and Corey Pattison offers key insights for addressing climate-related conflict including by leveraging technology to coordinate action and sharing information; creating space for dialogue around natural resource management; leveraging local knowledge, and supporting diversified livelihoods.

In Zambia, increasing climate resilience for rural communities through support to sustainable livelihoods

In this blog, the authors Iretomiwa Olatunji, Nathalie Johnson, and Ngao Mubanga discuss the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) Phase II, which has been supporting communities in the Western Province of Zambia with sustainable livelihood options to increase their resilience and response to climate change impacts.

Technology empowers urban communities in Beijing to participate in public space regeneration

This blog by author Wanli Fang explores how two pilot projects in China are bringing new opportunities to community-level urban regeneration. The projects use technology that enables planners to carry out urban analytics with greater granularity and offers options to shorten the feedback cycle of urban planning by better engaging communities.
Rwanda: Advancing Citizen Engagement Project (P172862)

The project was approved on February 22, 2021 for $2.73 million Trust Funds financing and aims to improve livelihoods for 17,750 households/76,000 people and the capacity of communities and national and local government for citizen engagement in 249 villages in Rwanda.

Social Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Cohesion in Refugee and Host Communities in Turkey Project (P171456)

The project was approved on February 18, 2021 for $48.04 million and aims to improve livelihood opportunities for women in refugee and host communities in targeted areas of Turkey.


Savings Groups Reduce Vulnerability, but have Mixed Effects on Financial Inclusion

This paper evaluates the impact of the introduction of savings groups on poverty, vulnerability, and financial inclusion outcomes in rural Peru. Using a cluster randomized control trial and relying on both survey and administrative records, the researchers investigate the impact of savings groups over two years.
Entrepreneurial Ability and Development of Micro Enterprise

The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) helps set up Self-help groups (SHGs) to support poor people of India to establish micro-enterprises. The empirical observation shows that while some members of SHGs succeed in becoming entrepreneurs, others continue to remain just members. This article tries to identify the factors that help this entrepreneurship.


How Can Blockchain Technology Support Local Economic Development Programs?

Co-hosted by the CDD GSG, Data-driven and Digital Agriculture Community of Practice, and Local Economic Development Knowledge Silo Breaker (LED KSB)
Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 9:30-10:30 am ET

Local Economic Development Series – Session 5: How have Women-led Social Enterprises adapted to the COVID-19 challenge? What can we learn for an inclusive recovery?
Co-hosted by the CDD GSG, Rural Livelihoods and Agriculture Employment GSG, Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE), LED KSB and IMAGO Global Grassroots
  March 16, 2021

Monitoring the Social and Economic Impacts of Covid-19 in Afghanistan with Phone Surveys
February 16, 2021

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