Dear CDD Community of Practice Members,

This week we are in the final stages of getting ready for our first global conference on using CDD approaches for conflict prevention, to be held on 13-14 June in Washington, DC.  Organized jointly by the CDD GSG and the FCV theme group, the conference will bring together some 60 participants, representing 12 government delegations and task teams from all six of the Bank’s regions.  Government and Bank participants are all working on implementing or designing CDD programs that address a range of conflict issues, from post-conflict reconstruction, to addressing subnational conflict and fragility, to developing community-based responses to local incidents of conflict and violence.  Supported by a grant from the State and Peacebuilding Fund (SPF), the conference will emphasize interactive engagement across delegations to share knowledge and build networks for future collaboration.  While much of this will be a closed door event to facilitate frank conversations on what are often difficult topics, the event will open with a set of keynote speeches and high-level panel on the morning of Thursday 13 June to which everyone is invited, so mark your calendars!
Taking advantage of the presence of government counterparts, we are also organizing a BBL on Service Delivery and Rebuilding the Social Contract in FCV : Institutionalizing CDD in Guinea and Cameroon.” The BBL will be held on Wednesday June 12.

Finally, on 18 June, we will hold a BBL on CDD and impact bonds to explore opportunities for using impact bonds in CDD operations.

In this issue, we are pleased to showcase several stories from the field, from Lao PDR and Afghanistan to India and Nigeria.

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

With best wishes,

Susan, Nik and Ashutosh
Reducing Rural Poverty in Lao PDR

Established in 2002, the Lao Poverty Reduction Fund (PRF) has supported rural communities for over 15 years now.  PRF initially focused on small-scale community infrastructure and capacity building for project planning and implementation, and starting in 2012, initiated community-driven livelihood and nutrition activities.  To date, 1.2 million people have directly benefited from PRF activities. This story highlights the key results and achievements of the project. Following the positive progress of PRF III, preparations are underway to scale-up livelihood and nutrition activities through additional financing as part of an integrated nutrition approach. 
Community Grain Bank Staves off Hunger in Afghanistan

This story highlights support for food insecure households in Afghanistan under that country’s Citizens Charter project.  As part of the project, over 4,000 grain banks have been set up in 114 districts, serving as community food reserves for food insecure households. This initiative supports collective community action aimed at improving social inclusion and protecting the ultra-poor and vulnerable. The community grain banks are set up by the Community Development Councils (CDC) to fight seasonal hunger by assisting the most vulnerable households in the community, including internally displaced persons and returnees.
Technology for Social Good in India

The World Bank is supporting several interventions in India where new technology is being used for social goods, offering new tools for policymakers to improve governance and quality of life.  This story highlights how mobile-based applications are helping farmers make informed decisions on crop planning based on weather conditions, soil and other indicators, how technology is making it easier for health workers to track growth in children and how digitization is making municipalities more accountable and accessible.
South Asia’s rural women enter the global marketplace

The World Bank’s rural livelihood projects have helped millions of women across South Asia to organize into Self-Help Groups (SHG) over the last two decades. Efforts are now being made to establish productive alliances between SHGs and mainstream markets to develop them into large-scale enterprises.  With this in mind, a regional 3-day conclave was held in Delhi in February featuring over 5,000 innovative, handmade products and farm-based produce made by poor and at-risk communities from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan and over 13 states in India. This conclave acted as a marketplace for producers and innovators, connecting women producers directly to global and domestic companies.
Examining the relationship between women’s empowerment and gender-based violence: The case of the Nigeria For Women Project

The Nigeria For Women project (NFWP) supports livelihoods improvement for individual women and their collectives.  The project’s GBV risk assessment confirmed that women who realize improved livelihoods opportunities, a greater voice and better decision-making power, could experience “backlash” from their intimate partners as well as family and community members.  This essentially stems from the community and household level power dynamics where the gender roles are defined and enforced through social norms that regard men as the providers and women as the caretakers.  In view of this, the project is implementing several measures to change the social norms and reduce the incidence of GBV.

Andhra Pradesh Health Systems Strengthening Project (P167581)

The project was approved on May 15, 2019 for $328 million IBRD financing and aims to improve the quality and responsiveness of public health services and increase access of the population to an expanded package of primary health services.

Transforming Landscapes for Resilience and Development in Zambia ((P164764)

The project was approved on May 15, 2019 for $100 million IDA financing and aims to improve natural resource management in select districts to support sustainable livelihoods, and in the event of an eligible crisis or emergency, to provide immediate and effective response to the eligible crisis or emergency.

Djibouti – Integrated Cash Transfer and Human Capital Project (P166220)

The project was approved on May 15, 2019 for $15 million IDA financing and aims to support an expanded and more enhanced social safety nets system and access to basic services in targeted poor communities.

CAR-Agriculture Recovery and Agribusiness Development Support Project (P165855)

The project was approved on May 17, 2019 for $25 million IDA financing and aims to Increase agriculture productivity of small-scale farmers, strengthen capacity of micro, small and medium agribusiness enterprises in the project area, and provide immediate and effective response in the event of an Eligible Crisis or Emergency

Ethiopia: Lowlands Livelihood Resilience Project (P164336)

The project was approved on May 23, 2019 for $350 million IDA financing and aims to Improve Livelihood Resilience of Pastoral and Agro-Pastoral Communities in Ethiopia.


Understanding the Impact of Community Led Development: A collaborative meta-synthesis

Community Led Development (CLD) is a multi-sectoral and human-centered strategy for collaboration to achieve locally created and owned vision and goals. In 2015, a group of global non-profit organizations, led by The Hunger Project, came together to create the Movement for Community Led Development. The Movement for CLD seeks to understand the relationship between CLD and development outcomes like citizen’s engagement, self-reliance, gender equality, sustainability and resilience. To this end, it is undertaking a collaborative evidence synthesis, encompassing the work of 57 organizations across 50+ countries. The first phase of this research is currently underway and is expected to produce results by October 2019. To learn more, please click here.


CDD and Conflict Prevention Conference
June 13 -14, 2019

BBL: Service Delivery and Rebuilding the Social Contract in FCV : Institutionalizing CDD in Guinea and Cameroon

June 12, 2019

BBL: CDD and impact bonds
June 18, 2019


CDD Core Course
March 20-21, 2019

CDD and Next Generation Programs/Cutting Edge Work
March 18, 2019

Institutionalizing CDD
March 18, 2019

CDD and Local Economic Development (LED) and Community Benefit Sharing
March 13, 2019

March 13, 2019

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