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PIANGO executive director Emele Duituturaga addresses the World Bank Executive Directors at the IMF/World Bank annual meeting in Tokyo.

PIANGO Executive Director Emele Duituturaga questioned the World Bank’s role in helping President Jim Kim’s commitment in strong partnering with CSO’s delivering results for the poor.

“How will you as directors help President Kim achieve his signature partnership with civil society?” Ms Duituturaga asked.

Ms Duituturaga was quoting world bank president Kim on his speech in Washington DC earlier this year at the 2012 International AIDS Conference when he said that strong partnership with civil society that delivers results for the poor would be a signature of his presidency.

Ms Duituturaga was selected out of the 700 NGOs attending to address World Bank directors during a face to face CSO Roundtable at the annual IMF/World Bank meeting held in Tokyo last week. Over 100 CSOs were present during this presentation.

“How will the bank help protect and promote the enabling environment for civil society actors, which is shrinking?” she questioned the World Bank executives.

“Would the bank consider human rights conditionalities in your dealings with governments or in your safeguard policies?”

Ms Duituturaga also questioned the bank on what it would do to reduce the negative economic spillover effects in developing countries from the Eurocrisis.

She asked this in relation to the World Bank June 2012 report showing very weak growth with political uncertainty in the Euro zone, the fiscal cliff in the US resulting in capacity constraints and external vulnerabilities in developing countries.

“All across the world protests have been taking place about the abdication of responsibility by governments to provide basic needs to citizens as seen in the pro-democracy protests, occupy movements and anti-corruption demonstrations,” she said.

“People are frustrated that governments are ignoring their social contract with citizens and increasingly outsourcing the provision of basic services to the private sector which come at an enormous price.

“Yet, we continue to hear about public-private partnership as the panacea for all development related issues and that the private sector is the engine room for growth.”

She further questioned the World Bank on pertinent issues confronting global economics and the important role CSOs play in the front line.

“Isn’t this an affront to the millions of voices out there demanding greater accountability from governments and the private sector and what does the Bank do about this?”

“What is the status of the Global Partnership on Social Accountability and how can the Bank and CSOs intensify their operational collaboration.

“Given the prominent youth bulge especially in regions such as MENA, Africa, Pacific and parts of Asia, high unemployment, low wages, failure of push out education systems, what is the Bank doing in your policies and in encouraging governments to engage meaningfully with younger people and to empower them economically, socially and politically as agents of change?”

CSO representatives from all over the globe who attended forwarded all their queries and suggestions to Ms Duituturaga who represented them in voicing their concerns in the face to face session.