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Internet Conferences

Internet or Online Conferencing is a tool to gather people for discussion and input via the internet for a fixed period of time. Internet conferencing can be conducted in "real time" or "non-real time". You will have to "subscribe" via email or a web-site. Sometimes, information about yourself and your organisation may be required.

In June 2000, the UN General Assembly in New York met to review whether governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector have fulfilled the commitments made at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.
The UN's WomenWatch has organized the BEIJING+5 GLOBAL FORUM, a series of Internet Working Groups to provide input into the UN review, on all 12 critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action. 
View the summaries at


The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosts an online discussions surrounding the African Development Forum 1999 (ADF'99 - Challenges to Africa of Globalisation and the Information Age). The online discussion is hosted by Bellanet ). Started 1 June 1999 and will continue online until the start of ADF'99, to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 25-28 October 1999. Discussions are open to anyone interested in issues of information technology, globalisation and African development. The African Development Forum is an initiative led by the UNECA to establish an African-driven development agenda that reflects a consensus among major partners and that leads to specific programmes for country implementation. For more information concerning the ADF or this activity, email: or
Bellanet is an international initiative with a mission to increase the impact of development programming. We foster inter-agency collaboration through more effective use of information and communication technologies.
In order to assure that those with limited Internet access can participate, the dialogue will be conducted by means of an email discussion list, with summaries of posted messages archived to the ADF web site at
To subscribe to the email discussion list, please send a message to LYRIS@LYRIS.BELLANET.ORG. In the body of the message, type SUBSCRIBE AISI-HITD-L Firstname Lastname.
If you do not subscribe, you will still be able to read the messages on the African Development Forum web site, but you will not be able to send messages without first subscribing to the list. Complete information and instructions are available from the ADF web site at

The organizers of the World Bank Development Forum facilitate the following online discussions (the discussions will last between four to eight weeks). Additional information about the respective dates is available on the Forum website at
Discussions in the Development Forum are open to participants from around the world. In order to assure that those with limited Internet access can participate, these dialogues are conducted by means of moderated email lists, with individual messages archived to the Development Forum website. Participants with web access also will be able to send or reply to messages using the website.
* Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF)
In October 1998, at the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, World Bank President James Wolfensohn outlined his vision for a Comprehensive Development Strategy. That vision draws on work and ideas from across the Bank and the broader development community. This discussion will flesh out the strategy that has been generated as a result. It will be, first and foremost, an opportunity for a wide and diverse audience to share its views on the concept, discuss experiences, and provide ideas and suggestions on how best to operationalize the approach. The CDF proposal as well as questions and answers are available at
* Partnerships with the Private Sector for Development in Africa (PARTENARIATS)
Co-sponsored by l'AUPELF-UREF (Agence francophone pour l'enseignement superieur et la recherche). The Africa Region of the World Bank is currently assessing how and when to best partner with the private sector for development. Although the Bank has heightened its focus on partnerships, best practices have not been fully identified for working with the private sector to build capacity, invest in health and education, or to create environments with good governance, infrastructure and service delivery. Through this discussion, we seek the views of all actors in Africa's economic growth, the global corporate sector and the communities within which they operate and serve.
* Democracy, Market Economy, and Development (DMED)
Co-sponsored by the Korea Development Institute. Good governance is increasingly being considered an indispensable element of sustainable development strategy. A conference, jointly sponsored by the World Bank and the Government of Korea, was held recently on this topic in Seoul, Korea. The electronic conference now being proposed is a follow-up to this event and will cover the same four areas, namely: Values, Governance and Development; Governance and the Political Economy of Reform; Corporate Governance and Economic Development; and The Rule of Law, Corruption and Development.
Background materials for this discussion, consisting of speeches and papers presented at the Seoul Conference, may be found at the website for the Conference
* Social and Environmental Impact of Privatization (SE-IMPACT)
This discussion focusses on how privatization programs should be designed, once a decision is taken to privatize. This does not mean that we consider privatization to be the best option in all circumstances. However, if privatization is indeed chosen as the option, it will be necessary to design the program appropriately so that privatization has beneficial social and environmental, as well as financial and economic, impacts.
* The Demand-Respnsive Approach to Rural Water and Sanitation
Co-sponsored by OneWorld, WaterAid, GARNET, and IRC. According to the World Bank, demand-responsive approaches to rural water and sanitation service delivery help to promote innovation and flexibility. They also help develop powerful incentives for a wide range of stakeholder groups - communities, NGO's and others - to participate. This conference will aim to examine the concept and discuss its practical application. This discussion will be the first in a series of electronic conferences being organized to promote dialogue and knowledge sharing among practitioners in the water and sanitation sector. Each of the moderated conferences will focus on a specific theme related in particular to rural water and sanitation. In 1999, four conferences are planned.
To subscribe to the discussion groups outlined above, please send a message (do not enter a subject) to: MAJORDOMO@JAZZ.WORLDBANK.ORG
In the body of the message, type:
(if you want to join the list on the Comprehensive Development Framework)
(if you want to join the list on Democracy, Market Economy, and Development)
(if you want to join the list on Social and Environmental Impact of Privatization)
(if you want to join the list in French and English on Partnerships with the Private Sector in Africa)
To join the discussion on Rural Water and Sanitation, please send a message asking to subscribe to the list owner at:
For each dialogue you subscribe to, you will receive a welcome message with instructions on how to post messages, unsubscribe, etc. The discussions will then be officially launched with an opening message from the moderators. The moderators will prepare weekly summaries of the discussion as well as a final summary - which will be distributed to all list members and posted on the website.
If you do not subscribe, you will still be able to read the messages on the Development Forum website, but you will not be able to send messages without first subscribing to the list.
Please contact DEVFORUM@WORLDBANK.ORG if you have any questions.


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