Advocacy & Action for Children

Roundtable Discussion on the new World Bank Gender-Based Violence Task Force

Civil Society Policy Forum Session The World Bank Annual Fall Meetings
6th October 2016 Washington D.C.


On the occasion of Civil Society Policy Forum Session Fall /2016, Joy for Children invites partners from around the world to offer thoughts, opinions, and ideas on how the recently established GBV Task Force could work best, and to propose how the World Bank may effectively consider gender-based violence in the policies and procedures of the World Bank financed projects.

The establishment of the new GBV Task Force in August 2016 reiterates the World Bank’s commitment to positively influence the prevention of gender-based violence in communities where it works. In Uganda, for instance, the WB is undertaking a GBV diagnostic, and as a response to failures to protect girls from exploitation during the construction of a WB financed road, the WB took the unusual step to cancel the project and create the global GBV Task Force to advise on best practices for reducing risks to community safety in future WB development projects.

To support these developments, Joy for Children wishes to channel the expertise of its fellow civil society organizations from around the globe to support the newly formed GBV Task Force within the context of Presentations by Experts on Gender based Violence and Bank Staff.

As agents of change and actors often closest to the ground with local knowledge of customs and practices, such dialogue & discussion can bring valuable insights and propositions for the Task Force’s upcoming work, and impact development outcomes which affect our most vulnerable populations.

Purpose of the session

The roundtable discussion will be used to generate global expertise and support to the newly established GBV Task. The discussion will serve as an open forum for ideas, thoughts, opinions and recommendations on how World Bank policies and procedures might effectively focus a GBV lens within the design, implementation and management of WB financed projects.

Session format

The session will take place in the form of a Presentation & Roundtable discussion with Audience Participation with the aim to generate global recommendations for the new GBV Task Force from Experts in the field of Gender-based Violence, World Bank key Staff, and Civil Society representatives.

Session speakers

The roundtable discussion will feature Joy for Children Executive Director as session moderator and presenter, A representative of the World Bank, GBV Experts, and discussions from civil society organizations.

Session organizer

Joy for Children is a an advocacy & action Center championing the rights of all Children to live peacefully & without exploitation, to benefit from quality free education, to thrive in economic security, and to prosper with access to clean water, good health care, & nutrition


All inquiries related to the session organization can be addressed to Mr. Moses Ntenga, JFC Founder and Executive Director, Email:


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