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The Second Meeting of the 4th Secretary-General Advisory Group of the Peacebuilding Fund


The Advisory Group met for its second meeting of 2015 on 27-28 October. In order to strengthen the partnership between the PBF and the World Bank, the meeting was convened in Washington DC, generously hosted by the World Bank’s Fragility, Conflict and Violence group.  Many sessions were co-organized with the Bank. During the two-day meeting, the Group discussed the recommendations of the Report of the Advisory Group of Experts for the 2015 Review of the United Nations Peacebuilding Architecture, collaboration with the World Bank on analysis and planning in general, focused on experiences in the Central African Republic, learned about PBSO’s thematic review on employment and peacebuilding, and heard a joint presentation on challenges in monitoring and evaluation for peacebuilding. A working lunch, hosted by the World Bank Senior Advisor to the President, Mr Colin Bruce, was organized with select Executive Directors of the World Bank.  The Advisory Group expressed shock and surprise at the failure of Member States to support the Fund to its target, despite the clear and positive recommendations of the Review; called for annual work planning with the World Bank to look at how to better collaborate around the undertaking of fragility assessments, monitoring and evaluation and  planning strategies, including for the Bank’s Turnaround Facility; welcomed PBSO’s organization of a review in the area of employment and peacebuilding, noting the challenges the PBF has faced in this area; and looked towards planning its own field visits in the coming 6 months.

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