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Dear President Kim, Great question and the solution is probably simpler than we think. Not that it's not complex...but definitely not extremely complicated with the right efforts. Over the past few years, we have been working closely on real innovative financing outside of taxes. Taxes are easy to apply but rarely solve the real problem other than throwing more money at the same old ways of doing things. Outside of taxes there has been an increasing amount of people, organizations, and corporations that have decided to participate in development or 'aid' delivery. Private Development Assistance generates more than $58 billion annually as well as $3.6 billion in volunteer (professional) time [very conservative estimates]. While this comes as good news to communities that are receiving the human and financial investment; effectiveness, duplication, and sustainability is at risk. We have met with staff at WB who are currently investing in mapping the investment of the 27 major donors. Geo-Mapping came like the solution to transparency and effectiveness but for a host country's perspective you now need a map to understand how all these map make sense.How relevant is the information after you enter it since the most project have an "end date" and it doesn't really measure the effectiveness of the human and financial investment... other than dot the maps. We are working on a project to map and measure PDA, individuals, small foundation, CSR, local initiatives in one country but we are engaging many other countries to come on board. This mapping will be done in the context of national strategies and ODA. We have had little success, to date, to engage WB so that we could work from a common platform. On a host country's perspective having a multitude of small actions without having any sense of their added value can also take away valuable resources from the public system. Met with a Vice Minister of Finance in a developing country who was explaining that they just found out they owned a hospital. A project from private sources that eventually ran out of steam. Now the community needs doctors, medicine, equipment ...and so on Just a few days ago I had a conversation with a Vie Minister of Social Planning and she explained that what her country needs is kitchen in schools so that children could be better fed and receive meals that are nutritive....but building kitchens is not the "flavor of the month/year for donors. Increasingly countries like the USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, Korea (to name a few) are asking their citizens, corporations, diaspora community, foundations to participate in development....but strangely enough that doesn't come with any tools to make the human and financial more effective or strategic. We have the right technology and there is sufficient human capacities to address poverty in a holistic ways.....beyond charity. As I am writing this message to you, I am receiving the DEVEX newswires about the World Bank wanting to become a Solution Bank! Hopefully, as we progress with our ambitious work, we will be able to find the right person at the World Bank that will come to that table. So far we have seen little opportunity at the World Bank to want to collaborate in a meaningful way. Our work to engage the public at large continues and if you truly want to address poverty and the many global challenges in health, education, climate change, access to water and sustainable development; it will take more than a set of goals (likely not to be met by 2015). We will also continue to try to engage your staff as we progress. Luc Lapointe

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