The Global Insights Initiative

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Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (ET) / 14:30 - 16:15 (GMT) or convert time
Location: MC13-121, World Bank Group Headquarters, Washington, DC & Online

Development policy is due for a redesign based on a more realistic understanding of how people think and behave. The World Development Report 2015 shows that people tend to think quickly, use mental models and shared mindsets, and care about their societies. The Report demonstrates that a more realistic understanding of choice and behavior can make development interventions much more effective.

The Global Insights Initiative (GINI), a new team in DEC, aims to do just that. It will work with World Bank teams from across the Global Practices, Cross Cutting Solution Areas, and Regions to incorporate behavioral and social insights into project design, evaluate the impact of interventions inspired by those insights, and mainstream behavioral economics, social psychology, and related fields into the work of the World Bank Group.

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James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University
Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank Group
Managing Director, ideas42
Co-Director, World Development Report 2015, World Bank Group
Lead, Behavioural Insights, Government of Canada
President, World Bank Group
Vice President, Operations Policy and Country Services, World Bank Group
Senior Global Practice Director, Poverty Global Practice, World Bank Group
Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, White House Office for Science and Technology Policy