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Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Time: 14:30 - 16:00 GMT/ 9:30 am - 11:00 am ET or convert time
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank, DC

Join Rotary International, Oppenheimer, and The World Bank as we celebrate International Women’s Day.  Hosted and sponsored by the World Bank Group Staff Association, the session will illustrate the power of women to change the world and improve the lives of the less fortunate through innovative and impactful projects in the areas of education and health.

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Date: Monday, March 6th, 2017
Time: 14:00 - 23:00 GMT/ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm ET or convert time
Location: Preston Auditorium, World Bank, DC

Global events over the past year have exposed an increasingly divided society in countries across the world. Even in more mature democracies their citizens have become more partisans on key issues faced by their country. However the nature of the challenges is complexly multi-sectoral, and requires actors across multiple sections of society to come together to solve. In such a situation, collaborative leadership can play a major role in bringing together relevant actors and help generate inclusive solutions.

The theme of the 2017 Global Leadership Forum is “Building Leadership for Reform in Divided Societies.” This event will bring about 200 partners, leaders and practitioners from government, academia, civil society, other international development organizations working in areas of collaborative leadership. Through interactions and sharing of experiences, the Forum seeks to surface leadership approaches to bring together diverse stakeholders to achieve results in divided societies. It will also award the recipients of the 2016 Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Awards.

This Forum is the second in a series of events by the Global Partnership on Collaborative Leadership for Development (GPCL4D) that puts Leadership and Coalitions at the center of international development practices. The GPCL4D aims to move the Leadership agenda forward by creating a sustainable partnership among like-minded practitioners who are committed to making Leadership and Coalitions central to development practices.

It increases the impact of Leadership and Coalitions in development by becoming a destination for meaningful collaboration, knowledge exchange and cutting-edge research on tools and methods, and by supporting leadership in countries that need to overcome the “wicked problems” facing many societies today.

Expected Outcomes of the Forum:

1. Surface effective approaches to lead for reform and build a broad-based support and coalitions;
2. Better support development practitioners in working with stakeholders in advancing reforms;
3. Develop an action plan for the Partnership’s future efforts.

By coming together at the Forum, the Partnership generates knowledge, develops strong partnerships and enhances leadership capacity while supporting operational work to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Session List

Day 1 Morning
9:00 – 9:15 am Welcome and Objectives of the Forum, Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:30 am High-Level Dialogue on Building Inclusive Leadership for Conflict Resolution
10:45 – 11:45 am Plenary Session 1 – Bridging the Divide in Challenging Environments
11:45 – 12:45 pm Plenary Session 2 – Constructive vs Toxic Leadership

Day 1 Afternoon
1:30 – 2:30 pm Plenary Session 3 – Leadership, Governance and the Law: Lessons from WDR 2017
2:30 – 3:30 pm Plenary Session 4 – Operational Tactics in Navigating Polarized Environments
3:45 – 5:15 pm Plenary Session 5: A Writing Sprint on Practical Approaches on Collaborating in Divided Societies
5:15 – 5:30 pm Closing Day 1 – Reflection from the Balcony: Leadership & Coalitions in Divided Societies
5:30 – 6:00 pm Jose Edgardo Campos Collaborative Leadership Awards Ceremony

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Date: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Time: 16:30 - 18:00 GMT/ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm ET or convert time
Location: MC C2-131, World Bank, DC

By 2030, almost half of the world’s poor will be living in countries affected by fragility, conflict, and violence, and therefore the World Bank’s engagements in fragile contexts through IDA 18 is urgent and appropriate. It will require innovations in harnessing the roles of civil society organizations in supporting state-building, inclusive growth, effective delivery of public services, the integrity of public spending, and the inclusion of citizens. The need for early engagement in rebuilding states and social contracts is a strong rationale for social accountability, which depends on investments in capacity building of civil society and state institutions to engage constructively and inclusively, especially in addressing service delivery problems at the local level.

The World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) convenes 49 governments and more than 290 partners from civil society, businesses and the private sector to solve governance challenges around the world. Discussants and members of the GPSA’s Steering Committee will discuss the unique contribution that the World Bank, specifically the Governance Global Practice and the GPSA, can make to promote inclusive governance, citizen participation, and civil society monitoring and oversight. 

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Engaging Civil Society in Situations of Fragility, Conflict and Violence

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Dr. Deborah K.W. Walters

Dr. Deborah K.W. Walters is a neuroscientist by profession with training in physics and engineering and professional academic experience at Unity College, the State University of New York, and the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. She has served as the director and supporter of Safe Passage (Camino Seguro), a nonprofit organization that provides educational and social services to the children and families who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump.


Razia Jan

Razia Jan, an Afghan native living in the United States, has worked for decades to build connections between Afghans and Americans while improving the lives of young women and girls in Afghanistan. She is the founder and director of the Zabuli Education Center, a school that serves more than 430 girls in Deh’Subz, Afghanistan. The girls study mathematics, English, science, and technology, as well as gaining practical skills that prepare them to achieve economic freedom within a challenging social environment. She was recognized as a CNN Hero in 2012.


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Date: Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Time: 14:30 - 20:00 GMT/ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm ET or convert time
Location: Preston Auditorium, DC

In a world of changing climate and evolving priorities, now, more than ever, reliable data and evidence-based knowledge is needed to empower transformation in Africa.

The World Bank Group has published over 4,000 research titles on Africa’s most pressing regional and national development issues. Our compelling knowledge products reflect Africa’s needs and ambitions—and our own experiences on the ground—to foster innovation and impact in Africa’s development today and into the future.

The World Bank Africa Knowledge Fest brings you our most recent, relevant knowledge products and celebrates some of the most dynamic thinkers on Africa’s development today. Join us in Washington, D.C. or a city near you (event programming may vary by location).

- Huge selection of cutting-edge research, data and analysis
- Insightful discussions with leading economists
- Provocative debate with development experts—vote for the winner!
- Award for most impactful knowledge product on Africa
- Live musical performances by Richard Bona in Washington, D.C

The Africa Knowledge Fest is produced by the Africa Region of the World Bank, through a partnership between the Office of Chief Economist in the Africa Region and the Africa Communications and Partnerships team.

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Michael Woolcock

Michael has been working with the research unit since 1998. For eleven of those years he has also been a (part-time) Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. His current research focuses on strategies for enhancing state capability for implementation, on crafting more mixed methods to assess 'complex' development interventions. In addition to more than 75 journal articles and book chapters, he is the co-author or co-editor of eight books.


Roby Senderowitsch

Previously Roby served as Manager of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability. His work in the Bank includes a strong focus on political economy analysis, building coalitions for change, anti-corruption, and performance based management of public institutions. Before joining the Bank, he worked with several NGOs in Argentina and Cuba, where he served as the Field Representative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.