Date: Thursday, December 4, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET (15:30 -– 16:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank HQ (JB1-080) & Online

Photo: Kim Yeul / Egypt

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The underlying assumption for many economic policies is that human behavior arises from “rational “choice, with individuals carefully weighing their choices, considering all readily available information, and making decisions on their own. In recent decades, however, novel policies based on a more accurate understanding of how people actually think and behave have shown great promise in addressing some of the most difficult development challenges, such as increasing productivity, breaking the cycle of poverty from one generation to the next, and acting on climate change.

Tune in on Dec 4, 2014  at 10:30 (EST) as experts discuss the findings of the latest World Development Report 2015 and explore ways in which a richer understanding of the human factor and its behavior can improve policy design, implementation and evaluation.

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Live Blog Understanding Mind, Behavior, and Society

Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Time: 12:40 p.m. -1:00 p.m. ET (17:40 – 18:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

Ebola in Guinea © EC/ECHO

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On Friday, November 21, 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan held a brief press availability after the UN Chief Executive Board’s private session on the Ebola response.

Date: Monday, November 3, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m. (UAE local time) 6:30 a.m. ET (11:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

If you or your children went to private schools in the region, how satisfied are you with the quality of education you received? In Dubai, a recent survey by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHD) found that 87% of parents & 89% of students are satisfied with the quality of education they received.

Join us live from Dubai on November 3, 2014 for the launch event of our new report “The Road Traveled: Dubai’s Journey towards Improving Private Education.”

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Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET (17:30 -– 19:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

Photo: Kim Yeul / Egypt

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The Arab Spring was driven by young people demanding jobs and protesting the regimes in power.  While the leaders fell in four of the five countries, the aftermath of the Arab Spring has been characterized by civil war, sectarian violence, political turmoil and, in some cases, the return of a strong state to restore peace and stability.  Economic growth has slowed and unemployment has increased.  What can be done now to meet the aspirations of the young men and women who marched in the streets in 2010-11 demanding “bread, freedom and dignity?”

Join us live on November 19, 2014 with professor Juan Cole for a panel discussion chaired by World Bank Vice President for MENA Inger Anderson, on his new book : “The New Arabs:  How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East”

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Dr. David Halpern

David Halpern is the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team and Board Director. He has led the team since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, David was the founding Director of the Institute for Government and between 2001 and 2007 was the Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. Before entering government, David held tenure at Cambridge and posts at Oxford and Harvard.


Varun Gauri

Varun Gauri is Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank and Co-director of the World Development Report 2015 on Mind and Culture. His current research examines how legal institutions and conceptions of justice and human rights affect human welfare. His publications include the books Courting Social Justice: The Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economics Rights in the Developing World School and School Choice in Chile, and papers and book chapters on a variety of topics in development.


Karla Hoff

Karla Hoff Karla Hoff is a Senior Research Economist in the Development Economics Research Group (DECRG). Much of her work focuses on using the tools of economics to study social interactions. She has studied the effect on individuals’ behavior of neighborhoods, political constituencies, and ideology. She has published papers in the American Economic Review that explain how good people can form bad neighborhoods, how productivity is sensitive to social setting, and how historical legacies influence the difficulty of establishing a rule of law.


Ali Ayadi

Ali Ayadi is a Tunisian-American who currently works as a Program Officer at the Center for International Private Enterprise, overseeing Yemen and MENA knowledge management programs. Ali holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University, as well as an Associate degree in Law from his native country of Tunisia.


Juan R.I. Cole

Juan R. I. Cole is Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. For three and a half decades, he has sought to put the relationship of the West and the Muslim world in historical context. His most recent book is The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East (Simon & Schuster, July 2014). He also authored Engaging the Muslim World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and many other books.


Sahar Hussain

Sahar Hussain joined the World Bank in February 2013 as an Economist in MENA’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit. Prior to that, she worked for the Egyptian Centre for Economic Studies in Cairo as an Economist on issues related to competition policy and economies in transition. She was also an Economic consultant for the Planning Commission of Pakistan.