Follow the event on Twitter with #AfricaSOR

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 15:00-16:30 GMT/ 11:00am-12:30pm ET or convert time
Location: Washington DC

The State of the Africa Region seminar provides an opportunity to reflect on the main trends shaping the economic development of the region. The seminar will discuss key challenges and opportunities facing Africa in an increasingly turbulent global economic environment. A special focus will be on macroeconomic and structural policies to boost productivity growth and restore the growth momentum in Africa. Bolstering productivity would position Africa to seize emerging opportunities in the global economy, including in Asia, thereby reducing the continent’s dependence on commodities.


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Follow the event on Twitter with #Dev4Peace

Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 14:00-15:00 GMT/ 10:00am-11:00am ET or convert time
Location: Washington DC

In a world of growing global risks, over 80 % of humanitarian needs are in conflict-affected situations, and poverty is increasingly concentrated in these areas. There is consensus that the global community needs to focus on prevention rather than crisis response, building partnerships across humanitarian, development, security and diplomatic communities. This special event aims to share experiences on what works in practice, to better understand the role of development in preventing violent conflict.

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Follow the event on Twitter with #AM2016SDGs and #SDGs

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 20:30-22:00 GMT/ 4:30pm-6:00pm ET or convert time
Location: Washington DC

The high-level flagship event "One Year of the Sustainable Development Goals" brings together global leaders to highlight country actions on the Sustainable Development Goals. This is a key moment to build on this momentum and share country experiences in this ambitious and critical endeavor. This effectively address national development challenges, as well as establishes global public goods to address threats like climate change, pandemics, or pollution.


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Follow the event on Twitter with #Fin4Dev

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 19:00-20:15 GMT/ 3:00pm-4:15pm ET or convert time
Location: Washington DC

The culmination of a series of four sessions that provides a multi-faceted view of the challenges and opportunities of mobilizing private finance for development. This flagship event focuses on mobilizing and re-orienting private finance to the SDGs, one of the prominent challenges of our time. It will bring together policy makers, private sector executives, civil society representatives and development practitioners to take stock of existing mobilization efforts, discuss implementation challenges, and the transformative actions needed to overcome these. Key questions to be addressed include:

·   How can public-private alliances support healthy, transparent markets and resilient societies?

·   Which financial innovations can best support long-term sustainable investments?

·   Which policies and instruments are needed to crowd-in private finance?

·   What examples exist and how can they be mainstreamed and scaled up?

·   Why is this a good time for private investors and what are the opportunities?

Related links:

From Billions to Trillions: MDB Contributions to Financing for Development

Webcast of the 2015 World Bank-IMF Spring Meetings Flagship event on financing for development

Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development


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Follow the event on Twitter with #IntegratedAsia

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 17:30-19:00 GMT/ 1:30pm-3:00pm ET or convert time
Location: Washington DC

Economic growth in East Asia has been largely rooted in the expansion of exports and foreign direct investment. But future sustainable and inclusive growth will benefit from greater regional integration, through economic corridors and enhanced infrastructure connectivity. Hear directly from policymakers – and from other financiers of trade and integration programs like the World Bank – how connectivity can improve the flow of goods, people, data and capital across East Asia.


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Follow the event on Twitter with #Jobs4Dev

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 16:00-17:30 GMT/ 12:00pm-1:30pm ET or convert time
Location: Washington DC

Jobs are critical to building stability in fragile states, and the private sector plays a key role in providing opportunities. However, fragility poses many challenges to private sector job creation. The high level panel will examine these challenges, and what the priorities should be when creating new initiatives in advancing jobs in fragile and conflict-affected settings. Some of the issues they will discuss include: Can a focus on jobs outcomes help shape better macro-fiscal policy decisions for shared growth? What are the ways to seize opportunities for both the displaced and host communities in countries affected by the refugee crisis? Can countries foster domestic investment in limited regions or sectors, even as longer-term capacity building proceeds?



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Follow the event on Twitter with #FinAccess2020

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 15:00-16:00 GMT/ 11:00am-12:00pm ET or convert time
Location: Washington DC

Financial inclusion has emerged as a critical development challenge.

Fintech innovation and successes from emerging countries and the private sector show tangible progress toward Universal Financial Access 2020.

But de-risking, where global financial institutions are restricting relationships with remittance companies and certain local banks because of perceived anti-money laundering risks, is undermining these efforts.

Join us LIVE to hear about emerging countries’ innovative approaches toward financial inclusion and learn how countries can manage de-risking.



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Follow the event on Twitter with #WBLive

Date: Friday, October 9, 2015
Time: 14:00 – 15:30 GMT/ 9:00 am-10:30 am ET or convert time
Location: DAR Constitution Hall

World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, President Ollanta Humala of Peru, and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde speak at the October 9 plenary session of the Annual Meetings in Lima, Peru.

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Follow the event on Twitter with #Toward2030

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 21:00-22:00 GMT/ 5:00pm-6:00pm ET or convert time
Location: Washington DC

The most urgent threats to a safe, healthy and prosperous world today —including climate change, pandemics, and forced displacement—are not confined within national borders. This session explores important questions from the debate on globalization and multilateralism, which include: What lessons have we learned from past attempts at global collective action? What strategies, innovations and guiding principles can help ensure sustainable success?


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Follow the event on Twitter with #IntegrateLAC

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Time: 17:00-18:00 GMT/ 1:00pm-2:00pm ET or convert time
Location: Washington DC

At a time when other regions are looking inward, this event will highlight the way in which Latin America, and particularly Argentina and Pacific Alliance countries, are taking steps to better integrate with the rest of the world, to boost growth and tackle their development challenges. The Pacific Alliance is a regional integration initiative comprised by Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru, some of the most dynamic economies in LAC. It seeks to be a new generation agreement, with a strong outward-looking focus and a platform for common approaches to issues such as poverty reduction, competitiveness, protecting the environment and cultural promotion.


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