The Rise of the Middle Class and the Service Delivery Gap in Latin America and the Caribbean - Webcast
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The Rise of the Middle Class and the Service Delivery Gap in Latin America and the Caribbean - Webcast

Date: Thursday, October 10, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m EDT approx. (14:00 – 16:00 GMT) or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters and Online

This event, organized jointly by the World Bank Group and the global Spanish Newspaper El País, will bring together leading development partners, ministers and experts to debate the challenges created by one of Latin America's most impressive recent development successes. While the middle class surpassed for the first time ever the number of poor in the region, this achievement highlights the public service gap and multiplied citizen demands for quality service delivery.

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Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development
Mauricio Cárdenas, Minister of Finance, Colombia
Luciano Coutinho, President, BNDES - Brazilian Development Bank
Enrique V. Iglesias, Secretary-general, Ibero-American Cooperation Secretariat
Marta Lagos, Executive Director  Latinobarometro
Fernando Lorenzo, Minister of Finance, Uruguay
Javier Moreno, Editor in Chief, El País
Ángel Ron, President, Banco Popular Español
Hasan Tuluy, Vice President, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank     

Moisés Naím,  Chief International Columnist, El País


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Dr. Ashish Manohar Urkude
Congrats to Latin America for Middle Class growing past the poor. Great Achievement by itself. My question is, are governments realizing their worth? Are the governments making them part of public services? Does view of a Middle Class family taken seriously by each government? If not then, how can Government people solve the problems? It's not PPP model that will solve the problem, but, it's the local community be made part of the solution then it can solve the problem is what I started feeling. Thus, Public Private Partnership + Contribution of the local common fearless, sensible and wise public of the area where work in progress of the project is going on can solve the problems. In fact, the local citizens may be made part of the project since its inception only, is what I feel.
Denise Senmartin, PhD Candidate
Is access to information with diverse ideological orientations part of the service gap, and if so how to deal with it? What is the role of privately-owned media widely consumed by the middle class, like El Pais, in portraying these LAT region´s advancements and challenges? What is the role of state-supported media? And, given that the middle class in the region has a high use of Internet, the role of social media?