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Enhancing Government Effectiveness & Transparency: The Fight Against Corruption

September 23, 2020 | 8:30 to 10:00 ET, 12:30 to 14:00 GMT

Add to Calendar 2020-09-23 08:30 2020-09-23 10:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - Enhancing Government Effectiveness & Transparency: The Fight Against Corruption

Corruption has a disproportionate impact on the poor and most vulnerable, increasing costs and reducing access to services, including health, education and justice. Corruption also impedes investments needed to achieve growth and development objectives while eroding trust in government and undermining the social contract.

The World Bank has undertaken a fresh assessment of challenges governments face in tackling corruption, what instruments tend to work and why, and how incremental progress is being achieved in specific country contexts. This flagship report is a timely piece of work that shows positive examples of how countries are progressing in their fight to #EndCorruption. Join us LIVE as we discuss the report and its findings with an expert panel about how the lessons learned can guide policy makers and anti-corruption champions.

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Addressing Food Loss and Waste: A Global Problem with Local Solutions

September 29, 2020 | 13:00 to 14:00 ET, 17:00 to 18:00 GMT

Add to Calendar 2020-09-29 13:00 2020-09-29 14:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - Addressing Food Loss and Waste: A Global Problem with Local Solutions

A third of all food globally is lost and wasted, amounting to significant costs to society: $1 trillion globally annually, 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and significant natural resource use are all associated with food that is grown but never reaches the table. Timed with the first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste (FLW), this event will launch a set of new World Bank reports that propose a framework for better understanding policy options and trade-offs involved in tackling food loss and waste, and drill down on challenges and solutions in Guatemala, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Vietnam. New World Bank analysis finds that reducing food loss and waste could play a significant role in reducing the environmental footprint of food while boosting food and nutrition security. Join World Bank Group President David Malpass and other speakers on #FLWDay to be inspired by tangible solutions for positive change.

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Expert Panel: Informality and COVID-19 in South Asia

September 10, 2020 | 8:30 to 10:00 ET, 12:30 to 14:00 GMT

Add to Calendar 2020-09-10 08:30 2020-09-10 10:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - Expert Panel: Informality and COVID-19 in South Asia

Among the world’s developing regions, South Asia has the highest share of informal employment. More than 80 percent of workers in Bangladesh, India and Pakistan are informal. These workers are excluded from labor laws and social protection schemes that apply to organized labor and the specific risks associated with COVID-19 exacerbate their situation. Informal workers are particularly vulnerable to shocks as they tend to have less cash on hand and more limited access to credit. They are also more likely to lose their jobs and face extreme poverty and food insecurity as the pandemic intensifies across the region. This webinar brings together academics, policy advisors, health policy experts, and civil society leaders to discuss the impacts of COVID-19 on South Asia’s most vulnerable people.

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Productivity Growth After the Pandemic

September 02, 2020 | 11:00 to 12:00 ET, 15:00 to 16:00 GMT

Add to Calendar 2020-09-02 11:00 2020-09-02 12:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - Productivity Growth After the Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the global economy into its deepest recession since the Second World War. The pandemic is likely to leave lasting scars ranging from lower investment to the erosion of human capital. Ultimately, this may lower productivity and limit income growth. Conversely, the pandemic also raises the possibility of large structural changes to the global economy, some of which may be productivity-enhancing.

How will longer-term growth prospects in emerging markets be affected? What policies should be enacted to limit the damage from COVID-19? At this event, esteemed experts in economics will discuss these questions in light of a new World Bank Group report, Global Productivity: Trends, Drivers, and Policies. Panelists will consider many possible outcomes for emerging market economies and discuss how they can boost productivity by taking advantage of structural economic changes.


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How Can Regional Cooperation Support South Asia’s COVID-19 recovery?

September 02, 2020 | 9:00 to 10:15 ET, 13:00 to 14:15 GMT

Add to Calendar 2020-09-02 09:00 2020-09-02 10:15 America/New_York World Bank Live - How Can Regional Cooperation Support South Asia’s COVID-19 recovery?

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Regional integration, cooperation, and engagement can produce significant gains across South Asia. Intra-regional trade, for instance, stands at only a third of its potential with an estimated gap of $23 billion. Cooperation in energy between Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Nepal could lead to savings of $17 billion. Transporting goods across the region can cost up to 50 percent more than within the OECD countries. As South Asia grapples with the economic impact of COVID-19, it has an opportunity to strengthen regional institutions, improve regional infrastructure and connectivity, advance trade policy, and develop cross-border solutions to shared problems

The One South Asia webinar series is part of the World Bank’s updated regional integration, cooperation, and engagement strategy for South Asia that focuses on enabling economic connectivity, reducing vulnerabilities, and investing in human capital.

We invite you to send questions to panelists by email: [email protected]

Join the conversation online with #OneSouthAsia


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Virtual Series Closing Session

September 01, 2020 | 9:00 to 10:00 ET, 13:00 to 14:00 GMT


Add to Calendar 2020-09-01 09:00 2020-09-01 10:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - Fragility Forum 2020 | Virtual Series Closing Session

The Fragility Forum 2020 Seminar Series is a virtual and interactive series of events organized by the World Bank to share practical solutions and explore innovative ways of responding to the most challenging FCV issues of our times.

As we formally close this year’s Fragility Forum, we will reflect on key takeaways relevant to future engagements in fragile contexts and the importance of sharing lessons learned to foster sustainable change. We will also advocate in favor of stronger partnerships across humanitarian, development and peace actors to respond to the impacts of COVID19, and for increased support to low- and middle-income countries exposed to fragilities to boost resilience and to lead more potent and adapted strategies in preventing conflict and mitigating its impacts.

Welcome to the Fragility Forum


View the Fragility Forum 2020 Kickoff Session from June 9 2020


View the Fragility Forum 2020 Session from June 23 2020


View the Fragility Forum 2020 Session | Afghanistan Crossroads: Troop Withdrawals, Taliban Expansion and Declining Foreign Assistance from July 21 2020

View the Fragility Forum 2020 | Investing in Justice for All to Prevent Violence and Conflict from August 25 2020


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Live Interview Series

April 21, 2020
Add to Calendar 2020-04-21 11:45 2020-04-21 11:45 America/New_York World Bank Live - Covid-19 (Coronavirus): Live Interview and Panel Series

Learn more about how the World Bank Group is responding to the coronavirus pandemic. We will feature a series of in-depth interviews with the Bank’s leading experts. Join us as we discuss the impact on education, on food security, on jobs and businesses and much more.

We’ll be hearing from around the world and answering your questions on this global crisis. The event will also stream on the Bank's YouTubeFacebookTwitter and Linkedin.

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October 16, 2019 to October 18, 2019
Add to Calendar 2019-10-16 10:45 2019-10-18 10:45 America/New_York World Bank Live - Global Voices Live from the Annual Meetings 2019

Our interview series with global development thought leaders continues during the 2019 Annual Meetings. Watch as we chat with influencers from around the world on topics ranging from economic growth, technology, investing in people, education, the role of the private sector, and building resilience.

View Global Voices interviews from previous meetings: 
Spring Meetings 2019Annual Meetings 2018 | Spring Meetings 2018 | Annual Meetings 2017 | Spring Meetings 2017

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May 08, 2020
Add to Calendar 2020-05-08 10:45 2020-05-08 10:45 America/New_York World Bank Live - Behind the Mission: Working at the World Bank Group

What’s it really like to work at the World Bank Group? In this monthly series, hosted on the World Bank’s LinkedIn page, our staff will answer questions live about working in international development. Join us as we take you Behind the Mission, exploring topics from worklife in Fragile, Conflict and Violence-affected settings, to jobs at IFC, and working during the time of COVID-19.

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In Case You Missed It

Upcoming Event List

June 03, 2020 | 14:00 ET, 18:00 GMT
Add to Calendar 2020-06-03 14:00 2020-06-03 15:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - A Shock Like No Other: The Way Forward For Developing Economies

The world is in a crisis without parallel in modern times—a high-fatality pandemic that is causing an economic contraction on a scale unseen since World War II. Having brought advanced economies to a standstill, the COVID-19 pandemic is now making its mark on emerging and developing economies. How can the damage be contained? What can be done to ensure a strong and durable recovery?

This panel brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers to assess the way forward for emerging and developing economies, building upon the findings of the World Bank Group’s latest Global Economic Prospects report.

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February 10, 2020 | 10:00 ET, 15:00 GMT
Add to Calendar 2020-02-10 11:00 2020-02-10 13:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - Are Robots Coming for Your Job?

Robots, AI and other technological advances are partly responsible for the loss of manufacturing jobs in advanced countries.  Many more types of jobs are expected to be affected in the future.  What can workers in developing countries expect?  So far, new technologies have facilitated offshoring of jobs to follower countries.  However, as robots become cheaper, will they begin to compete with workers in these countries?  What skills will developing country workers need to participate in the 21st century economy? 


10:00am Setting the Stage: Workplace Automation
  Keynote Speech: Ceyla Pazarbasioglu, Vice President, EFI, World Bank Group
10:10am - 10:35am Are Robots Replacing Workers?
10:10am Lighting Talk: Bill Maloney, Chief Economist, EFI, World Bank
10:15am Lighting Talk: Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Senior Economic Advisor, EFI, World Bank
10:20am Panel Discussion: Bill Maloney, Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Aart Kraay
10:35am - 11:07am Does Automation in Rich Countries Hurt Developing Ones?
10:37am Lighting Talk: Bob Rijkers, Senior Economist, World Bank
10:42am Lighting Talk: Hernan Winkler, Senior Economist, World Bank
10:48am Panel Discussion: Bob Rijkers, Hernan Winkler, Caroline Freund
11:07am - 11:54pm Panel Discussion: New Technologies and the Future of Work

Amy Wright, IBM

Susan Lund, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company

Lynn Wu, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

Robert Aktinson President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Moderator: Noreyana Fernando, World Bank Group

11:54am - 12:00pm Closing Remarks
  Bill Maloney, Chief Economist, EFI, World Bank
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May 21, 2020 | 11:00 ET, 15:00 GMT
Add to Calendar 2020-05-21 11:00 2020-05-21 11:00 America/New_York World Bank Live - The Locust Crisis: Protecting Food Supplies and Livelihoods for Millions

Locust swarms are ravaging crops and pastureland, destroying food and vegetation and jeopardizing food security across Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and parts of South Asia. Without action, the locust population could grow 400 times larger by June 2020 and spread to new areas, disrupting food supply, upending livelihoods and requiring substantial resources to address. The World Bank estimates that in Africa alone, more than 90 million hectares of cropland and pasture are at risk and damages and losses could amount to as much as US$9 billion in coming years. 

Join us as we discuss this important issue with two World Bank staff: Melissa Williams, Senior Rural Development Specialist & Afrah Alawi Al-Ahmadi, Senior Social Protection Specialist. Ask your questions now! 

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