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Trade can dramatically improve women’s lives, creating new jobs, enhancing consumer choice, and increasing women’s bargaining power in society. But women’s relationship with trade is complex, as it can also lead to job losses and a concentration of work in lower-skilled jobs. To ensure that trade enhances opportunities for everyone – regardless of gender – policymakers should assess the potential impact of trade rules on various groups of people and develop policy responses based on evidence.
This event will introduce Women and Trade: The Role of Trade in Promoting Women’s Equality – a joint report by the World Bank Group and the World Trade Organization. The report marks the first major effort to quantify how women are affected by trade through the use of a new gender-disaggregated labor dataset. A series of speakers and leading experts will discuss how policymakers and the private sector can integrate women into the global trading system, and the challenges and opportunities for women, especially in the context of the global pandemic.World Bank Live [email protected]
The world is faced with a global education emergency of unprecedented scale. According to estimates by the World Bank, the COVID-19 pandemic, at its peak, caused more than 180 countries to mandate temporary school closures, leaving 85 percent of the world’s learners out of school. Children with disabilities and their families, especially those living in poverty, face significant multiple vulnerabilities during this pandemic, including education, health, and social protection. The World Bank's Inclusive Education Iniative (IEI) invites you to participate in a Gloal Seminar to discuss our latest Issues Paper, 'Pivoting to Inclusion: Leveraging Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis for Learners with Disabilities.' The live event will feature experts and thought leaders who will provide reflections on the paper, based on their unique perspectives on education, remote learning, and social inclusion and protection.World Bank Live [email protected]
The data landscape has been changing rapidly, with the explosion of data from private sources, such as mobile phones, electronic transactions and satellites. These new data could be used to complement traditional public data to improve the delivery of services to people most in need.
Public data, collected by national statistical offices, form the foundation for how countries decide where to allocate their resources.
But the coronavirus pandemic has drastically disrupted and hampered data collection efforts around the world – especially in developing countries.
Join us as we discuss this issue with Haishan Fu, Director of the Development Data Group at the World Bank.World Bank Live [email protected]
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement stands to connect 1.3 billion people across 55 countries, making it the largest free trade area in the world by membership. The pact has the potential to lift 30 million people out of extreme poverty, increase workers’ wages and generate gains for women. But achieving its full potential will depend on putting in place significant policy reforms and trade facilitation measures.
The creation of the AfCFTA regional market is a major opportunity to help African countries diversity their exports and accelerate growth. This is especially important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disrupted trade and triggered up to $79 billion in output losses during 2020 in Africa alone.
This event will introduce the new World Bank Group report The African Continental Free Trade Area: Economic and Distributional Effects. The report is designed to help countries implement policies that can maximize the agreement’s potential gains while minimizing risks. Through a discussion moderated by Albert Zeufack, World Bank Chief Economist for Africa, a series of speakers and leading experts will discuss the economics behind the trade agreement and how policymakers can use the AfCFTA to increase competition and prepare their workforces to take advantage of new opportunities.World Bank Live [email protected]
Covid-19 has caused widespread economic damage, with long-term implications for global supply chains, productivity growth, and sovereign debt. What does the post-pandemic future look like? Join this conversation between World Bank group Vice President Ceyla Pazarbasioglu and Financial Times Chief Economics Commentator Martin Wolf.World Bank Live [email protected]
FRAGILITY FORUM 2020
Afghanistan Crossroads: Troop Withdrawals, Taliban Expansion and Declining Foreign Assistance
The U.S. – Taliban agreement was reached last February 29 against a background of political dissension in Afghanistan, expanding Taliban control of the countryside, and the probability of a significant decline in foreign assistance levels. Since then, COVID-19 has further darkened the projections on economic growth and foreign aid; newly re-elected president Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah have entered into a power-sharing arrangement; prisoner releases have been taking place; and an intra-Afghan peace dialogue process is now anticipated.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) Lessons for Peace: Afghanistan project will explore in this session key questions in relation to the next round of donor pledging for the country, such as: the stability of the state in its current form; the realities of ‘power-sharing’ with the Taliban; and the role of development assistance in influencing the balance of power, governance and corruption, and women’s rights in Afghanistan.
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
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Debt service suspension for the poorest countries could mean billions more to fight and recover from #COVID19. Global Director @MarcelloEstevao explains how this initiative could help low-income countries.World Bank Live [email protected]
Live Interview 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.World Bank Live [email protected]
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.World Bank Live [email protected]
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.World Bank Live [email protected]
In Case You Missed It
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.World Bank Live [email protected]
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|
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!
- Locust Crisis World Bank Response
- Blog: The Locust Plague: Fighting a Crisis within a Crisis
- Website: Food Security at the World Bank Group
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