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April 2020

The World Bank, a Historical Perspective on Delivering Public and Private Goods in the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

Note: This event is through WebEx connection only. Presenter: Adolfo Brizzi, International Consultant. Former Director (2012-18) of the Policy and Technical Advisory Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Mr. Brizzi worked for 22 years in the World Bank (1990-2012) in various managerial and technical positions in the Agriculture and Rural Development sector, including Sector Manager for the South Asia Region. Before that Mr. Brizzi worked in FAO for 8 years (1982-1990). The paper looks at the evolution…

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Speeding Up Literacy to Benefit Girls and Adult Women: Game-changing Research from Reading Neuroscience

April 9 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

Note: This event is through WebEx connection only. Introduction: Girls' education is an international imperative, but low-income countries are likely to fail the basic skills targets of 2030. Low-income girls often score lower than boys and drop out early, leading to adult illiteracy. Girls must be taught essential reading and math efficiently to boost early performance and likelihood of staying in school. Adult illiterates, most of whom are women, must also be taught efficiently. Little known solutions can revolutionize instruction.…

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From the Frontlines of COVID-19: a conversation with Terry Jodrie

April 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

Seminar of the Social and Environmental Thematic Group (via WebEx Connection Only) Join us on Wednesday afternoon for a conversation with Terry Jodrie who has just returned from a two-week tour in the Emergency Room in hospitals in Queens, New York. Terry will briefly share his experience of battling COVID-19 in the epicenter of NY and will be available to answer your questions on COVID-19. This session is being organized by Webex and will be moderated by Anis Dani. You…

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May 2020

A Historical Look at the World Bank in Food and Agriculture

May 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

(via WebEx Connection Only) Presenter: Uma Lele -  The first woman to be awarded a Ph. D. in agricultural economics by Cornell University. Uma Lele was elected President Elect of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) in July 2018. Since leaving services of the World Bank she has operated as an independent scholar and development economist and is affiliated with the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.  More about Uma  Lele,  read here. Uma Lele will summarize her historical look at…

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High Speed Rail: California in Context

May 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

Speaker: Lou Thompson, former World Bank Railways Advisor and Principal of Thompson, Galenson & Assoc, LLC . You are invited to a presentation on current developments in high speed rail by our colleague Lou Thompson. This will be our first presentation on railroads after many presentations on roads and urban transport. The presentation will focus on the challenges in establishing high speed rail in California and the experience in other countries in comparison with California. Lou Thompson was the World…

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June 2020

The World Bank: A human rights free zone?

June 3 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A Seminar of the Social & Environmental Thematic Group In 2015, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights accused the World Bank of treating human rights more like an infectious disease than universal values and obligations. Reidar Kvam, former Senior Manager at IFC and Global Lead at the World Bank, has worked on human rights and development issues since the 1980s. He is currently working as an advisor to the World Bank’s Human Rights and Development…

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New Directions for the World Bank’s Agriculture and Food Systems Work

June 9 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

via WebEx connection only Presenter: Martien  Van Nieuwkoop,  World Bank Director for Agriculture and Food Systems The World Bank's agriculture work has evolved significantly during the last several years, and that evolution will continue. New challenges must be faced including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on agriculture, the impact of climate change on agriculture, and emerging issues facing food systems. Martien van Nieuwkoop, the Director of the World Bank's Agriculture and Food systems Group, will discuss these issues and…

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‘Possibilist’ Ventures in Land Reform: Albert O. Hirschman, the World Bank and a Colombian Misadventure

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A joint presentation by WBG History TG and Agriculture and Rural Development TG WebEx Connection only Speaker : John Heath, a Bank staff member from 1990 to 2015, and now a consultant for IEG and a professor at American University will discuss his paper on the noted development economist Albert O. Hirschman and his experiences with working on land reform in Colombia with the World Bank. The two land reform approaches used were, in Hirschman’s sense, ‘possibilist’: they aimed to…

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July 2020

Iran and the World Bank – the Early Years

July 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the presentation will be by WebEx only. Presenter: Nadereh Chamlou (former Senior Advisor, MNA Chief Economist Office) will offer some of the findings from her upcoming book about this early relationship. Iran participated actively in the Bretton Woods Conference and became one of the first signatories of both the IBRD and IMF, whose primary purpose was to speed up post-war reconstruction and foster economic development. Iran was also the second loan applicant to IBRD, but it…

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August 2020

Diagnosing the Digital Economy: WBG Experience and Challenges

August 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A joint presentation of the WBG History and the Economist Thematic Groups (via WebEx connection only) Presenter: Nagy Hanna, is a global expert on digital transformation strategies. He has 45 years of experience in economic development, including advising policy makers in developing policies and institutions in support of innovation, digital economy, smart cities, and knowledge industries. Over 30 years at the World Bank, he served various functions in operations, corporate strategy, and evaluation of development effectiveness. Since Bank retirement, he…

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