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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 Economics 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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Webinar: Medicare 101

August 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Retirees on Medicare may be interested in the free on-line Medicare 101 Seminar on August 25, 2020. The session is given by the World Bank Group’s 401(k) Plan vendor and their Medicare experts. All you need is an email address to register, please click here for the flyer on the instructions. Keep in mind that this is not a session specific to WBG, but only general information. This live 90-minute webinar will  discuss the following: How Medicare works Coverage choices…

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WBG Task Force on Racism – 1818 Member Views Solicited

August 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

  WBG Task Force on Racism, chaired by Sandie Okoro, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, seeks inputs from WBG alumni on the subject. This Webinar will be an opportunity for 1818 Society members to learn about the initiative and to share their perspectives on the subject based on what the Task Force considers would be a useful perspective. The Webinar will be chaired by Inder Sud, President, 1818 Society. The panelists are Duncan Kiara, WBG Chief Counsel and Vice-Chair ,…

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September 2020

Reflections on the Role of the World Bank in Africa – Past, Present and Future

September 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

The History Thematic Group will host a presentation by World Bank alumnus K. Y. Amoako.  Mr. Amoako will be discussing his new book, Know the Beginning Well: An Inside Journey Through Five Decades of African Development. The book speaks about the tension between the Bank’s Washington consensus and clients, particularly the structural adjustment lending operations in Africa and the Bank’s embrace of the global social development agenda. It also addresses the Bank’s past challenges in supporting women professionals, racism and…

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October 2020

Webinar on WB Retirees Making a Difference During the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis

October 7 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

The session will report on how two WBG retiree founded NGOs (India Development Relief Fund and Partnership for Transparency) are making a difference in provision of humanitarian relief and improving governance during the COVID-19 pandemic in several countries as well as Washington DC. We will also learn from the World Bank Community Connections (WBCCC) Team on how the Bank staff and retiree community has supported a number of NGOs in Washington DC area and in Chennai India during the pandemic.…

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The Development of the International Center Model for Agricultural Research: A prehistory of the CGIAR

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

Hosted by the 1818 Society Agriculture and Rural Development The speakers will discuss the revisionist prehistory of the CGIAR and present the published paper in World Development. Presenters: Derek Byerlee - Adjunct Professor in the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown University. He has held senior positions at Michigan State University, USA; in the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico and South Asia; and in the World Bank where he worked as Lead Economist, Rural Strategy and…

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