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May 2021

The World Bank and U.S. Government partnership on water: from the Fall of the Berlin Wall to the Climate Crisis.

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A presentation by the WBG History Thematic Group As the largest single country shareholder since the Bank was created, the United States is by default an important partner.  Different U.S. Administrations bring their own sectoral priorities which often align -- but at times conflict with those of the Bank.  With the new Biden Harris Administration re-emphasizing global collaboration, the 1818 Society is hosting a lively discussion to reflect on the past 30 years of U.S. Bank collaboration, with a focus…

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Using your RMIP (And Other Retiree Health Insurance Questions)

May 27 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A presentation by the  RMIP Committee of the 1818 Society. The information session will focus on the Retiree Medical Insurance Plan (RMIP) and the connection with Medicare for all US-based retirees. (Sessions for retirees outside the US are in preparation and will follow at dates to be announced). Presenter:  Sharon Puckett, RMIP Committee Panelists:  Lorraine Nagy, RMIP Committee Mickie Wyche, HR Insurance team This session has been well attended and appreciated in the past. It is particularly useful to recent…

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June 2021

Why is Structural Adjustment So Unpopular?

June 3 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A Panel Discussion on the 40th Anniversary of the First Structural Adjustment Loans Sponsored by the 1818 Society History Thematic Group and the World Bank Library Moderator: Shanta Devarajan Panelists: (Please click HERE to read the biographies of the Panelists) K. Y. Amoako Nancy Birdsall Richard Gregory Paul Isenman Cadman Mills Martin Wolf In 1980, the World Bank introduced a new lending instrument, a structural adjustment loan (SAL), which provided quick-disbursing funds to countries facing balance-of-payments difficulties. The loans were…

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Engendering Development – A Revolution in Action

June 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A joint presentation by the Gender & Development and WBG History Thematic Groups. The empowerment of women and gender equality are increasingly recognized as critical challenges that thwart progress and development. This event is the second of a series that reviews the history of women/gender issues at the WBG. The first session (Nov/2020) covered how women broke the glass ceiling within the institution; this second event traces the integration of “Gender” within operational work – from its beginnings until the…

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Coal in India-Is the End in Sight?

June 10 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A presentation by the 1818 Society Energy Thematic Group Abstract: India has set aggressive renewable energy targets and has made significant progress against these. Still, coal remains at the core of its energy supply, providing over 50% of India’s primary energy needs. As the world looks to COP 26, what is the future of coal in India? Can India move beyond coal? In trying to do so, will it jeopardize its development goals? This presentation will examine the future of…

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Immigration, Diversity and DC Finances under Covid-19

June 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via Zoom connection)

The presentation is a continuation of the Urban & Water Group’s “Talk Shop” series. Speaker: Dr. Natwar Gandhi Natwar Gandhi will start his presentation with a focus on his book “Still the Promised Land”. Natwar began life in a dusty Indian village that had no paved streets, no electricity, no telephone, and no running water. Through countless long days of work, relentless determination, and good luck he was able to take a plane to New York at the age of…

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The Swachh Bharat Mission in India – Transformational Impact by Changing the Behavior of 550 Million People

June 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via Zoom connection)

The presentation is a continuation of the Urban & Water Group’s “Talk Shop” series. Speaker: Parameswaran Iyer Parameswaran Iyer is currently the Advisor and Global Lead for Strategic Initiatives in the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. Prior to this, he served as Secretary to the Government of India at the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation from March 2016 until August 2020, where he also led the implementation of the flagship Swachh Bharat Mission. A former IAS officer, Iyer headed the…

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Using Phones, Tablets, Laptops and Other Ergonomic Challenges

June 24 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A webinar hosted by the Members Helping Members (MHM) The convenience of phones and tablets is wonderful, but their use can take a toll on our necks. We often use these tools to stay connected while being mobile. Combine these and our laptops while traveling and many of us begin to have serious discomfort, particularly in our necks and shoulders. How can we use these tools and still stay healthy and pain-free? Join us to learn some strategies and tips…

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July 2021

Cut Super-Pollutants Now!

July 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A book seminar co-sponsored by the Social and Environmental Thematic Group and the Economics Thematic Group Speaker: Alan S. Miller Discussant: John Redwood, former Director LCSES and co-Chair Social & Environmental TG Summary: The session will consist of a book presentation by one of the co-authors of a recent book—Cut Super-Pollutants Now! The Ozone Treaty’s Urgent Lessons for Speeding Up Climate Action by Alan S. Miller, Durwood Zaelke and Stephen O. Andersen, published by Changemakers Publications in April 2021. Alan Miller…

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Faith Engagement to Promote Equity and Good Governance in COVID-19 Vaccination and Recovery

July 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
(via WebEx Connection Only)

A presentation by the 1818 Society Governance Thematic Group Speaker:   Katherine Marshall Discussant:    Judith Edstrom Moderator:   Vinay Bhargava The 1818 Society Governance Thematic Group invites you for a conversation on faith communities’ engagement in COVID-19 emergency response, vaccination and recovery. The conversation will be led by Katherine Marshall who has been engaged in inter-faith dialogues since Jim Wolfensohn informed the Bank's executive directors (in 2000) that he was launching a global dialogue with religious leaders and asked Katherine to lead…

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