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February 2020

The Energy Transition: Where do we stand, what more needs to be done, and how to make this happen?

February 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
MC 8-100

The Energy Transition: Low-carbon technology, climate policies, SDG7/SDG13 objectives, ESG investment growth and user choices have driven the fastest energy transition in history. But will the accelerated speed be enough to deliver the sector’s required contribution to meet the world’s climate change commitments? What more do governments need to do to speed up the transition so as to keep within the 2 degrees global temperature increase? The presentation will take stock of where we are today, discuss the evolving dynamics, and…

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Seminar on U.S. Federal Income Taxes and Foreign Financial Asset

February 14 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
MC Preston Auditorium

Speaker: Mr. Dale W. Mason, CPA, and the Founder in 2019 of Dale Mason, CPA & Co.. Previously with the Wolf Group, and before then for many years with global accounting firms such as Arthur Anderson, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and KPMG, Dale has acquired over 25 years of experience in international tax consultancy work. He has practiced in Central Europe, California and Washington, DC, has advised clients, both domestic and expatriate, on complex international and domestic tax issues, and has been…

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Presentation on Ports and Trade Logistics

February 20 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
MC 6 – 500

You are invited to a presentation on Ports and Trade Logistics by our colleague Michel Audigé. This will be our first presentation by a ports expert after many presentations on roads and urban transport. The presentation will focus specifically on the port of Rijeka in Croatia where the Bank was involved for almost 20 years. The presentation will include - inter alia - engineering issues, in-depth institutional port reform, voluntary redundancy scheme, port-city interface redevelopment and two PPP transactions. The…

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Approach of IFC and WBG in Delivering Water and Sanitation for All

February 20 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
MC 4 – 300

Speaker: George Butler, IFC Water & Sanitation Sector Specialist Mr. Butler will describe the current IFC approach to water and sanitation. He will then discuss how the IFC increases funding for the sector and how the WBG is important in catalyzing investment. He will give examples of successful IFC projects. Please RSVP here. Join Using WebEx  

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Special Seminar on Bhutan by the experts — Mark LaPrairie and Tshering Yangzom

February 26 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
MC6-860, World Bank Main Complex

Join us for a very special event. The two people in Washington who are the experts on Bhutan have agreed to make a special presentation on Bhutan. We expect the briefing to cover a wide range of topics -- history, culture, environment, governance, social development -- that will help participants who have signed up for the 2020 Bhutan trip. The session may also be of interest to other members.  In case you are unable to join the seminar in person…

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March 2020

Presentation of Book by Ridley Nelson on His Bank Agriculture Experience

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
MC 6 – 860

Ridley Nelson, who most of you know, is releasing a book detailing his experience working on agriculture in the World Bank. The book will be released in March, and Ridley has agreed to present it to us on March 4. The presentation will also be available on WebEx. The book has been very favorably reviewed by Tom Blinkhorn. Please join us for the presentation and discussion. Ridley Nelson’s memoir, Echoes From Far Lands, describes working on farms in his youth…

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Global Waves of Debt-Causes and Consequences (postponed until further notice)

March 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
MC C2 – 125

The 1818 Society Global Finance Group (GFG) is pleased to invite you to attend a presentation on Global Waves of Debt-Causes and Consequences. The two distinguished speakers are: Ayhan Kose, Director, World Bank’s Prospects Group and Franziska Ohnsorge, Manager, World Bank’s Prospects Group. The Prospects Group replaces the old Development Economics Department. Ayhan Kose will present findings of the forthcoming book: Global Waves of Debt-Causes and Consequences by Ayhan Kose, Pete Nagle, Franziska Ohnsorge, and Naotaka Sugawara. The book provides…

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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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