WB Event – The Big Push toward Universal Health Coverage: Metrics, Data, and Impact

Date: October 26, 2015

The developing world—and some parts of the 62049 - IPC-001465developed world too, including the United States—is in the midst of a big push toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC). There is, however, confusion about what UHC means and how to measure it. As a result it is unclear how far countries are from reaching UHC, and the degree to which different UHC-inspired reforms have actually helped move countries towards UHC. Continue reading

Lesotho – Systematic Country Diagnostics published

The World Bank has recently published the Lesotho Systematic Country Diagnostic. A Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) informs each new country partnership. The diagnostic identifies the most important challenges and opportunities in a country, and serves as the basis for the World Bank’s engagement with a country.

Abstract from the World Bank Systematic Country Diagnostic for Lesotho:

Lesotho is one of the poorest and most unequal countries in the world. It is a small, mostly mountainous, and largely rural country of about 2 million people, completely surrounded by South Africa. The persistence of poverty and rising inequality are striking for an economy that grew at annual rates of 4 percent per capita over the past decade. Continue reading

Interns Netherlands embassy visit the WBG

On Tuesday, June 16, the interns and trainees of the Netherlands embassy in Washington, DC visited the World Bank Group. The nine Masters-degree students, with interests ranging from security to communications, and agriculture to legal affairs, met with the Dutch Executive Director Mr Frank Heemskerk. The ED discussed his work – which he explains as 1/3 Board work, 1/3 outreach to his constituency countries (13 in total), and 1/3 outreach to the private sector – and challenged the students to come with ideas to better communicate the work of the World Bank to the Dutch private sector, parliament, academia, NGOs and the general population: “So much is being achieved by the World Bank, and so little of it is seen, recognized and acknowledged by the people.”

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Event : Transforming Transportation 2015

Transforming Transportation (#TTDC15) is the annual conference co-organized by EMBARQ, the sustainable urban transport program of the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Bank. The event convenes leading transport and urban development experts from national and local government, finance institutions, foundations, civil society, and business to discuss the latest global trends, experiences, and best practices in sustainable transport.customLogo

This year’s conference will focus on Smart Cities for Shared Prosperity, and will examine how smart, connected urban mobility can improve quality of life in cities. Through panels, presentations, and networking opportunities, discussions at Transforming Transportation 2015 will address how the upcoming United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) impact urban transport, with an emphasis on data and technology, governance, and international financial flows.

Transforming Transportation 2015 will take place January 15 – 16, 2015 at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.

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The World Bank Reorganization 2: Who does what?

In an earlier blog entry we published the new organizational structure of the World Bank after the change process, explaining the new Global Practices (GPs) and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs). But more than the organizational structure the change process also impacted both the role of WB country offices vis-à-vis Headquarters, as well as the role of the different World Bank Units. To further illustrate the roles of the different organizational units, recall the figure below.

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The World Bank Reorganization 1 – Structure

Earlier this month we published an overview of the new Global Practices (GPs) and Cross-Cutting Solution Areas (CCSAs), along with the Senior Directors in charge of these new divisions. This new set-up is a direct result of the change process at the World Bank. But how are these GPs and CCSAs structured exactly, and what consequences does the change process have for the structure of regional staff?

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