Rebuilding communities after disasters – four and a half lessons learned

The death toll from Cyclone Idai that ripped into Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi in IDAI Aftermath - A man fixes the roof of his house in Praia NovaMarch 2019 is now above 1,000, with damages estimated at $2 billion. In 2018, more than 10,000 people lost their lives in disasters (with $225 billion of economic losses). Approximately 79 percent of fatalities occurred in the Asia Pacific region, including the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia’s Sulawesi Island. In fact, 2017 and 2018 have been estimated as the most expensive back-to-back years for weather disasters, totaling $653 billion of losses.

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Our Mission Is More Urgent Than Ever

The global outlook foresees a moderate slowdown in economic activity, with lingering DC-780.jpgdownside risks. Global trade growth has weakened, while investment prospects have softened; both of these remain important engines of growth, productivity, innovation, job creation and sustainable development. Debt vulnerabilities persist, and policy uncertainty is weighing on confidence.  For developing countries, it is important to adopt growth-enhancing policies while containing risks and protecting the most vulnerable. The World Bank Group, in partnership with the International Monetary Fund, is able to help countries in addressing these concerns.

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Spring Meeting Recap

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Each Spring, the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) hold Spring Meetings to discuss a range of issues related to poverty reduction, international economic development and finance. World Bank Live brings #WBGMeetings experience straight to you wherever you are in the world.

Watch, engage, and be part of the global conversation!

Paying for development – Governments are sitting on a ‘goldmine’

Four years have passed since the launch of the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable sceneDevelopment Goals. Mobilizing the necessary resources remains central to its success. Investments in human, social, and physical capital are at the core of sustainable and inclusive growth – and represent an important share of national budgets.

At the World Bank Group we have been at the forefront of the so-called Financing for Development (FfD) agenda to leverage public, private, international, and domestic sources of capital to help reach the global goals.  A short primer on our efforts–which builds on the 2015 Development Committee paper Billions to Trillions – Transforming Development Finance–can be found in the brochure entitled Financing for Development at the World Bank Group.

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SM19 :Watch the events online

Watch online if you can’t be at the Meetings in person. dsc_0364

World Bank Live has you covered, the World Bank’s digital platform for live-streaming and engaging with global audiences. Block out time now to watch our events live, and in case you miss it, you can still catch up with your favorite events on our events recap page or watch a replay.

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3 ways to follow World Bank Group activities at the 2019 Spring Meetings

Our 2019 Spring Meetings is just around the corner and it’s time to get 042418-art_exhabition_preston-086_forganized. Main stage speakers include representatives from top-notch institutions and organizations such as the United Nations, National Geographic, World Trade Organization, Bloomberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among others.

The Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an event that brings together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, representatives from civil society organizations and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, poverty eradication, economic development, and aid effectiveness.

This year’s events will take place in Washington, D.C., April 8-14, 2019.

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Spring Meetings, April 12-14

The 2019 Spring Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and SM19_Logo_ENGthe International Monetary Fund will be convened in Washington, D.C. on Friday, April 12, and will close on Sunday, April 14. The Spring Meetings will feature the joint World Bank Group/IMF Development Committee and the IMF International Monetary and Financial Committee plenary sessions, which discuss progress on the work of the institutions. Other events begin on Monday, April 8, such as seminars, regional briefings, press conferences, and many other events focused on the global economy, international development, and the world’s financial markets. ​

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Investing in People: The Time is Now

Global economic growth is continuing, but with intensified risks that include policy investing-in-people-the-time.jpguncertainty, geopolitical developments, a gradual tightening of financing conditions, and a rise in debt levels and currency volatility. The World Bank Group is helping member countries address these challenges, through a combination of financial assistance and policy advice to promote robust and inclusive economic growth, reduce risks, and foster competitiveness, while strengthening fiscal sustainability and financial resilience.

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Annual Meetings 2018: World Bank Group Events Schedule

Each Fall, the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary AM2018Fund (IMF) hold Annual Meetings to discuss a range of issues related to poverty reduction, international economic development and finance. This year’s events will take place in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, October 8-14, 2018. Start planning your #WBGMeetings experience. Connect, engage and watch to take full advantage of everything the #WBGMeetings has to offer.

World Bank Live brings these meetings straight to you wherever you are in the world! We will be live-streaming several events in EnglishSpanishFrench and Arabic, so don’t forget to add them to your calendar and join the conversation!

Visit the World Bank Group Events website here.