SM15 Preview: Changing the Conversation on Development Finance

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | 19:00 – 20:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Group Headquarters, Preston Auditorium & Online

Follow the event on Twitter with #Fin4Dev

2015 is a landmark year that will define the global development agenda for the next 15 years. By year’s end, the world’s leaders are likely to adopt a new set of global development goals and reach a critical agreement on tackling climate change. Achieving both will require a paradigm shift in how development is financed.

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SM15 Preview: Harnessing Urbanization for Growth and Shared Prosperity in Africa

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | 15:00 – 16:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters, JB1-080 & Online

Follow the event on Twitter with #AfricaGrowthShare

Africa has grown more rapidly than any other region in the world with an additional 450 million people expected to move to Africa’s cities between 2010 and 2040. With the potential to grow, attract investments, be innovative and create more jobs, how can cities turn this rapid urbanization into a win-win?

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SM15 Preview: Water Security for All in a World of Scarcity

Update: Event now featuring the Netherlands Executive Director Frank Heemskerk!

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 19:30 – 21:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Group Headquarters, Preston Auditorium & Online

Follow the event with #WaterSec4all

Water security is emerging as the number one global risk in terms of development impact. While the impacts are felt most acutely in the arid, water scarce regions of the world, climate change and rapid urbanization have increased water scarcity for other regions, as well. Fast-growing cities in water-scarce environments are the most vulnerable.

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SM15 Preview: Building African Participation in Global Value Chains

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | 16:30 – 18:00 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters, JB1-080 & Online

Follow the event on Twitter by using #AfricaGrowthShare & #AfricaInvestor

African economies are experiencing a range of green-houseunprecedented challenges to their growth, competitiveness and opportunities for investment. Led by Africa Investor CEO Hubert Danso, a panel of global experts will explore how African companies and banks can work with governments, the World Bank and international companies to attract investment and mobilize capital in order to build African brands capable of creating jobs and increasing the continent’s role and influence on the global economic stage.

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SM15 Preview: Future of Food

Future of Food: A Conversation with Jim Yong Kim & David Chang

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 15:00 – 16:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: WBG Headquarters, Atrium & Online

  Join the conversation with @worldbanklive & #Food4All and follow @momofuku, @themadfeed, @chygovera, @Gastromotiva

People have different ideas about what the future of food will look like, but everyone can agree on what it should deliver: a food system that can feed everyone, every day, everywhere.

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SM15 Preview: The Power of Nutrition

Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | 13:30 – 14:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: World Bank Headquarters, Preston Auditorium & Online

Follow the event on Twitter with #PowerOfNutrition

The Power of Nutrition is a new innovative financing facility dedicated to unlocking up to $1 billion of new private and public financing to improve child nutrition.

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SM15 Preview: Tax Evasion and Development Finance

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | 13:00 – 14:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: International Finance Corporation Headquarters, F Auditorium & Online  Follow the event with #TaxEvasion

As law enforcement agencies continue to crack-down on international tax evaders to promote transparency in the global financial system, a lot more needs to be done to ensure that financing for development efforts are not impacted.

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Spring Meetings 2015 – a preview

The 2015 Spring Meetings (SM15) of the IMF and World Bank Annual meetingsGroup are upon us. This year, the meetings will take place from April 17-19. Although many events and (bilateral) meetings are behind closed doors, some are open to the public and/or will be broadcasted online.

Over the next few days we will be putting the spotlight on a number of events that could be of interest to your organization – either because they discuss the environment you operate in, the direction of the World Bank in the coming years, or because they discuss specific projects and investments. So make sure you check in regularly to see how the Spring Meetings affect your business!