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WDR 2014: Outreach

WDR 2014, Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development

Outreach

An advisory panel comprising Laura Alfaro, Robert Barro, Thorsten Beck, Stefan Dercon, Ibrahim Elbadawi, Rohini Pande, Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel, Hyun Song Shin and Jan Švejnar provided rich feedback and advice.

Interagency consultations were held with the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, several United Nations organizations, the World Economic Forum, and agencies for development cooperation in Denmark, Finland, France, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Valuable inputs were received from the World Bank Institute and all regional and anchor networks, as well as other parts of the World Bank Group, including the International Finance Corporation and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

Country consultations were held in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Rwanda, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Most included academics, members of civil society, and public entities and governments. Consultations with researchers and academics were aided by ad hoc conferences organized by the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, and the Center on Global Governance at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; and the WDR International Policy Workshop, co-organized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit in Berlin, December 2012. The team also received valuable feedback at the African Economic Conference 2012, the Asia Development Forum 2013, and the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association Conference 2012.

A live chat led by Norman Loayza was held in March 2013. Also see detailed information about the Berlin Workshop as well as a the video below recording this event.

WDR 2014 International Policy Workshop

Stories we heard
  • Protect equally and fairly all parts of society. This will be the basis of a real social contract between citizens and government.
  • I've been unemployed for four years, I can't find a job because I only finished high school. Companies don't want to train people like me.
    —Serbia
  • I work with suppliers from the Far East. The risk is transferring funds to a company or person you have never met or even done business with before.
    —United Kingdom
  • I work in the wind energy sector, and in my country, all wind turbine components are imported. The distance between ports and wind farms can be in excess of 800km. The different state and federal road laws relating to transporting over-dimensional equipment cause conflict and risk.
    —Business Woman, Australia
  • The main risk I face is unemployment due to political instability and a weak governance system.
    —Teacher, Nepal
  • Being a single mother and caring for two adolescents in a country without security for its citizens is one of the daily risks that I face.
    —Government Employee, El Salvador
  • There was a time I used to walk to work everyday. The route I had to take was risky, and many people were victims of robbery and physical abuse.
    —Teacher, Kenya
  • Everyday I have to fight for a contract of 3.5 or 6 months since I have no job security, health service, or dignified retirement.
    —Mexico
  • Without a political godfather, it is impossible to access state university education, social housing, or social benefit.
    —Teacher, Colombia
  • I believe that through education, I have the chance for success in the future. So, take the risk!
    —Student, Indonesia
  • The main risk I face is not having a professional accredited degree, as such I cannot move forward as a professional.
    —Community Member, Peru
  • We have to manage our own risk. Even villagers I have worked with had no faith that our dreams will come true.
    —Teacher, India
  • Choosing to not pay bribes has led to the destruction of my family life, enormous mental & physical torture, disturbance in professional life, and disruption in my daughter's education.
    —India



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