23 Jul
World Bank Ecohon

24-hour global Econothon highlights the World Bank Group’s knowledge and priorities (24 & 25 July)

Save the date (Tomorrow, July 24). A What-a-thon? Econ-o-thon? Live around the world? For a whole 24 hours? What? Where? Who? Why?

It sounds like a crazy idea – broadcasting discussions on development economics live from around the world for 24 hours. But that’s exactly the challenge the World Bank is setting on July 24 and 25.

And there is method in this apparent madness. The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries at a time when the world faces some of the biggest development challenges. We wanted an opportunity to share the wealth of knowledge at the Bank, provoke thoughtful discussions and engage a global audience in this important subject.

How can we stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and best help people in developing countries? We’ll be seeking answers (explains since the World Bank) to these huge questions, and – because Development never sleeps – this unique event will circle the globe in the course of a day. “Each one of the Bank’s global teams will highlight the priorities for their region, drawing on local expertise and experience”.

Follow the event online
And we want to hear from you throughout the day, remarks since the World Bank. Ask questions and give us feedback on how we’re doing. Here’s how you can follow the event online:

Watch Live, submit your questions before the event and be part of the conversation.
– Follow on Twitter via #Econothon

The World Bank Group’s President, David Malpass, will kick the event off at midday on July 24 by exploring the issue of debt and the role of the Bank Group in supporting growth in individual countries.

The World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva will lead a discussion on the economics of climate resilience and our Chief Economist Pinelopi Goldberg will address the debate over the best model for development.

Over 24 hours we’ll hear from more than 50 of the Bank’s economists as they discuss a wide variety of topics including how to remove barriers that prevent women participating in the workplace, the scale of global debt, and why investing in people pays big dividends in the long term.

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