Frontiers in Development Policy | World Bank Institute (WBI)

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The world economy is undergoing a major transformation. The economic crises in Western economies, persistent poverty despite impressive GDP growth in a number of developing countries, and the emerging prominence of Brazil, China, and India hint at changing global dynamics.  

Policymakers and development practitioners are facing an increasingly complex array of economic, social, and political challenges.  They need a broad-based understanding of the functioning and complexities of the economy as well as an awareness of the latest thinking and approaches to development policy.  

WBI’s flagship Frontiers in Development Policy course helps address this need. It is designed for future leaders, policymakers, and change agents who are trying to meet the development challenges facing their countries. This practical policy course will distill and disseminate "what we know and don’t know" and will outline the "how to" of reform. 

This course is expected to be mid-level in technical content. It will weave theoretical underpinnings into non-technical presentations and reading materials with empirical evidence using a South-South knowledge-sharing approach.

Major themes will include:

  • Defining Development and the Development Challenges in the 21st Century
  • Engines of Growth and Competitiveness
  • Governance: Enhancing Public Sector and Provision of Public Goods and Basic Services
  • Addressing Human and Social Development Issues
  • Managing Risks and Exogenous Shocks

The World Bank Institute (WBI), the Korea Development Institute (KDI), and other partners are organizing and developing the course.

The application deadline has been extended to March 28, 2012.  Please note that $500 will be assessed for accepted participants. Participants are also responsible for travel, hotel and subsistence.


Contact: Sanjukta Roy (