Over the course of the past few years, the world has become increasingly complex, with continued economic malaise in the Euro zone, more modest growth in the BRIC countries, and increasing skepticism over future prosperity in other markets. While the forces of globalization serve to further reduce the gaps between nations, the challenges facing policymakers and development practitioners, rather than being simplified, have become even more daunting.
In response to these challenges, the World Bank Institute will once again offer its flagship leadership course, "Frontiers in Development Policy," during the week of April 14-18th, 2014 in Washington, DC. Frontiers in Development Policy equips policymakers with a broad-based understanding of the functioning and the complexity of the modern economy, as well as with a better awareness of the latest thinking and 'how to' of development policy. The course will prove most useful for emerging policymakers and development practitioners, including newly appointed officials, for whom a broad-based understanding of the development process and modern economic issues is required.
Increasingly challenging and complex policymaking environment
The conduct of development policy can be a very complex and challenging exercise. A typical policymaker has to deal with a multitude of challenges which are often closely interlinked. Successful policymaking, thus, requires a solid awareness of specific issues, combined with a good understanding of how the different issues interact with one another. Moreover, the ability to design and to formulate an effective development strategy has to be complemented with the capacity to implement it.
Cutting edge leadership course with a holistic approach and practical focus
The Leadership Course “Frontiers in Development Policy” provides participants (i) with a broad-based understanding of the functioning and the complexity of a modern economy, and (ii) with a better awareness of the latest thinking and approaches to development policy. The course puts a strong emphasis on enhancing the participants’ knowledge and skills to formulate and implement policies and programs, and to deal with the emerging policy challenges in a rapidly changing world. The numerous inter-linkages in the development process are thoroughly explored.
Major themes 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 Course underscores the practical aspects of development policy by focusing on the ‘how to’ of reforms—using carefully selected case studies to discuss what worked and did not work.
This Course targets “up-and-coming” policymakers and development practitioners who are likely to be future leaders and change agents. They may be experts in specific aspects of development, or newly appointed officials, who require a “well-rounded” understanding of the broader development process. The course will also be useful for university faculty, CSO representatives, and development policy analysts.