Frontiers in Development Policy | World Bank Institute (WBI)

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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.

Well-targeted curriculum
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.

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Cost: $1000

The course will be conducted entirely in English, and participants will be expected to arrange their own travel and hotel booking.

Comments (22)


I am a professional Teacher in a junior High School in Wenchi Municipality Brong-Ahafo, Ghana West Africa, teaching mathematics as a subject and also a personal aid to the Municipal Chief Executive at the Assembly.I also hold a degree in Economics and Sociology from University of Ghana-Legon.Due to my Economic background, the municipal Chief Executive thought it wise to pull me closer to himself so that i could help him plan for development policy that will go a long way to change the face of the municipality such as creating a conducive atmosphere for businesses and there by creating jobs for our youth. I strongly believe that, pursuing this course will go a long way to improve and sharping my skills and also help me to reposition myself for more challenging a head and to overcome them.Thank you very much for this opportunity and I hope you will consider me to take part in this course.

Thanks please can I have

Thanks please can I have information on available training programs in the field of self regulation in Insurance of the Financial services sector.

application for scholarship

is it possible to get a scholarship, iam a graduate of the African leadership in ICT, this course will enable me lobby for sustainable policies in ICT in my country

Frontiers in Development Policy

I'm working with Ministry of Finance Tanzania in Government Budget Division. This course is wounderful, I participated in online course last year. At the end of the course my skills on designing and implementing development policies improved to a large extent. I wish to have opportunity for face to face option this would be very useful to me. Is there any scholarship?

Seeking information

What is the requirement and procedure for participating this course

I am Master Degree holder in

I am Master Degree holder in Development study with 30 years of working expereinces in the field of development both in Sri Lanka and abroad.This course would be a very valuable asset not only for myself and for the entire country since I am working with other NGOs' s staff and communities as program manager and consultant. Could you please consider me for a scholarship ?
Best wishes

Thanks and Look forward

Lal Fonseka

Any financial assistance to attend the course?

Sir or madam:

I would like to attend the course but lack of financial support to do so. I would like to to if you have any kind of scholarship or financial assistance I could apply. Thank you and greetings from the Dominican Republic.


can this course be offered through online like other many e-learning?

Can benefit from a scholarship

Dear Sir/ Madam

I am very pleased to contact you.

I would like to inform you that I have a degree in English Language in one of the universities of Morocco . I speak and write fluently English, French and Arabic.I have an exeperience of more than 20 years of translation in an Institution of Commerce,Indutry and Services.I wish to benefit from a scholarship to attend this course.

I send you my Best Wishes

Sincerely Yours

Scholarship to attend the course

I'm working as a Senior Consultant at Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration which is a leading public sector training institute to deliver the training requirement of policy makers and public sector personnel. If I get an opportunity to at tend this the new knowledge gaining and sharing in the work shop would be a great opportunity to share with my future stakeholders.

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