Frontiers in Development Policy | World Bank Institute (WBI)

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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.

World class faculty
This state of the art Course features lectures and presentations by leading thinkers and experts.  Selected resource persons include:

  • Kaushik Basu (Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, World Bank)
  • Otaviano Canuto (Vice President PREM, World Bank)
  • Shanta Deverajan (Chief Economist for Africa, World Bank)
  • Marianne Fey (Chief Economist for Sustainable Development, World Bank)
  • Jeffrey Frankel (Harvard University)
  • Indermit Gill (Chief Economist for Europe and Central Asia, World Bank) 
  • Bernard Hoekman (European University Institute)
  • Michael Kremer (Harvard University)
  • Steve Radelet (Georgetown University)
  • Tony Venables (Oxford University)

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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Course Dates: 22-26 April 2013. The course is conveniently timed to take place directly following the WB-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington.  Delegates and other Spring Meetings participants are especially encouraged to consider staying one extra week following the Meetings to attend this important Course.
Course Venue: The Course, offered by the World Bank Institute in partnership with KDI School will be held at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC.
Course Fee: $1000
Language:  The Course will be conducted entirely in English.
Application: To apply to this course, please fill out this form

Comments (6)


The complexity to achieve the objectives and goals on African continent entirely hinges on demonstration effects. a country highly endowed with good natural resources good weather and healthy human resource, how does she a gain depend on foreign aid? we rush to industrialization before resourcing raw materials through agriculture.

Managing Risks and Exogeneous shocks

Not only the course will carter to the needs of the target groups as mentioned in paragraph three above ,it is also
good and useful course for the University level Professors who are teaching and guiding Masters and PhD similar courses.

Commment on WBI Training Programs for Countries of the South

I like to commend WBI for the trainings it offers for the capacity development of humsn resources from countries of the South. I like to appeal to WBI to see reason to assist us from the South financially in order to enable us participate. For example, I am interested in the Courses the WBI offers, but limited by financial capacity to participate. Can WBI help in this direction?


I would like to be updated about the Courses. Thank you so much in all the worker you do.


I hope this importent course will be more open for the non profit NGO like mine to undestand the functioning and complexities of the economy as well as an awareness of the latest thinking and approaches to development policy.
That will be an opportuniy to we to know and share information,idea for solution.


Kindly help me out

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