WBI’s Delivery Partners Development Program
From February 4 to 15, fifteen participants from Ghana, the Philippines, Canada, and the United States attended the World Bank Institute (WBI) Leadership practice’s Delivery Partners Development Program (DPDP) at the Bolger Center for Leadership Development in Potomac, Maryland. Senior faculty from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and the Ateneo School of Government (ASoG) in the Philippines were joined by experienced development professionals from the UNDP, University of Ottawa’s Centre on Governance, and colleagues from WBI.
WBI’s Leadership Practice, in partnership with World Bank Operations and WBI thematic experts, is delivering multiple programs this fiscal year. Initiatives include, among others, Leadership in Solid Waste Management in the Balkans; Financial Management Information Systems in East Asia and the Pacific; Civil Service Reform in Sierra Leone; and Water and Sewage Management in Iraq. These programs focus on assisting coalitions of in-country change agents address the “how” of reform, combining technical expertise with the ability to mobilize ideas, resources, and stakeholders. In response to rising demand, the Leadership Practice has just completed an intensive two-week workshop to partner with seasoned facilitators and senior development professionals to help deliver WBI’s Leadership for Development Program (L4D) to clients.
“The core components of the Leadership program have the potential to be used as a roadmap when designing the method and process of intervention in WBI’s capacity development work,” said WBI Senior Advisor, Bruno Laporte. The DPDP workshop exposed participants to all modules of the L4D, which include Adaptive Leadership; Constraints to Collective Action; Stakeholder Influence Mapping; Self Mastery; Strategic Communication; and the Rapid Results Approach.
For clients, the ability to deliver at scale largely depends on the availability of partner organizations based in developing countries. For this reason, the Leadership Practice invited seasoned facilitators from schools of public policy and administration located in Africa and East Asia.
“The program was eye-opening, challenging and inspirational for the GIMPA team who now feel more empowered to further impact leadership development in Anglo-phone Africa,” said Quassy Adjapawn, a participant in the program. Deeply embedded in the DNA of WBI’s Leadership Program is the belief that achieving different (better!) results requires “doing things differently.” The difficult journey toward successful and sustainable reform demands that change agents recognize the technical and non-technical aspects of reform; reduce uncertainty with the use of practical diagnostic tools; and mobilize stakeholders via savvy engagement. UNDP’s Atul Shekar stated that this integrated approach is “unlike any other… in that it has the right mix between the content and the process and is thereby able to affect how people impact, co-ordinate and process issues from the level of the individual, the team and the organization, in order to achieve results.” According to WBI Lead Specialist, Nicola Smithers, this practical focus on the ‘how to’ of reform is a “critical value-add for the World Bank” and “one defining difference of what WBI has to offer.”
The workshop design combined “immersive learning” to simulate what it feels like to be a member of a participating reform team, “clinics” for each module to deepen understanding of core concepts, and “teaching effectiveness” on the art and science of adult learning pedagogies. The DPDP cohort will continue on to the next phases of the collaboration, which will include on-the-ground observation with live reform teams, followed by co-facilitation and, finally, the actual leading of a delivery, all in close partnership with WBI’s Leadership Practice.
“The World Bank has long been implementing numerous projects all over the world and, yet, in many cases, these projects get stuck due to exclusively focusing on the technical aspects of reform,” said Adelfo Briones of ASoG. “Recruiting and training a global faculty… will go a long way towards improving the lives of many living in the developing world.”