Highlights from 2013 | World Bank Institute (WBI)

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December 18, 2013―We're taking a look back at our highlights from 2013 and have chosen 12 snapshots. From Striking Poverty to Innovations for Rural Electrification, join us down memory lane!

Striking Poverty: Innovations in Social Inclusion
The 10th Striking Poverty conversation was about Innovations in Social Inclusion. It explored how we diagnose and address root causes of exclusion, and how we go beyond the provision of ‘equal opportunity’ and ensure respect for individual dignity and the right to human life.

Citizens, Governments Solve Governance Challenges Together
The GPSA announces its first grants to 12 CSOs in 10 developing countries for a total of more than $9 million. Projects in Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Kyrgyz Republic, Malawi, Moldova, Mozambique, the Philippines, Tajikstan, and Tunisia will be funded.

World Bank Institute in China: A Partnership of 30 Years
Results story on the evolving partnership on learning, capacity development, and South-South knowledge exchange. In response to the country’s needs in development and economic transformation, and at the request of the government, the World Bank Institute (WBI), the training arm of the World Bank Group (WBG), supported China’s domestic capacity development and knowledge partnership with other countries over the last three decades

Scaling Innovation at the World Bank Group with Aleem Walji 
The World Bank Institute's Director of Innovation Labs, Aleem Walji, shares key points on innovation and development, as told in his interview with Forbes and the Skoll World Forum. Read his blog post, "Labbing and Learning: Scaling Innovation at the World Bank Group."

World Bank Institute Ranked Best Government Affiliated Think Tank
The World Bank Institute is ranked #1 for Best Government Affiliated Think Tanks in the 2012 Global GoTo Think Tanks Index. The index, a product of the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Society Program (TTSCP), is the result of an international survey of over 1,950 scholars, public and private donors, policy makers, and journalists who helped rank more than 6,500 think tanks using a set of 18 criteria developed by the TTCSP.

Making the Impossible Possible, Through Health Care Delivery Science
Paulina fights tuberculosis while living a dream to be committed to her son. Read how Dr. Jaime Bayona helps Paulina honor this dream. WBI brought experiences from the First Global Symposium on the Right to Health to the World Bank, Dr. Jaime Bayona speaks about his experiences working in Peru with Partners in Health, and the case of Partners in Health in Peru illustrates the holistic approach to the treatment of tuberculosis.

Barcelona City Council and World Bank Sign an Agreement to Share Knowledge on Urban Technology and Innovation
The World Bank and the City Council of Barcelona signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly promote innovation as well as share knowledge on sustainable urban development and the use of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) in the delivery of public services.

Mobile Survey Empowers Citizens to Assess Justice Services in Niger 
The ODTA-ICT4Gov program worked closely with the Prime Minister’s office and all four mobile phone operators in Niger to develop and integrate a mobile-based platform to evaluate users’ experience with the justice system.

Helping Sudan’s Media to ‘Follow the Money’
When the World Bank Institute (WBI) asked Sudanese citizens what public service issues really matter to them, the responses flooded in. WBI and the World Bank’s Sudan Country Office launched a multi-year, partnership-driven program to strengthen the capacity of Sudanese media to undertake demand-driven and responsive media coverage of budget formulation, implementation, fiscal monitoring, oversight, and performance management.

From Great Ideas to Social Impact: The Development Marketplace’s Second Decade
The DM team, housed in the World Bank Institute (WBI), is launching a new phase in its business model.  Over the years, the Development Marketplace (DM) has supported several breakthrough business models that have gone on to impact millions. DM supports more mature, tested approaches - both nonprofit and for-profit - that can effectively leverage the World Bank’s ability to scale impact among social enterprises with a proven track record.

Citizen Engagement for Enhanced Development Impact
The World Bank Group, in partnership with CIVICUS, the Government of Finland and Interaction will host a conference on citizen engagement on March 18, 2013 to highlight the value of engaging with citizens for effective development.

Innovations for Rural Electrification: Building Stakeholder Coalitions 
The World Bank is working on a new initiative that intends to create a multi-stakeholder coalition of key players from the telecom, energy and financial sectors to develop innovative business models that harness the energy demand from the telecom sector to supply electricity in remote, rural areas.   

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