The banner that's been unfurled across the facade of the World Bank's Main Complex in Washington, D.C., where DM2009 will be held Nov. 10-13, tells the story. Are you registered?
From Kathy Sierra, Vice President of the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Network, and Sanjay Pradhan, Vice President of the World Bank Institute, comes this welcome to DM2009 finalists:
Development Marketplace 2009 couldn't have a more timely or significant theme: “100 Ideas to Save the Planet and its people from the effects of a changing climate.”
Managing risks from climate change will require not only one hundred but thousands of ideas from communities all over the world. Identifying the best of those ideas and reducing the time it takes to incubate, develop, and take them to scale will mean the difference between life and death to those people who live in the most vulnerable areas.
During this four-day event, representatives from civil society organizations and small businesses, development professionals, members of academia, government agencies, and others with a passion for development will share innovative and creative solutions to the challenges facing their communities. Finalists will also participate in a learning program that will help them succeed in launching and scaling up their innovations.
We and the DM2009 partners who have so generously made these competition awards possible warmly welcome the finalists, who hail from 47 countries, and invite them to engage and share their ideas with each other and with the global development community.