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24-hour global ‘Econothon’ highlights the World Bank Group’s knowledge and priorities

A What-a-thon? Econ-o-thon? Live around the world? For a whole 24 hours? What? Where? Who? Why?

It sounds like a crazy idea – broadcasting discussions on development economics live from around the world for 24 hours. But that’s exactly the challenge we’re setting ourselves on July 24 and 25.

And there is method in this apparent madness. The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries at a time when the world faces some of the biggest development challenges. We wanted an opportunity to share the wealth of knowledge at the Bank, provoke thoughtful discussions and engage a global audience in this important subject.

How can we stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and best help people in developing countries? We’ll be seeking answers to these huge questions, and – because Development never sleeps – this unique event will circle the globe in the course of a day. Each one of the Bank’s global teams will highlight the priorities for their region, drawing on local expertise and experience.

And we want to hear from you throughout the day. Ask questions and give us feedback on how we’re doing. Here’s how you can follow the event online:

- Watch Live, submit your questions before the event and be part of the conversation.

- Follow on Twitter via #Econothon

The World Bank Group’s President, David Malpass, will kick the event off at midday on July 24 by exploring the issue of debt and the role of the Bank Group in supporting growth in individual countries. The World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva will lead a discussion on the economics of climate resilience and our Chief Economist Pinelopi Goldberg will address the debate over the best model for development. Over 24 hours we’ll hear from more than 50 of the Bank’s economists as they discuss a wide variety of topics including how to remove barriers that prevent women participating in the workplace, the scale of global debt, and why investing in people pays big dividends in the long term. 

And we’ll be doing all of this live – in real time. There will also be live interpretation in Arabic, French and Spanish for some of the segments. The full program agenda will soon be available here. It’s a massive logistical challenge as we attempt to stay on air and stay awake for the full 24 hours. We’re pulling together volunteers from our global staff to work on the event and every host will be drafted in from around the Bank. No one here has ever done or attempted anything like this before – wish us luck!

Authors

Jasmin Buttar

Head of Content and Creative for External Corporate Relations at the World Bank Group

Join the Conversation

Santosh Kumar
July 15, 2019

This is very good initiative of world bank.
Now in world climate change ,global warming, women violence, terrorism,and most challenging problem environment pollution and forest distortion is major issues of world.
So we want to know how to control and handle all of these together?
I am so lucky to be part of this.
Thank you

Agalii Masui Matulino
July 15, 2019

Would love to be a part of this discussion. I'm especially interested in developments in Samoa, where I believe corruption and fabricated meetings are taking place by NGO's and government agencies supposedly set up for assistance of the poverty stricken.

Ankit Kumar
July 15, 2019

I would love to be a part of this conversation to gain knowledge.

Eng. Jayavilal Meegoda
July 15, 2019

Promoting invention, innovation among school children over last 20 years. Helping rural students to excel at international level. Like to contribute with my Engineering and managerial experience.

Agustus M. Carlos Williams
July 15, 2019

I am very encouraged and look forward to being part of this timely and purposed discussion.

lubnanaz
July 15, 2019

I am interested to participate and learn.

Frank Kwadwo Aikins
July 15, 2019

This is great! I will surely not miss this!

HRISHIKESH SARDAR
July 15, 2019

Thanks for good idea.

James Mbakpuo
July 15, 2019

Hello Jasmin.
Congratulations in advance for creating such an interesting and mind blowing topic.Am an economist with PhD and am interested to participate in the conversation.
Thanks.
James.

James Mbakpuo
July 15, 2019

Hello Jasmin.
Congratulations in advance for creating such an interesting and mind blowing topic.Am an economist with PhD and am interested to participate in the conversation.
Thanks.
James.

James Mbakpuo
July 15, 2019

Hello Jasmin.
Congratulations in advance for creating such an interesting and mind blowing topic.Am an economist with PhD and am interested to participate in the conversation.
Thanks.
James.

Aladesuru Adewale
July 15, 2019

Great opportunity

Aladesuru Adewale
July 15, 2019

Great opportunity

Dr Mangesh Kashyap
July 15, 2019

Its really important concept ECONOTHON. world bank group knowledge and priorities.

I will be happy to participate.

Ghazal Etminan
July 15, 2019

I am supporting your mission

Paul Moses Udofia
July 15, 2019

This is a timely and interesting discussion, I am happy to be a part

Abubakar Abdullahi said
July 15, 2019

I really appreciate to be part of the conversation

Babatunde Oyetayo
July 15, 2019

Great idea, wish you luck. I am in

Dr K Bhanu Prakash
July 15, 2019

Climate Change, Economic Growth and Development, Poverty and Education are Global Issues to deal and discuss at length.

Christine Chen
July 15, 2019

I am interested in the topics and it would be great to join a worldwide discussion.

Panos Lolonis
July 15, 2019

I would like very much to participate in this extremely interesting event.

NITISH k.
July 15, 2019

This one is really a great platform. I would be happy to be a part of this and contribute my experience and knowledge based on the ground reality and concerns related with actual and pseudo development.

Amadou Nawal BAGNAH
July 15, 2019

I would like to take part of the conversation

William
July 15, 2019

This is great!

Tatiana Matijasevic Medros
July 15, 2019

Very interesting. I will be happy to join the conversation.

Ahmed Elbaz
July 15, 2019

Dear Mrs. Buttar,

my name is Ahmed Elbaz and I am a research assistant at Kassel university in Germany and I writing my PhD about infrastructure projects. Since I was born in Egypt and for almost 6 years now working in Germany I have a quit good consideration of both developing and developed countries.

I will be very happy to take a part of this event

All the best,

Sincerely
Ahmed Elbaz

Rossina Alba
July 15, 2019

No matter how much has been done, poverty remains the greatest challenge for humanity. I am very interested in listening everything that can be discussed and reflected on this regard, and may be make some contribution. I wish you good luck with this important event.

Gary Pickholz
July 16, 2019

Would like to discuss new edutech solutions to bring STEM curriculum to emerging markets

Javaid Iqbal
July 17, 2019

Please include my name

Javaid Iqbal
July 16, 2019

Please include my name

Antonio Mesquita Viandro
July 16, 2019

Good afternoon dear all.
I am awaiting the open day.

I'm excited to the opportunity, Policies and technologies is what I would Like to know more about. Concretely, how to use a local opportunities to eradicate poverty( famine) in Africa.

TONY PETERS MUSUNGU SISULE
July 16, 2019

Hi,

The World Bank today is a partner with mostly developing nations to support their efforts to plan and finance agriculture, education, healthcare and infrastructure development as well as strengthen institutions so that these nations can ultimately reduce poverty and inequality. World Bank policies and shareholding structure are such that the US is the single-largest shareholder with a virtual veto on governing rules of the organisation. Yet the mission of the World Bank has changed from the days when it was mainly focused on reconstruction of Europe after the Second World War from its founding in 1944 to the new millennium where its main gold is elimination of extreme poverty for a more equitable world, with most of its programmes in developing Africa, Asia, Latin America, Pacific, Caribbean.

Question:

Is it justifiable that only a US citizen can be President of the World Bank as has been the case since 1944 yet the US can still exercise its rights as the largest shareholder of the World Bank even if a non-US citizen is President?

Austin Udabor
July 16, 2019

How can people living with disabilities, get loans or AIDS from the world Bank to startup a business

vivek
July 16, 2019

I Will be interested to discuss the core problems of Inequality and Poverty and changes in the financial market.

Brinda Harjan
July 17, 2019

I wish to be part of the conversation.

Sandra chimbwelenge
July 17, 2019

All the best.it is doable. Will be here watching and learning
Thank you for the opportunity

Marzia Karim Priya
July 17, 2019

I would be really happy to join this conversation!

Mahabuba Rahman
July 17, 2019

It really is an excellent initiative. I will be happy to be a part of this conversation.

Md. Mashiur Rahman
July 23, 2019

I would like to hear, listen and contribute for economic growth and poverty reduction with innovative business model.

Usman Ademoh
July 19, 2019

...happy to be part of this discussion. It offer a great opportunity to know how the world is evolving economically. I also want to know how WB is supporting countries battling with corruption, especially in Africa

Dr Walter Donaldson
July 19, 2019

Economic development needs more than just education, it needs people with moral and justifiable thinking.

Ahmet Kutay
July 19, 2019

Proud to be a part of Global Development initiatives and efforts since 1996 via the World Bank Group supported projects.
Therefore I'd be honored to track this one-of-a-kind ECONOTHON event a new genuine brand of the WBG.

Salutations
Ahmet

Fatoumatta Singhateh
July 23, 2019

How best can World Bank try to see development as a right for Africa and other developing regions rather than viewing it as a need?

Lembulung M. Ole Kosyando
July 23, 2019

I look forward to be part of this huge learning interaction.

Huynen
July 23, 2019

I wonder if China can be the leader of a coming global degrowth (managed recession) and ecological transition?

Tanwir
July 23, 2019

to know more about climate change, poverty, debt, development initiatives.

Ta lent Kapeta
July 23, 2019

It will be great to share some challenges we are facing especial in developing nations and try to solve them in sustainable manner

David Ewele Ugochukwu
July 23, 2019

Thanks for the this opportunity.

Maria Gizelle Elizabeth Mason-Roberts
July 23, 2019

Happy to join the conversation. I am interested in how tertiary institutions in SIDS can be sustainably financed (given the small market size and limited capacity of the state), so that they can play their vital role in economic development in their countries. This is important for many reasons, one of which is to mitigate the 'brain drain' which keeps SIDS disadvantaged.

Bhola Dhakal
July 23, 2019

We VB need to develop policy about housing.The distance should maintain one building to another building should 500 meter. City area and flat land need multi story concrete building( 50 story). in Hillary region, wood based building one to two story should made. Government need to construct rather than the work as individual property right.All poor need to place in multi story flats.