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Colombian Indigenous groups in Putumayo, taking action on Climate Adaptation Challenges

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Image credit: Proyecto Madre Tierra

The Zonal Indigenous Organization of Putumayo (OZIP), was one of the 26 the winning institutions that were part of the 2009 Development Marketplace Competition on Climate Adaptation.

They have recently developed their blog to keep us posted! We encourage you to seek more information by visiting their blog in Spanish. You can also see the initial interview to the leaders when in the Development Marketplace Competition held in November 2009 in Washington DC.

Join webinar on WBI's 'The Power of Innovation'

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On Thursday, July 22, the World Bank Institute is launching a special e-issue of Development Outreach magazine whose theme is "The Power of Innovation," and we're inviting you to help us tell how innovation can be a game changer in solving the biggest global development problems.

Get involved by signing in to a special webinar on Thursday that will be led by WBI Innovation Practice Team Leader Aleem Walji, one of the lead authors of the Development Outreach special issue.

The webinar begins at 3 p.m., but sign in early -- by 2:30 or 2:45 p.m. -- because the number of participant slots is limited to 100.

In a post-crisis world, innovation may be the single most important driver of economic growth and competitiveness. The time is right to move development forward through creative uses of technology. We now have the capacity to scale up innovative approaches to meet the needs of people at the bottom of the pyramid when traditional markets fail to do the job.

How to do all this is detailed in "The Power of Innovation."  Top experts tell how to mobilize innovative solutions to reduce poverty--smarter, better, faster, and differently.

Development Marketplace leader Keiko Nagai says farewell for new assignment

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Keiko Nagai was a key part of Development Marketplace for seven years – for the last two as Task Team Leader for the annual global competitions.  Now she’s going to head the portfolio management unit and monitoring and evaluation team for two major development funds of the International Finance Corp. – the World Bank Group’s investment lending arm -- in northern South Asia.  Before she headed off to Dhaka, Bangladesh, her new base of operations, we sat down with her for this interview.
Keiko NagaiHow did you get your start at Development Marketplace?

In 2003, I was finishing up my graduate program in development at Georgetown University.  I applied to the World Bank as a knowledge intern.  I was assigned to Development Marketplace.  I was told I was going to work in social entrepreneurship. That was a disappointment because what I thought I wanted to do was work in development statistics, not with, say, projects to help small farmers.  But as I learned more about the Development Marketplace program and worked with the project team and learned about things like African drip irrigation, I realized how this was really on-the-ground development work, and I was lucky to be exposed to this first-hand experience.  There are so many things happening on the ground that we don’t see from Washington, DC.  I had this pre-conception that development work was gathering data or having this multimillion-dollar project for roads and highways.  But I realized that while these are important, the most important thing is helping people living in poverty.

When Innovation Fails

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I’ve been having some interesting conversations with some of our favorite people like Mari Kuraishi, Jim Koch and Marla Capozzi, about a topic we don’t probe much in development: what we do with an innovative project fails.

In Silicon Valley, as Mari and Marla reminded me lately, you earn your spurs trying and failing. It is almost easier to get funding if you have failed a few times. Venture capital firms assume you learned some valuable things in the process. It’s a credential. But in development? Failing with a donor’s money? Even when you said you were piloting something or trying something new? Surely you failed because you didn’t get the job done, weren’t smart enough, or ran into politics.