Join Us for “States of Disruption” to Explore the Role of Governance in a Fast-Changing World!

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There is no denying that governments across the world today are facing increasingly complex pressures that are altering the world in which we live – fragility, conflict and violence; large migration flows; the amplifying impact of technology; tensions in managing scarce resources; and more complicated service provision needs. These pressures are re-defining the relationship between citizens and the state and leaving many asking what the role of government in the 21st century should be.

The Governance Global Practice is hosting a conference on June 27-28 to examine the role of governance in an increasingly complex environment. The event, States of Disruption: Measuring Governance in a Changing World, will feature more than 30 distinguished thought leaders representing diverse perspectives, including:

  • Clare Lockhart, Director and Co-Founder, Institute for State Effectiveness, Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University
  • Norm Eisen, Senior Fellow – Governance Studies, Brookings Institution, former US Ambassador
  • Yuen Yuen Ang, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan, Author of “How China Escaped the Poverty Trap”
  • Eric Meerkamper, Global Head of Citizen Engagement, RIWI
  • Amy Deora, Government Team Lead, Civis Analytics
  • Nathaniel Heller, Executive Vice President, Integrated Strategies, Results for Development (R4D)
Building on recent contributions such as the WDR 2017  Governance and the Law – the purpose of this conference is to better understand the ‘state of disruption’ that public sector institutions across the world are facing – and further the agenda on how ‘success’ in governance reform can be measured.

The conference will feature parallel deep-dive sessions led by experts and short lightning talks by World Bank staff about their perspectives on navigating and improving governance in a rapidly changing world. Field-based World Bank colleagues can engage through “GovBistros” in participating offices across all regions.  

Join the conversation through Twitter using the hashtag #GoodGov, or watch sessions directly on the  event page and on the live-streamed Youtube page. If you are in Washington, D.C., you can join us in person – please  RSVP here


Nicholas Nam

External Affairs Specialist

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