Introducing Expert Answers: A new video series from the World Bank Group


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Here at the World Bank we’re about to launch a brand new video series. It’s called Expert Answers and you’ll be able to watch the first episode on November 14th on LinkedIn and YouTube.   We’re still busy filming interviews and writing scripts but as we reach the final countdown I thought I’d try to answer a few questions you as the audience might already have: Why are we doing this? What can you expect? Where can you watch? Is it for you?

I’m a relative newbie at the Bank Group. Yes, I’ve been here 10 months and the acronyms now roll off my tongue all too easily – but I’m fresh enough to still be awed by the width and depth of the Bank’s work. When I stand in the lunch queue I can be eavesdropping in on a conversation about sanitation in India, solar power in Egypt, or girls’ education in Burkina Faso - taking place in one of over a hundred different languages! And did you know the Bank has specialists on everything from the cost of gender-based violence to early-warning weather systems?

Despite over 20 years as a journalist, it’s been a steep learning curve as I’ve tried to understand the scope and the details of numerous Bank projects. But I’ve loved it. The opportunity to learn new things, to listen to the smartest people explain how we could make the world a better place, has been fascinating and a privilege.

And so we thought why not share that privilege with everyone? And that in a nutshell is the idea behind Expert Answers. Each month we’ll quiz a World Bank specialist: an expert answers with expert answers. See what we did there? 

Our goal is to help you understand some of the biggest issues in Development today – and it isn’t all doom and gloom. Here at the Bank we’re optimistic about finding solutions, building partnerships and looking forward to a better future. We’ll be asking our colleagues about what works on the ground and what we can do to meet the biggest global challenges. 

Want to understand what debt transparency is and why it matters? Did you know that remittance payments have hit a record high? What’s the relationship between growth, poverty and inequality? Big questions require expert answers. 

Back to one of my earlier questions – is it for you? Well if you’re curious about the world, interested in what we can do to help the poorest countries, or have a thirst for knowledge, then this is definitely for you.

You can tune in to the new series on LinkedIn and YouTube from November 14th. Let us know what you think and what questions you’d like to ask our experts.  You can email us at [email protected]


Jasmin Buttar

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

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Astrid Maria Jakobs de Padua
November 18, 2019

Great idea. Being only for 3 months longer at the WB than you Jasmin, I can perfectly identify with this exciting and inspiring feeling created by this knowledge boost and would like to congratulate you on the idea of making it available to everyone.

November 18, 2019

What’s the relationship between growth, poverty and inequality?

Ananthapadmanabhan G
September 10, 2021

Growth essentially is a additional investment impact on performing sectors where section of people are highly paid that develop high inequality. The trickled down effect does not work as illiteracy is high in underdeveloped and developing nations ,as such they could not participate in good remunerative jobs. Size of family high land holdings are small. So they remained pover throughout.

Tadesse Kassaye
November 18, 2019

Very interesting and hugely relevant theme.

November 18, 2019

Am an African but yearning for our regional transformation

November 18, 2019

i am sure the videos will be very helpful to understand many today world problems

Jayesh Shah
November 18, 2019

Want to understand where global economy is heading to. Thanks.

chetan krishnappa
September 10, 2021

Dear Sir/Madam,

Don't you have a drop down policies for banks in INDIA for operations its like when we entrepreneurs after doing 2 crores business they ask for property security and don't give loans from which start ups get stuck loose all the money in growth stage and become bankrupt and they get stuck in debt with friends, family & personal loans, I know we are speaking on country but these will help us understanding & asking Government to change policy .