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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

Kaganga John
July 12, 2019

I be happy to be part of the conversation

Kumba Vandi
July 12, 2019

It will be interesting to here, listen and could make some contribution towards the discussions around debt and poverty in particular.

Rohan Menezes
July 12, 2019

Hi

Sushmit poudel
July 12, 2019

I am thankful to be a part of here thank you souch for this lind information

Wellington Sihwa
July 12, 2019

i want to know more about public debt management and the role of the Bank Group in supporting sustainable growth and debt sustainability in developing countries

Camille Patrick
July 12, 2019

Can you share the notes with me ,please

Lucy Onsomu
July 12, 2019

I wish you all the best . I also interested and passionate to hear from other experts on solutions about the same.

Antoisse EZIDINE
July 12, 2019

This is an exciting adventure. No matter the difficulties, this innovation is really worth the while. Impatient to see it start. Keep it up and running, guys!!

James Bill Ochamgiu
July 12, 2019

I do. Thanks.

Andrew Devadason
July 12, 2019

Very challenging and creative indeed. Thanks to Jasmin Buttar for the interesting blog.

Marapelang Mokhothu
July 12, 2019

Like topic poverty why because it is the major problem in my country. How does worldbank help countries to overcome this?

Hari Diallo
July 12, 2019

Hi

Neelakandan Pradeesh Kumar
July 12, 2019

Action plan for empowering young children in developing nations especially using technology and sustainable means to provide education, at a highly affordable and reliable manner? Is there opportunity for young minds to be supported by world Bank with funding for pilot projects to educate young children, using adequate affordable gadgeta and technology, form basic education to specif areas of interest like space science or medicine or law.

Simeon Ogwoja
July 12, 2019

Issue based on the government officials using religion to perpetrate evil and killings is on the high rise. Especially the developing countries like my country Nigeria where religious killings has become the order of the day and the government are doing nothing to asuade the situations.
What is the hope for the common citizens?

Burnice Karimi
July 12, 2019

Thank you for the invitation.

Vikram Singh tomar
July 12, 2019

I am supporting your mission. I support globalization and privatization and liberalization.

Vikram Singh tomar
July 12, 2019

I am supporting your mission. I support globalization and privatization and liberalization.

Francisco Baraquel
July 12, 2019

Hi, I am based in the Philippines. Kindly advise the time frame covered by this event.

Peter Chieshe
July 12, 2019

This is a fantastic idea whose time has come.. Developing countries don't need Aid or "Handouts." Policies that will stimulate growth, reduce poverty and raise the standard of living in developing countries is just what these countries need. Kudos!

Peter Chieshe
July 15, 2019

This is a fantastic idea whose time has come.. Developing countries don't need Aid or "Handouts." Policies that will stimulate growth, reduce poverty and raise the standard of living in developing countries is just what these countries need. Kudos!

Mojisola Abigail
July 12, 2019

I'm interested.

Sonia Jeowani
July 12, 2019

I would love to join this

Amar Sidi Mohamed
July 12, 2019

Good evening,

Alibek Sergaliyev
July 12, 2019

I would like to participate in this event

Bhargav Gadhvi
July 12, 2019

Its very good initiative

Mustafa Najmus Shantanu
July 12, 2019

I am interested on the issue that raises the debate regarding a unanimously accepted model of development

Dr. Ashok kumar kaithal
July 12, 2019

i want to join this very activity of world bank group. as, these issues are relevant and my country India is also affected.

Motto Anthony Xa
July 12, 2019

Thank you! I appreciate this massive yet very logical and logistically challenging globaly defined development model, thanks to the World Bank Group! It is challenging to be able to stay on air plus staying awake the full 24 hours. I have never yet volunteered to work on this kind of event and I am really excited to wish everyone who find the chance to do their best even if one is doing it for his or her very first time!
It looks very packed and the intimacy of participation in the model for development like this is memorable. I know because of the wide variety of topics, it won’t be baren to have my field of expertise included.
Now, the most specific concern to include here will take the form of a question. We can always measure our progress. Already we have had a substantial progress in equating and giving equal opportunities for women’s participation in the workplace and their domestic involvement in trying to eradicate poverty. Question is whether we shall successfully eliminate 1) work related inequalities and 2) extreme poverty considering the shared and unshared technical and operational factors within the support bodies like the United Nations, the World Health Organisation or the World Bank Group and what experience does the World Bank Group has in the eradication of extreme poverty which in my country Uganda still weigh down 7 to 8 of every 10 women compared 3 to 4 of every 10 men. This metrics are correct of men 20 years of age and above and women from the age of 20 years and above. A short study done by Health Heritage Charities between January 2018 to December that same year revealed.

It is my anticipation this model for development will scale no matter what challenges are around it. I am pacing around what makes it a bit of a challenge and wow! the impact and global benefits are there to stay for a hundred of years, let’s go for it with anticipation! Good Luck!

Motto Anthony Xa

Founder and Managing Director

Health Heritage Charities Limited

Lira Uganda.

Gael Lazarre
July 12, 2019

Ok

Mr. Sashwin Pillai
July 12, 2019

Looking forward to it!

Mayowa Kushimo
July 12, 2019

Send reminder

Tinko Stoyanov
July 12, 2019

Waiting for the event...

Rachel Lakhi
July 12, 2019

Am I late?

Adams Ikang
July 12, 2019

Can't wait to be part of this!

Gideon Boluwatife OYEWOLE
July 12, 2019

Okay, no data, no problem!

Adhir Joshi
July 12, 2019

Hello,
Greetings.. We are a start-up into renewable energy harvesting as EPC .. Would love to be a part of this and possibly contribute to the cause..
Thank you

James V. Dwalu
July 12, 2019

I like to join the conversation.

smarafa
July 12, 2019

Development is a Social Responsibility and key elements are: Transfer of Knowledge - Access to Finance - Good Governance - Cooperation at All Levels and Between All Sectors. Looking forward to a great dialogues and timely event. Best Wishes for All Success.

Oscar Arrieta
July 12, 2019

Would like to be part of these talks, Oscar

Abraham
July 15, 2019

looking forward to it

Nicolae Bordei
July 12, 2019

I will ne happy to participate in the conversation and learn new interesting and useful things related to development

Kangume Ali
July 12, 2019

I will be privileged to apart of the communication across the globe

Noor Popatia
July 12, 2019

Knowledge

Vaigo Banda
July 12, 2019

I wish I could be there physically and I do not know how this is possible.But we all can contribute to this discussion in any way possible.
Thank you very much for this opportunity.

Emmanuel
July 15, 2019

I will be available for the convention and particularly interested in economics of climate resilience.

Blamo Nimle
July 15, 2019

This is great initiative and very commendable. As a Faculty of Banking and Finance, as well as Enterpreneurship Education, I am keen to the discussion.

Muhammad Ziauddin
July 15, 2019

Interesting. I am sure it would be a great experience.

Mohamed Saleh
July 16, 2019

The most important elements in the actual application of sustainable development are the establishment of a complete transport network without accidents, with implementation of inventions that contribute to that.
Safety transport contributes strongly to the preservation of people's lives for easy communication between the developed peoples and the marginalized and poor people in the remote places away from the big cities to spread health awareness and help in the treatment of diseases and the dissemination of science and equality among the woman's and men's to provide employment opportunities for all individuals in these backward communities to stop ignorance of customs This is the most important goal of gender equality in treatment, science and employment. All woman's and children have the right to basic education. However, there is a substantial difference between the quality of education each South African woman, can expect — especially in the poorest parts of the country where the inequality gap is wide. The world has cut the number of woman and children without an education in half, this progress must extend to the over 50 million still left out.
Educated and healthy woman and children will lead their communities out of poverty and build the thriving nations of tomorrow.
Africa, where many poor people live in remote villages far from urban areas however, too many women are dying in childbirth, often from entirely preventable causes. Simple medicines can save the lives of mothers and their children, but for women living in conflict zones, displacement camps, or poverty, this basic access is out of reach. Because they are poor, they do not have the money to travel to hospitals in the main cities because they are accused of living in remote villages where there are no luminous roads to travel safely without accidents during the night long distances for the treatment or birth in the morning, but forced to surrender to death in their homes. Even if they return, they are liable to die with their children at night accidents on the roads because of the lack of good illumination after all this effort and pains.
Manufacturing an (invention of device that provides powerful lighting for all types of vehicles with using lights tubes without dazzled)
I’m from Egypt at Africa, I have two inventions were implemented to develop the night lighting system, patents No, 26771 year 2011 (Extra Spotlights through Xenon, Laser or LED Bulb) and patent No, 29238 year 2014 (A device that provides powerful lighting for all types of vehicles using lights tubes without dazzled) from, Academy of Scientific Research in Cairo Egypt. Towards reduce the killing of, One million and 350,000 human beings annually in road accidents they are killed (3500 daily) death cases occurs daily worldwide also Every 6 seconds someone, somewhere in the world is suddenly and tragically killed because of injury, Their total amounts to five million deaths annually! (Even if the accident reduction rate is 10% the lives of 350 people will be preserved daily), also causing losses of 500 billion US dollars (If a 10% halt occurs, $ 50 billion will be available to change the world's economy) To development of night lighting system currently used in all vehicles to reduce night accidents, environmental pollution for the light, To increase and enhance night vision and control the orientation of light dazzled (where only control available now is to turn the light on or off) there has been no any development since invention of first car in 1886 to now, Which kicks off light speed by 300,000 m/s, to hit the optic nerve force of the person or animals are not qualified to bear this strong blow and cannot tolerate and temporary blindness is the main reason to increase nighttime accidents. Is done by installation inside body vehicle to the rear is far from the front, to control such glow on, then redirected to the front for radiate through fiber-lights and other luminous elements, They are installed inside the projector at specific angles and degrees to control the direction of light away from the vision of others.
As will the amounts of money now spent in preventing illegal immigration if spent on the implementation of new innovations and inventions that preserve the lives of people because he is the key element in the practical application of sustainable development. For to spread education to all peoples, we must establish a transport network with accident reduction to facilitate safe travel for students from remote outlying villages to places in major of education cities, In order to obtain all kinds of advanced science, For all poor groups that do not have easy and safe transportation.
Also security and transport are two sides of a single coin, called sustainable development, because the spread of security among people requires rapid movement everywhere without accidents. Reducing transport accidents contribute strongly to facilitate the movement, workers, goods and all the necessities of life.
Mohamed Metwalli Khalifa Saleh (Mohamed Saleh)
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Chioma
July 15, 2019

It will be a previlage to be part of this great event.

Daniel
July 15, 2019

I'm curious about the central focus of the marathon discussion. But my concern is how the poor or the vulnerable groups can be carried along to gain deeper insight from their perspective on how best to resolve extreme poverty in developing countries.