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Essay

Application Essay for the 2017 Selection Process (Young Professionals)

"There is no single blueprint for countries in their efforts to end extreme poverty and to promote shared prosperity in a sustainable manner. Strategies to reach the least well-off must be tailored to each country's context, based on solid evidence provided by the latest data and analysis and on the needs of the people.

The World Bank Group partners with countries to take on these challenges in a number of ways. These include funding projects that can have transformational impacts on communities, collecting and analyzing the critical data and evidence needed to ensure these programs reach the poorest and most vulnerable, and helping governments to create more-inclusive and more-effective policies that can benefit entire populations.

The World Bank works across intersecting and complex sectors. Examples include increasing agricultural productivity and building infrastructure that provides access to energy, irrigation, and markets; promoting freer trade that provides greater access to markets for the poor and enabling entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries to grow their businesses and create new jobs; investing in both health care and education, especially for women and children; and implementing social safety nets and providing social insurance, including initiatives that protect against the impacts of natural disasters and pandemics. In working across these diverse topics, the World Bank aims to help developing countries find solutions to the toughest global and local development challenges." (Extract from the 2015 WBG Annual Report)

Describe in fewer than 1,000 words your own contribution to these goals, if you were to work for the World Bank Group.

Operation Recruitment Stream: Describe your own contribution and the potential role of World Bank in resolving some of the above challenges. You may focus on a region or set of countries as well as your area of expertise to describe your proposal.