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The Office of the Executive Director (EDS14) known as Africa Group 1 Constituency, represents Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Executive Director is one of the 25 Executive Directors of the World Bank Group (WBG) Boards of Executive Directors.  The Constituency comprises a diverse group of countries that include low-income and middle-income countries. The ED's office has a dual responsibility (i) to exercise fiduciary responsibility and act in the best interest of the organization, and (ii) to represent the interests and concerns of the Constituency members countries at the WBG Boards, as well as assist in their efforts to reduce poverty and promote shared prosperity.

 

History of the Membership of the Current Constituency of ED14 

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    Botswana

    Membership Date
    July 24, 1968
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    Eswatini

    Membership Date
    September 22, 1969
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    Kenya

    Membership Date
    February 3, 1964
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    Malawi

    Membership Date
    July 19, 1965
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    Rwanda

    Membership Date
    September 30, 1963
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    Somalia

    Membership Date
    August 31, 1962
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    Tanzania

    Membership Date
    September 10, 1962
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    Zimbabwe

    Membership Date
    September 29, 1980
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    Eritrea

    Membership Date
    July 6, 1994
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    The Gambia

    Membership Date
    October 18, 1967
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    Liberia

    Membership Date
    March 28, 1962
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    Namibia

    Membership Date
    September 25, 1990
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    Sierra Leone

    Membership Date
    September 10, 1962
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    Sudan

    Membership Date
    September 5, 1957
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    Zambia

    Membership Date
    September 23, 1965

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Event June 17, 2019
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia hosts the Second Replenishment Meeting for IDA19

Representatives from donor and borrowing countries (Participants), converged in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from June 17 to 20, 2019 for the Second Negotiation Meeting of the 19th replenishment cycle of the International Development Association, IDA19, to discuss the size of funding envelope and associated Policy Commitments for the IDA19 cycle, spanning July 2020 to June 2023. Among the Participants were the Constituency’s three IDA Borrowers Representatives: Dr. Denny Kalyalya, Governor of the Bank of Zambia; Professor Benno Ndulu, former Governor of the Bank of Tanzania; and Mr. Sahr Jusu, Financial Secretary in Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Finance. The Meeting was formally opened by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

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Event June 13, 2019
The President of the Republic of Seychelles visit to the World Bank Group

The President of the Republic of Seychelles visited the World Bank Group between June 12 -13, 2019. Accompanied by the Executive Director,Ms. Anne Kabagambe , the President held discussions with the Chief Executive Officer of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mr Philippe Le Houerou and the Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva. During his discussions with the IF C, the President noted that the IFC had a limited portfolio in Seychelles and highlighted that he was was keen to strengthen the partnership going forward. They discussed the following potential areas of engagement; greening of the Seychelles economy in areas such as renewable energy and specifically solar, marine waste management and eco-tourism.

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Highlights
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Publication April 11, 2019
Interim Report 2019

Executive Director Office, Africa Group I

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Event August 31, 2019
2019 African Caucus. Accra, Ghana - July 31, August 2, 2019

Africa Beyond Aid: Enhancing Institutional Capacity and Innovative Finance for Sustainable Growth

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Event May 09, 2018
His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho visit to World Bank Group

His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho graced the World Bank with his presence on May 9th, 2018.

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Event February 14, 2019
African Society Reception for Africa Executive Directors

The African Society hosted a reception to honor the late Executive Director for Angola, Nigeria and South Africa, Mr. Haruna Mohammed and to welcome the two new African Executive Directors, Mr. Jean Claude Tchatchuoang and Ms. Anne Kabagambe. In attendance were the WBG’s Interim President, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, and the Africa Vice President, Mr. Hafez Ghanem.

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The World Bank Group
Office of the Africa Group 1 Constituency
1818 H Street, N.W. Mail Stop MC12-1207
Washington, DC 20433 USA
Tel : +1 202-458-2105
Fax: +1 202-522-1549
EDS14@worldbank.org
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EDS14 is the Office of the Executive Director for Africa Group 1 (AFG1) Constituency at the World Bank Group (WBG) Executive Board. The AFG1 Constituency 22 countries are Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The Office has a dual responsibility. The first is to represent the interests of these Constituency members at the Executive Board of the WBG and to liaise with the respective Governors on issues relevant to the entire constituency or to a particular member of the constituency. As such, the Office supports dialogue between the WBG and our constituency countries and engages in consultations with other Executive Directors and Management to support efforts to achieve the twin goals of reducing extreme poverty to 3 percent by 2030 and promoting income growth of the bottom 40 percent in a sustainable manner.

The Office also has a fiduciary responsibility, to act in the best interests of the organization as a whole. The Board is responsible for the conduct of the general operations of the Bank, providing overall guidance to Management on strategic directions, exercising oversight over operational, financial, and institutional matters, and approving the use of financial resources by all WBG entities and policies that impact the organization’s general operations and use of resources.

The Executive Director for EDS14 currently serves as the Member of the Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE) and the Budget Committee (BC), which are two of the five standing committees of the Executive Board.

The Executive Director is supported by the Alternate Executive Director, Senior Advisors and Advisors, who review and provide advice on policies, strategies and projects presented for consideration and approval by the Executive Board. The Office also comprises a senior executive assistant and program assistants who provide administrative support.

 

Last Updated: Jan 06, 2017


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    Antonio Fernando

    Senior Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: Mozambique
    Constituency Countries: Mozambique, and Namibia; Responsibilities: MIGA, Latin America & Caribbean (LAC), G-24, Doing Business, Climate Change, Operations and Jobs and Economic Transformation
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    Fisseha Kidane

    Senior Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: Ethiopia
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    Solome Lumala

    Senior Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: Uganda
    Constituency Countries: Uganda and Sierra Leone; Responsibilities: CODE, Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Poverty& Equity, Fragility Conflict & Violence, Environmental and Gender
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    Allan Ncube

    Senior Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: Zimbabwe
    Constituency Countries: Zimbabwe and Rwanda; Responsibilities: South Asia (SA), Development Committee, IBRD, and East African Community (EAC)
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    Abraham Diing Akoi

    Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: South Sudan
    Constituency Countries: South Sudan and Seychelles
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    Lamin Bojang

    Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: Gambia
    Constituency Countries: Gambia and Liberia; Responsibilities: Transport & ICT, External and Corporate Relations (ECR), East Asia & Pacific (EAP), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and New Development Bank (BRICS Development Bank)
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    Kuena Diaho

    Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: Lesotho
    Constituency Countries: Lesotho and Botswana; Responsibilities: INT/Ethics/Sanctions, Governance, Social Protection & Labor and Public-Private Partnerships
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    Zarau Kibwe

    Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: Tanzania
    Constituency Countries: Tanzania and Burundi; Responsibilities: Budget, Macroeconomics & Fiscal Management, Social, Urban, Rural & Resilience, Knowledge Management and Advisory Services, UNECA, IGAD and Global Economics Prospects
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    Naomi Chelang'at Rono

    Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: Kenya
    Constituency Countries: Kenya and Eritrea; Responsibilities: Audit, Health, Nutrition & Population, African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Procurement Framework
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    Lonkhululeko Phumelele Magagula

    Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: Eswatini
    Constituency Countries: Eswatini and Malawi
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    Abdirahman Shariif

    Advisor to the Executive Director - Nationality: Somalia
    Constituency Countries: Somalia and Sudan; Responsibilities: Middle East & North Africa (MENA), G20 and Islamic Development Bank (IDB)

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    Wubalech Mekonnen

    Senior Executive Assistant
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    Mohammed Ahmed

    Program Assistant
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    Lozi Sapele

    Program Assistant
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    Petronella Makoni

    Program Assistant
Constituency Highlights

Allocation of Votes by Organization

Member countries are allocated votes at the time of membership and subsequently for additional subscriptions to capital. Votes are allocated differently in each organization.

IBRD: Each member receives votes consisting of share votes (one vote for each share of the Bank's capital stock held by the member) plus basic votes (calculated so that the sum of all basic votes is equal to 5.55 percent of the sum of basic votes and share votes for all members).

IFC: Each member receives votes consisting of share votes (one vote for each share of IFC's capital stock held by the member) plus basic votes (calculated so that the sum of all basic votes is equal to 5.55 percent of the sum of basic votes and share votes for all members).

IDA: Each member receives the votes it is allocated under IDA replenishments according to the rules established in each IDA replenishment resolution. Votes consist of subscription votes and membership votes.

MIGA: Each member receives votes consisting of share votes (one vote for each share of MIGA's capital stock held by the member) plus parity votes, calculated so that the aggregate number of votes of category 1 and category 2 members is the same. Members choose which category they want to join at the time of membership. Category 1 members were originally defined as developed countries and category 2 members as developing countries.

Voting Status by Executive Director:

Current Events
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    President of the Republic of Seychelles visit to WBG

    June 12-13, 2019
    The President of the Republic of Seychelles visited the World Bank Group between June 12 -13, 2019. Accompanied by the Executive Director,Ms. Anne Kabagambe , the President held discussions with the Chief Executive Officer of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Mr Philippe Le Houerou and the Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva. During his discussions with the IF C, the President noted that the IFC had a limited portfolio in Seychelles and highlighted that he was was keen to strengthen the partnership going forward. They discussed the following potential areas of engagement; greening of the Seychelles economy in areas such as renewable energy and specifically solar, marine waste management and eco-tourism. In his meeting with the World Bank, the President acknowledged the World Banks support for the issuance of Seychelles first Sovereign Blue Bond. Ms. Georgieva congratulated the President on receiving the National Geographic Planetary and Leadership award in recognition of role in championing climate action. The discussions focused on opportunities for the partnership with the World Banks on Coastal Management, the Blue Economy and tackling marine plastic.
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    The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia hosts the Second Replenishment Meeting for IDA19

    June 17-20, 2019
    Representatives from donor and borrowing countries (Participants), converged in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from June 17 to 20, 2019 for the Second Negotiation Meeting of the 19th replenishment cycle of the International Development Association, IDA19, to discuss the size of funding envelope and associated Policy Commitments for the IDA19 cycle, spanning July 2020 to June 2023. Among the Participants were the Constituency’s three IDA Borrowers Representatives: Dr. Denny Kalyalya, Governor of the Bank of Zambia; Professor Benno Ndulu, former Governor of the Bank of Tanzania; and Mr. Sahr Jusu, Financial Secretary in Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Finance. The Meeting was formally opened by the President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Her Excellency Sahle-Work Zewde, who underscored IDA’s contribution in assisting Ethiopia achieve considerable progress in poverty reduction over the last three decades. Participants focused their discussions on five issues: (a) Policy Commitments for each IDA19 special theme; (b) changes to IDA/IFC/MIGA Private Sector Window (PSW); (c) debt vulnerabilities in IDA countries; (d) IDA19 Requests for Resources and Financing Framework; and (e) the Results Management System (RMS). On policy commitments, there was a broad agreement on the need to scale up ambition in the policy commitments of all special themes. This call was especially pronounced for Jobs and Economic Transformation Special Theme. Most participants supported the proposed changes to PSW, where Management proposed to change the allocation among facilities to reflect client demand. Participants underscored the importance of addressing debt vulnerabilities to ensure that IDA19 is a success. They welcomed a proposed set-aside arrangement, where a country’s access to the full size of its IDA indicative resources will be conditional on its pursuit of reforms that promote debt sustainability and transparency. Participants also welcomed the proposed Sustainable Development Financing Policy (SDFP) — an extension of the Bank’s Non-Concessional Borrowing Policy (NCBP). On the financing framework, IDA management presented three financing scenarios against a demand of about US$90 billion. Most Participants were in favor of the base and high scenarios, which are in the range of US$80 billion and US$86 billion, respectively. However, some Participants requested IDA management to prepare additional scenarios with a view to helping their capitals make informed decisions. Regarding RMS, Participants welcomed the proposed changes of indicators to measure IDA19 impact but called for close alignment between these indicators and those for the SDGs. The Meeting was closed by His Excellency, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who appealed for robust IDA19 Replenishment to support an ambitious reform agenda to protect hard-won development gains that his and other IDA countries had achieved over the years. The next (third) replenishment meeting will be held on the margins of the 2019 IMF/WBG Annual Meetings in mid-October in Washington, D.C., where the draft IDA Deputies Report, containing overall financial and policy package, will be tabled. The fourth and final replenishment meeting, the pledging session, will be held from December 9 to 11, 2019. Two countries, Samoa and Sweden, have hitherto volunteered to host this last replenishment meeting.
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    Round Table on Responding to Cyclone IDAI

    April 10, 2019
    The WBG and other Development Partners have provided not more than 20% of required support to Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe following the devastating effects of Tropical Cyclone Idai. The cyclone damaged the infrastructure corridor connecting the Mozambican port of Beira with Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is estimated that the damage and recovery needs assessment point to over US$2.0 billion for infrastructure and humanitarian assistance for the three countries, with more than three million people affected. The WBG has mobilized resources using existing projects in Malawi and Mozambique to provide support for urgent road and water supply repairs, sanitation and hygiene, disease surveillance and prevention, agriculture, and food security. The World Bank management will further seek access to additional resources through the International Development Association (IDA) Crisis Response Window (CRW) and by working with donors to mobilize trust fund support for medium to long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts for the three countries. In the face of the crisis, there have been consistent calls for the Bank to consider lifting the sanctions against Zimbabwe to enable the country to receive aid. On March 25, 2019 the World Bank launched a staff fundraising campaign from which $40,127 was raised. These Funds will be matched at 50 percent by the World Bank. UNICEF, which is already very actively involved on the ground in all the affected countries, has been tasked with executing and managing the finances. The WBG convened a high-level round table on recovery and resilience in the three Southern African countries on April 10, 2019 on the sidelines of the 2019 Spring Meetings. The Round table was co-chaired by the Executive Director for Africa Group 1, Ms. Anne Kabagambe, the State Secretary of the United Kingdom, Hon. Penny Mordaunt and the State Secretary of Portugal, Hon. Teresa Ribeiro. Governors Hon. Goodall Gondwe of Malawi, Hon. Adriano Maleiane of Mozambique and Hon. Prof. Mthuli Ncube of Zimbabwe were joined by other international partners including the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) and African Development Bank which pledged their support to the affected countries. The discussions underscored the need for a regional approach to longer term reconstruction and development, given the cyclical nature of disasters and likely ripple effects of the cyclone on the entire region. Participants reaffirmed their commitment to working together to improve climate resilience for infrastructure. They also emphasized the need for better natural resource management, improvements to regional weather forecasting, crisis preparedness and increased use of disaster risk financing tools.
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    African Society Reception for Africa Executive Directors

    February 14, 2019
    The African Society hosted a reception to honor the late Executive Director for Angola, Nigeria and South Africa, Mr. Haruna Mohammed and to welcome the two new African Executive Directors, Mr. Jean Claude Tchatchuoang and Ms. Anne Kabagambe. In attendance were the WBG’s Interim President, Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, and the Africa Vice President, Mr. Hafez Ghanem. African Society Executive Directors’ welcome reception The President of the African Society, Mr. Moses Wasike, in his welcome remarks, shared that the Executive Directors’ offices have played a key role in supporting Staff from Sub-Saharan Africa. He highlighted the challenges African Staff faced at the World Bank and how the Executive Directors have been fully supportive in addressing their concerns. In her remarks, Ms. Kabagambe paid tribute to the late Executive Director Haruna Mohammed from Nigeria. Ms. Kabagambe spoke of Haruna’s fervent advocacy for a continent he fully understood and cared about. She urged all present to learn from leaders such as the late Executive Director, Haruna Mohammed, and asked that as children of Africa, it is imperative to take responsibility and continue in the fight towards a better future for Africa and the world. She thanked the IMF-WBG Staff African Society for hosting the reception in their honor. She addressed the World Bank Group’s diversity and inclusion agenda, which has been a recurring issue in the Memoranda of African Governors to the WBG President. She noted that progress has been made on the increase of Sub-Saharan Staff at managerial positions. What is still missing is the representation at the middle level. She concluded her remarks by urging management to continue to work collaboratively with the African Society to address Sub-Saharan Staff welfare concerns.
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    World Bank’s Executive Directors Select David Malpass 13th President of the World Bank Group

    April 5, 2019
    WASHINGTON, April 5, 2019 - The Executive Directors of the World Bank today unanimously selected David R. Malpass as President of the World Bank Group for a five-year term beginning on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The Board expressed its deep gratitude to Interim President Kristalina Georgieva for her dedication and leadership in recent months. The Executive Directors followed the selection process agreed in 2011. The process included an open, transparent nomination where any national of the Bank’s membership could be proposed by any Executive Director or Governor through an Executive Director. This was then followed by thorough due diligence and a comprehensive interview of Mr. Malpass by the Executive Directors. The Board looks forward to working with Mr. Malpass on the implementation of the Forward Look and the capital package agreement as articulated in the Sustainable Financing for Sustainable Development Paper. Mr. Malpass previously served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs for the United States. As Under Secretary, Mr. Malpass represented the United States in international settings, including the G-7 and G-20 Deputy Finance Ministerial, World Bank-IMF Spring and Annual Meetings, and meetings of the Financial Stability Board, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. In his role as Under Secretary, Mr. Malpass played a crucial role in several major World Bank Group reforms and initiatives, including the recent capital increase for IBRD and IFC. He was also instrumental in advancing the Debt Transparency Initiative, adopted by the World Bank and IMF, to increase public disclosure of debt and thereby reduce the frequency and severity of debt crises. Prior to becoming Under Secretary, Mr. Malpass was an international economist and founder of a macroeconomics research firm based in New York City. Earlier in his career, Mr. Malpass served as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Developing Nations and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Economic Affairs. In these roles, he focused on an array of economic, budget, and foreign policy issues, such as the United States’ involvement in multilateral institutions, including the World Bank. Mr. Malpass has served on the boards of the Council of the Americas, Economic Club of New York, and the National Committee on US–China Relations. Mr. Malpass earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and his MBA from the University of Denver. He undertook advanced graduate work in international economics at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. The World Bank President is Chair of the Boards of Directors of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA). The President is also ex officio Chair of the Boards of Directors of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the Administrative Council of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
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    Jobs and Economic Transformation: Unleashing Africa's Potential

    Brown Bag Lunch (BBL) Series
    Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has made progress in economic transformation in recent years, but at a pace not sufficient enough to create much-needed jobs and reduce poverty substantially as in East Asia. Demographic pressures mean that SSA will need to create more than 14 million jobs annually through 2030 simply to keep pace with the rapidly growing youth population. To this end, the creation of decent jobs remains a formidable public policy challenge, requiring countries to not only sustain high rates of growth but also make it more inclusive. Achieving this will require both individual countries and the World Bank Group (WBG) to step up efforts in critical areas, including but not limited to investing in human capital; closing gaps in hard and soft infrastructure; improving the business environment; strengthening governance and institutions; helping countries get the basics of industrial policy right; and unlocking access to Global Value Chains (GVCs). Building on the African Representatives' Non-Paper on Jobs and Economic Transformation, African Executive Directors are organizing a series of BBLs to stimulate policy discussion on how the WBG can strengthen its engagement on Jobs and Economic Transformation, particularly on enhancing its policy commitments in the IDA19 Replenishment. This is the first in a series of four BBLs.
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    Women Leading Change: A Discussion with Women on the Board

    Wednesday, January 9, 2019
    Different cultural backgrounds. Different personal journeys. Different professional trajectories. But the same destination: positions of leadership on the World Bank Group's Boards of Directors. Five incredible women - Executive Directors Christine Hogan, Anne Kabagambe, Aparna Subramani, Alternate Executive Director Minwen Zhang, and Senior Advisor Jeehan Abdul Ghaffar - shared their inspiring stories and reflected on experiences that shaped them into the leaders they are today. Yvonne Tsikata, Vice President and WBG Corporate Secretary, moderated this captivating and candid discussion in front of a standing-room audience of about 400 in Preston and some 200 online participants. The panelists reflected on key elements of leadership: what it takes to become a leader, how to overcome challenges, and how women can support each other to build successful and meaningful careers. Key elements of leadership for World Bank Group staff Effective leadership rests on authenticity, integrity and respect, an ability to nurture relationships, and a commitment to supporting leaders of tomorrow. "These leadership skills are developed over a lifetime. One is not just born with them, but they must be worked at," said Hogan, who reflected on her experience as a senior leader in the Canadian federal government as well as time in the private sector and the UN. Building leadership skills and personal resilience Becoming a successful leader also requires internalizing the role and purpose of a leader. This includes recognizing one's competencies, addressing weaknesses and continually learning. It also means being resilient in the face of challenge and looking for support around you. "Persevere in the face of pushback – learn to advance, retreat, recoup and advance again. As you persevere, you get external affirmation which keeps supporting you, and eventually you will internalize your leadership role," said Subramani, reflecting on lessons from her experience in public service in India. "Circumstances decide what experiences or opportunities you have, but it's up to you to decide what you do with them." Developing tools to overcome challenges in your career As all panelists experienced, the path to leadership can be fraught with bias –intentional or unconscious – and intersectional discrimination. The panel counseled the audience not to spend too much time internalizing negative experiences as they compromise decision-making. Instead, educate others about their biases, and when dealing with discrimination, speak up for yourself as well as for others who might be experiencing the same. Sometimes this simply means being persistent. "When I don't feel I have a seat at the table, my favorite tool is to carry different 'folding chairs' to ensure I can sit at the table," said Kabagambe to applause, laughter and cheers from the audience. Moving out of one's comfort zone is also critical. Starting a career within a large government ministry was a huge adjustment for Zhang, who grew up in rural China. She learned to grow into the different positions and responsibilities, thanks to the gender diversified working environment as well as the opportunities given by the Ministry and bosses. "Stepping out of that zone is a success in itself, so we need to always challenge ourselves," she noted. Finally, managing the trade-offs between family and career is another challenge, for which there are no easy solutions. How can women support each other? The panelists advised the following: 1) find a circle of supporters who have your best interest at heart 2) find mentors and sponsors throughout your professional journey 3) as women, believe in each other. "Invest in being the advocate for others and let's share our stories. Whether you are a manager or not, male or female, step into that role," said Abdul Ghaffar, who is originally from Yemen and shared helpful experiences from both working at DFID and in the UN system. The event energized and inspired the audience, women and men alike. Chifundo Chilera, a YP Social Development Specialist, appreciated hearing personal stories and professional insights from the leaders and other participants with whom she networked. "I am very proud to be part of such a dynamic and diverse community of women whose guidance today will help me in my career at the Bank." David Gray from the Development Finance VPU said: "I am not surprised at today's turnout. Women have played a leading role in this institution since the beginning." Staff have recently formed the WBG Women's Network (WBGWN) to connect existing groups and networks across the institution whose shared goal is gender equality at the WBG, and to help them drive change. This event was co-sponsored by the Corporate Secretariat, the Development Finance (DFi) Women's Leadership Network, IFC Women's Network, the African Women's Network, and the Single Parent Inclusion Network.
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    A Warm Welcome and Celebration of Lives Behind EDS14 Office

    A warm welcome to the new Alternate Executive Director and celebration of lives; a perfect way to begin the new Board term. On Friday, November 2nd, EDS14 gathered to welcome the Alternate Executive Director, Dr. Taufila Nyamadzabo. In his remarks on what expectations he has for the remodeled office, he stressed that professionalism, in all institutions, is a pillar on which all collaborative work must be anchored. His comments were very much in keeping with the culture of EDS14, which has seen remarkable progress and constituency engagement. On that note, EDS14 staff who celebrated their birthdays in the past six months joined hands to cut through not just the cake symbolizing the commemoration of the days they drew their first breath, but so too, the beginning of new leadership and renewed commitment to collaboration, dedication and utmost expression and drive for a robust development agenda for our constituency countries.
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    Farewell to former Executive Director Mr. Andrew Bvumbe and welcoming new Executive Director, Ms. Anne Kabagambe

    The Office of the Executive Director (EDS14) for Africa Constituency Group 1 bid farewell to former Executive Director from Zimbabwe, Mr. Andrew Bvumbe, whose term came to an end on 31st October 2018. Mr. Bvumbe’s end of service to the World Bank Group Board of Directors ushers in leadership by the new Executive Director, Ms. Anne Kabagambe. Ms. Kabagambe, a national of Uganda, is the development stalwart to whom Africa Constituency Group 1 now looks to steer the Constituency ship. She presents the roadmap for a robust transformative agenda that aims to redefine and tailor engagement for her Office as the honest broker for Constituency countries. Also a new Alternate Executive Director from Botswana, Mr. Taufila Nyamadzabo will join forces. Executive Director Office, EDS14, welcomes the renewed commitment to meet Africa’s needs through strategic deployment of resources and looks forward to Ms. Anne Kabagambe and Mr. Nyamadzabo’s shaping of Africa Constituency Group 1 narrative.
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    Prime Minister of Somalia visit to World Bank Group

    March 5th, 2018
    His Excellency Hassan Ali Khayre, Prime Minister of Somalia is invited as a panelist to The Fragility Forum 2018. The Forum is a high-profile event organized by the World Bank Group and partners which brings together practitioners and policymakers from around the world to exchange knowledge and experience on driving the development agenda forward in places affected by Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV). Over three days, policy makers and practitioners from humanitarian, development, peace and security communities will share practical solutions and explore innovative ways of working to inspire future directions. The theme for the Fragility Forum 2018, Managing Risks for Peace and Stability, reflects a strategic shift in how the global community perceives and addresses FCV – by putting prevention first. Discussions will encompass how humanitarian, development, peace and security communities can complement and reinforce each other to tackle fragility across a broad spectrum of countries and contexts, emphasizing early action to manage risks. Helping host countries prepare and better manage refugee crises, crowding in private sector investment, and the role of women and youths will be featured prominently. The Forum aims to provide an opportunity to harness the collective brain trust of multiple stakeholders to (i) improve development approaches to address FCV through experience sharing of ‘what works’; (ii) highlight innovative work and ground-breaking initiatives to inspire future directions; and, (iii) explore complementary ways of working across humanitarian, development, peace and security partners to improve efficiency and effectiveness and promote greater collaboration.
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    His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho visit to the World Bank

    May 9th, 2018
    His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho graced the World Bank with his presence on May 9th, 2018. The purpose of his visit was to strengthen partnership with the World Bank on Ending Malnutrition and Stunting. His Majesty King Letsie III, a passionate agriculture practitioner and advocate for food security and its attendant enablers, has been at forefront of the global cause and advocacy initiatives to end malnutrition and stunting. King Letsie III serves the African Union as the organization’s Nutrition Champion and also, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization as Ambassador for nutrition. Having him serve in the said respective roles, and with the World Bank moving expediently to work with countries on ending malnutrition and stunting frameworks, it was found to be most befitting for His Majesty to engage the World Bank malnutrition experts on the work they have done and continue to do in different client countries of the World Bank. During his visit, His Majesty King Letsie III afforded audience to a panel of experts and senior World Bank management, with whom he engaged and exchanged ideas on reshaping the food security and nutrition landscape in not only his country Lesotho, but also internationally, to thwart the incidence of malnutrition and stunting. With His Majesty, the panel discussed the plight of stunted children in Africa, providing data to illustrate the urgency with which governments and development partners ought to respond to calls for action and cooperation. One in three children under the age of five in Africa were said to be stunted. This, unfortunately, was said to have a devastating impact on countries’ development due to the cost on health and over time, on human productivity. As part of his engagement with the World Bank, His Majesty King Letsie III will host a High-Level Forum in Maseru, Lesotho, on October 3rd, 2018. Participating countries of Lesotho, Zambia and Zimbabwe will discuss pathways to build support for concrete policy actions to improve early childhood nutrition. The forum will bring together health, agriculture, food security, water, sanitation, education and water experts. This initiative lead by His Majesty King Letsie III will feed into the World Bank’s Human Capital Project which has been championed by the World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim. His Majesty’s leadership is intended to create an environment for cooperation and commitment by leaders to end malnutrition and stunting.
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    High Level Panel Discussion on Refugee Crisis in Africa and its Impact on the Economies of Host Countries

    April 22, 2017 from 1pm-2:15pm
    The refugee issue and other forced displacements situations are increasingly emerging as a crucial development challenge across the world. Like in some other developing regions, some African countries continue to receive refugees in numbers disproportionate to their national resources. More specifically, in sub-Saharan Africa for instance, refugees and forcibly displaced peoples have been hosted in neighboring countries for prolonged periods, putting pressure on the host countries’ resources, public services, and infrastructure while at the same time affecting local communities which are already experiencing high levels of poverty.
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    Celebrating Heritage Days of Africa - Malawi

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017
    On January 25, 2017, the Africa Group 1 Constituency (EDS14), in collaboration with Malawi Embassy hosted a Heritage Day that celebrated the rich and diverse cultures and cuisines of Malawi. At this event, internal and external guests were also treated to a wide assortment of tasty food, authentic national music and an exhibition of fine artifacts and colorful traditional apparel.
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    IDA Gets an Historic Boost

    IDA18 Replenishment
    The International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for its low-income member countries, received a shot in the arm to the tune of a record US$75 billion with the conclusion of the negotiations for the 18th replenishment of IDA (IDA18) to fund its operations for the period July 2017 to June 2020. Development partners met in Yogyakarta, Indonesia on December 14 and 15, 2016 to adopt the policy and financing package of IDA and to make their respective financial pledges. Responding to the heightened ambitions reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the unprecedented regional and global challenges such as health pandemics, the refugee crisis and climate change, development partners endorsed a policy package that would see IDA double its support to countries facing fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), enhance support to regional projects, enhance the crisis response toolkit, increase support to high impact projects and smoothen the transition for graduating countries. This policy package was complemented by an historic regime change in the financing model of IDA, by adopting an innovative integrated approach that blends the traditional sources of partner contributions and IDA reflows with new financing from the capital market. This innovation is supported by the healthy equity position of IDA and its long history of support from development partners. This stamina has earned IDA favorable ratings from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s rating agencies, which both assigned the Association the coveted Triple-A status, while the Bank of International Settlements, placed IDA issuances in its zero-risk category. Under this framework, the development partners have pledged support of US$27.2 billion, while reflows are estimated at US$21.7 billion and debt financing will amount to US$26.2 billion, of which US$22.3 would be sourced for the capital market. The overall outcome saw the total funding envelope increase 50 percent over the IDA17 level. The strong support in partner contributions reflects pledges from 48 development partners, with 14 pledging higher than then their IDA17 levels. Three new donors entered the fray, namely Algeria, Iran and Pakistan. This outcome, therefore demonstrates development partners’ appreciation of the urgency of the task ahead for the World Bank Group in pursuing its twin goals and the SDGs in low income countries. The replenishment outcome further signifies a strong endorsement of IDA’s role in the global development architecture and its effectiveness at the country level. Under the overarching theme “Towards 2030: Investing in Growth, Resilience and Opportunity”, IDA18 will pursue five special themes, namely, (i) Jobs and Economic Transformation; (ii) Gender and Development; (iii) Climate Change; (iv) Fragility, Conflict and Violence; and (v) Governance and Institutions. With a strong drive of results, IDA18 involves a wide range of commitments including the creation of quality jobs driven by the IFC-MIGA supported Private Sector Window (PSW), support for the development of 5GW of electricity from renewable sources and an increase in access to at least 25 million people, as well as an increase in the number of registered taxpayers in at least eight IDA countries. Borrowing countries in Africa Group 1 Constituency made commitments through their representatives, Dr. Denny H. Kalyalya, Governor of the Bank of Zambia and Mr. Charles Chuka, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Malawi, to effectively implement and utilize the resources to deliver concrete development results on the ground. Since its inception in 1960, IDA has provided support to low income countries in various social and economic sectors. With the graduation of Bolivia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, IDA will have a client base of 74 countries, 19 of which are members of the Africa Group 1 Constituency.
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    EDS 14 has won the “Open for Business” award

    October 2016
    World Alliance for Citizen Participation and Bank Information Center (BIC), were pleased to announce that the Offices of the Executive Directors – EDS 14 and EDS 01 have won the “Open for Business” award for most transparent website for the 2016 Annual General Meetings. There is a tie for first place between the offices of Mr. Louis Rene Peter Larose and Mr. Matt McGuire, Executive Director for the United States. The Open for Business award is presented by CIVICUS and BIC to World Bank Executive Directors’ offices during the Spring and Annual General Meetings of the World Bank and IMF. The winner is determined by a scorecard measuring ED offices’ progress in increasing their online transparency, including by announcing official travel schedules, listing names and contact information of staff members and their areas of responsibilities, and publishing official positions on policies and projects brought to the Board of Directors.
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    President of the Republic of Mozambique visit to World Bank Group

    September 14, 2016
    H.E. Filipe Nyusi, the President of the Republic of Mozambique and Dr. Jim Kim, the WBG President, met on September 14, 2016 in Washington at the World Bank Group Headquarters. The objective of the meeting was to discuss how the World Bank Group could set up its support to the Republic of Mozambique. The Mozambique IDA portfolio is composed of 19 investment operations with a total commitment of $1.6983 billion. In addition, Mozambique is participating in 4 regional projects that are financing activities amounting to $97.8 million at country level, in the areas of Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources and transport & ICT.
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    Celebrating Heritage Days of Africa-Somalia

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016
    On May 11, 2016, the Africa Group 1 Constituency (EDS14), in collaboration with Somalia Embassy hosted a Heritage Day that celebrated the rich and diverse cultures and cuisines of Somalia. At this event, internal and external guests were also treated to a wide assortment of tasty food, authentic national music and an exhibition of fine artifacts and colorful traditional apparel.
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    Celebrating Heritage Days of Africa - Zambia

    Wednesday, March 9th, 2016
    On March 9, 2016, the Africa Group 1 Constituency (EDS14), in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Zambia, hosted a Heritage Day that celebrated the rich and diverse cultures and cuisines of Zambia. At this event, internal and external guests were also treated to a wide assortment of tasty food, authentic national music and an exhibition of fine artifacts and colorful traditional apparel.
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    Celebrating Heritage Days of Africa-Mozambique

    Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
    On March 8, 2016, the Africa Group 1 Constituency (EDS14), in collaboration with country Embassies stationed in Washington, D.C, launched a series of Heritage Days that celebrates the rich and diverse cultures and cuisines of its Constituency Countries. The first event in this series featured the culture and cuisines from the Republic of Mozambique. During this event, internal and external guests were also treated to authentic national music and an exhibition of fine artifacts.
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    BBL jointly hosted by EDS14 and EDS05

    Development through Global Value Chains – The Action for Fair Production Initiative
    “Development through Global Value Chains – The Action for Fair Production Initiative” that will be jointly hosted by EDS05 and EDS14 to be held on December 2, 2015 at 12:30-2:00pm in MC 8-100. Integration in Global Value Chains (GVCs) can be a fast-track pathway to development. Countries embracing GVCs grow faster, gain access to advanced technologies and boost their incomes and employment. Within the GVC concept, compliance with international environmental and social standards has gained much focus as consumers and large buyers, mostly in developed countries, increasingly demand products produced in a sustainable manner. At the same time there is growing interest by firms to find lower cost locations in the developing world in order to preserve their competitiveness, presenting important opportunities for countries seeking to diversify to higher value products. Under the German G7 presidency, G7 leaders at their summit in Elmau/Germany have made a commitment to foster sustainable global supply and value chains. The “Action for Fair Production” Initiative aims to bring together governments, business, employers, trade unions, consumers and other stakeholders to promote sustainable supply chains. The key proposition behind this initiative is that better standards in developing countries will lead to productivity gains, higher participation in GVCs and, actually, higher and more pro-poor economic growth and employment. The Fair Production Initiative accords well with ongoing work in the GP Trade & Competitiveness (GP T&C) to support developing countries’ integration in GVCs.
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    3rd Phase of Consultations of the World Bank Group’s Environmental and Social Framework

    ED in Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia, AED in Tanzania
    During January and February, 2016 the Executive Director (ED) of the AfG1 Constituency, Mr. Louis, Rene, Peter Larose, undertook missions the Republic of Rwanda (January 13-15, 2016), the Republic of Kenya (February 2-4, 2016) and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (February 8-12, 2016). The objective of these missions was to participate in the 3rd Phase Consultations on the World Group (WBG) Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). In performing this goal, in all these countries, the ED attended the consultations between the WBG consultation team and government officials and representatives of CSOs, NGOs. In the Federal Democratic republic of Ethiopia, he also participated in the High Level Forum on “Indigenous Peoples” that took place in Addis Ababa, during February 11-12, 2016. Prior to the consultations he met with the following entities: • Honorable Ambassador Claver Gatete, World Bank Governor and Minister of Finance and Economic Planning of the Republic of Rwanda; • Honorable Henry Kiplagat Rotich, World Bank Governor and Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury of the Republic of Kenya; • H.E. Abdulaziz Mohammed, World Bank Governor and Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia; and • H.E. Ahmed Shide Meeting, State Minister of Finance and Economic Cooperation of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. On the other hand, the Alternate Executive Director (AED) of the AfG1 Constituency, Mr. Andrew Bvumbe, undertook a similar mission to the United Republic of Tanzania, during February 13-17, 2016 where he met with Hon. Dr. Philip I. Mpango, World Bank Governor and Minister of Finance and Planning. He also attended the consultations between the WBG consultation team and government officials and representatives of CSOs, NGOs. Back to Washington, and speaking to staff, the ED said that the consultations were successful. He noted with satisfaction that the four World Bank Governors and their government officials presented clearly their views and concerns to the WBG consultation team. He had assured them that he would make sure that their views and concerns are correctly reflected in the final version of the ESF.

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