Franck Bousquet is the Senior Director of the World Bank’s Fragility, Conflict, & Violence (FCV) Group. He assumed this position on July 1, 2017 and in this position led the development of the World Bank Group’s first Strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence. As Senior Director, Bousquet is mobilizing expertise and supporting operational teams across the World Bank to deliver on the ground in close collaboration with humanitarian-development-peace partners, which includes the implementation of the US$ 25 Billion International Development Association financing package for the poorest countries.
Bousquet brings several years of leadership experience on resilience and reconstruction issues. As director in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Bousquet led the Bank’s engagement with international partners during a period of unprecedented volatility in the region. In response to the Syrian refugee crisis, he worked with the United Nations, multilateral development banks, and bilateral partners to create the Global Concessional Financing Facility, an international effort to bridge the gap in humanitarian and development assistance by providing for the first time concessional financing to middle-income countries facing refugee crises. With an initial focus on helping Jordan and Lebanon address the influx of Syrian refugees, the Facility has expanded to the global level to ensure there is a coordinated international response to future refugee crises in middle-income countries worldwide.
Bousquet also served as MENA’s senior regional advisor, where he led the Bank’s reconstruction efforts in a number of countries, including in Gaza in 2014. Prior to this, he held several roles in MENA focused on resilience to shocks and broader fragility challenges, including as Sector Manager of the Urban and Social Development Sectors and as Regional Coordinator for Disaster Risk Management (2011-2014).
Before joining MENA, Bousquet worked for seven years across a range of sectors and fragile and conflict-affected states in Africa, including as program coordinator for Central and Western Africa in the Water and Urban Unit, and as acting sector leader for the Sustainable Development Department for the Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the DRC, he managed projects that underpinned the country’s response to the global financial crisis of 2008.
Prior to joining the Bank, Bousquet held roles in the public and private sectors focused on water utilities, transport, and finance and capital markets. He holds an MBA with a specialization in finance from Columbia Business School and a graduate diploma in engineering from the National Engineering School of Public Works in Lyon.
Global Humanitarian Policy Forum - Beyond Health: Political, Socio-Economic and Security Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic (Dec. 9,2020)
CSIS Online Event - Online Event: Tackling the Pandemic in Situations of Fragility, Conflict, and Violence (Oct. 23, 2020)
PeaceLab Podcast - Transitions from Peacekeeping to Peacebuilding (Aug. 17, 2020)
ICRC Podcast - Fragility, Conflict & Violence: A conversation with the World Bank's Franck Bousquet (Jun. 23, 2020)
UN Peacebuilding Commission - Consultation on Financing and Partnerships for Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace (Jun. 8-15, 2020)
IISS Podcast - The World Bank’s strategy for fragility, conflict and violence (Jun. 1, 2020)
IISS Webinar - Tackling fragility and conflict through development: the World Bank Group’s approach (May 21, 2020)
Brookings - To end global poverty, invest in peace (Mar. 18, 2020)
Frankfurter Allgemeine - Global poverty reduction falters [Die globale Armutsbekämpfung stockt] (Feb. 28, 2020)
Devex - Fragility to resilience: Getting to the root cause of the problem (Feb. 28, 2020)
France 24 - World Bank to attack poverty in conflict zones (Feb. 27, 2020)
AFP - World Bank launches action plan for countries weakened by conflict [Banco Mundial lança plano de ação para países fragilizados por conflitos] (Feb. 27, 2020)
Le Figaro - Focus on conflict zones for the World Bank [Priorité aux zones de conflits pour la Banque mondiale] (Feb. 27, 2020)
UN Security Council - Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace: Transition to Peace Consolidation [transcript] (Jul. 18, 2019)
Devex - Q&A: The World Bank's pivot to fragile states (Apr. 19, 2018)