Ready for the SDGs? What the World Bank Group Can Learn from the MDG Experience
April 15, 2015MC C2-131

As the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concludes, the unfinished agenda is being recast and redefined through the more ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

As the era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) concludes, the unfinished agenda is being recast and redefined through the more ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Realizing this challenging agenda will require robust consideration of lessons learned on the part of the WBG and the broader development community about a range of issues including, for example, how best to marry global goals with organizational imperatives, build effective partnerships, and articulate meaningful results chains. This session, cohosted by the Independent Evaluation Group and the Development Finance Vice Presidency, will reflect on the Bank Group’s engagement with the MDGs and explore how, individually and collectively, the international community can collaboratively and effectively support the SDGs.

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    Opening Remarks: Caroline Heider

    Director-General, Evaluation and Senior Vice President, Independent Evaluation Group
    Caroline Heider joined the Independent Evaluation Group in October, 2011. She reports directly to the World Bank Group’s Boards of Executive Directors through the Committee on Development Effectiveness. Caroline has more than 25 years of international experience in evaluation. Before joining IEG, she headed the office of Evaluation at the World Food Programme. She has extensive evaluation experience in international development and humanitarian assistance and experience in related areas of strategic planning, management audit, and program design. She worked with six multilateral organizations and uses her expertise to balance accountability and learning purposes of evaluations as a tool to draw lessons from experience to make better informed decisions about future directions and actions. She inspires her team to plan rigorously to ensure sound methodology, and think of clients’ information needs when drafting evaluation reports. Caroline is a lifetime member of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS) and a member of the American Evaluation Association. She is currently Chair of the Global Evaluation Advisory Committee, UN Women.
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    Lindsay Coates

    Executive Vice President, InterAction
    Lindsay is a committed advocate for human dignity and currently works as the Executive Vice President of InterAction. She currently serves on the steering committee of the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability and the Boards of Episcopal Relief and Development and the Global Health Council. She served on the Obama administration’s Task Force on Global Poverty, was a Trustee for her alma mater the University of the South at Sewanee and a Board Member for the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project. Before joining InterAction, she was the COO of Population Action International, and previously practiced civil rights law in various capacities. Lindsay was a nonresident Fellow of Seminar XXI, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies, holds a JD from the University of Mississippi, and a BA magna cum laude (focus on International Relations) from Sewanee, which included a year of study at the London School of Economics.
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    Homi Kharas

    Senior Fellow and Deputy Director, Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution
    Homi is a Senior Fellow and Deputy Director in the Brookings Institution’s Global Economy and Development Program studying policies and trends influencing developing countries, including aid to poor countries, the emergence of the middle class, and the global governance and the G-20. He has served as the lead author and executive secretary of the secretariat supporting the High Level Panel, advising the UN Secretary General on the post-2015 development agenda. Recently, Homi has served as a member on the International Panel Review Committee on Malaysia’s economic and governance transformation programs; the post-Busan Advisory Group to the DAC co-chairs; the National Economic Advisory Council to the Malaysian Prime Minister; and on the Working Group for the Commission on Growth and Development. Prior to joining Brookings, Homi spent 26 years at the World Bank as the Chief Economist for the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific region and Director for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, Finance and Private Sector Development.
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    Maria Kiwanuka

    Senior Advisor to Uganda President Museveni on Finance
    Maria Kiwanuka is a Senior Advisor to the President of Uganda on financial matters. Previously, she served as the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development in the Cabinet of Uganda. Maria worked for the World Bank for more than ten years as an Economist and Financial Analyst for the East Asian and Southern African regions, covering projects in Burma, Malawi, Swaziland and Uganda. She has been the Managing Director of Radio One and Radio Two. She also served as a non-Executive Director on the Board of Directors of Aghakan Foundation, the Nabagereka Development Trust, Nkumba University, Uganda Development Bank and Standbic Bank Uganda Limited. She holds a B.Com from the University of London, and an MBA from Makerere University.
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    Paul Ladd

    Senior Policy Adviser and Lead Author, Post-2015 and SDGs, United Nations Development Programme
    Paul Ladd joined the United Nations Programme (UNDP) in 2006 and is currently Director of UNDP’s Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Previously he led UNDP’s policy team on ‘inclusive globalization’ - including trade, development finance, and migration – and the team that prepared UNDP’s contribution to the September 2010 Review Summit on the Millennium Development Goals. From 2008-2009, he provided support to the Office of the UN Secretary-General on the financial and economic crisis, and engagement with the G20. Before moving to New York, Paul was a policy adviser on international development for the UK Treasury, including the period building up to and through the UK’s Chair of the G8 and European Union in 2005. Previously he had been Chief Economist and acting Head of Policy with the UK charity Christian Aid, the UK Department for International Development’s economic adviser for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland, and a financial adviser in the Central Bank of Guyana. Paul received his BS in Economics and MS in Quantitative Development Economics from the University of Warwick.
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    Mahmoud Mohieldin

    Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy, World Bank Group
    Mahmoud is the World Bank’s Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy. He is also in charge of coordinating the World Bank Group’s efforts to strengthen partnerships with the United Nations. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mahmoud held numerous leading positions in the Government of Egypt and served on several Boards of Directors in the Central Bank of Egypt and the corporate sector. He was a member of the Commission on Growth and Development and selected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2005. His professional experience extends into the academic arena as a Professor of Economics at Cairo University, and as a visiting Professor in the UK and the Gulf. He also served as Member of the Board of several universities in Egypt and held senior positions in national and regional research centers and think tanks. He has authored numerous publications and articles in leading journals in the fields of economics, finance and development in English and Arabic. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of Warwick, MS in Economic and Social Policy Analysis from the University of York, and BS from Cairo University.
  • DATE: April 15, 2015
  • LOCATION:: World Bank Headquarters, MC C2-131
  • TIME: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
  • CONTACT: Vivian Jackson