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Turbulent Waters: Pursuing Water Security in Fragile Contexts
April 10, 2017Washington, D.C. & Online

Join the World Bank Group Water Global Practice for a discussion on how to respond to the challenge of water scarcity in fragile settings.

A new Water Global Practice Report on the link between water scarcity and fragility, conflict & migration – and related opportunities

Fragility challenges are on the rise worldwide. Two billion people live in countries where development outcomes are affected by fragility, conflict and violence and by 2030, half of the global poor will live in fragile and conflict affected states

In 2015, more than 65 million people were displaced, most of them (about 95 percent) in developing countries.

The World Bank will be dramatically scaling up investments in fragile contexts, including water-related investments. 

11.00 a.m. - Chair’s welcoming remarks

11:15 a.m. - What is fragility and how does it interact with water insecurity?

11:30 a.m. - Somalia: can water investments promote stability?

12:00 p.m. - Discussion

12:30 p.m. - Lunch and report launch

  • Guang Zhe Chen

    Senior Director, Water Global Practice, World Bank
    Event Chair
  • Claudia Sadoff

    Global Lead, Water Global Practice, World Bank
    Claudia Sadoff is Global Lead for Water Security and Integrated Resource Management and Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Global Water Practice, and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Oxford University. At the World Bank she has led water-related investment and research projects in multiple regions and served as leader of the South Asia Water Initiative, leader of the global Water Resources Team, and coordinator of the World Bank Nile Team. In addition, she has served as Chair of the GWP/OECD Task Force on Water Security and Sustainable Growth, Senior Advisor to the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Economic Advisor to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water Security, the Global Water Partnership’s Technical Committee, and the Asia Pacific Water Forum’s Steering Group on Water and Climate Change.
  • Dominick de Waal

    Senior Economist, Water Global Practice, World Bank
    Dominick de Waal is a Senior Economist with the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. He has worked in the Africa region for 25 years in the fields of Agriculture, Natural Resource Management and Water. Since joining the Bank nine years ago he has i) led the AMCOW Country Status Overviews, a study examining drivers of water and sanitation progress over the past 20 years across 30 African counties ii) managed a fragile states technical assistance program across seven countries in the Africa Region, and, iii) is a member of the Water Practice team carrying out a series of WASH poverty diagnostics in 20 countries across all developing regions.
  • Hugh Riddell

    Representative, World Bank Liasion, Office of Somalia
    Hugh Riddell is the WB Country Representative for Somalia and was previously the manager of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund based in Kabul. In his role as CR for Somalia he has supported the Bank's revived engagement with the Somali Federal Government, building a portfolio of interventions including of core institutions at central level (e.g. Central Bank and Ministry of Finance functions), economic stabilization (e.g. Recurrent Costs Program), and restarting service delivery through state level institutions (e.g. Water and Agro-pastoralist livelihoods project).
  • David Reed

    Senior Policy Advisor, World Wildlife Fund US
    avid Reed is Senior Policy Advisor for WWF-US. He holds a Ph.D. and graduate degrees from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. He has worked for 35 years in social and economic development programs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia at both the grassroots and managerial levels. Dr. Reed is a widely published author and global expert on the complex relationships between macroeconomic policies, social structures and the environment in the developing world. That expertise has positioned him as a leading authority on natural resource scarcity, social stability and U.S. security interests around the world. Recent books include Escaping Poverty’s Grasp (2006) and In Pursuit of Prosperity: U.S. Foreign Policy in an Era of Natural Resource Scarcity (2014) with his latest publication, Water, Security and U.S. Foreign Policy (Routledge), scheduled for release in June of this year.
  • Samantha Gross

    Fellow, Climate Change Initiative, Cross-Brookings Initiative
    Samantha Gross is a fellow in the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate. Her work is focused on the intersection of energy, environment, and policy, including climate policy and international cooperation, energy efficiency, unconventional oil and gas development, regional and global natural gas trade, and the energy-water nexus. She authored the report “Thirsty Energy: Water and Energy in the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum and is a past member of the Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water.
  • Nadia Piffaretti

    Senior Economist, Fragility, Conflict, and Violence, World Bank
    Nadia Piffaretti is the Senior Economist for Fragility, Conflict and Violence at the World Bank, where she works on economic recovery and economic policy in fragile and conflict affected countries. She held the position of World Bank Senior Country Economist for Zimbabwe from 2010 to 2014. From 2004 to 2010 she was special assistant/advisor to the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank, in the Development Economics Vice-Presidency. Originally from Switzerland, from 2001 to 2004 she served as Economic Advisor to the Swiss Minister of Justice and Police. She holds a PhD in macroeconomics (2000) and Master of Arts in Public Finance (1994) from the University of Fribourg (1994).
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