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Changing Behaviors to Incentivize Collaboration to Address Childhood Stunting

October 12, 2017

Washington D.C.

  • How can we think and work differently when it comes to some of development’s thorniest challenges? How do we encourage cross-sectoral collaboration? And what does an approach that encompasses a diverse range of stake­holders look like in different contexts?

    To make progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals for water supply and sanitation, more investments are required but equally import­ant, improved efficiency is critical, particularly if these investments are to translate into improved health outcomes, such as reduced stunting. The World Bank’s Water Supply, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Poverty Diagnostic Initiative reveals that when interventions such as water supply and sanitation, access to health care, and other drivers of nutrition are combined, their impacts on addressing childhood stunting are greater than the sum of their parts.

    On Oct. 12, during the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings 2017, leaders and experts in the field discussed incentives to work across boundaries to bring about change.

  • Opening Remarks

    Laura Tuck, Vice-President, Sustainable Development, The World Bank

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    Danilo Türk, Chair of the Global High-Level Panel on Water and Peace

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    Guangzhe CHEN, Senior Director, Water Global Practice, The World Bank

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    Panel Discussion


    • Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance, Indonesia
    • Aïchatou Boulama Kané, Minister of Planning, Niger
    • Bella Bird, Country Director, Tanzania, Malawi, Burundi, and Somalia, The World Bank
    • Rachid Benmessaoud, Country Director, Nigeria, World Bank Tim Evans Senior Director, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, The World Bank
    • Guangzhe CHEN, Senior Director, Water Global Practice, The World Bank


    • Maitreyi Das, Global Lead, Social Inclusion, Water Global Practice, The World Bank

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  • October 12, 2017: 10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Venue: J1-050 (Auditorium on the Lobby Level of World Bank J Building. 701 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20006)