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GDI Annual Meeting: Infrastructure Development

March 20-21, 2018

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

  • Policymakers and development practitioners from Africa and beyond gather in Addis Ababa for the Global Delivery Initiative Annual Meeting, to share lessons from their extensive experience on overcoming delivery challenges and managing complexity in infrastructure development. 

    The two-day conference is organized by GDI co-chairs GIZ and the World Bank Group, and hosted by the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation.


  • MARCH 20

    09:30a Opening Ceremony (45 min)

    Facilitator: Mr. Dennis Whittle, Chief Executive Officer Feedback Labs


    • H.E. Ambassador Lela-Alem Gebreyohanness, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ethiopia

    Hartwig Schafer, Vice President, Global Themes, World Bank

    • Sabine Mueller, Director General Africa, GIZ and GDI Advisory Board Co-Chair

    10:15a High-level Panel Discussion: Infrastructure needs and challenges in Africa: Managing complexity in infrastructure development (60 min)

    Objective: The panel will provide a range of perspectives on delivery challenges faced in the implementation of infrastructure projects and how knowledge exchange can play a critical role in overcoming these challenges and contributing to better development outcomes.

    Chair: Margot Brown, Director, Global Themes Knowledge Management, World Bank and GDI Advisory Board Co-Chair


    • Hartwig Schafer, Vice President, Global Themes, World Bank

    • Fantahun Belew, Former Director, Fiscal Policy Directorate, Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ethiopia

    • Sabine Mueller, Director General Africa, GIZ and GDI Advisory Board Co-Chair

    • Mr. Toru Arai, Advisor on Infrastructure & Transport to the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, Republic of Kenya

    The moderated panel discussion (45 min) will be followed by Q&A (15 min).

    11:15a Coffee break (15 min)

    11:30a Introduction of GDI and its products (30 min.)

    Objective: This session will introduce the Global Delivery Initiative (GDI), including its conceptual framework, network, and knowledge products. The presenters will highlight how GDI is improving delivery effectiveness by establishing a common language and evidence base on delivery challenges, connecting practitioners, and supporting operations.


    • Maria Gonzalez de Asis, Manager, Global Themes Knowledge Management, World Bank and GDI Steering Committee Co-Chair

    • Dr. Anselm Schneider, Program Director for Strategic Cooperation with Multilateral Organizations, GIZ and GDI Steering Committee Co-Chair

    12:00p Lunch & Knowledge Forum (60 min.)

    1:00p Facilitating Africa's infrastructure development through public private partnership (45 min)

    Objective: This session will draw on the experiences of the Dar es Salaam Bus Rapid Transit system in Tanzania and the ICT Sector & Broadband Connectivity project in Somalia to explore delivery challenges frequently encountered in infrastructure projects that are financed and implemented through public-private partnerships.

    Chair: Sara Ahmed, Infrastructure Analyst, IPG Group, World Bank


    • Francois Olivier Bergere, Program Manager, PPIAF

    • Yonas Eliesikia Mchomvu, Senior Transport Specialist, PPIAF

    • Roku Fukui, Expert Consultant, PPIAF

    1:45p Breakout sessions – GDI case studies on infrastructure development (60 min.)

    Objective: The breakout sessions will provide concrete examples of how to manage complexity in infrastructure projects, using experiences documented through GDI case studies to spark discussion. Presentations will share the key findings from the case studies with a focus on delivery challenges and how the project team did or did not manage to overcome them. Following the presentations, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in a facilitated discussion.

    ➢ Participants will preselect which session they will attend during the registration process.

    ➢ Session structure:

    o (1) Presentation of a case/project relating to delivery challenges in infrastructure development.

    o (2) Q&A and group discussion.

    ➢ GDI Case Studies to be discussed:

    ➢ World Bank project on road construction in Accra –John Kobina Richardson, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank (Facilitator: Sruti Bandyopadhyay): Room no: Gibe

    ➢ GIZ’s water kiosks in Kenya - Dirk Schäfer, Program Leader, GIZ (Facilitator: Katrin Aiko Fleischer) Room no: Jwa

    ➢ JICA’s metro rail project in New Delhi - Toru Arai, Advisor, JICA (Facilitator: Katsumasa Hamaguchi) Room no: Awa

    ➢ Menengai Geothermal project in Kenya –ouassi Emmanuel Kouadio (Facilitator: Mr. Dennis Whittle) Room no: Ballroom II

    ➢ Tanzania Intermodal & Rail Development Project –Yonas Eliesikia Mchomvu, Senior Transport Specialist, PPIAF (Facilitator: Vivek Aggarwal) Room no: Next to conference room

    • Presentation of 20 min and discussion of 40 min

    2:45p Coffee break (30 min)

    3:15p Stakeholder dialogue (60 min)

    Objective: Four panelists will provide their perspectives on the delivery challenges they identify in relation to the implementation process of infrastructure projects.

    Chair: Lisandro Martin, IFAD. The panel will feature

    • Fisseha Abera, Director, International Financial Institutions Cooperation, Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation, Ethiopia

    • Titus Ogalo , Programmes Coordinator, Public Integrity Program, Transparency International

    • Nick Gardner Country Manager-Sierra Leone, UNOPS

    The moderated panel debate (40 min) will be followed by Q&A (20 min)

    4:15p Keynote speech (30 min)

    Objective: The keynote speech will focus back on the deveelopment challenges linked to infrastructure (i.e., the wider social, political and economic effects), while also highlighting progress made and success stories of infrastructure development in Africa.


    • Tito Titus Mboweni, former Governor of the South African Reserve Bank

    4:45p Closing and wrap-up of the first day of the conference (15 min)

    The moderator will summarize and reflect on the highlights of the first day of the conference.

  • MARCH 21

    9:30a Welcome (5 min)

    Brief welcome, first day recap, agenda and objectives of the day.

    9:35a Delivery challenges of project implementation across borders (35 min)

    Objective: This session will focus on delivery challenges specific to cross-border infrastructure projects and solutions employed to address these issues and challenges.


    • Tichakunda Simbini, NEPAD The presentation (15 min) is followed by Q&A (20 min)

    10:10a Delivery challenges along the project cycle (45 min)

    Objective: This presentation will showcase a completed infrastructure project and provide insights and reflections on delivery challenges faced throughout the project life cycle, from the planning stage through completion.


    • Esayas Abebe, Program Leader, GIZ The presentation (20 min) is followed by Q&A (25 min)

    10:55a Introducing the GDI Delivery Labs (25 min)

    Objective: This session will introduce participants to the Delivery Lab methodology, which will be used in the following two sessions. In the Delivery Lab participants will be asked to co-create solutions through collaborative brainstorming, problem solving, and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange.


    • Dennis Whittle, Chief Executive Officer Feedback Labs

    11:20a Morning Workshop Session: Delivery Labs (Part 1)

    Objective: The workshop sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to share their experiences, engage in discussion and debate, and co-create solutions to delivery challenges using concrete cases and examples.

    • Addis Ababa light railway project – Henok Bogale, Deputy CEO Ethiopian Railways Corp (Facilitator: Sara Ahmed)

    • Addis-Adama toll road –Warkaw Biayelign, Ethiopian Roads Authority; (Facilitator: Dennis Whittle)

    • Gilgel Gibe III hydro power project – Abdulfetah Bedewi, Ethiopian Electricity Corporation (Facilitator: Sruti Bandyopadhyay)

    • Project implemented by GIZ- Transport, Mobility, Logistics in Namibia (Sustainable Urban Transport Master Plan for Windhoek) – Ursula Hein, Project Advisor, GIZ. (Facilitator: Debra Ladner)

    • Rural Renewable Energy Project in Sierra Leone- Nick Gardner, Country Manager, Sierra Leone, UNOPS (Facilitator: Vivek Aggarwal)

    12:40p Lunch (60 min)

    1:40p Debrief Session from Lab 1 (15 min)

    1:55p Afternoon Workshop Session: Delivery Labs (Part 2) Continued

    • Integrated Agro-Industrial Parks in four regions of Ethiopia, Sebastian May, Head of Program, Ethiopia Operational Hub, UNOPS. (Facilitator: Vivek Aggarwal)

    • Project examining gender mainstreaming in infrastructure projects - Asmita Parshotam, SAIIA. (Facilitator: Dennis Whittle)

    • Challenges in measuring and monitoring efforts to develop job opportunities through infrastructure projects (Infrastructure creates a lot of jobs, but how many really?), Anna Waldmann, GIZ (Facilitator: Sara Ahmed)

    • Delivering One Stop Border Post in East Africa, Katsumasa Hamaguchi, Evaluation Officer, The World Bank (Facilitator: Sruti Bandyopadhyay)

    • Regional Electrification Project, NEPAD, Tichakunda Simbini (Facilitator: Debra Ladner)

    3:10p Coffee Break (30 mins)

    3:40p Workshop wrap-up session

    Objective: Back in plenary, the moderator will ask participants to share their experiences, perspectives, and impressions from Delivery Lab workshops.

    4:10p The work ahead of us

    A review of the journey so far. What are the big questions and challenges that we face, and how can we turn talk into action and collaboration?

    Chair: Dennis Whittle, Chief Executive Officer Feedback Labs


    • Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Scientist, World Bank

    • Dr. Taejong Kim, Professor and Managing Director, Development Research Center, KDIS

    • Esayas Abebe, Program Leader, GIZ

    4:40p Closing session

    Objective: The final session will provide an opportunity to reflect on the outcomes and findings of the previous two days of the conference. The moderator will present the main results and conclusions, together with GDI representatives (steering committee), who will contextualize these results with regard to the future work of GDI.



  • DATE: March 20-21, 2018
  • TIME: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • LOCATION: Hilton Hotel
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