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Africa End Poverty Day 2018

October 17, 2018



Photo: Vincent Tremeau/World Bank

  • October 17 is End Poverty Day (EPD), which presents a unique opportunity to bring attention to World Bank Africa’s goal to end extreme poverty in countries throughout the region.

    This year’s EPD event will focus on Africa’s young people, connecting them with World Bank staff and development specialists via VC from Bank offices in more than 30 countries for a discussion on “Africa’s Youth and the Future of Work.”

    In a recent blog highlighting the importance of this subject, World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim, noted:

    “…the pace of innovation is accelerating, and the jobs of the future – in a few months or a few years – will require specific, complex skills. Human capital will become an ever more valuable resource. In short, the changing nature of work – and how best to prepare people for the jobs of the future – are some of the toughest challenges countries face…”

    With most African economies plagued by high unemployment and as many as 11 million young people set to enter the labor market each year, this event aims to stimulate candid conversations that will motivate policy makers, private business and development partners to develop strategies that will better position young people to find good jobs.

    The discourse will be driven by content and analysis of the 2018 Poverty and Shared Prosperity report, the World Development Report as well as the upcoming Human Capital Index, and a report on Social Safety Nets in Africa. Topics will include the digital economy, disruptive technology and skills development in a changing workplace.

    The event will also serve as the platform to launch the region’s first Blog4Dev competition, an invitation for Africans ages 18-28 to share their views on the changing workforce, and how to best prepare for the jobs of the future.

  • 6:30     In-Country Dialogues

    9:00     VC Starts – Welcome by Selena Batchily, Intern and Haleh Bridi, Director (AFREC)

    9:05     Opening Remarks by Hafez Ghanem, Vice President, World Bank Africa Region

    9:10     Reports from the Country Offices

    9:20     Panel Discussion

    • What can be done to advance poverty reduction and shared prosperity in Africa?
    • How can African countries improve their Human Capital Index rankings?
    • How can Africa’s youth develop the right skills to meet the needs of the digital economy?
    • What should governments and the private sector do to prepare Africa’s youth for the “future of the workplace?”

    9:45     Feedback, Q&A, General Discussions (DC and Country Offices)

    10:45     Launch of Blog4Dev 2019 – Diarietou Gaye, Director of Operations, World Bank Africa Region

    11:00     Close

  • Bright Simons

    President, mPedigree

    Djordjija Petkoski

    Senior Fellow, Wharton Business School, Director, Ideas4Action

    Pierella Paci

    Practice Manager, World Bank Poverty Global Practice

    Magnus Lindelow

    Practice Manager, Human Capital Project, World Bank

    Federica Saliola

    Co-Director, WDR2019, World Bank

    Steen Jorgensen

    Director, Human Development, World Bank


  • DATE: October 17
  • TIME: 9:00 am – 11 am (ET)
  • VENUE: World Bank J Building, Room J11-001 and Online
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