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Ensuring State Continuity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 13, 2020



The World Bank Group is supporting developing countries in their responses to the pandemic with up to $160 billion in financial support over the next 15 months. Governments are formulating and leading the implementation of these responses. The nature of the pandemic has led to the introduction of social distancing rules and even lockdowns in many countries across the globe. But given the centrality of the State in tackling the challenges posed by this pandemic, there are some important governance and institutional issues. This virtual expert panel will discuss questions including the following:

  • How do we ensure state continuity during COVID19? 
  • How do we ensure integrity and mitigate corruption risks in government response programs?
  • How should coordination among various ministries and across levels of government be done? 
  • How do we maintain public sector productivity and essential public services?
  • Ed Olowo-Okere

    Global Director for Governance, World Bank

    Jim Anderson

    Global Lead on Anticorruption, World Bank

    Rajni Bajpai

    Lead Public Sector Specialist, World Bank

    Jim Brumby

    Senior Advisor on Governance, World Bank

    Zahid Hasnain

    Global Lead for Public Institution Reform, World Bank

    Discussant: Nancy Boswell

    Director, US & International Anti-Corruption Law Program, American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC Former President and CEO of Transparency USA

Event Details

  • Date : May 13, 2020
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ET