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Ending Poverty in Central Asia: Navigating Uncertainty

October 17, 2022

Online (Zoom)

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Before Central Asia could recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and return to pre-pandemic levels of poverty reduction, the world was plunged into more uncertainty given the war in Ukraine and rising food and fuel prices. These crises could undue decades of efforts in the region’s fight against poverty and are top of mind for households—World Bank survey data shows that over half of respondents across Central Asia are concerned about how these global crises could disrupt their lives.

On October 17, the World Bank will host a discussion on how the region can preserve hard-won gains and continue lifting people out of poverty despite these global shocks. Speakers will address:

1. How resilient are Central Asian households in the current climate?

2. How are poverty trends changing and what can the region expect in the near future?

3. What policies should be prioritized to support the poorest and most vulnerable in Central Asia?

Join us to learn more and share your views on what it will take to push forward on ending poverty in Central Asia through these difficult times. 

The World Bank panel:

  • Tatiana Proskuryakova, World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia
  • Will Seitz, Senior Economist, World Bank Central Asia, Poverty and Equity Global Practice
  • Saida Ismailakhunova, Senior Economist, World Bank Kyrgyz Republic, Poverty and Equity Global Practice
  • Alisher Rajabov, Economist, World Bank Tajikistan, Poverty and Equity Global Practice
  • Metin Nebiler, Economist, World Bank Kazakhstan, Poverty and Equity Global Practice.

During the live broadcast you will have the opportunity to ask questions regarding your country of interest. You can also send your questions in advance.

October 17, 2022

16.00 – 17.15 (GMT+5/Dushanbe/Tashkent)

17.00 – 18.15 (GMT+6/Almaty/Bishkek)

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  • When: October 17, 2022, 16.00–17.15 (GMT+5/Dushanbe/Tashkent); 17.00–18.15 (GMT+6/Almaty/Bishkek)
  • Where: Online (Zoom)
Register to participate via Zoom