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In Somalia, With Security and Peace, Development Will Follow

October 31, 2014

By Jim Yong Kim | MOGADISHU, Somalia - I traveled to this capital with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon -- the first visit to Somalia by a World Bank president since Robert McNamera came 42 years ago. In meetings with political leaders, and discussions with our staff, I came away feeling hopeful that if Somalia's political leaders find a way to secure peace, the World Bank Group, other development partners, and the private sector will invest significantly in the country. I also had a fascinating briefing with some of our staff about collecting household survey data, using cutting-edge tools, in an environment that is less than stable. Watch the video to learn more.