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Building Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Institutions in Europe and Central Asia

Events

Machines and the Future of Public Service: AI for Public Sector Performance and Service Delivery

October 28, 2020

Task teams and government officials alike are interested to learn from the early experiences and identify opportunities to harness AI in their respective spheres. Responding to this demand, the BBL, which was recorded on October 28, aimed to enhance our awareness of the potential use of AI and how it is shaping the future of public service. The key focus was on fraud prevention and integrity ecosystem in the government. In this BBL, you will learn about: how AI can prevent fraud in revenue management (experiences from Armenia) and how Artificial Intelligence and machine learning is used in the delivery of public services (experiences from the UK).

 

OPENING REMARKS

Edward Olowo-Okere, Global Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

 

MODERATOR

Tracey Lane, Practice Manager, EPSPA, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

 

PRESENTER

Mikayel Pashayan, Deputy Chair of the State Revenue Committee of the Republic of Armenia

Julian White, Senior Adviser, Government Digital Service, Cabinet Office, UK

 

CLOSING REMARKS

Daniel Boyce, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia - East, World Bank

 

RECORDING

Expect the Unexpected: Using Scenario Planning for Reopening Schools in Romania

October 22, 2020

This session reflects on the experience of using scenario planning to help the Romanian Government get better prepared for reopening and operating schools in the COVID-19 context. The rapid 1.5-month long support that mobilized experts and disruptive thinkers across healthcare, education, ICT, school managers, teachers, parents and students to imagine the possible futures and how best to get prepared for them was a result of a successful Governance and Education cross-GP collaboration. The support is part of the RAS supporting the General Secretariat of the Government of Romania in setting up a Policy Lab, with scenario planning as one of its methods.

 

OPENING REMARKS

Fadia Saadah, Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia             

 

CHAIR

Roby Senderowitsch, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia - West, World Bank 

 

CLOSING REMARKS

Harry Patrinos, Practice Manager, Education Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia

 

SPEAKERS

Alberto Leyton, Lead Public Sector Specialist, Governance Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia

Alina Sava, Education Specialist, Education Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia

 

DISCUSSANTS

Valentin Sorin Popescu, Director of the Public Policy Unit in the Ministry of Education and Research, Romania

Serban Cerkez, Coordinator of the Policy Lab Initiative

Carmen Lica, Executive Director of the Step by Step Center for Education and Professional Development

 

PRESENTATION

RECORDING 

Capable States and Trustworthy Leaders: Supporting Institutions and Collective Action for Economic Recovery

October 1, 2020

The unfolding crisis and its aftermath has a number of major implications – increasing the capabilities and influence of some countries notably in Asia, while leading to (further) decline elsewhere; and a growing focus on the importance of the role of the state – but combined with a limited ability to fulfill such a role effectively in many places, and risks of overreach in others. The COVID crisis moreover coincides with the impacts of climate change which are increasingly manifest, putting additional stresses on states and societies. These trends make it urgent to find a new model for international development. How to support constructive collective action – locally, nationally, and internationally – should become front and center.  

 

OPENING REMARKS

Deborah Wetzel, Director, Africa Regional Integration, World Bank

 

CHAIR

Roby Senderowitch, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia - West, World Bank

 

SPEAKER

Francis Fukuyama, Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at Stanford University's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), Mosbacher Director of FSI's Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL), and Director of Stanford's Master's in International Policy Program

 

DISCUSSANT

Verena Maria Fritz, Senior Public Sector Specialist, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

 

CLOSING REMARKS

Tracey Lane, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

 

RECORDING

What to Expect from the Post-COVID State?

September 23, 2020

The social, economic, and political consequences of the COVID-19 crisis will go far beyond what we have already experienced, as many societies around the world witness a new page turn in state-society relations, as well as the changing role of technology in our lives.

 

The danger is not only that we may not adapt to a transforming political and social landscape, but that we may also learn the wrong lessons about the role of the state and democratic governance. This talk presents a framework for thinking about these issues and argues for building a new and more expansive welfare state, undergirded not by a more powerful state but more active societal participation in politics.

 

CHAIR

Asli Demirgüç-Kunt, Chief Economist, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

 

SPEAKERS

Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Stuti Khemani, Senior Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank 

Roby Senderowitsch, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia - West, World Bank

 

RECORDING

PRESENTATION

Legitimacy and Trust in Public Institutions in the time of COVID-19: Implications for ECA

September 14, 2020

The session reflects on the implications of the recent publication titled An Opportunity to Build Legitimacy and Trust in Public Institutions in the Time of COVID-19 on the ECA region.

 

Legitimacy in the time of COVID-19 can be understood as the ability of leaders to secure compliance with new public health orders because people share a widespread belief that everyone is complying. This perspective — building on the logic of game theory, which can help to explain strategic interactions among large numbers of people in a society or polity — yields a powerful insight: that governments in developing countries, as the first line of defense against a life-threatening disease, have received a windfall of legitimacy. On the one hand, this windfall of legitimacy can be wasted—or worse, used to intensify divisive politics, grab power, and install government at the commanding heights of the economy and society, even after the pandemic recedes. On the other hand, for reform leaders and international development partners that are motivated to improve governance for economic development, the crisis presents opportunities to build trust in public institutions. In this task, international organizations have a comparative advantage precisely because they are not part of domestic political games. But this dynamic may require changing how donors typically approach corruption in developing countries and it may also necessitate a change in how reform leaders in countries use the advantage of external partners to exert pressure for reform.

 

CHAIR

Roby Senderowitsch, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia - West, World Bank

 

SPEAKERS

Stuti Khemani, Senior Economist, DECMG

 

DISCUSSANTS

Dagmar Radin, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb

Alejandro Guerrero, Policy Advisor, OECD

 

RECORDING

Book Launch: Building Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Institutions in Europe and Central Asia

July 9, 2020

This new publication explores how governance and institutions play a key role building economies and delivering quality public services to people across all countries in Europe and Central Asia (ECA). There has never been a more important moment to tackle this agenda, as countries grapple with increasing fragility and migration flows, more complex service delivery requirements, and greater demands for transparency and inclusion, all in a more resource-constrained environment. The COVID-19 pandemic has treated the need and provided new evidence in effective, accountable, and inclusive government responses to the crisis.

 

OPENING REMARKS 

Anna Bjerde, Vice President, Europe and Central Asia, World Bank

 

MODERATOR

Roby Senderowitsch, Practice Manager, Governance Global Practice, Europe and Central Asia - West, World Bank

 

PANELISTS 

Lalita Moorty, Regional EFI Director, Europe and Central Asia, the World Bank

Chigo Mtegha-Gelders, Head of Profession for Governance, DIFD, United Kingdom

Daria Kaleniuk, Executive Director, Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC), Ukraine

Luckas Savickas, Adviser to the Prime Minister Republic of Lithuania

 

CLOSING REMARKS

Dan Boyce, Practice Manager for Europe and Central Asia (East) Governance Global Practice at the World Bank

 

PUBLICATION

 

Building Effective, Accountable, and Inclusive Institutions in Europe and Central Asia : Lessons from the Region

 

RECORDING