Webinar: tackling fragility and conflict through development: the World Bank Group’s approach

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By 2030, up to two-thirds of the world’s extreme poor will be living in fragile and conflict-affected settings, threatening efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. There are now more violent conflicts globally than at any time in the past 30 years and over 70 million people have been forcibly displaced by conflict and violence worldwide. Fragility, Conflict, and Violence  (FCV) take a huge toll on human capital, creating vicious cycles that reduce people’s lifetime productivity, earnings and socio-economic mobility. As such, they represent critical development challenges and are at the forefront of the World Bank Group’s agenda. The arrival of COVID-19 in FCV settings has further highlighted the urgency of this agenda.

This webinar will address the urgency of development responses to tackle FCV challenges alongside humanitarian, peacebuilding and security interventions. Following the recent release of the World Bank’s first institution-wide FCV strategy, speakers will explain how the World Bank marshals financing, analytics and partnerships to support the poorest and most vulnerable, address the root causes of fragility, improve livelihoods and support communities in their efforts to escape FCV and achieve long-term peace, stability and prosperity.

Franck Bousquet has been Senior Director of the World Bank’s FCV Group since July 2017 and has led the development of the Bank’s first Strategy for Fragility, Conflict and Violence. Bousquet mobilises expertise and supports operational teams across the World Bank to deliver on the ground in close collaboration with humanitarian-development-peace partners. Bousquet was previously director in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and led the Bank’s engagement with international partners during a period of unprecedented volatility in the region. Bousquet has also served as MENA’s senior regional adviser, where he led the Bank’s reconstruction efforts in a number of countries, including in Gaza in 2014, and Sector Manager of the Urban and Social Development Sectors and as Regional Coordinator for Disaster Risk Management (2011−2014). Before joining MENA, Bousquet worked for seven years across a range of sectors and fragile and conflict-affected states in Africa, including as programme coordinator for Central and Western Africa in the Water and Urban Unit, and as acting sector leader for the Sustainable Development Department for the Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of Congo. Prior to joining the Bank, Bousquet held roles in the public and private sectors focused on water utilities, transport, and finance and capital markets.

Dr Mara Warwick is the World Bank Country Director for Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. She has over 20 years of development experience in China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and Mongolia. During her most recent assignment as Country Director for Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand in the East Asia and Pacific region, she was instrumental in ensuring World Bank engagement in the conflict-affected areas of Mindanao in the Southern Philippines and in Southern Thailand. Warwick is a specialist in urban development, environmental management, and disaster response and risk reduction. Prior to joining the Bank in 2003, she worked as an engineer in the private sector. 

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