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2015 Calendar of InfoShop Events

The InfoShop organizes public seminars, roundtables, book launches, conferences, lectures, and other activities. As the only publicly accessible space at the World Bank in Washington DC, the InfoShop is focused on providing open access to published material and a forum for development discourse.

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Upcoming Events in 2015

Whither the World: The Political Economy of the Future

by Grzegorz W. Kolodko

Monday Jan. 12 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

This book addresses the challenging questions of the long-term future of mankind and the global economy. It employs a holistic approach as the future of the world and civilization depends not only on what happens in the economic sphere but also vis-à-vis cultural, social, political, demographic, technological, and ecological processes. The first volume discusses the problems with the economist's viewpoint and the threats and opportunities of the future. The second proposes strategies to move forward.

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 Previous Event in 2014

Trade In Fishing Services: Emerging Perspectives on Foreign Fishing Arrangements

Thursday Dec. 11 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Seafood is among the most globalized food commodities on the planet. Approximately half of the world’s exclusive economic zones are subject to foreign fishing arrangements that encourage international trade not only in fish but also in fishing services. Commissioned by the World Bank, this report analyzes the economic and legal consequences of foreign fishing arrangements and provides new insights on how such arrangements can increase the economic, social and environmental benefits derived by developing-country coastal states from their valuable fish resources.

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Puzzles of Economic Growth

by Leszek Balcerowicz and Andrzej Rzonca

Thursday Dec. 4 at 1:00 PM in J1-050

The book takes case studies from around the globe to investigate countries that over the past few decades, share many characteristics, but differ significantly in terms of economic growth. Why is Mexico today much poorer than Spain after having been wealthier up to the 1960s? Why has “communist” China surpassed “capitalist” India? Why has Pakistan’s growth trailed behind Indonesia, in spite of the latter suffering one of the worst crisis in world economic history? Why, even before the 2010 earthquake, has the Dominican Republic been visited by more tourists than Haiti, despite being situated on the same island? These paradoxes are all part of a broader question that this volume wishes to address: How do differences in economic growth arise?

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The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East

by Juan Cole

Wednesday Nov. 19 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

The renowned blogger and Middle East expert will discuss the demographic and political impact of the Millennial generation on the Arab world. Focusing on youth organizations that explicitly identify themselves as spokesmen for their generation's aspirations and grievances, he looks at how twenty-somethings have laid down markers for changes in values and political structures in the region. Millennials are over a third of the some 370 million Arabs, and have shaken for life the presidents that used to dominate the region, and which were bidding to become republican dynasties.

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International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects

Edited by Bruce Currie-Alder, Ravi Kanbur,
David Malone, and Rohinton Medhora

Thursday Nov. 20 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

This volume examines the ideas behind development: their origins, how they changed and spread over time, and how they may evolve over the coming decades. It also examines how real life experiences of different countries and organizations have been inspired by, and contributed to, thinking on development. With contributions from leading thinkers and practitioners, and a Foreword by Amartya Sen, the volume and its accompanying website aim to be a resource for students, researchers and practitioners in international development.

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Why Adam Smith Still Matters: Lessons for Policymakers From His Other Book



by Russ Roberts

Monday Nov. 10 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Adam Smith's legacy as the father of economics rests mainly on his great work, The Wealth of Nations. But his neglected work of moral philosophy and psychology, The Theory of Moral Sentiments, also has important lessons for economists and policymakers. Roberts draws on the insights from his new book on Smith and discovers lessons for even the most modern of economists. By reinvigorating Smith’s forgotten classic, the author provides us with a look at human behavior through the lens of one of history’s greatest minds.

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Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts

Edited by Naazneen H. Barma, Elisabeth Huybens, and Lorena Viñuela

Wednesday Oct. 29 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Building and operating successful public institutions is a perennial challenge for governments, especially in fragile settings. Yet some government agencies do manage to take root and deliver results. Drawing on research from Lao PDR, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, and Timor Leste, this publication identifies the shared mechanisms underpinning institutional success in fragile states.

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The IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014

Thursday Oct. 23 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

The IBNET Water Supply and Sanitation Blue Book 2014 summarizes the water sector status from 2006 to 2011. Since 2006, municipal water performance has improved despite accelerated urbanization and the impacts of the financial, fuel and food crises. Overall coverage has increased and piped water and wastewater services became accessible to more people. IBNET tools, such as data collection instruments and protocols and the database, enable enhanced sharing of information on close to 4,500 utilities from more than 130 countries.

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How Does my Country Grow? Economic Advice Through Story-Telling

by Brian Pinto

Thursday Oct. 16 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Country economists at the World Bank and elsewhere grapple every day with the widening chasm between academic and real world economics. Brian Pinto’s on-the-job learning at the Bank was framed by two episodes: the economic transition in Central and Eastern Europe, and the emerging market crises of 1997-2001; and several in-depth country experiences. He distils a pragmatic growth policy package and evaluates the macroeconomic policy debates that followed the aforementioned crises, concluding with lessons for low-income countries.

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Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t.

by Simon Sinek

Tuesday July 15 at 12:30 PM in Preston Auditorium

Why do only a few people get to say "I love my job"? Imagine a world where everyone wakes up inspired to go to work, feels trusted and valued all day, and returns home fulfilled. Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders are creating environments where people naturally work together to do remarkable things. When leaders neglect the environment in which people work, politics, silos, cynicism and self-interest prevail. Simon explains how to create an environment where people can work as they were designed - together.

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Income Support for the Poorest: A Review of Experience in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Wednesday July 9 at 3:00 PM in J1-050 Auditorium

This study reviews the role, strengths and weaknesses of last-resort income support programs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Although most programs use means-testing to identify the poor and operate in economies with a larger informal sector than OECD countries, they have had a consistently good record of targeting accuracy. The study suggests how  programs can improve their coverage, benefit formula, and control error and fraud. This experience is pertinent to other regions, adding to the know-how on poverty targeted programs in middle income countries.

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Municipal Finances, A Handbook for Local Governments

Thursday June 19 at 3:00 PM in J1-050 Auditorium

From Detroit to Lahore, cities face financing challenges. In an ever urbanizing world, cities are important for national economies and social prosperity and stability, but they are also very vulnerable to any global financial crisis. Municipal Finances, A Handbook for Local Governments focuses on a wide range of topics of interest to cities from revenue management to self-assessment. This book covers what works and what doesn't in municipal financing and what cities can do to get their finances in order.

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The System Worked: How the World Stopped Another Great Depression

by Daniel W. Drezner

Tuesday June 10 at 12:30 PM in J1-050 Auditorium

Despite the massive scale and impact of the 2008 financial crash, the international coordination of central bankers, policymakers and multilateral economic institutions avoided the crisis from becoming a full-fledged depression. Did these institutions survive the financial "stress test" and become even more resilient? The narrative on the failure of multilaterals persists. The author contends that the influential analysts and authors hailing the failure of multilateral institutions are biased and form their point of view from the perspective of powerful nations that managed their economies poorly.

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HYDROFRACKING: What Everyone Needs to Know.


by Alex Prud’homme

Wednesday May 28 at 12:30 PM in J1-050 Auditorium

Fracking is one of the most promising yet controversial methods of extracting natural gas and oil. Today, 90 percent of natural gas wells use fracking. Though highly effective, the process which fractures rock with pressurized fluid-has been criticized for polluting land, air and water, and endangering human health. The book tackles this contentious topic, exploring both sides of the debate and providing a clear guide to the science underlying the technique.

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Discussion Panel with Artists: “1 in 3” Multi-Disciplinary Art Exhibition on Gender-Based Violence

Friday May 23 at 12:30 PM in World Bank Preston Auditorium

Panel on Gender-Based Violence and the role that art can play in tackling this epidemic (event will be web-streamed).

Opening Ceremony with Artists: “1 in 3” Multi-Disciplinary Art Exhibition on Gender-Based Violence


Thursday May 22 at 5:00 PM in World Bank Preston Auditorium

Did you know that more than 1 in 3 women -- 35 percent worldwide -- across all countries, regions, religions and socioeconomic groups have experienced sexual violence in their lifetime. This is a major public health problem and violation of women's human rights. Please join the World Bank Art Program for “1 in 3” a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring artists from across the globe who have contributed their works to the exhibition. Panel discussions and performances will also be part of the two-week program. Exhibition begins with Opening Ceremony and Reception.












President of Uruguay, José Mujica, "Diálogo sin corbata" (A Dialogue without a Tie)

Wednesday May 14 at 3:00 PM in Preston Auditorium

Please join us next Wednesday, May 14 at the Preston Auditorium, World Bank Main Complex from 3 to 4 p.m. for "Diálogo sin corbata" (A Dialogue without a Tie) where the Bank will host the President of Uruguay, José Mujica, in a candid conversation about global development issues, social equity and the future of Latin America.

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A Social Strategy: How We Profit from Social Media

by Mikolaj Jan Piskorski

Wednesday May 14 at 12:30 PM in J1-050 Auditorium

Almost no one had heard of social media a decade ago, but today websites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have more than 1 billion users and account for almost 25 percent of Internet use. Practically overnight, social media seems indispensable to our lives. Piskorski argues that the secret of successful ones is that they allow people to fulfill social needs that either can't be met offline or can be met only at much greater cost. This insight provides the key to how companies can leverage social platforms to create a sustainable competitive advantage and tap the marketing potential of this remarkable phenomenon.

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The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

by James Rickards

Tuesday May 13 at 12:30 PM in J1-050 Auditorium

The international monetary system has collapsed three times in the past hundred years, in 1914, 1939, and 1971. Each collapse was followed by a period of tumult: war, civil unrest, or significant damage to the stability of the global economy. Now James Rickards, the acclaimed author of Currency Wars, shows why another collapse is rapidly approaching—and why this time, nothing less than the institution of money itself is at risk.

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Temptations of Power: Islamists & Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East

by Shadi Hamid

Thursday May 8 at 12:30 PM in J1-050 Auditorium

What are the boundaries of Islamic politics and the forces that shape them? In countries as diverse as Tunisia, Libya, Syria, Egypt, and Yemen, Islamist groups remain an important force in the ranks of opposition and the halls of power. However pragmatic some Islamist groups may be, their ultimate goal remains the Islamization of the state. Based on hundreds of interviews and drawing from history, culture, political theory and theology, the author investigates the past, present and future of Islamist movements, how and why they change over time, and their ultimate objectives for society.

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The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

by William Easterly

Wednesday May 7 at 3:00 PM in Preston Auditorium

Global poverty has largely been viewed as a technical problem that merely requires the right expert solutions. Yet all too often, experts recommend solutions that fix immediate problems while ignoring the political oppression that created them in the first place, accidentally colluding with autocrats who violate the rights of the poor. The Tyranny of Experts traces the history of the fight against global poverty, showing how development has long suppressed the vital debate on the individual rights of people in developing countries, the crucial debate on whether unchecked power for dictators is the problem and not the solution.

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Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

by Adam Grant

Thursday April 17 at 3:30 PM in Preston Auditorium

Is giving the secret to getting ahead? Adam Grant, Wharton’s top-rated professor and one of Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers, examines the surprising forces that shape why some people rise to the top while others sink to the bottom. The talk is based on his New York Times bestselling book, which was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, The Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Plutocrats: The Rise of the New Global Super-Rich and the Fall of Everyone Else

by Chrystia Freeland

Tuesday April 22 at 12:30 PM in JB1-050

There has always been some gap between rich and poor, but recently what it means to be rich has changed dramatically. Forget the 1 percent; Plutocrats proves that it is the wealthiest 0.1 percent who are outpacing the rest of world population at break-neck speed. With original interviews, Plutocrats discusses the consequences of concentrating the world’s wealth into fewer and fewer hands.

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Performance-Based Financing Toolkit.

by György Bèla Fritsche, Robert Soeters, Bruno Meessen

Wednesday April 23 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Performance-based financing (PBF) is a comprehensive health systems approach, which is expanding in Africa, Central and South-East Asia and in Latin-America. Currently there is a lack of knowledge among many health reformers of how to implement performance based financing pilot projects, and scale them up intelligently. This toolkit contains the experiential knowledge of PBF pioneers who have designed, implemented and evaluated this approach in several countries and contexts and answers the most pressing issues related to the supply-side results based financing programs. The launch will include a short demonstration on the main PBF tools and website.

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Making Foreign Direct Investment Work for Sub-Saharan Africa: Local Spillovers and Competitiveness in Global Value Chains 

Wednesday March 19 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

The book presents the results of a groundbreaking study designed to address the question of spillovers from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), drawing on detailed field research in eight countries across three sectors: agribusiness, apparel, and mining. The study presents a summary of the results of this analytical work and discusses their implications for policy makers hoping to harness the power of FDI for greater development outcomes.

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Back to Work: Growing With Jobs in Europe and Central Asia

Thursday March 13 at 3:00 PM in J1-050

During 2000–08, countries in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) undertook impressive reforms and enjoyed strong economic growth. However, employment creation in the region was slow, drop during the crisis and remains sluggish in the post-crisis recovery. “Back to Work” argues that in order to grow with jobs, ECA countries need to strengthen competition and enable private sector-led job creation, prepare workers to take on new job opportunities by providing the right skills, remove work disincentives and other barriers to productive employment, and promote worker mobility.

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A Conversation with Jane Goodall on the Wildlife Poaching Crisis in Africa






Thursday March 13 at 10:00 AM in J1-050

Renowned naturalist Jane Goodall has dedicated her life to improving global understanding and treatment of great apes through research, public education and advocacy. She will present her world as adventurer, scientist, and devotee of nature and her personal experience empowering people to make a difference for all living things. Jane will address Africa's wildlife poaching crisis; her Roots and Shoots program - a worldwide network of youth seeking solutions; and her upcoming book Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants.






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The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility

by Gregory Clark

Monday March 10 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

How much of our fate is tied to the status of our parents and grandparents? Some argue that rigid class structures have eroded in favor of greater social equality; however, movement on the social ladder has changed little over centuries. Tracking family names over generations, the book highlights that mobility rates are lower than estimated, and remain resistant to social policies. Clark argues that given a great part of our social position is predetermined, winner-take-all societies should be resisted by acts to limit the disparities in rewards between those of high and low social rank.

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Greening India’s Growth: Costs, Valuations and Trade-Offs

Edited by Muthukumara Mani

Thursday March 6 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

India’s sustained and rapid economic growth offers an opportunity to lift millions out of poverty. But this may come at a steep cost to its environment and natural resources. This insightful book analyses India’s growth from an economic perspective and assesses whether India can grow in a “green” and sustainable manner.

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The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance

by Eswar S. Prasad

 Tuesday March 4 at 12:30 PM in Conference Room MC 2-800

The U.S. dollar has dominated as global reserve currency for a century but is now threatened. The 2008 near-collapse of the U.S. financial system, high debt, and Washington's political gridlock have eroded confidence in the dollar. China’s renminbi and others are now staking their claims as reserve currencies, fueling speculation that the dollar's days are over. The book shows how U.S. policies and a dysfunctional international monetary system have paradoxically strengthened the dollar’s importance, making it, still, the ultimate safe haven.

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Tapping the Markets: Opportunities for Domestic Investments in Water and Sanitation for the Poor

 Thursday February 27 at 12:00 PM in J1-050

Tapping the Markets highlights a multi-country study that found cooperation between public and private water and sanitation sectors holds huge market potential for businesses and enormous development dividends for millions at the “Base of the Pyramid” (BOP). Join private sector and development experts as they revisit whether "fortunes at the base of the pyramid" remains a noble idea or has become a dynamic reality—and how institutions such as the World Bank can help realize a billion-dollar development opportunity.

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Economic Development: What Everyone Needs to Know 

by Marcelo M. Giugale

Tuesday February 11 at 12:30 PM in JB1-080

This book engages you in a question-and-answer conversation about what really matters in the war on poverty. From how difficult it is to get governments to function, to the basic policies that economies need to work well, to the promising new tools for social assistance, to the challenges of inclusion, education, health, infrastructure, technology, data, foreign aid -- you name it. All this is then seen through the lens of Africa, the region that represents development, and the need for it, better than any other. The overall message is clear: ending poverty has never been more possible for more countries.


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Fish to 2030: Prospects for Fisheries and Aquaculture

Wednesday February 5 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Feeding a world population of 9 billion people by 2050 is a daunting challenge. Fish can play a major food security role as long as fisheries and aquaculture are managed effectively and sustainably and with an eye to challenges like climate change and disease. This new report by the World Bank, FAO and IFPRI highlights the changes in global demand for fish and the extent to which that demand will be met by aquaculture versus wild capture fisheries.

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Dealing with the Challenges of Macro Financial Linkages in Emerging Markets



Edited by Otaviano Canuto and Swati R. Ghosh



Wednesday January 29 at 12:00 PM in J1-050



The 2008 financial crisis revealed challenges in global financial integration, emphasized the importance of macro financial linkages and challenged global financial stability. This book aims to provide a thorough overview of evolving macroeconomic stability frameworks, policy options, and macro prudential tools. The authors review risks facing emerging markets in particular and propose the policy toolkit to address them. Case studies on Brazil and the Republic of Korea highlight emerging market vulnerabilities and emphasize the importance of coordination between policy and regulation.



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Youth Employment in Sub-Saharan Africa


ThursdayJanuary 23 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Half of Sub-Saharan Africa’s population is under 25 years, and its labor force is expected to increase by 11 million a year over the next decade. Though better educated than their parents, young people often struggle to find pathways to productive employment. The report guides policy makers on how to intervene along the dimensions of human capital and the business environment in three areas agriculture, household enterprises, and the modern wage sector. The goals are to increase productivity, improve livelihoods, and multiply opportunities for youth.

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7th Annual Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
Launch and Panel Discussion

Wednesday January 22 at 9:00 AM in J1-050

To make government work effectively, ways are sought to involve citizens in service delivery and monitoring of government performance. An emerging body of literature shows that good
governance can improve the effectiveness of public services. Have think tanks contributed to the pursuit of civic participation in public decision making? Could they offer ideas and strategies for civic participation in addressing the pressing issues of our time? How do they collaborate with other non state stakeholders to engage policymakers to effectively achieve policy goals?

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Previous Events in 2013


The Labor Market for Health Workers in Africa: A new look at the Crisis

Edited by Agnes Soucat, Richard Scheffler with Tedros A. Ghebreyesus

Produced by the Africa Region Human Resources for Health Program

Monday December 16 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

The Human Resources for Health Crisis in Africa is one of the biggest constraints to achieving universal health coverage. Low numbers of well performing health workers, particularly in rural areas, are a major impediment to health service delivery. Poor analysis and understanding of health labor market dynamics are critical constraints to developing and implementing effective solutions. Drawing on principles of labor market economics, the discussions will focus on the key lessons that can help build tomorrow’s health workforce in Africa.

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How Can Talent Abroad Induce Development at Home? Towards a Pragmatic Diaspora Agenda



Edited by Yevgeny Kuznetsov

Wednesday December 11 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

In the modern world, talent is the most precious resources and it tends to move globally. Mobilization of skilled diasporas for the benefit of their countries of origin has showed tremendous potential, yet putting this promise into practice has proven elusive. How to design programs and policies to engage countries’ talent abroad to develop institutions at home? Drawing on both frustrations and emerging good practice, discussion will focus on the ‘how to’ of such policy design.

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The Great Escape Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality

by Angus Deaton

Monday December 2 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

The world is a better place than it used to be. People are wealthier, healthier, live longer, yet there are gaping inequalities between people and nations. The book takes an in-depth look at the historical and ongoing patterns behind the health and wealth of nations, and provides recommendations on actions that need to be taken to help those left behind. Deaton argues that international aid has been ineffective and suggests alternative efforts—including reforming incentives to drug companies and lifting trade restrictions—that will allow the developing world to bring about its own Great Escape.

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Risking Your Health: Causes, Consequesnces, and Interventions to Prevent Risky Behaviors by Damien de Walque 

Wednesday November 20 at 3:00 PM in J1-050

All over the world, individuals engage in behaviors that are risky for their health. They smoke, use illicit drugs, drink too much alcohol, eat unhealthy food, and have risky sexual encounters. These behaviors are prevalent in developed and developing countries alike. They increasingly affect the health of individuals and their populations. This report examines the causes, consequences and interventions to prevent these growing threats.

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Reclaiming Our Democracy: Healing the Break Between People and Government by Sam Daley-Harris

Thursday November 21 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Most of us don't believe we play a part in the decisions made by our government, and this feeling of impotence has led to years of public apathy. The 20th anniversary edition of Reclaiming Our Democracy once again brings to the fore a unique vision to meet this crisis: ordinary people taking extraordinary action, becoming citizen leaders in order to create a democracy "as if people mattered." The story is told through the inspiring action of RESULTS, an international grassroots citizens' lobby committed to healing the break between people and government, and creating the political will to end hunger and the worst aspects of poverty.

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The Cost of Corruption in Education

Monday November 18 at 3:00 PM in J1-050

Corruption hampers all development efforts, but it is a debilitating presence in the education sector, undermining the goal of ensuring that all children and youth go to school and learn. From ghost schools and fake diplomas, to undue corporate influence in university research, Transparency International in a new report explores the many faces of corruption in education, and the ways they are being challenged. Stepping up the fight against corruption in education is necessary not only to keep kids in school and meet literacy and development goals, but also to ensure that the next generation is prepared to say no to corruption.

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Financial Inclusion: Global Financial Development Report 2014

Tuesday November 12 at 1:00 PM in J1-050

Financial inclusion has been embraced as a key part of the development agenda. During this year’s World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings, President Jim Yong Kim called for universal financial access for all working-age adults by 2020. Global Financial Development Report 2014 is the most comprehensive study yet on financial inclusion. Using new data and research, it provides novel insights on policies that improve — and those that undermine — access to financial services.

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Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason And the Gap Between Us and Them by Joshua Greene.

Wednesday November 6 at 3:00 PM in J1-050

Our brains were designed for tribal life, for cooperating with Us and fighting off Them. But modern times have forced the world’s tribes into a shared space, resulting in clashes of values, and unprecedented opportunities. As the world shrinks, the moral lines that divide us become more puzzling: from tax codes to gay marriage to global warming, we struggle to find common ground. A grand synthesis of neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, Moral Tribes reveals the root causes of modern conflict and lights the way forward.

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Fail-Safe Management: Five Rules to Avoid Project Failure by Jody Zall Kusek, Marelize Gorgens Prestidge, and Billy C. Hamilton

Tuesday November 5 at 3:00 PM in J1-050

Problems are inevitable in any development program; failure is not. When red tape threatens to bog down a process, good managers can push away the bottlenecks. When hierarchy clogs work, informal networks provide invaluable support. Based on decades of experience solving difficult development and domestic challenges, the authors present five simple rules to chart the path towards success. The book aims to instill in managers the knowledge that failure is a potential in any public project and to encourage mindful “fail-safe management”.

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Pirate Trails: Tracking the Illicit Financial Flows from Piracy off the Horn of Africa.

Monday November 4 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Since 2005 over US$400 million has been paid in ransoms to pirates who’ve hijacked ships in the Indian Ocean. Pirate Trails, a report by the World Bank, INTERPOL, and UN Office on Drugs and Crime looks at what happens to the proceeds of piracy, how and to whom the proceeds are distributed, the ways in which they are invested and what can be done to block the illicit financial flows.

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The Secret Financial Life of Food: From Commodities Markets to Supermarkets by Kara Newman

Monday October 28 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

How’s that hamburger? The ups and downs of the commodities market influence what we eat and what we pay for food. Kara Newman will discuss how commodities have influenced what we eat throughout history, and the economic pathways that connect food to consumer, unlocking the mysteries behind culinary trends, grocery pricing, and restaurant dining. Topics will include the impact of British “Beef-Eaters” on early America’s taste for steaks, to how modern-day chain restaurants use commodities prices to decide what to charge for cheeseburgers.

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Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Chang by Edmund Phelps

Wednesday October 23 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Nobel Prize-winning economist Edmund Phelps discusses why prosperity exploded in Western nations during the 19th and 20th centuries, creating unprecedented material wealth and personal growth for more people than ever before. Phelps argues that the surge in prosperity was mainly due to “modern values” that fed an urge to create, explore, and meet challenges, fueling the grassroots dynamism which was necessary for mass innovation. Phelps believes the most pressing question facing the West is: will the West recommit itself to modernity, indigenous innovation, and widespread personal fulfillment, or will it fall to the resurgence of traditional, corporatist values that put the community and state over the individual?

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The Business Solution to Poverty: Designing Products and Services for Three Billion New Customers.

by Paul Polak and Mal Warwick

Tuesday October 15 at 12:30 PM in JB1-080

There are 2.7 billion people today living on $2 a day or less. Polak and Warwick argue that the best way to help these people is to view them as customers whose needs the market can serve profitably. The key is what they call Zero-Based Design. The authors will show how this approach has already been able to supply the very poor with clean drinking water, electricity, irrigation, housing, education, health care, and other necessities and other necessities at a fraction of the usual cost with attractive profit margins. According to Bill Clinton this approach is "One of the most hopeful propositions to come along in a long time.”

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Tales from the Development Frontier: How China and Other Countries Harness Light Manufacturing to Create Jobs and Prosperity by Hinh T. Dinh, Thomas G. Rawski, Ali Zafar, Lihong Wang, and Eleonora Mavroeidi

Thursday September 26 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Labor-intensive manufacturing creates productive jobs and leads countries out of poverty through learning by doing. The book presents analytical reviews, case studies, and the testimony of individual entrepreneurs to show how China and other developing countries leverage light manufacturing to create jobs. The policy lessons illuminate the prospects for rapid industrialization in developing countries and highlight the need to break through the vicious circle of poverty and slow industrialization by focusing policies on resolving constraints impeding sectoral progress and on igniting growth that begins small but can eventually lift broader segments of the economy.

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World Bank-Civil Society Engagement Review of Fiscal Years 2010-2012

Tuesday September 17 at 3:00 PM in J1-050

The World Bank–Civil Society Engagement Review of Fiscal Years 2010–12 illustrates how relations with civil society have continued to both expand and deepen across the World Bank Group over the past three years. The Review provides detailed information on global consultation processes, examples of operational collaboration, CSO funding mechanisms, and civil society outreach initiatives by regional and network teams. The report also shows how relations with specific constituencies, such as foundations, trade unions, and indigenous peoples intensified during the last three years.

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Rethinking social accountability in Africa: Lessons from the Mwananchi Programme by Fletcher Tembo

Thursday September 12 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Despite evident economic progress in Africa, inequality is slowing the rate at which growth delivers better services to poor people. The Mwananchi Programme spent five years implementing ‘social accountability’ projects in six African countries to enable ordinary citizens to hold their governments to account. This event will discuss the lessons learned and what they mean for designing and carrying out projects which change the rules of the game in favour of poor people.

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In the Shadow of Violence: Politics, Economics and the Problems of Development

Thursday August 22 at 12:30 PM in J1-050


The book reports the results of nine country case studies: Bangladesh, Chile, DR Congo, India, Mexico, Mozambique, the Philippines, South Korea, and Zambia. The cases show how political control of economic privileges is used to limit violence and coordinate coalitions of powerful organizations. Rather than castigating politicians and elites as simply corrupt, the case studies illustrate why development is so difficult to achieve in societies where the role of economic organizations is manipulated to provide political balance and stability.

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Citizens Against Corruption: Report From The Front Line by Pierre Landell-Mills

Tuesday June 11 at 12:00 PM in J1-050


The book tells the story of how groups of courageous and dedicated citizens across the globe are taking direct action to root out corruption. Based on extensive practical experience through the work over more than a decade supported by the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF), this book shows how ordinary people are no longer prepared to accept the predatory activities of dishonest officials and are successfully challenging their scams.

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To Move The World: JFK's Quest for Peace by Jeffrey D. Sachs

Friday June 14 at 12:30 PM in Preston Auditorium


The start of John F. Kennedy’s presidency was marked by blunders and near-disasters, from the Bay of Pigs invasion to the Cuban Missile Crisis. The Crisis was a turning point – Kennedy retreated from the nuclear precipice with renewed confidence, and with the determination to chart and achieve a pathway to peace. Sachs will discuss the lessons of Kennedy’s 1963 campaign for peace and a nuclear test ban treaty, including the strategies for leadership and problem-solving in complex and dangerous international situations, and their application to foreign policy today.

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Turning the Right Corner: Ensuring Development Through a Low-Carbon Transport Sector

Monday June 17 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

How can developing countries avoid becoming locked into high-carbon growth? And how can we finance the transition to low-carbon mobility? This book seeks to answer these questions. It outlines how policy makers and development practitioners can combine policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions with broader sector reforms to reduce local air pollution, road safety risks, and congestion - thereby generating new fiscal resources to help finance the transition to low-carbon mobility.

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Getting Better: Improving Health System Results in Eastern Europe and Central Asia by Owen Smith and Son Nam Nguyen

Wednesday June 19 at 3:00 PM in J1-050

Improving health – or getting better – is a major priority for populations across Europe and Central Asia, but long-term progress has lagged behind other regions. This book highlights the need for a “cardiovascular revolution” to improve health outcomes, examines key aspects of the health financing agenda, and proposes “ingredients, not recipes” for broader health system reform.

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The 2013 Human Development Report – The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World

Wednesday May 22 at 12:00 PM in J1-050


The 2013 Human Development Report: the Rise of the South examines shifts in global dynamics driven by rising powers of the developing world and implications for human development. BRICS and other dynamic nations have become leading actors on the world stage, offering lessons and partnerships for the South. Considering long-term challenges from inequality to sustainability to global governance, it identifies relevant policies and institutional reforms that could promote human progress.

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Breaking the Rural – Urban Divide

Wednesday May 15 at 3:00 PM in J1-050

Financing Africa’s Cities and Structural Transformation and Rural Change Revisited adopt two different perspectives, from the city and from the countryside. They deal with financing urban investments, promoting rural diversification, and the challenges of Africa’s demographic and economic transitions. They have an evident crossing point which is about territorial development: how to foster rural-urban linkages through the promotion of medium-size urbanization and a better connection with rural demand and supply. Vibrant local economies can generate growing incomes and mitigate the costs of metropolization.

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From Poverty To Power: How Active Citizens And Effective States Can Change The World by Duncan Green

Wednesday May 8 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

From Poverty to Power” argues that a radical redistribution of power, opportunities, and assets rather than traditional models of charitable or government aid is required to break the cycle of poverty and inequality. The forces driving this transformation are active citizens and effective states. Seismic events have convulsed global markets since “From Poverty to Power” was first published in 2008. This new fully-revised edition includes a new chapter on the human impact of the global financial and food crises.

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Divided Nations: Why Global Governance is Failing and What We Can Do About It by Ian Goldin

Monday May 6 at 12:00 PM in J1-050

Is global governance failing and what we can do about it? The author and a former Vice President of the World Bank discusses the extent to which national states have become less able to resolve global problems, and highlights the changing nature of the global governance challenges. The author argues that unless nations manage their growing interdependencies, there is a real risk to global development and prosperity in 21st Century. 

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Marwan Muasher Prospects and Pitfalls: The Arab World Two Years On

Monday April 29 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

Events in the Arab World since the Tunisian revolution have opened the gates on wider dissatisfaction across the region. Marwan Muasher has a unique perspective: the multiple lenses he brings include that of journalist, ambassador, insider to the Arab peace process, leader of political, social and economic reform in the Jordanian Cabinet and now finishing his second book on what it all means at Carnegie. Join us for his insights on what now and what next.

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The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order by Benn Steil

Friday April 22 at 12:00 PM in J1-050

Upending the conventional wisdom that Bretton Woods was the product of an amiable Anglo American collaboration, the author argues that it was in reality part of a much more ambitious geopolitical agenda aimed at eliminating Britain as an economic and political rival. At the heart of the drama were the antipodal characters of John Maynard Keynes and Harry Dexter White. The book promises to be a skillful revelation of how the blueprint for the postwar economic order was actually drawn.

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How Much is Enough? Money and the Good Life by Robert Skidelsky and Edward Skidelsky

Friday April 12 at 12:00 PM in J1-050

What constitutes the good life? What is the true value of money? Why do we work such long hours merely to acquire greater wealth? These are some of the questions that many asked themselves when the financial system crashed in 2008. This book attempts to tackle such questions head-on and promises to be a provocative and timely call for a moral approach to economics, drawing on philosophers, political theorists, writers, and economists from Aristotle to Marx to Keynes.

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Natural Resources , Growth and Diversification in MENA: The effects of Natural Resources and the role of policies

Thursday April 11 at 3:00 PM in J1-050

MENA is one of the richest regions in the world in terms of natural resources. This book investigates how dependence on this wealth contributed to reduce the scope of economic diversification and how policy makers could encourage greater diversification. It highlights the important role of flexible exchange rates, consistent and transparent fiscal policies, and business reforms to strengthen competition and efficiency of upstream activities in driving and sustaining economic diversification.

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Justice: Faces of the Human Rights Revolution by Mariana Cook

Wednesday April 10 at 3:30 PM in J1-050

Why do some people have the courage to look injustice squarely in the face when so many of us avert our eyes? Cook traveled the globe to try to answer this question. The book features portraits of human rights activists from around the world, paired with their first person stories and what compels them to do their life’s work. An underlying current in all of their stories is a wellspring of optimism; the belief that injustice can be repaired, and that what is right will prevail. Among those featured in JUSTICE are Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu, Nicholas Kristof, and many more.

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Floating on a Malayan Breeze: Travels in Malaysia and Singapore by Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh

Tuesday April 9 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

What happens after a country splits apart? In 1965 Singapore separated from Malaysia. To understand how political division has affected societal mindsets, the author sets-off by bicycle to interview people in both countries. The book promises a refreshing perspective on the divergent development paths of the two nations as well as how they view each other and the world around them; concluding that despite their economic development, Malaysia and Singapore are still struggling to find their souls.

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Until Debt Do Us Part: Subnational Debt, Insolvency, and Markets by Otaviano Canuto and Lili Liu

Monday April 8 at 12:30 PM in J1-050

State and local debt and debt of quasi-public agencies have grown in importance. With debt comes the risk of insolvency. This book brings together the reform experience of major emerging economies and developed countries. Written by leading practitioners and experts in public finance in the context of multilevel government systems, this book examines the interactive roles of markets, regulators, subnational borrowers, creditors, national governments, taxpayers, ex-ante rules, and ex-post insolvency systems in the quest for reducing moral hazard and strengthening subnational fiscal discipline.


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Scaling Up Affordable Health Insurance: Staying the Course

Thursday March 28 at 12:30 PM in J1-050


Over 4 billion people have severe hardships in terms of access to affordable health care and protection against the cost of illness. During the recent global financial turmoil, additional millions have fallen back into poverty as a result of the loss of jobs and cost of a serious illness. Millions more are at risk before full recovery. The Book and associated Conference focus on practical things that policy makers and nongovernmental groups in middle and low income countries are doing to confront these challenges.

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Investing in Communities Achieves Results: Findings from an Evaluation of Community Responses to HIV and AIDS by Rosalía Rodriguez-García, René Bonnel, David Wilson and N’Della N’Jie

Thursday March 21 at 12:00 PM in J1-050


Community level results have not always been the focus of systematic and rigorous evaluations. A series of studies – including evaluations in Burkina Faso, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Zimbabwe – were undertaken in 2009-2012 to help build a robust pool of evidence on the effects of community responses to HIV/AIDS. The evaluation findings suggest that communities have produced significant results, improved knowledge, change behaviors and increased use of services at varying levels.

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The End Of Power by Moises Naim

Wednesday March 13 at 1:00 PM in J1-050


With THE END OF POWER, Moisés Naím defines what power is, what has changed about power, and what is at stake in a world of decaying power. He shows that power today is easier to acquire, harder to use, and easier to lose—and argues that the implications of this worldwide revolution are vast and variegated.

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The Measure of Civilization: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations by Ian Morris 

Monday March 18 at 12:30 PM in J1-050


When and why did the West came to dominate the world? In The Measure of Civilization, Morris sets forth a sweeping examination of Eastern and Western development since the ice age. He discusses how his index helps resolve some of the biggest debates in global history and provides innovative tools for determining surprising and fresh perspectives for past, present, and future economic and social trends.

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Public Capital, Growth and Welfare: Analytical Foundations for Public Policy by Pierre-Richard Agénor

Tuesday February 26 at 1:00 PM in J1-050


Professor Agénor's new book explores the different channels through which public capital in infrastructure may affect growth and human welfare, and develops a series of formal models for understanding how these channels operate. Come, learn more, and have a conversation.

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Special Event with Mary Robinson

Friday March 1 at 12:00 PM  in JB1-080


Join Rachel Kyte for a conversation with Mary Robinson, first woman President of Ireland and President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice (MRFCJ). Ms. Robinson will share her experiences as a lifetime advocate for social justice and human rights, ideas on how to achieve climate justice for the poor, and her vision for the post-2015 development agenda.

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World Bank Special Event: Connect4Climate "Right Here, Right Now"

Friday March 1 at 6:00 PM at the World Bank Main Complex (check-in from 5 PM)

Please join World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, the Italian Minister of Environment Corrado Clini, Sustainable Development Network Vice President Rachel Kyte, External Affairs Vice President Cyril Muller, Africa Vice President Makhtar Diop, the Global Environment Facility’s CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii, for an evening to celebrate youth engagement in creative climate action.

The event will feature a keynote address by President Kim, the ‘Voices4Climate' competition awards, the launch of a C4C special edition Rhythms del Mundo: Africa charity CD, live performances by Kenyan rappers TS1 and award-winning Malian musician Rokia Traore. Close out the night with drinks and food at the evening reception, and dance the night away to a live DJ set by MTVs Izzy Lawrence.

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Expanding Access to Finance: Best Global Practices in Credit Reporting

Thursday February 21 at 12:00 PM in J1-050


Global experts and market leaders on credit reporting systems will discuss the newly released IFC Credit Reporting Knowledge Guide and the important role gathering and distributing reliable credit information plays in expanding access to credit. The Guide provides useful insights for policymakers and practitioners including latest developments in credit reporting services - the first universal set of standards for the industry and credit reporting for micro, small, and medium enterprises.

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MIGA: Managing Sovereign Risk and Consequences for Emerging Markets

Wednesday February 13 at 12:00 PM in J1-050


The risk of advanced economies defaulting on their debts—once highly unlikely—is now a real threat to international economic stability. Emerging trends in developing markets may also affect the global economic and political landscape. Join the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) for the launch of its annual World Investment and Political Risk report as we host a lively discussion around this topic.

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The Poverty and Welfare Impacts of Climate Change: Quantifying the Effects, Identifying the Adaptation Strategies

Thursday January 24 at 12:30 PM in J1-050


The book surveys existing research on the potential consequences of climate change on global poverty rates. It quantifies the impacts of climate change on different dimensions of household welfare in rural Mexico and Indonesia, and investigates the heterogeneity of household strategies for coping with and adapting to climatic shocks. The authors provide policy recommendations, which focus on aligning climate change adaptation with development objectives and poverty reduction strategies.

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2012 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report: Global Index of the Leading Think Tanks in the World

Thursday January 17 at 8:00 AM in J1-050


The Global Go To Think Tank Index is produced on an annual basis by the Think Thanks and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania with the help of more than 1,500 peer institutions and experts from the print and electronic media, academia, public and private donor institutions and policymakers. Rankings criteria included an institute's ability to retain top scholars, the quality of research, access to policymakers and ability to influence policy decisions. Over 6500 think tanks in 182 countries were invited to participate in the survey; 57,000 nominations were submitted this year  across 38 categories that include major areas of policy research and the top think tanks in every region of the world.

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