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“Lifelong Learning in the Global Knowledge Economy: Challenges for Developing Countries”

Introduction: Jean-Louis Sarbib, Senior Vice-President, Human Development Network

Speakers: Harry Patrinos, and Toby Linden

Date/Time: Tuesday, December 16, 2003, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Venue: World Bank J building, (701 18th St.,) Room J1-050 (Auditorium to the left of the lobby)

Lifelong Learning in the Global Knowledge Economy: Challenges for Developing Countries

This new World Bank reports warns that developing countries will have little success boosting economic growth and reducing poverty unless they can close a growing ‘knowledge’ or education divide between themselves and richer countries. Investing in quality lifelong learning, the reports says, can help to close this gap by promoting economic vitality, reducing poverty, and encouraging open and cohesive societies. In a global economy which, like its semi-conductors, becomes faster and more powerful every year, lifelong learning allows people to prosper in a global economy which increasingly relies on the use of ideas and technology in devising smarter ways of working and doing business. This book is a roadmap for policymakers who wish to know more about the key issues and challenges of education in a knowledge economy.

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Phone: 202 458-4500 (9:30 am - 3:30 p.m.)

"Faith in Conservation: New Approaches to Religions and the Environment"
Date/Time:Wednesday, November 12, 2003, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:World Bank J building, (701 18th St.,) Room J1-050 (Auditorium to the left of the lobby)
Presentations: Martin Palmer
Introduction: Tony Whitten

"Faith in Conservation: New Approaches to Religions and the Environment". -- This book, arising from over twenty years experience of working with the world's major faiths, draws extensively upon joint World Bank and ARC (Alliance of Religion & Conservation) /WWF (World Wildlife Fund for Nature) projects world wide. It shows, through stories, land management, myths, investment policies, legends, advocacy and celebration, the role the major faiths have, do and can play in making the world a better place.

The major faiths are the oldest institutions in the world and have survived essentially because they are constantly evolving and changing. There is much to be learnt by newer institutions such as the World Bank and the multitudes of NGOs about how to remain true to what you believe but change and grow as you develop. The book explores issues of climate change, forestry, asset management, education and biodiversity protection and does so using the techniques of the great faiths - storytelling, example and celebration. It reveals a variety of world views and it asks us to see that our personal view may be just one amongst many.

The challenge of living with integrity in a pluralist world underlies the book and it offers models of how diversity is crucial in attempting to ensure we have a sustainable world.

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Phone: 202 458-4500 (9:30 am - 3:30 p.m.)

"The Roaring Nineties"
Presentation: Joseph Stiglitz
Date/Time: Thursday, November 6, 2003, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Venue: World Bank J building, (701 18th St.,) Room J1-050 (Auditorium to the left of the lobby)

The Roaring Nineties by Joseph Stiglitz has an element of the morality tale about it. Stiglitz shows why greed is not good -- for companies, individuals, or societies -- and how if unchecked, it leads to deceptions, distortions, and disasters. He argues that the best way to achieve sustained growth and long-term efficiency is to find the right balance between government and the market, and both companies and economies must to some extent be regulated by trust and consideration for others. This isn't just good morality -- it's good economics. The book ends with an inspiring account of what can be done to get the world's economies back on a fairer and more stable course.
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Phone: 202 458-4500 (9:30 am - 3:30 p.m.)

"Pathways Out of Poverty: Private Firms and Economic Mobility in Developing Countries "
Date/Time:Tuesday, November 4, 2003, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Location:World Bank J building, (701 18th St.,) Room J1-050 (Auditorium to the left of the lobby)
Presentations: Gary Fields & Guy Pfeffermann

"Pathways Out of Poverty: Private Firms and Economic Mobility in Developing Countries". -- Until recently, development economists tended to assume a role for private enterprise in reducing poverty, but they didn't articulate it explicitly. The new institutional economics literature, with its emphasis on transaction costs, addresses the environment in which private businesses operate in various countries - the investment climate.

Building on this new thinking, Pathways Out of Poverty begins by citing the worldwide drop in the number of very poor people and goes on to identify the ways in which private firms and farms contribute to economic mobility and poverty reduction and what governments can do to enhance this contribution. In four parts, the editors and contributors address economic mobility, offer numerous global examples, consider the importance of good investment climates, and examine the impact of public policies and public attitudes. Their theory, hard economic analysis, and case studies provide rich and innovative mechanisms for reducing poverty in developing and transition countries.
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"Chinua Achebe Teacher of Light” & “The Debt Trap in Nigeria – Towards a Sustainable Debt Strategy"
Date: Monday, October 27, 2003
Time12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Location:701 18th St., Room J1-050 (Auditorium to the left of the lobby)
Presentations: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala & Tijan M. Sallah

Chinua Achebe Teacher of Light –by Tijan M. Sallah & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. Though Chinua Achebe is arguably Africa’s most famous novelist and one of this century’s most important writers, few biographies of him have been published. Chinua Achebe has always played a vital role as a literary and moral leader, speaking out with a voice of reason and maintaining a strong vision for a revitalized Africa. Achebe is the recipient of several major international awards and recognition: The “Times of London" named him as "one of the 1,000 Makers of the 20th Century, " while his book, “Things Fall Apart,” which topped the list of 100 Best Books from Africa has become standard text in literature in more than 135 countries of the world. This book is intended as a complimentary text to Achebe’s novels for youth and the general reader. To order your copy click here

The Debt Trap in Nigeria – Towards A Sustainable Debt StrategyEds. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Charles C Soludo and Mansur Muhtar.

This is the first major study to put the debt question in Nigeria into perspective. It is the outcome of a historic conference held in May 2001, at Abuja, to debate Nigeria’s future in the context of the debt overhang. Convened by the National Debt Management Office, in collaboration with the African Institute for Applied Economics, Enugu, and the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Conference was attended by a broad spectrum of local and international participants from the public and private sector. This book proffers recommendations on reducing the debt burden, for strengthening the institutional framework for debt and resource management, and for resuming sustainable development. The call is to all involved, Nigerians in general and the international community in particular, to more proactively work to help the country exit the debt trap, and refocus its resources on fighting poverty including the achievement of the internationally agreed millennium development goals.

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"World Development Report 2004 - Making Services Work for Poor People"
Introduction: Mamphela Ramphele
Presentation: Shanta Devarajan & Ritva Reinikka
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 29, 2003, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Venue: World Bank J building, (701 18th St.,) Room J1-050 (Auditorium to the left of the lobby)

Making Services Work for Poor People - World Development Report 2004
Broad improvements in human welfare will not occur unless poor people receive wider access to affordable, better quality services in health, education, water, sanitation, and electricity. Without such improvements, freedom from illness and illiteracy - two of the most important ways that poor people can escape poverty - will remain elusive to many. The 2004 World Development Report finds that such services often fail poor people. But it also describes when and where services are working for poor people, showing how governments and citizens can do better. The key: poor people's participation in determining the quality and quantity of the services they receive.
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"Averting AIDS Crises in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: A Regional Support Strategy"
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2003
Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Presentation J Auditorium, J1-050

A presentation by Armin Fidler (Sector Manager, ECSHD), and Olusoji Adeyi (Lead Health Specialist, ECSHD) - The Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region is experiencing the world's fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemic, as well as a large burden of tuberculosis. Controlling HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis is a corporate priority in the ECA region, as part of the Bank's global commitment to the fight against the epidemics. This regional strategy analyzes several aspects of the epidemics in the region, including epidemiology, economic effects, resource requirements and program management. It translates the Bank's commitment into an agenda for action in the region. The regional strategy seeks to:

  • Provide a unifying framework for the Bank's work as part of international support for country-led responses to HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.
  • Clarify options for integrating effective interventions against HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis into the broader agenda of poverty reduction and economic development.
  • Identify the main barriers limiting the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis control efforts, and actions to eliminate them.
  • Define short- to medium-term priorities for the Bank's work in the region, with emphasis on the Bank's comparative advantages and high-impact partnerships.
    The executive summary is available on the web ( in English, French, Romanian, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian.

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For more information, please contact: Guy Brussat, or call 202 473-2300 .

"Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets to Creating Lasting Values"
Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2003
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Location: Presentation J Auditorium, J1-050 (Auditorium to the left of the 'J' Building lobby)

In Authentic Leadership Bill George makes the case that we do need new leaders, not just new laws, to bring us out of the current corporate crisis. He persuasively demonstrates that authentic leaders of mission-driven companies will create far greater shareholder value than financially oriented companies.
He candidly recounts many of the toughest challenges he encountered -- from ethical dilemmas and battles with the FDA to his own development as a leader. He shows how to develop the five essential dimensions of authentic leaders- purpose, values, heart, relationships, and self-discipline. Authentic Leadership offers inspiring lessons to all who want to lead with heart and with compassion for those they serve.

To order your copy, please click hereFor more information, please contact: Guy Brussat, or call 202 473-2300 .

"The Great Unraveling Losing Our Way in the New Century" CANCELLED DUE TO BAD WEATHER CONDITIONS
Date: September 18, 2003
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Location: : 701 18th St., Room J1-050 (Auditorium to the left of the lobby)

The award-winning economist and columnist Paul Krugman, draws from his New York Times columns. He chronicles how the boom economy unraveled: how exuberance gave way to pessimism, how the age of corporate heroes gave way to corporate scandals, and how fiscal responsibility collapsed. Krugman asks how it was possible for a country with so much going for it to head downhill so fast and finds the answer in the agenda of the present administration.

"You need to read this book, and when you do, you'll find there's only one possible response: it's time to get mad, for most of the media are in denial about how far the takeover of this country by the radical right has already progressed." -- Molly Ivins

To order your copy, please click hereFor more information, please contact: Guy Brussat, or call 202 473-2300 .

"Toward Country-led Development A Multi-partner Evaluation of the Comprehensive Development Framework"
Date: September 9, 2003
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Presentation J Auditorium, J1-050 to be followed by reception in the InfoShop.

This book reports the findings and recommendations of an international evaluation of a new way of undertaking economic development and development aid, the Comprehensive Development Framework (CDF). The evaluation finds that the CDF has become an important influence on the global development agenda. Donors and recipient countries give rhetorical support to the CDF's four core principles. And more importantly, intensive field studies in six countries show that they have actually begun to implement them. But these positive changes are fragile. Although most countries have long-term, holistic development frameworks, few translate them through rigorous budget processes into high-impact projects. Diverse and complex donor procedures and practices continue to impede the goal of country-led partnership. A focus on results is blocked by spending-oriented incentive systems, lack of capacity, and weak accountability and citizen demand. Implementing CDF principles and realizing country-led development therefore requires changes in entrenched behaviors and institutional practices – not easily or quickly accomplished. Top leadership in donor agencies and recipient countries need to pay dedicated and consistent attention to sustain the momentum.

Copies of the book will be available later in the month. Back-orders will be taken at the counter in the InfoShop or send in your request with payment information to

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Preview Reception for the "Windows on the Cultural Heritage of Yemen" Symposium

Date: September 4, 2003
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: World Bank InfoShop, Corner of 18th and Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington DC

The InfoShop and the Yemeni Embassy cordially invite you to a September 4th preview reception for the "Windows on the Cultural Heritage of Yemen" Symposium, to be held at the Freer Gallery September 5th through the 6th. The Preview Reception will feature photographs on Yemen by the photographer Carolyn Brown, as well as a beautiful display of jewelry for viewing and purchase, by artist Suad Raja and Kamal Rubaih. Yemeni filmswill be playing in the auditorium (J1-050) during the reception, as well as for the week following the symposium. Also present at the Reception will be books, information, and participants in the cultural exchange programs hosted by the Embassy.

For more information about the Symposium, or to register, please visit

Infoshop “Windows on the Cultural Heritage of Yemen” Symposium Film Festival
in the J building Auditorium (accessible from the InfoShop)

Thursday, Sept. 4th, 4 pm - 6 pm: (At the preview reception, Film Producers will give opening introductions)
Khadijah Al-Salami, Women in Yemen
Caterina Borelli, The Architecture of Mud
Bader Ben Hirsi,Yemen and the War on Terror

Friday, Sept. 5th, 11 am - 5 pm:
The three films listed above, plus
Salami, 100 faces
Salami, The Jewish Communities of Yemen
Borelli, Quded: Re-Inventing a Tradition
Pasolini, The Walls of Sana'a
Phillips, Qataban and Sheba

Monday, Sept. 8th, 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm:
Pasolini, The Walls of Sana'a
Salami, The Jewish Communities of Yemen
Caterina Borelli, The Architecture of Mud
Khadijah Al-Salami, Women in Yemen


Khadijah al-Salami (P/D). 1990.
TITLE: Femmes du Yémen (Women in Yemen)
Color, sound (French and English versions), 24 min.
Description: The film maker
presents five interviews to five insights into the diverse challenges rural and
urban women face. The film includes commentaries on dowries, the dangers of
tanour cooking, women's role in the army and the unification of Yemen.
Distributor or other source: AlloCiné.com (

Khadijah al-Salami (P/D). 1991.
TITLE : Hadramout, carrefour des civilisations (Hadhramawt: Crossroads of Cultures). Color, sound (French and English versions), 45 min. Production: Khadijah al-Salami
Description: A superbly photographed tour of the Hadhramawt in former South Yemen, with particular emphasis on the unique architecture of that region. Interwoven are sequences on
crafts, of a local wedding, a tea ceremony, a festival of celebrating ibex
hunting, and a visit to tombs of early prophets. The soundtrack of indigenous
music and natural sounds is excellent. Distributor or other source:
AlloCiné.com (www.

Khadijah al-Salami. 1997.
TITLE : L'Île de l'homme au pied d'or (The Island of the man with the golden foot). Color, sound (French), 26 min. Production:
Description: During the Cold war, Soqotra was a base for Soviet
nuclear submarines. Still, the Soqotris continued to fish and harvest incense,
myrrh and aloe. Sulayman an old pearl diver is a famous local character.
Because of an accident, he stopped harvesting pearls and turned to other
activities. He tells the history of the island, the activities and the life of
the men.

Khadijah al-Salami. 2003.
TITLE: The Jewish Communities of Yemen.

Caterina Borelli (D/P). 1999.
TITLE: The Architecture of Mud.
Color, sound (English), 51 min. Production: Anonymous Productions
Description: The documentary is an archival record for the Yemenis - and for the world - of a stunning architectural environment that is rapidly disappearing. Filmed in
Hadhramawt, the film shows the techniques and uses of mud bricks as building
materials. The stages of mud construction, its advantages over cement, and the
value of lime waterproofing are examined. Distributor or other source: American Institute for Yemeni Studies (; Documentary Educational
Resources (; Buy Indies (

Caterina Borelli (D/P). 2003.
TITLE: Qudad, Re-Inventing a Tradition.
Color, sound, 55 min. Production: Anonymous Productions. Also supported by an ECA-funded AIYS fellowship.
Description: Qudad, a lime waterproofing material, can be
found on religious and secular buildings and archaeological sites all over
Yemen. In the last thirty years it has barely been used because of its
elaborate and labor-intensive application. Consequently, few people know how
to make and apply it. Since qudad covers most of the surface of the 16th
century Amiriya Madrasa in Rada', the conservation team working on the building
chose to revive the practice of making and applying qudad. In doing so, they
used the original techniques and trained a new generation of masons. Now the
tradition will not be lost. The film portrays the qudad work at the Amiriya as
narrated by the masons themselves. Distributor or other source: DER —
Documentary Educational Resources, 101 Morse Street, Watertown MA 02472.

Bader Ben Hirsi (D/P). 2000.
TITLE: The English Sheikh and the Yemeni Gentleman.
Color, sound (English), 75 min. Production: Felix Films ( Description: The film shows images of the Yemen unique to the screen, but also provides a rare insight into the characters of the colorful Yemeni people and their rich customs. The London-born Yemeni film maker is guided by the long-term Yemen resident. Distributor or other source: Facets Multimedia (; Arab Film Distribution (

Bader Ben-Hirsi (D/P). 2003.
TITLE: Yemen and the War on Terror.
Color, sound
(English). 26 min.
Production: Felix Films (

Pier Paolo Pasolini (D) and Franco Rosselini (P). 1971.
TITLE : Le Mura di Sana'a (The Walls of Sana'a).
Color, sound (Italian), 13 min. Production: Rosina Anstalt
Description: This is Passolini's profile of the old city of Sana'a.
He focuses on the tearing down of the walls around the old city. The film was
made for UNESCO.

Wendell Phillips. 1962.
TITLE: Qataban and Sheba.
Color, sound (original without narration; this version with English narration), 90 min. Production: American Foundation for the Study of Man.
Description: The documentary presents the archaeological work of Wendell Phillips in the Ma'rib area. While exploring the ancient spice routes of Southern Arabia, the excavations “brought to light” the ancient capital of Timna, the Temple of Ma'rib, and the legendary home of Sheba. Distributor or other source: Vintage Power Wagons Inc. (

"The Main Enemy: The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB"
by Milt Beardon and James Risen

Date: July 9, 2003
Time: 12 noon to 2:00 pm
Location: J1-050 (Auditorium to the left of the 'J' Building lobby)

The author, Mr. Milt Beardon, will present his book The Main Enemy. A landmark collaboration between a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, The Main Enemy is the dramatic inside story of the CIA-KGB spy wars, told through the actions of the men who fought them.

Based on hundreds of interviews with operatives from both sides, The Main Enemy puts us inside the heads of CIA officers as they dodge surveillance and walk into violent ambushes in Moscow. This is the story of the generation of spies who came of age in the shadow...[more]

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"China's Economic Challenge: Smashing the Iron Rice Bowl" by Neil C. Hughes
Date: June 25, 2003
Time: 12 noon to 2:00 pm
Location: InfoShop (towards the back of the store in the J building)

China's reformers insisted over two decades ago that the iron rice bowl, symbol of the Communist Party's compact to provide cradle-to-the-grave security for all, had to be broken if China was going to modernize. China's leaders knew they had to risk their careers and the Party's future, yet the reforms they initiated have not gone far enough. The iron rice bowl is still unbroken. While 300 million people have been raised out of poverty, in one of the great achievements of human history, and millions more are benefiting from economic reforms, many millions are being left behind or made redundant. Hughes points out how the fast rising number of disaffected, impact every economic policy decision, as the government puts maintaining stability at the top of its economic agenda.

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"Systems of Violence: the Political Economy of War and Peace in Colombia" by Nazih Richani
Date: June 12, 2003
Time: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Location: InfoShop (towards the back of the store in the J building)

Nazih Richani is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kean University. In his new book, he examines the political, economic, and military factors that have contributed to thirty-seven years of protracted violent conflict in Colombia. Using four years of field research, and more than 200 interviews, Nazih Richani examines Colombia's war system-the systemic interlacing relationship among actors in conflict, their respective political economy, and also the overall political economy of the system they help in creating. Two key questions are raised: Why do some conflicts protract, and when they do protract, what type of socioeconomic and political configurations make peaceful resolutions difficult to obtain? Also addressed are the lessons of other protracted conflicts, such as those found in Lebanon, Angola, and Italy

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"Quiet Revolution"
Date: June 3, 2003
Time: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: InfoShop (towards the back of the store in the J building)

The Quiet Revolution by Tim Campbell, traces the growth and effects of decentralization and democratization in Latin America through the 1980s and 1990s. Based on first-hand accounts from mayors, local officials, and neighborhood leaders, the author focuses on those cities and towns that made the most of their new intergovernmental arrangements. He further argues that the reforms, which are vital to long-term sustainable growth in the region, need much stronger support from national and international institutions in order to survive. Campbell's research, conducted over a ten-year span, counters conventional wisdom about the role of development banks in the process of state reform and offers timely insights into similar events taking place in other parts of the world.
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"Saving Capitalism from Capitalists"
Date: May 21, 2003
Time: 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Location: InfoShop (towards the back of the store in the J building)

The authors, Raghuram G. Rajan and Luigi Zingales will present their book, "Saving Capitalistm from Capitalists" on May 21, 2003 at 4:30 pm in the InfoShop. "The analysis in Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists is more firmly grounded in theory and data, and far more persuasive than John Kenneth Galbraith's bestseller The Great Crash: 1929…is a highly original study of the ways in which vested interests - "incumbent industrialists," have sought throughout history to protect their wealth and power by rigging the market structure, even subverting free markets entirely when it suits them to…is a well-written, well-argued attempt to help correct that problem." - Rob Norton, The Washington Post, March 2, 2003.
To order a copy of the book, please click here

"Steering by the Stars", by Mamphela Ramphele

Date: May 15, 2003
Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Location: J1-050 Auditorium (to the left of the "J" Building lobby

Guest Speakers: Elaine Wolfensohn & Mamphela Ramphele:

Steering by the Stars is a book, which captures some of the struggles by young people of New Crossroads who are not yet benefiting from the fruits of post-apartheid South Africa. The greatest inspiration for the author was her love for young people and her belief in their potential to succeed if given the opportunity to identify their talents and play to their strengths. The experiences of childhood and youth in poor urban communities and rural villages are discussed in this book. It is about the resilience of people who have seen heard and experienced pain and anguish and kept hoping for a better tomorrow.

To order your copy of the book, please click here. To view the program online, click here

"Worlds Apart"

Date: May 14, 2003
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Location: J1-050 Auditorium (to the left of the "J" Building lobby

Meet John Clark, the author of Worlds Apart, shows how opportunities and threats that have caused rapid change in the economic and corporate worlds are also transforming the citizen's sector. Civil society faces great opportunity, but this could be a brief window. It is more globally connected, better resourced and more influential than ever before, but its advocacy largely pillories the "system's" deficiencies rather than promotes viable alternatives. Clark, author of the best-selling Democratizing Development, uses his unique experience on both sides of the ideological divide - working with NGOs, governments and the World Bank - to analyze the system's faults and suggest a framework for transforming global relations and redressing today's injustices. "An extraordinary combination of dispassionate analysis and deeply felt passion about one of this century's major challenges: civilizing the global economy. John Clark has his eye on the magic ring of global social justice. He is clear and sensible on the potential benefits of the global market to bring opportunities to the world's poor, and compelling on how global social activists must push the establishment if that potential is ever to be realized." Nancy Birdsall, Director Center for Global Government To order your copy, please click here. To view the program online, click here

What Arabs Think

Date: February 24, 2003
Time: 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm
Location: J1-050 Auditorium

James Zogby, the author of "What Arabs Think", will give a presentation of his book. Following the presentation, he will be available to sign his book in the InfoShop. Refreshments will be served.

New Social Policy Agendas for Europe and Asia

Date: February 26, 2003
Time: 10:00 am -12:00 noon
Location: J1-050 Auditorium

Please join Katherine Marshall, author of "New Social Policy Agendas for Europe and Asia: Challenges, Experience, and Lessons" as she discusses this book. After the presentation in the auditorium, she will be available in the InfoShop for signing, followed by light refreshments.

For more information, please contact: Guy Brussat, or call 202 473 3419

The Role of Global Media in Development Seminar

Date: March 13, 2003
Time: All Day
Location: IFC "F" Building - Room L-109 (Lobby Level, West)

You are invited to join an extremely distinguished and influential panel of guest speakers to explore the opportunities and potential of "the Role of Global Media in Development Seminar" in regards to both investment and policy. Our morning sessions will focus on the current composition of the factual programming business - the "nuts and bolts" - with an overview of existing broadcasting technologies and sales & marketing practices. The afternoon sessions will look closely at the application of the creative industries and audiovisual technologies to assist in the achievement of our Millennium Development Goals in emerging economies. To register please contact:, copied to

Fiscal Decentralization and the Challenge of Hard Budget Constraints

Date: April 8, 2003
Time: 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Location: MC Atrium

Introduction of authors: Dana Weist
Meet the authors: Jonathan Rodden, Jennie Litvack, Gunnar Eskelund, Junaid Ahmad, William McCarten, Steven Webb, Debbie Wetzel, and Heng-fu Zou

Meet the authors and join in a discussion on the book "Fiscal Decentralization and the Challenge of Hard Budget Constraints" The study develops an analytical framework for considering the issues related to soft budget constraints for state and local governments, including the institutions, history and policies that drive expectations for bailouts among subnational governments. The project was undertaken by the Decentralization Thematic Group, which found a significant gap in knowledge regarding the macroeconomic risks associated with decentralization. Not until there is a better understanding of how and why decentralization poses risks to macroeconomic stability can governments begin to design policies and institutions to safeguard against those risks.

To order your copy of the book, please click here.

African Development Indicators 2003

Date: April 9, 2003
Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Location: InfoShop - towards the back of the store

Introduction of authors:: Jeff Katz, Manager, Africa Partnerships and External Affairs
Speakers:: John Roome, Director, Operational Quality & Knowledge Services, Africa Region Alan Gelb, Chief Economist, Africa Region


African Development Indicators 2003: Drawn from the World Bank Africa Database this book provides the most detailed collection of development data on Africa in one volume. It presents data from 53 African countries and 5 regional country groups, arranged in separate tables or matrices for more than 500 indicators of development. Included this year are new tables on HIV/AIDS, Communications and Transportation and HIPC Debt Initiatives, and Household Welfare Indicators.


To order your copy, please click here; for World Bank staff click here

Presentation of "WHITE MUGHALS"

Date: April 15, 2003
Time: 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: J1-050 Auditorium

Please join Mr. William Dalrymple, author of "WHITE MUGHALS: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India" and "CITY OF DJINNS: A Year in Delhi" as he discusses his books. After the presentation in the auditorium, he will be available in the InfoShop for signing, followed by light refreshments.

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