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Global and Regional Initiatives


Global and Regional Initiatives

Through our global and regional programs, we have reached more than 30,000 participants in over 90 countries around the world.

Global Initiatives

Inclusive & Sustainable Business Executive Development Programs
Launched in June 2008, this core program builds capacity for business growth in emerging markets that specifically engages with and benefits the poor. Participants—mostly private sector but also government officials that seek to strengthen business roles in development—gain valuable insights on shaping successful corporate strategy aligned with development goals. WBI is also currently offering customized versions of the program for specific sectors (such as agribusiness), regions (Africa) and addressing specific topics (anti-corruption).
Contact Djordjija Petkoski
Website Executive Development Programs

Business Action to Combat Malnutrition
In partnership with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and the World Bank Human Development Network (WB HD), this program engages the private sector in partnerships against malnutrition, targeting increased access to affordable fortified foods for poor populations. WBI supports the capacity development of the private sector to take action for improved nutrition, notably through innovative viable business models. WBI leads development of dialogues, trainings and knowledge products, such as the Business Innovation to Combat Malnutrition Case Study Series.
Contact Michael Jarvis

Corporate Responsibility and Sustainable Competitiveness
This program aims to build the capacity of the private sector and other stakeholder groups on corporate responsibility and competitiveness issues. Through a blended approach combining the “Corporate Responsibility and Competitiveness” online course, face-to-face trainings and other learning tools, BCD works with a range of stakeholders such as the multinational company CEMEX and the Brazilian Sugar Cane Industry Association UNICA. In the Mercosur region, BCD has partnered with InWEnt Capacity Building International Germany) to build the capacity of local private sector companies on corporate responsibility and sustainability issues by providing the education and fostering a network of trained CSR practitioners.
Contact Diletta Doretti
Website CSR Mercosul (Portugese only)

Collective Action against Corruption
This program assists industry associations and business coalitions in developing collective governance anti-corruption initiatives with practical tools, including animplementation guide for Collective Action) and accompanying web-portal Business Fighting Corruption with best practices experiences. The program was jointly developed with a business-oriented coalition of international organizations and NGOs to help design and implement Collective Action frameworks, and supports the Governance and Anti-Corruption Strategy of the World Bank Group.
Contact Michael Jarvis

Regional Initiatives

Africa Region

The Bank has committed itself to the promotion of constructive and practical partnerships between Africa’s business sector and national governments to catalyze the changes necessary for the private sector to fully realize its potential as the engine for growth and job creation.

Business Partnership on HIV/AIDS and Social Response—East Africa Region
This program began in 2005 in Ethiopia, and complements the multi-sectoral HIV/AIDS Program of World Bank operations in the Africa Region. The program, now being extended to the East Africa region, supports the strengthening of the Pan-African Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS and the National Business Coalitions on HIV/AIDS by continuing to build on the successes and good practice experiences of WBI’s program in Ethiopia. The overall objectives are to strengthen private sector partnership in the national multi-sectoral responses to HIV/AIDS and the capacity of the private sector to effectively manage HIV/AIDS, its impacts and social responsibilities through workplace and community program development, including rapid results initiatives. The program is delivered in close coordination with ActAfrica, the Country Management Units, World Bank and IFC against AIDS counterparts, and GTZ.
Contact Michael Jarvis

Capacity Development for Improving Competitiveness and SME Sustainability—East Africa Region
The main objectives of the program are to strengthen the capacity of business organizations and local companies in the East Africa region to more effectively manage environmental and social impacts through appropriate management and reporting structures in their workplace and community, and to improve and better market their environmental and social performance (for example, quality of work conditions and inclusion of vulnerable groups). It also builds on World Bank-wide efforts to strengthen environmental and social sustainability.
Contact Michael Jarvis

Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region

Business Advocacy for Enhanced Competitiveness
Through our Business Advocacy program we assist companies and business associations in developing and emerging countries where new regulations and policies are often drafted with limited input from the private sector leading to burdensome and unpredictable policy changes to participate more effectively in policy reforms. We help business leaders, business associations, and other interested parties to come together, prioritize issues of concern, develop potential solutions and enter into dialogues with government counterparts to implement joint reforms.

Strengthening Capacity for ICT Development – Bosnia Herzegovina
Now entering its third year, this program focuses on business advocacy for business environment reforms in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) sector in Bosnia Herzegovina. We provide advisory services and capacity building assistance to the Bosnian Association of Information Technology (B@IT) to strengthen its organizational and managerial capacity to initiate and consolidate public-private dialogues, including on governance issues. The program fosters local market development and dialogue with key government agencies aimed at enhancing ICT competitiveness. It supports the WBG PSD Strategy for Bosnia Herzegovina and will continue to be jointly delivered with the CMU and IFC-PEPSE’s International Standards and Technical Regulation program.
Contact Kathrin Frauscher

Regional Competitiveness – Russia’s Southern Federal District
This program supports an ongoing World Bank Foreign Investment Advisory Services (FIAS) (Link to: project focused on “Identifying and Reducing Administrative Barriers to Investment and Business Development in Russia’s Southern Federal District.” Since 2005 the program has been building the capacity of the tourism industry to advocate more effectively for a more business friendly business environment, with the objective of supporting regional competitiveness.
Contact Diletta Doretti

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Competitiveness—Southern Europe
This multiyear regional program aims to foster linkages among Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) associations in Ukraine, Romania and other countries in South East Europe, such as Macedonia and Bosnia Herzegovina, to promote regional cooperation agreements and experience sharing on regional best practices in business advocacy for enhanced ICT sector competitiveness.
Contact Kathrin Frauscher

Middle East and North Africa Region

Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable and Inclusive Business in the Arab World
This program aims to build the capacity of the Egyptian Institute of Directors (EIoD) and additional partners in the region to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) for inclusive private sector growth. After beginning in Egypt, this project is now being scaled up to the broader MNA region, responding to demand from organizations in the Gulf States and Saudi Arabia for CSR programming and executive training on sustainable and inclusive business, and linking local concepts of CSR, corporate governance, philanthropy and competitiveness. Specifically designed training programs in Arabic and English will be used for these capacity-building projects.
Contact Diletta Doretti

South Asia Region

HIV/AIDS, Stigma and Inclusive and Sustainable Development within the Private Sector—India
Based on requests from local clients to address HIV/AIDS and stigma in the wider development context, this program builds on WBI’s priorities for work on inclusive and sustainable business development. The program will continue to strengthen the response of the business community to issues of HIV/AIDS, stigma and inclusive development by working in close coordination with Indian companies, the Confederation of Indian Industry (link to:, the Energy and Resources Institute (, and World Bank partners. The program began in 2006 and is anchored in India’s Country Assistance Strategy (link to:, complementing World Bank operations and analytical work in India including support to AIDS III and NACP III (link to:, as well as regional work on stigma reduction.
Contact Michael Jarvis

East Asia Region

Asia Program on Corporate Social Responsibility and engaging with the Base of the Pyramid
In September 2008 the Business, Competitiveness and Development program (BCD) launched the first phase of its new program in Asia with a CSR Seminar Series held in Tokyo, Japan, the first phase of the Asia Program on Corporate Social Responsibility and engaging with the Base of the Pyramid, which will be expanded in early 2009 to cover countries in both East and South Asia. The new Asia Program is being developed in two phases: Phase One began in Tokyo, Japan, where the CSR Seminar Series took place from September 17 – October 10, 2008. This four week program was focused around five modules: Introduction and Overview of CSR in Asia, CSR and Climate Change, Supply Chain Management, CSR and BoP, and Building Sustainable and Competitive CSR Strategy. The event was a big success, with representatives from Japanese companies and other multinationals operating in Japan such as Cisco Systems, Ricoh, JBIC, Sony, Starbucks, Earnst & Young, Mitsubishi, NEC, Olympus, as well as UNESCO, UNICEF and NGO and university representatives. Phase Two, potentially slated for early 2009, will involve expanding the program in Asia based on the theme of CSR and BoP, delivering activities tailored specifically for each audience. The program will include a web-based training on with WBI’s signature CSR and Sustainable Competitiveness course, along with video conferencing to connect and exchange best practices among regional participants, and face to face training and events. Some of these activities will be delivered in several countries simultaneously to foster experience sharing.
Contact Djordjija Petkoski

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