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The World Bank and Young Professionals: Supporting a Common Cause

Young Professionals with World Bank colleagues at the Young Professionals Summit

March 20-24 2014 The World Bank Brussels Office sponsored seven outstanding young professionals from Africa and Latin America to participate in the German Marshall Fund’s (GMF) Young Professional Summit (YPS) in Brussels. The YPS brings together young political, corporate, and intellectual leaders (so called leaders of the next generation), principally from Europe and North America, but also from other parts of the world, to exchange views between themselves, and with select global decision makers, on pressing transatlantic and global challenges. The Bank’s sponsorship of the participants from Africa and Latin America is a key component of its partnership with GMF, which aims to better relate the YPS dialogue to development challenges in the Global South.

The Bank further contributed to the YPS dialogue through a session led by Paulo de Sa, World Bank Sector Manager for Oil, Gas and Mining, titled 'Fuelling the Planet: Access to Sustainable Energy, where the links between energy and the World Bank's twin goals on ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity were discussed.

Paulo de Sa, World Bank Sector Manager for Oil, Gas and Mining discussing sustainable energy with fellow panelists and the young professionals

Beyond the YPS, the young invitees participated in a Bank organized roundtable exploring how young people could strategize with institutions like the Bank in a global movement against poverty. To this end, the World Bank agreed to continue to exchange ideas with this group of young professionals as it develops its campaign and strategy on ending poverty.

World Bank Youth Roundtable on Strategizing on the Fight against Poverty

Finally, in order to further reach out to a broader range of stakeholders and decision makers, the young professionals also shared their perspectives with Brussels based press on a range of development challenges. Click on the following links to learn more about the sponsored young professionals’ perspectives on unemployment and marginalized groups, sustainable use of natural resources and corruption, and gender.

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You can also read more about the World Bank engagement with other young policymakers who are taking on global challenges:
Four inspiring youth leaders in D.C. to take on poverty
YPS 2013: Diving into the heart of making development policies