Spring Meetings 2023: Toward a New Era
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The 2023 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings took place from April 10-16, amidst a backdrop of challenges: from stress in the banking sector, persistent inflation, rising debt, climate change and of course Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Addressing this instability, and looking to a future free from poverty, was at the heart of the discussions which involved dozens of contributors from across the globe.

In this latest episode of The Development Podcast, we draw on some of the highlights from that week, hearing from various speakers who attended our events and how they look to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. Listen on to hear from:  World Bank Group President David Malpass, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva, Senior World Bank Managing Director Axel van Trotsenburg, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed, Senegal's Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation, H.E. Oulimata Sarr, Save the Children UK CEO Gwen Hines, and Founder of the grassroots organization, We Love Reading, Rana Dajani. Listen now!

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Featured Voices

  • David Malpass, World Bank Group President
  • Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director 
  • Axel van Trotsenburg, Senior World Bank Managing Director
  • Amina J. Mohammed, United Nations Deputy Secretary-General
  • H.E. Oulimata Sarr, Senegal's Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation
  • Gwen Hines, Save the Children UK CEO 
  • Rana Dajani, Founder of the grassroots organization, We Love Reading


[00:00] Welcome and introduction of the topic

[01:38] Complex challenges facing the global economy and a vision for the future

[10:09] Accelerating development in an age of global crisis

[14:31] Human capital to accelerate the green transition

[17:02] Cash transfers and other practical investments in children

[20:35] The importance of investment in the next generation

[22:31] Closure and thanks for tuning in!


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