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SSI Forum 2020: Sustainable and Inclusive Communities: The Next Generation of Community-Driven Development

Created Dec 25 2020, 6:30 PM by Anastasiia Krasilnikova



Community-driven development (CDD) programs put citizens at the center of designing their own solutions to development problems by fostering partnerships between communities and governments.  CDD programs have increased livelihood opportunities for women, have delivered quick relief following natural disasters, and have helped close last-mile gaps in service delivery and infrastructure provision in some of the most remote and insecure parts of the world.  So where do we go from here?  How can we address new problems, from pandemics to conflict to climate change, and build stronger partnerships between communities and the state?  How do we maximize the use of new technologies, and create economic opportunities in lagging regions? 

Join us on December 8 from 9:00-10:30 am for a high-level panel featuring Paul Collier and senior representatives from government and civil society to explore these questions and help us set out the agenda for the next generation of programs. 

Follow the conversation on Twitter at @WBG_Inclusion and through the hashtag #EveryoneEqual.


Opening remarks: Yaye Seynabou Sakho, Director, Strategy and Operations LCR
Chair: Susan Wong, Global Lead, CDD

Fireside discussion:

  • Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
  • Alka Upadhyaya, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, India
  • Rowlands Kaotcha, Global VP, The Hunger Project Malawi

Speaker Bios: 

Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Oxford University
Sir Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and Director of the International Growth Center.  In addition to his extensive academic experience, Dr. Collier served as Director of the Research Development Department of the World Bank from 1998 to 2003. He has written for the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war; the effects of aid and the problems of democracy in low-income and resource-rich societies; and changing organizational cultures. Paul has authored numerous books, including The Bottom Billion (Oxford University Press, 2007) which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross, and Corine prizes His latest book, co-authored with John Kay, is Greed is Dead: Politics After Individualism. In 2014, Paul received a knighthood for services to promoting research and policy change in Africa.

Alka Upadhyaya, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Rural Development, India
Alka Upadhyaya is an Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development, Director General of the National Rural Infrastructure Development Agency, CEO of the National Rural Livelihood Mission, and Director General of the Council for Advancement of Peoples’ Action and Rural Technology.  Alka leads India’s biggest rural road construction and connectivity program, the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).  In this capacity, she introduced the construction of rural roads using plastic waste. She also leads India’s rural livelihood program which is based on deep community engagement to build skills of women and youth to create livelihood opportunities. Alka Upadhyaya has held senior positions as Secretary in the Department of Finance, Environment, Personnel, Health and was Mission Director in the National Rural Livelihood Mission.  Ms. Upadhyaya holds a master’s degree in Organic Chemistry, Economics, and Public Administration from Syracuse University.

Rowlands Kaotcha, Global Vice President, The Hunger Project
Rowlands Kaotcha is Global Vice President and the Southern Africa Regional Director for The Hunger Project.  He has previously served as the organization’s country director for Malawi and Mozambique. In Malawi, Rowlands and his team worked to mobilize over 2,500 communities, including training thousands of community leaders. Recently, Rowlands led The Hunger Project’s expansion into Zambia and also serves as the Southern Africa coordinator for the Movement for Community-led Development. Mr. Kaotcha earned a B.Sc. in Agriculture and an M.Sc. in Agronomy from the University of Malawi’s Bunda College of Agriculture, and an MBA from Eastern and Southern African Institute of Management in Tanzania.

Seynabou Sakho is the World Bank Director of Strategy and Operations for Latin America and the Caribbean. Sakho was most recently the Country Director for Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama). In her position, she oversaw the programs and TCs, research, and funding of the six nations.  Sakho, who is from Senegal, joined the World Bank in 2004. She has held several positions with the Bank, including as economist for Brazil, Jamaica, and Bolivia, economic advisor to the Operations Policy and Country Services Unit, and advisor to the Managing Director’s Office. Most recently, she served as manager of Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management for East and Central Africa. The new World Bank Director for Central America earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in finance and economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also authored and co-authored several publications on economic growth, private-sector development, and the effect of financial restrictions on small and medium-sized enterprises.

Susan Wong is the World Bank’s Global Lead for Community-Driven Development (CDD).  She has led and worked on some of the largest CDD and local government programs in the world including in Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, India, Afghanistan, and Morocco. Her specialties are in the areas of: monitoring and evaluation, CDD and local governance, social safeguards, and operations.   Susan has published on topics related to monitoring and evaluation, political economy, and community-driven development, and led one of the largest randomized impact evaluations in the world from 2007-2010 in Indonesia. Susan joined the World Bank in 2002 and has served as Social Development Program/Sector Manager, Social Development Sector Coordinator in Indonesia, and Lead Specialist.  Prior to joining the institution, she worked on development programs for the United States Agency for International Development, US Department of State, United Nations Development Program, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She has worked with several multilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations and academic research institutions in the U.S., Africa and Asia for the past 27 years.