2013 Partners Meeting


    The FY13 WBI Partners Meeting was hosted by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, June 12th, in Paris at the Ministry’s Conference Center located at 27 Rue de la Convention, 75015.

    The objective of this meeting was to bring together WBI’s key development partners for a strategic discussion on: WBI's results in FY13 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013) achieved with support from the Multi-Donor Facility for Capacity Development (MFCD - WB's umbrella facility); (ii) priorities for FY14 and beyond; and (iii) several emerging topics in capacity development, such as citizen engagement, open approaches to development and innovation.

    Representatives from the following partners participated in the meeting:  Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and United Kingdom.

    The FY13 Results Update and Future Priorities are now available to view here.

    WBI Partner's Meeting Agenda – June 12th – Ministry’s Conference Center located at 27 Rue de la Convention, 75015

    9:30-9:45 – Welcoming Remarks by France
    o Jean-Marc Châtaigner, Deputy Director General, Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

    9:45-10:00 – Welcoming Remarks by WBI
    o Caroline Anstey, Managing Director, The World Bank Group

    10:00-11:00 – World Bank Group Goals and the Role of WBI
    This interactive session will provide an update on the WBG’s reform process and the role WBI is playing. It will also highlight strategic priorities for WBI within the context of the World Bank Group’s strategy and ongoing reform process.
    o Presentation by Sanjay Pradhan, Head of WBI & World Bank Group Vice-President
    o Open discussion

    11:00-11:15 – Coffee Break

    11:15-12:15 – WBI FY13 Results Update and Future Priorities
    This interactive session will highlight key results achieved in FY13, including with the support of the MFCD, as well as how results are being measured and captured. It will also highlight future priorities for scaling-up with support from the MFCD in the near future.
    o Presentation by Rob Floyd, Director of Operations, WBI
    o Open discussion

    12:15-12:45 – Tour de Table: Partner Feedback on FY13 Results and Strategic Priorities for FY14 & Beyond
    This session will be an opportunity for each partner to provide overall feedback on WBI’s results and strategic priorities as discussed during the previous two sessions. WBI is seeking partners to share their overall view of WBI, including the first-year implementation of the MFCD (WBI’s umbrella facility).

    12:45-14:00 – Lunch

    14:00-15:15 – Panel 1: Citizen Engagement
    This panel will focus on how citizen-centric approaches to development, such as citizen engagement and feedback systems, can strengthen the quality of policy making and service delivery in areas where the impact on the poor is most direct. WBI recently organized the World Bank’s first Global Conference on Citizen Engagement for Enhanced Development Impact on March 18th, which was hosted by the Bank's President, Dr. Jim Kim. The outcomes from this conference will be shared along with the experiences and programs of several partners.
    o Keynote Address: Pascal Canfin, Minister Delegate for Development, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    o Panelist & Facilitator: Randi Ryterman, Director of Collaborative Governance, WBI
    o David Nguyen-Thanh, Head of Section, Public Finance & Administrative Reform, GIZ
    o Päivi Kannisto, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland
    o Peter Kamau, Assistant Director, Ministry of Finance, Government of Kenya

    15:15-15:30 – Coffee Break

    15:30-16:45 – Panel 2: Applying Open Approaches for Development Solutions
    This panel will focus on how innovative approaches can be applied to advance sustainable development solutions, for example to improve delivery of services in health, urban, climate change and other sectors as well as how knowledge exchange among practitioners and e-learning can accelerate the deployment of these approaches for sustainable development.
    o Panelist & Facilitator: Abha Joshi-Ghani, Director of Learning & Knowledge, WBI
    o Kelmend Zajazi, Executive Director, NALAS
    o François Pacquement, External Relations Department, Agence Française de Développement, AFD
    o Oliver Orsini, Sr. Executive Vice President, Electricité de France, EDF

    16:45-18:00 – Panel 3: Harnessing Innovation
    Several development agencies, including the World Bank, have recently established innovation units. In general, these units have the task of both stimulating and scaling-up internal innovations in their agencies, as well as scanning, crowd-sourcing via external innovations. This panel will discuss the approaches and lessons learned of these new units.
    o Panelist & Facilitator: Aleem Walji – Director of Innovation Labs, WBI
    o Johan Akerblom, Chief Innovation Officer, Sida
    o Chris Fabian, Head of Innovation, UNICEF
    o Ninon Duval Farré, Director, Bond'Innov

    18:00 – Closing Remarks by France and WBI
    o Jean-Marc Châtaigner, Deputy Director General, Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    o Sanjay Pradhan, Head of WBI & World Bank Group Vice-President