National Development Plans and the SDGs Agenda: Lessons for finance and implementation from a review of 120 countries (Tue. Jan 16, 12pm-1.30pm EST at the World Bank Group headquarters in Washington, DC)

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    National Development Plans and the SDGs Agenda:

    Lessons for finance and implementation from a review of 120 countries


    Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 12:00pm-1:30pm

    ~ A light lunch will be available ~

    For colleagues in country offices and external participants, the event will be webcast live here:

    Opening Remarks

    Jaehyang So, Senior Adviser, SVPMM, World Bank


    Admos Chimhowu, Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the
    Rory and Elisabeth Brooks Doctoral College, University of Manchester

    David Hulme, Professor of Development Studies, University of Manchester

    Lauchlan Munro, Associate Professor, University of Ottawa


    Hassan Zaman, Director, Operations Policy and Quality, OPS, World Bank



    Robert Beschel, Global Solutions Lead, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

    Volker Treichel, Principal Country Economist, Economics & Private Sector Development, IFC

    Trang Van Nguyen, Senior Economist, Poverty and Equity Global Practice, World Bank


    Dear Colleagues,

    After a brief hiatus, countries in the global south are again producing national development plans. The Strategic Network on New National Planning (S3NP) has been analyzing patterns and processes that characterize these new NDPs, what the presenters have called ‘new national planning’ that is more focused on the Sustainable Development Goals.

    Based on their analysis of current national development plans from 120 countries, and detailed case study work in 11 of those countries, the presenters have identified trends in the new NDP resurgence, factors in why NDPs fell out of and are returning to favor, and how the new NDPs might contribute more towards the achievement of the SDGs with a focus also on financing and the role of the MDBs. The presentation will review the new types of plans, their uses, content, duration, and potential financing sources as well as the drivers that inform the process of producing plans in different development and governance environments.

    The discussion will conclude by considering the specific issues of state capacity and key determinants of commitment to plans, and draw lessons for countries in the global south and those working to support them.

    Join us to:

      • Discover lessons from a review of 120 national development plans (NDPs)
      • Learn about the key characteristics of the new NDPs
      • Find out how governments plan to use NDPs to achieve the SDGs and mobilize finance
      • Discuss the WBG’s potential financing for development role to support delivery of new NDPs


    David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester where he is Executive Director of the Global Development Institute and CEO of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre. A member of the Academy of Science and current president of the Development Studies Association, he has worked on rural development, poverty and poverty reduction, microfinance, the role of NGOs in conflict/peace and development, environmental management, social protection and the political economy of global poverty for more than 30 years. His main focus has been on Bangladesh but he has worked extensively across South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific. His recent books include: 2017 -What Works for Africa’s Poorest? Programmes and Policies for the Extreme Poor, (with David Lawson and Lawrence Ado-Kofie) [Practical Action Publishing]; 2016- Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping our Heads above Water, (with Manoj Roy and Joseph Hanlon) [Anthem Press]; 2016- Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? [Polity Press]; 2016 – Urban Poverty and Climate Change: Life in the Slums of Asia [Africa and Latin America Routledge].

    Admos Chimhowu is a senior lecturer and Deputy Director of the Rory and Elisabeth Brooks Doctoral College at the University of Manchester. He holds a PhD in Development Administration and Management from the University of Manchester and has research interests in development planning, urban and agrarian studies. He has worked and researched in international development in Africa for over 20 years. He is currently the principal investigator on an ESRC funded project looking at New National Development Planning for Sustainable Development in the Global South. The project creates a strategic network of researchers spread across the globe analysing the content of development plans from 120 different countries as well as doing detailed case study work to understand the processes of planning for SDGs in 11 countries.

    Lauchlan Munro is a socio-economist by training. He is currently an associate Professor at the University of Ottawa where he recently stepped down as Director of the School of International Development and Global Studies. Before joining the University of Ottawa, Lauchlan served as Vice-President at Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He has also served as Director of Policy and Planning and Chief of Staff to the President of IDRC. Lauchlan has also worked as Chief of Strategic Planning with UNICEF based in New York after working in UNICEF field offices in the DR Congo, Zimbabwe, and Uganda as well as serving as a member of the Royal Bhutanese Civil Service.  Lauchlan is a two-time graduate of the University of Toronto, and he earned his Ph.D. from the Institute for Development Policy and Management at the University of Manchester.