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Non-stop development and economics fiesta – World Bank to host first 24-Hour #Econothon

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Date & Time: July 24, 2019 | 12:00 ET, 16:00 GMT  to July 25, 2019 | 12:00 ET, 16:00 GMT

Want to learn more about the economics behind international development? How can we stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and help people in developing countries?  Join us for a live, 24-hour “Econothon” where experts from the World Bank Group and beyond will engage a global audience on the development challenges facing the world today.

Because development never sleeps, this unique event will travel across the globe over the course of a day.  It will feature dozens of economists on multiple issues crucial to development that we have always wanted to know more about. For example: how to remove barriers that prevent women from participating in the workplace; why investing in education; health and other forms of human capital pays big dividends in the long term; how to manage debt financing; and how to build more resilient and sustainable water, food, and electricity systems in the wake of a changing climate.

24-hour global ‘Econothon’ highlights the World Bank Group’s knowledge and priorities

A What-a-thon? Econ-o-thon? Live around the world? For a whole 24 hours? What? Where? Who? Why?

It sounds like a crazy idea – broadcasting discussions on development economics live from around the world for 24 hours. But that’s exactly the challenge the World Bank is setting for themselves on July 24 and 25.

And there is method in this apparent madness. The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest sources of funding and knowledge for developing countries at a time when the world faces some of the biggest development challenges. The bank wanted an opportunity to share the wealth of knowledge at they have amassed, provoke thoughtful discussions and engage a global audience in this important subject.

How can we stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and best help people in developing countries? We’ll be seeking answers to these huge questions, and – because Development never sleeps – this unique event will circle the globe in the course of a day. Each one of the Bank’s global teams will highlight the priorities for their region, drawing on local expertise and experience.

The bank wants to hear from you throughout the day. Ask questions and give feedback on how proceedings are going. Here’s how you can follow the event online:

– Watch Live, submit your questions before the event and be part of the conversation.

– Follow on Twitter via #Econothon

The World Bank Group’s President, David Malpass, will kick the event off at midday on July 24 by exploring the issue of debt and the role of the Bank Group in supporting growth in individual countries. The World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva will lead a discussion on the economics of climate resilience and our Chief Economist Pinelopi Goldberg will address the debate over the best model for development. Over 24 hours we’ll hear from more than 50 of the Bank’s economists as they discuss a wide variety of topics including how to remove barriers that prevent women participating in the workplace, the scale of global debt, and why investing in people pays big dividends in the long term.

And we’ll be doing all of this live – in real time. There will also be live interpretation in Arabic, French and Spanish for some of the segments. The full program agenda will soon be available here. It’s a massive logistical challenge as we attempt to stay on air and stay awake for the full 24 hours. We’re pulling together volunteers from our global staff to work on the event and every host will be drafted in from around the Bank. No one here has ever done or attempted anything like this before – wish us luck!

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