With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.
The World Bank Group works in every major area of development. We provide a wide array of financial products and technical assistance, and we help countries share and apply innovative knowledge and solutions to the challenges they face.
We face big challenges to help the world’s poorest people and ensure that everyone sees benefits from economic growth. Data and research help us understand these challenges and set priorities, share knowledge of what works, and measure progress.
On June 1, 2022, the second edition of the Africa Knowledge Fest showcased notable analytical work produced by World Bank staff on development issues in Africa. In this short wrap-up video, we hear from Knowledge Fest speakers and visitors what African knowledge means to them. Recordings of the day’s seminars are available in the program below.
8:30 – 9:00: Registration and Breakfast (MC Front Lobby)
9:00 – 9:15 Storytelling by Amadou Kouyate, Memory of African Culture (Preston Auditorium)
9:15 – 9:25: Welcome Remarks by Albert Zeufack, Chief Economist, Africa, World Bank (Preston Auditorium and livestreamed)
9:25 – 11:00: Leveraging Knowledge in Times of Crisis (Preston Auditorium and livestreamed)
11:00 – 11:30: Coffee break (MC front Lobby)
11:00 – 16:00 Knowledge Expo with authors (JDW Atrium); lunch “Taste of Africa” by Chef Marie-Joseph Siatta; and entertainment by Amadou Kouyate, Memory of African Culture.
11:30 – 12:30 Centering African Knowledge: The Africa Development Forum Series in Perspective (JDW Atrium and livestreamed)
14:00-15:00 Building Bridges between Knowledge and Policy: The Role of Chief Economic Advisors (Preston Auditorium and livestreamed)
15:15-16:00 Knowledge Impact Awards (in the Preston Auditorium and livestreamed)
16:00 – Closing Remarks by Ousmane Diagana, Vice President, Western and Central Africa, World Bank (in the Preston Auditorium and livestreamed)
16:10-17:00 Closing reception: Live traditional and contemporary African music by Amadou Kouyate (JDW Atrium)
Vice President, Western and Central Africa
Chief Economist, Africa
Managing Director, Development Policy and Partnerships
Senior Vice President and World Bank Group chief economist, Development Economics
Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI)
Agricultural Scientist, Policymaker, and President
Economist and political scientist
Professor of Politics and International Affairs
Executive Director of Innovation, Strategy, and Research
Chief Economic Advisors
Strategic Corporate Initiatives
Incoming Chief Economist, Africa
Download some of the best research shortlisted for the Knowledge Impact Award and tune in on June 1st to discover the winners (drawn from this list and others).