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Conversation active 08 Sep - 19 Sep 2014

Greenhouse gas emissions from industry and transportation carry no price for the emitter in many countries today. The costs – to public health and climate – are instead spread among everyone and build up for future generations. The emitter has no incentive to find cleaner alternatives.

A price on carbon creates that incentive and fuels innovation by more accurately pricing emissions. The price, set through emissions trading systems, taxes, or regulations, provides an economic signal that allows the emitter to choose the best way to reduce emissions, discontinue polluting activities, or pay a higher price.

This conversation hopes to provide thoughtful discussion about carbon pricing and best practices. 

Adolescent Girls' Empowerment
Conversation active 06 Mar - 27 Mar 2014

"Adolescence is often the moment when a girl’s potential is irrevocably lost or stolen," Jennifer and Peter Buffet recently wrote in an article arguing girls need to be safe, seen, and celebrated. With girls facing tremendous risks at this critical juncture, what evidence-based approaches should be pursued to promote skills, education, and livelihoods of adolescent girls and young women? This discussion explores dimensions of empowerment (economic, social, political), types of skills, the role of boys, and how to get adolescent girls on the policy agenda.

Ecosystems for Innovation and the Role of Innovation Labs
Conversation active 05 Dec - 21 Dec 2013

Innovation labs are popping up around the globe to foster social innovation and local co-production of solutions. How can these innovation labs support research, document what works, fuel cross-sector collaboration, and foster experimentation with an eye to finding and scaling good ideas? What does an "ecosystem for innovation" require, and how can innovation occur in large development organizations? Please join Adarsh Desai of the World Bank, and three other experts, Innovation Advisor Chris Fabian of UNICEF, Programme Manager Maria May of BRAC's Social Innovation Lab, and Director Aleem Walji of World Bank Innovation Labs, in a conversation about the role of innovation labs and different approaches to creating ecosystems to foster innovation.

Opening Budgets to Improve Accountability
Conversation active 27 Jan - 13 Feb 2014

Government budgets matter to the mother in Bihar in India who relies on the midday meal in a government-run school to feed her daughter, and to the smallholder farmer in Timor-Leste who needs better roads to transport his produce to Dili, the capital. Despite the fact that government budgets have a direct impact on people’s lives, particularly the poor, still few countries provide significant budget information. According to the International Budget Partnership’s Open Budget Survey 2012, only 23 out of 100 countries examined provide “extensive” or “significant” information on their budgets, while 41 countries provide “minimal,” “scant or no” information.

Innovations in Social Inclusion
Conversation active 01 Nov - 21 Nov 2013

Social inclusion forms the foundation for shared prosperity and plays a major role in poverty alleviation. Exclusion is costly to communities and nations’ economies – negatively impacting productivity, human capital development, and engagement by citizens. How do we diagnose and address root causes of exclusion? How do we go beyond the provision of ‘equal opportunity’, and ensure respect for individual dignity, and the right to human life. Join Maitreyi Bordia Das of the World Bank, and three other experts, professor Gillette Hall of Georgetown University, Judith Morrison of IDB, and Emcet Oktay Tas of The World Bank in a conversation about Social Inclusion.

ICT to Eradicate Extreme Poverty
Conversation active 09 Oct - 24 Oct 2013

What is the role of Information Communication Technology in development and how are ICT innovations making economies more inclusive, creating jobs, and aiding education and training? Discuss how ICTs can better empower poor citizens to access services, demand their rights, and gain opportunities. Sarah McCue BluWorld founder and Senior Advisor at the United Nations, and three other experts, Lead ICT Policy Specialist Siddhartha Raja of The World Bank, Special Assistant for Engagement, Innovation & Development Alliances Christine Prefontaine of Facilitating Change, and ICT Policy Specialist Tim Kelly of The World Bank, in a conversation about Innovations in ICTs for Development and Poverty Alleviation.

Access to Medicines
Conversation active 21 Aug - 9 Sep 2013

Join us for a conversation about innovations in ICT that are improving access to medicines. Let's discuss how to scale these innovative solutions. Our host Yvonne Nkrumah of the World Bank, is joined by three experts, manager Mandy Sugrue of mHealth Alliance, Dr. Shelley Batra of Operation Asha, and Dr John Munyu of KEMSA. Each expert shares their innovative approaches to ensuring Access to Medicines and we invite you to join the conversation. Please help identify promising innovations, and explore ways to overcome barriers to scaling.

Coalition Building and Leadership
Conversation active 13 May - 16 Jun 2013

To address large problems like alleviation of poverty and weak service delivery to the poor, leaders need to "mobilize ideas, resources, and stakeholders toward working collaboratively." Coalition building is essential for solving problems and scaling successful innovations. But what kind of leadership builds winning coalitions, and what skills or tools do those who wish to exercise leadership need? Join our host, Tony Lambino of the World Bank, and three other coalition building experts, co-founder Mark Ruiz of MicroVentures/Hapinoy, Joe McCarron at Reos Partners in the US, and Eva Schiffer of Net-Map, in a conversation about innovative coalition building and hard-learned leadership lessons from the field.

Citizen Engagement
Conversation active 11 Mar - 9 Apr 2013

Engaging with citizens is often associated with positive results such as increased transparency and accountability, as well as innovative delivery of public policies and services. However, creating channels for citizens to express their needs and preferences is only a part of the equation. Often misinterpreted are the steps necessary to design and implement engagement processes that ultimately produce desirable outcomes. For governments, NGOs, and donors alike, there is great interest in understanding what works and what doesn’t in public participation. Join our host, Tiago Peixoto of the World Bank, and three other citizen engagement experts, the OECD's Joanne Caddy, Vera Schattan Coelho from El Centro Brasileiro de Análise e Planejamento, and Involve's Deputy Director Edward Andersson, in a conversation about innovative participatory practices that promote the effectiveness of governments and development projects.

Open Data for Poverty Alleviation
Conversation active 31 Jan - 4 Apr 2013

Data is powerful and increasingly available, but there are still many barriers to gaining access to quality data, developing standards, and translating data into actionable knowledge. How do we ask the right questions, demand the right data, and measure the right outcomes? Moderator Tariq Khokhar of the World Bank and three open data experts share innovations in producing, remixing, and consuming data to improve the lives of the very poor. Join the conversation in the comments below!