Announcements


Launch Date : Jun 14, 2019
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​As you know, this year, the 4th of July holiday in the U.S. falls on a Thursday. As an expression of management appreciation for your dedicated work—and so you will have more time to spend with your loved ones—the President has decided to also give Friday, July 5, as a holiday across the World Bank Group. For country offices where this may not be practical, we are asking country management teams to find alternative holidays that provide similar benefits.


Launch Date : Jun 14, 2019
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Thank you to all staff who took the time to participate in Ideas for a Better Bank SPRING 2019! The committee reviewed carefully the 11 final proposals based on feasibility, originality, and impact, and picked one final winner:

"Tips and tricks for first-time missions" submitted by Alanna L. Simpson. The idea proposes to crowdsource and share in a more accessible way useful information related to mission travel. Click here to read more about this submission​. Congratulations to Alanna! She will receive a $1,000 prize and will have the opportunity to work with the Agile Bank team and corporate units to make her idea a reality.

And thank you to all the idea submitters! You submitted 134 proposals, over 300 comments, and 4,200 votes. None of these ideas and comments has gone unnoticed—the Agile Bank and Admin Simplification teams are taking notes and will keep your suggestions in mind as new initiatives are designed and rolled out.

Last but not least, a BIG SHOUT-OUT to the most active members of the community who have participated with hundreds of votes, comments, and new ideas since the launch of the platform:

  1. Venkatesan Badhan Ramasamy

  2. Jonathan Davidar

  3. Sonja Polimac

  4. Joson Mathew

  5. Karla Soledad Lopez Flores

  6. Qiuhong Xu

  7. Julius Ornido Bagasbas

  8. Sarath Chander Kesavamoorthy

  9. Sujana Entoori

  10. Jeffrey Allen Chelsky

They will receive a special Agile gift bag full of cool gadgets! Congratulations and keep the good ideas and votes coming!​


Launch Date : Jun 13, 2019
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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Marianne Fay as Country Director for Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR).

 

Ms. Fay, a dual US/French National, joined the Bank in 1994 as a Young Professional.  She has since held various positions including as Lead Economist in several regions and Director of the 2010 World Development Report on Climate Change.  Her most recent assignment has been Chief Economist for the Sustainable Development Practice Group.

 

In her new position Ms. Fay’s top three priorities will be to: (i) lead the country teams to deliver knowledge, convening and financial services tailored to each country’s demand and needs and aligned with the Bank’s capital increase policy commitments; (ii) work with IFC, MIGA and the global practices to generate innovative operations and to deliver integrated solutions; and, (iii) contribute to corporate initiatives and priorities.

 

Ms. Fay was selected to this position through the Bank-wide competitive managerial selection process.  Her appointment is effective September 4, 2019.


Axel van Trotsenburg

Regional Vice President

Latin America and the Caribbean


Launch Date : Jun 13, 2019
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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jordan Schwartz as Country Director for Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region (LCR).

 

Mr. Schwartz, a US National, joined the Bank in 1999.  He has held various positions on both sides of the matrix in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Asia and Pacific, and Networks/Global Practices, most recently as Director, Infrastructure Finance, PPPs & Guarantees in the Infrastructure Practice Group. 

 

In his new position Mr. Schwartz’s top three priorities will be to: (i) lead the country teams to deliver knowledge, convening and financial services tailored to each country’s demand and needs and aligned with the Bank’s capital increase policy commitments; (ii) work with IFC, MIGA and the global practices to generate innovative operations and to deliver integrated solutions; and, (iii) contribute to corporate initiatives and priorities.

 

Mr. Schwartz was selected to this position through the Bank-wide competitive managerial selection process.  His appointment is effective August 1, 2019.

 

Axel van Trotsenburg

Regional Vice President

Latin America and the Caribbean


Launch Date : Jun 13, 2019
Description :

​​Launched on March 6, 2019, the Middle East and North Africa Gender Innovation Lab (MNAGIL) is the World Bank's "Evidence for Policy Research Hub." The Lab leverages evidence to promote the uptake of effective gender policies throughout the MNA region and conducts impact evaluation research, workshops and other capacity-building activities to enable researchers, development practitioners, and regional policymakers to advance policy interventions aimed at empowering women, especially among the displaced.  

We are pleased to announce our first Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to conduct rigorous impact evaluation research. The theme of this EOI is "Investing in Women to Boost Economic Growth in the MNA Region." The focus is on generating innovative solutions and effectively use evidence for policy design and implementation in the following key areas: 

  1. Accelerating women's employability, digital inclusion, and skills-building

  2. Advancing women's entrepreneurship, financial inclusion, and property rights

  3. Advancing women's agency and voice 

Teams can seek a combination of financial and technical support up to $200,000. Priority will be granted to activities that have access to (or the potential to mobilize) additional sources of funding.

Teams can submit EOIs by completing the Application form and sending it to mnagil@worldbank.org, by no later than June 24, 2019, at 5:00 PM (EST). Teams can expect to receive decisions by July 31, 2019. 

Further details on this EOI can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of the Application form as well as guidance to complete the application form.

Visit the Middle East and North Africa Gender Innovation Lab website and view a short presentation to learn more about our work and how we can support your projects.


Launch Date : Jun 13, 2019
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​​​Update on Thursday, June 13, 2019: 

The issue that impacted the mobile Approvals App has been resolved. If you encounter any problems related to approvals for STC/STT New Appointments, please call ITS Global Support Services, 202-473-2121, or contact your local IT.

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Original announcement (6/12/2019): 

Staff using the mobile Approvals App are currently experiencing technical issues with respect to STC/STT new appointments. 

In some cases, staff have reported that after approving a new appointment, the request continues to be displayed on the screen. Despite this occurrence, users are reporting that the approvals generally go through as usual. If you would like to confirm your transactions, please use the AdminPortal.

ITS is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and sincerely regrets if this causes you any inconvenience. 

If you have any questions, please call ITS Global Support Services at 202.473.2121, or contact your local IT.


Launch Date : Jun 13, 2019
Description :

Last month, Agile Bank launched the Agile e-course—a fun and interactive way to learn the basics of Agile and the new tools being rolled out at the Bank. If you haven't taken the course already, hurry up! A new way of working is just a click away—ENROLL HERE TODAY!

As announced, for the colleagues who have completed the e-course in record time, there's a very cool prize waiting! Find out here if you are one of the quick, Agile staff who will receive our cool gift bag in the next couple of weeks. Congratulations from all of us!


Launch Date : Jun 12, 2019
Description : This is an IFC Announcement and description is currently not available
Launch Date : Jun 12, 2019
Description : This is an IFC Announcement and description is currently not available
Launch Date : Jun 12, 2019
Description : This is an IFC Announcement and description is currently not available