Global pursuit of the SDGs falling short of the mark: IMF and World Bank call for increased focus on their delivery

Day 4 of the 2018 IMF and World Bank Group Annual Meetings maintained the rapid tempo set by the prior days. The Meetings continued exploring a range of themes from previous days, including: income and gender inequality, enabling innovation in the developing world, and environmental pollution. Discussions on these topics merged into a common thread that ran through the day: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings, Day 4: Fintech is an opportunity, not a threat, and other key takeaways

When I first viewed the agenda for the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings, I knew that day four would be one to look forward to. Digital was the theme of the day, and I was extremely excited by three flagship events that would discuss the disruptive impact technology is having on achieving development goals and financial stability: Harnessing Technology for Inclusive Growth, the Bali FinTech Agenda, and the Human Capital Index.

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Gender Equality and Human Capital: Let's Value People, rather than their Economic Contributions

The sun has just set on day four of the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings here with the Global Voices delegation. As usual, we have had an engaging, diverse, chaotic, exhausting, and rewarding day. Today marked International Day of the Girl. It was an incredible day to watch discussions, summits, launches and panels discussing the importance of addressing and investing in women and children, particularly girls.

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How Global Trade Can Promote Growth For All

On the second day of the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings you could start to sense that things were beginning to ramp up, as all the key players arrived in town. The packed schedule provided plenty of discussions and side-events for us to attend, allowing us to take full control of our Global Voices Scholarship experience.

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Human Capital Development and the Importance of Not Underestimating Ourselves

Our third day at the IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings was an overwhelming, yet equally rewarding experience.

A key focus of the Meetings was the Human Capital Index (HCI) and Human Development Report, scheduled for release this week. Several of the sessions we attended over the course of the day were related to these development indicators in some form.

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Perspectives on youth employment at the 2018 IMF & World Bank Annual Meetings

A brief snapshot of the atmosphere at this year’s World Bank/IMF Annuals: with the sun and humidity relentless, the meetings take place in Bali’s lavish beach resorts and conference centres. At every turn, a smiling volunteer will greet you and smother you with their warm hospitality. It’s not all suits and ties; the bright, vibrant ‘Batik’ shirts are a popular choice of clothing. 

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