The World Bank: Experts hired for their wealth for experience

November, 2010
Financial Times
When the World Bank launched its Global Experts Program, it had two principal objectives.The first was to provide a significant boost to the institution’s skills and knowledge in specific areas, by hiring famous experts in their field.

The second, and no less important motive, was to bring in senior people who could act as mentors to the many World Bank professionals who work across the world. In absolute numbers, the program is small. A handful of people are expected to be recruited over the next year in areas that include land reform, climate change, education, health systems and financial crisis issues, among others.

Professor of energy Daniel Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley, was the first such appointment to be announced in September. His mandate is to be the chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The Energy-Poverty-Climate Nexus

the village Orinoco in Nicaragua

Close to two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas. Eradication of rural poverty depends on increased access to goods, services, and information, targets detailed in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. However, alleviating poverty is hindered by two interlinked phenomena: lack of access to improved energy services and worsening environmental shocks due to climate change

Mitigating climate change, increasing energy access, and alleviating rural poverty can all be complementary, their overlap defi ning an energy-poverty-climate nexus. We describe interventions in a rural Nicaraguan community to show that energy services can be provided in cost-effective manners, offering potential to address aspects of rural poverty while also transitioning away from fossil fuel dependence.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

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