Preparing for the Day After: the World Bank and the Yemen Conflict

Thursday, March 31st 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Intercultural Center Executive Conference Room (ICC 700)
Lunch will be served. Yemen is in a midst of a civil war. In the past, the World Bank, like many other development organizations, often withdrew from similar conflict settings until a functioning authoritative environment was back in place. In the Yemen case, however, the World Bank has tried to pursue a more active engagement: while suspending most of its programming (lending, technical assistance, etc.) in early 2015, it has initiated a mostly remote-based damage and needs assessment, which relies on satellite imagery, social media analytics and ground partners to analyze damage to infrastructure and service delivery across key sectors. The strategic objective of the assessment is to develop high levels of preparedness for post-conflict recovery.
During this presentation, two practitioners from the World Bank will discuss the approach and preliminary findings of this cutting-edge assessment, which is situated right at the nexus of development, conflict and technology. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A. Andrea Zanon is a Senior Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank and task team leader of the Yemen Damage and Needs Assessment. Over the last five years, Andrea has built resilience programs in 11 MENA countries generating investment in risk mitigation for 2.5 billion. He holds a bachelor and master degree in Linguistic and History from Bologna University and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.  Philipp Petermann is a Conflict and Risk Management Analyst at the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank, Philipp worked in the private sector development division of the OECD and on peace-building issues for a non-profit in Somalia. He holds a bachelor degree from Sciences Po Paris and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. 
Accommodation requests related to disability should be made by March 25 to A good faith effort will be made to fulfill requests. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Georgetown University 3700 O Street Northwest, Intercultural Center Executive Conference Room (ICC 700), Washington, DC

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