2:00—3:30 PM
Center for Global Development
2055 L St, NW
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Washington, DC 20036

New Frontiers of Displacement and Fragility: How Can Flexible Financing Tackle 21st Century Challenges?


Kristalina Georgieva, Chief Executive Officer, the World Bank

Imad Fakhoury, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Jordan

Nancy Birdsall, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Center for Global Development

David Miliband, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Rescue Committee 


Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

The world is grappling with some of the highest levels of displacement on record, and with that new complex and wide-reaching economic, social, and political effects. Left unaddressed or poorly managed, displacement can be a cause and consequence of fragility, conflict, and crisis. These realities can—and have—become some of the most significant challenges facing the 21st century. 

This event will explore the next frontiers in responding to forced displacement and fragility: emerging challenges, priorities, and solutions. This will include new mechanisms—such as the World Bank's concessional financing for countries hosting refugees and compacts that bring together development and humanitarian investments—that can reshape the international response to protracted refugee crises. 

How can such leadership and innovation inform responses to other challenges and priorities, including internal displacement and disaster preparedness? What is the potential role of more flexible financing and robust partnership in addressing regional and global challenges? Given a trend of nations looking inward, how can we spur more commitment to collective action to meet 21st century challenges?

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