World Bank Chillin!

World Bank Chillin!

^ The text on the Snapchat I sent to ALL of my friends last Monday as I took a seat in the basement auditorium of the World Bank. I can't include the picture itself because, you know, it's Snapchat and the pictures aren't permanent. But that's probably lucky for you... I looked like a kid on Christmas! A doofy kid on Christmas.


One of the really interesting things about The Washington Center experience is the program events that we attend each week. In the International Affairs program, I've done things and been to places that would definitely qualify as "only in D.C." moments. We've visited the State Department to hear about the government's use of social media, heard from Rodell Mollineau who serves as the president of a SuperPAC, discussed bipartisanship with a former Senator, and - my personal favorite - met at the World Bank to hear from Angelica Silvero - Head of the World Bank's Speaker's Bureau.


A few blogs ago I talked about a trip I took to Rome to participate in a Model UN conference at which I took part in the World Bank committee. Before that conference, I didn't know too much about the World Bank. Since that trip in March, though, it's kind of my thing... I've become so interested in the body and its work towards global development. It may sound weird but I felt right at home at the World Bank!


A Lesson on Presenting

Ms. Silvero's session was great... If you want to know anything about solid public speaking and presenting, watch her work. I actually had to give a presentation for the International Affairs program a mere 2 hours later and tried to model my demeanor after hers. Beyond the way she carried herself and spoke in front of an audience, she clearly knew her information and her subject matter and could diplomatically answer any question we posed to her. Additionally, about three-quarters of the way through her presentation, she gave the audience a chance to interact with each other which added to the interest of the presentation (more on that in a bit).


Angelica Silvero presents at the World Bank

Angelica Silvero presents at the World Bank. Photo courtesy of TWC.


On a Mission

Forewarning: the next section of this post might bore you if you're not too into international relations... Feel free to skip ahead! Silvero started by talking about why and how the World Bank was actually founded... a fun thing I had not actually previously researched. She then presented on the World Bank's mission to eradicate poverty and the work the organization is doing towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs). The World Bank is an interesting organization in that it provides loans on different levels - interest rates vs. no interest rates, repayment vs. no repayment (and dates to do so by), and the amount of the funding based on the economic standing of a country. Most people think that's all the World Bank does, but it certainly is not. Like any other bank would do, the World Bank provides recommendations to governments, legislative bodies, and NGOs alike as to dealing with debt and development. Ms. Silvero talked to us about how the World Bank is currently working to use loans and recommendations to work toward success of the MDGs. At one point, she even tasked the audience with considering why exactly certain nations (particularly developing ones) are failing to achieve the MDGs despite financial, humanitarian, and social assistance. My group thought about why exactly maternal mortality is still so high in developing nations. I like interacting with a group of people to talk about this because people brought ideas to the table that I had not considered.


Students listen in.

Students listen in preparation for audience interaction! Photo courtesy of TWC.


Moment of Motivation

At the end of our session, Ms. Silvero showed a video promoting the education of girls in poor/underdeveloped regions of the world. It was a cool animated video with stunning facts, like the fact that many girls in developing nations are already married or pregnant by the time they are 13. Giving girls an education broadens their horizons and puts them in a better position for their futures. The video was part of a campaign the World Bank is working on to expand education globally. The video was actually created by Nike and is part of Nike's campaign called The Girl Effect, but Ms. Silvero let us know that many times Nike doesn't like to claim a bunch of credit for their work. They fund it and have other organizations promote the work as well. I was excited to see the World Bank promoting a mission that I think is so great. A lot of times people don't think the World Bank does things like this - campaigning for initiatives with other organizations. It's cool to see that they do. AND, it gives me even more ideas of professions that are available to me to combine my interest for international affairs, human rights, and digital media. Sweet!


Because it was such a motivational video, I recommend you check it out! It's only 3 minutes and I'll tell you... it's three well-spent minutes!



If you're motivated like I was, check out Nike's campaign!

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