James Walsh is a Research Analyst in the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice where he leads Behavioral Initiatives projects related to economic empowerment and child nutrition in Africa. Before joining, he was a member of the research team for the World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior. In 2015, he served on the faculty of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, where he lectured in behavioral approaches to development economics. Prior to joining the Bank, he spent time at the Gross National Happiness Commission of the Royal Government of Bhutan examining multidisciplinary approaches to policymaking. He holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
James will discuss two projects he is currently leading: one focused on chlorine provision in rural Niger and another focused on youth unemployment in Ethiopia. He will also discuss his involvement in the World Development Report 2015, the challenges of creating a behavioral start-up inside the Bank, and how they're trying to integrate behavioral design into lending operations.
Lunch will be served.