2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

The World Bank & Innovation: Striking Poverty

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For everyone who is interested in using technology for social good, hear from the World Bank about how they are discovering and investing in innovative ideas to strike poverty around the world. This could be one of the most meaningful conversations you could be part of at SXSW and it is your chance to hear the latest on how World Bank innovators are combining social media and open data to discover #whatittakes to eliminate extreme poverty in our lifetime.

José-Manuel Bassat from the World Bank Institute will detail how they are listening, discovering, and creating change by engaging the community in conversation through a variety of channels. Discover how the World Bank is “Striking Poverty” by investing in technology and innovations to help citizens around the world become better informed, governments become more transparent, and those in poverty become more engaged in decisions that affect their lives.


José-Manuel Bassat

Sr Communications Advisor

World Bank Institute

José-Manuel Bassat, a Sr. Communications Officer, advises clients in Latin America, the former Soviet Union and Africa on how to develop communication programs to build consensus around and get support for institutional and economic reforms. Mr. Bassat has extensive experience in the area of communications for legal and judicial reform, designing civic education programs to foster the rule of law. He works with the judiciaries of Russia, Georgia and Peru among others to help bridge the gap between them and the citizens they serve. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Bassat worked on a communication project for economic and legal reforms in Kazakhstan. He holds a bachelor's degree in Russian Studies from the University of London and a master's degree in International Relations and Economics from SAIS-Johns Hopkins University. A native of Spain, he speaks Spanish, Catalan, English, French, Italian, and Russian.

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