Webinar | Human Development Challenges in Southern Africa – What is the World Bank doing?

USAID’s Health Finance and Governance (HFG) project and Abt Associates hosted a briefing on Wednesday, April 26th, featuring the World Bank’s Dr. Paolo Belli, Program Leader for Human Development in the Southern Africa Country Management Unit.

Dr. Belli presented on the main challenges in human development in the Southern Africa subregion, specifically: poverty, inequality, youth unemployment, and education and health service delivery challenges. He also presented on the World Bank’s strategic directions in the subregion and some of the Bank’s landmark engagements in the human development sectors (health, education, social protection, and unemployment).



Dr. Paolo Carlo Belli, Program Leader – Education, Health and Social Protection – Africa Region, World Bank

Paolo Belli is Program Leader for the Africa region based in South Africa.  He joined the World Bank in May 2003. Since then, he has led several tasks, including the preparation and supervision of lending operations in India, Sri Lanka, Moldova, Belarus, and Ukraine, and analytical tasks in South Asia, Europe and Central Asia and Africa Regions, mainly in the areas of governance and health financing. An Italian national, Belli has a PhD in Economics and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. Before joining the Bank he had a tenured position in Academia in Italy, and led several research publications and initiatives, mainly in the areas of improving public sector management, health and education financing, pension reforms, and development of public private partnerships in the social sectors.


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