An Indian national Saroj Kumar Jha was in news as he was appointed as the Senior Director for the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group at the World Bank on 1 February 2016.
He was appointed to provide strategic leadership to address the challenge of fragility, conflict and violence, working across the Bank Group and in close collaboration with partnes.
The WB President Jim Young Kim assigned him the new role.
Earlier to this, he was the World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia based in Almaty, Kazakhstan since February 2012. He also worked as the World Bank's Global Manager for Disaster Risk Management Practice.
About Saroj Kumar Jha
• He is an Indian national and holds a dual degree in civil engineering and development economics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India.
• He joined the World Bank in 2005 as a Senior Infrastructure Specialist in the Sustainable Development Network.
• He had significant experience with the Government of India and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) as a senior executive in the field of public sector management, infrastructure financing, natural resources management, natural disaster prevention and environmental sustainability.
• He is credited for innovations in regional cooperation, social safety nets, and grievance redress mechanisms in various regions of the world.
• He also served as head of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, now the world's largest global fund for disaster prevention and post-disaster recovery operations.
• He led international response efforts to many global catastrophic disasters.
What is Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group?
• Almost half of the world’s poor expected to live in countries affected by fragility, conflict and violence (FCV) by 2030.
• Addressing this challenge remains a concern for achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals and a priority for the World Bank Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group to end poverty and promote shared prosperity.
• This group provides financing, analysis and knowledge, and builds global partnership to support countries addressing the challenge of FCV, by focusing on conflict and violence prevention and resilience; humanitarian and development continuum and forced displacement; security and justice; political transitions and local governance; bottlenecks to private investments and job creation.
• In particular, the global displacement crisis has become a critical part of its fragility agenda. The length of displacement can amount to years, making this a development challenge that affects poverty levels, employment, and service delivery which is not just a humanitarian emergency.
• It is building on efforts so far to help address the root causes of refugee flows, including support to help the displaced rebuild their lives and improve infrastructure in host communities, access jobs, or return home,
• It is coordinating closely with humanitarian partners to provide effective financing instruments to alleviate pressure on host countries; to develop operations that can address the development aspects of forced displacement; and to provide strong analytics to inform policy discussions.
• It is also conducting analytical work on the economic impact of forced displacement to inform discussions at the World Humanitarian Summit in May 2016.
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Who: Saroj Kumar Jha
Where: At the World Bank
When: 1 February 2016