Summer Cooper: IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings - the beginning!

I am so excited to be heading to the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings in Bali for the next two weeks. I know that this is going to be an incredible opportunity, and look forward to the challenges that it will bring.

I have spent a big part of my University experience over the last five years focusing on the children in New Zealand who are facing inequality, and are struggling to get by in their day to day life. I looked into what policies have worked to reduce poverty, and what ones have divided our country further.  

My current role at the Ministry of Education is within the change and implementation team. We work to get policy, programmes and supports into schools across New Zealand. At our training week to prepare for the annual meeting in Bali, we talked about how important it is to get the implementation process right. It is clear to me that communication is the most important part of ensuring policy, support or development, that is being implemented is actually of use to those who are affected by it. This is an area that I am eager to expand my knowledge in during the conference. I am excited to see, and be involved in discussions that are being had around implementation.

I have begun thinking about how I will be getting involved in the community after I return from the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings. I know I want to work with disadvantaged children. I am hoping to find some work that will develop these children to grow as individuals, a mentoring role if possible. Hopefully this will be possible – watch this space!

I am so grateful to AYLI for this opportunity to attend this event, and I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and experiences over the next 2 weeks!

All posts by Institute delegates reflect their own thoughts, opinions and experiences.

Posted on October 1, 2018 and filed under IMF / World Bank 2018.