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KPPC Lecture Series

With the aim to build national capacities in the area of public policies, the KPPC holds a monthly talk series that provides a platform for policy dialogue and relevant policy debate. The talk series brings onboard renowned speakers, practitioners, and academic researchers with public policy expertise from around the world. In engaging with the public, experts and national stakeholders. The KPPC Lecture Series serves as a platform where different ideas from around the world are shared and policies are challenged to inform future policies. The first step to drafting an effective public policy is to have the knowledge and expertise needed to produce it. The KPPC lecture series serves to share expertise and knowledge in order to effectively take that first step.


Global Trends on Urban Resilience

Jafar Friaa

Urbanization is a positive force that enables people to benefit from economies of agglomeration through: increased productivity due to economic density; accelerated innovation from knowledge spillovers; and greater mobility and access to jobs and services. However, the congestion of cities also puts immense pressure on land and natural resources, causing undesirable outcomes from housing shortages, suboptimal basic services, increased pollution, and traffic congestion. This presentation will showcase examples of the World Bank’s global integrated solutions and cutting-edge support for cities seeking to improve urban livability, resilience, and competitiveness


Unsticking Sticky Institutions: Using Behavioral Insights to Drive Organizational Change, Policy Making and Public Sector Reform

Greg Power

This talk will reflect some of the themes in his book, due to be published next year, entitled “Inside the Political Mind: Politics, behaviour and getting change in complex places”. The book draws on his experiences over the last fifteen years, and brings together ideas from behavioural economics, change management and political science to highlight the importance of understanding the human dimension when trying to reform the institutions of government.


Managing COVID 19: An Expert View

Dr Farley Kleghorn

 A history of significant zoonoses in humans.
 What is a coronavirus and what does it do?
 The current global pandemic in multiple stages.
 COVID 19’s description and treatment.
 The near future of the pandemic
 Discussion: Q&A


The Rise of Nudge and its Application on Public Policy in the Region

Dr Fadi Makki

Nudge is a transformative innovation that has been rising exponentially around the world with its various application into the public and private sectors, even more with the award of Richard H. Thaler, co-author of the Nudge Book, the Nobel Prize in Economics for his contributions to behavioral economics in 2017. The lecture will shed the light on examples and lessons learned from the application of behavioral science to a variety of public policy settings, in particular, steering people and organizations towards making the most optimal choices, for themselves and their communities. It will also provide an overview on the latest experiments and nudge unit activities in the region.


Driving Implementation in the Public Sector: A New Governance Perspective

Eric Champagne

Presenting new concepts, methods, and tools related to policy implementation and the science of delivery in the public sector and introducing an original model to tackle implementation gap.