COVID-19 and Corruption: IMF and World Bank Responses to COVID-19

7.15.2020, 10:30AM

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About this Event

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund were among the earliest and largest responders to the massive need posed by the Covid-19 crisis. How the World Bank and IMF respond will have an impact for years on the people, governments, and businesses of the world’s most economically challenged countries. Civil society organizations have called for a high degree of accountability over the billions of dollars in COVID-19-related assistance flowing from the Bank and the Fund, whose leaders have made pledges accordingly.

One dimension of the Bank and Fund’s Covid-19-related interventions which has not received much public attention is the impact upon the private sector. With that in mind, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) invites you to take part in an online public event, “IMF and World Bank Response to Covid-19: The Business Case for Accountability.” Please join CIPE for a discussion with three experts on the subject as they provide answers to these pressing questions.

  • Katya Lysova is a Program Officer for Eurasia at the Center for International Private Enterprise. She has over 15 years of experience working on issues of civil society development and anti-corruption in the former Soviet Union. Before CIPE, Lysova specialized in corporate integrity compliance and fraud & corruption investigations while working as a lawyer for TRACE International and the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency. Lysova received her Ph.D. in law at Far Eastern Federal University in Russia and holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.


  • Rhoda Weeks-Brown is General Counsel and Director of the IMF’s Legal Department. She advises the IMF’s Executive Board, management, staff and country membership on all legal aspects of the IMF’s operations, including its lending, regulatory and advisory functions. Before joining the IMF, she worked in Skadden’s Washington DC office. Ms. Weeks-Brown has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Economics (summa cum laude) from Howard University. She is a member of the Bar in New York, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia and a member of the Supreme Court Bar.


  • Edward Olowo-Okere, a Nigerian national with three decades of experience working on governance issues around the world, leads the World Bank’s Public Sector and Financial Management team in the Governance Global Practice. He joined the World Bank in 1998 and has held various positions in operations, including Director of Governance overseeing Africa, MENA and ECA regions, Senior Advisor in the Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions practice group, and Director of the Core Operational Services Department in the Africa region. Mr. Olowo-Okere holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honors) Degree in Accountancy from the University of Maiduguri and a Masters’ Degree in Accounting, with Distinctions, from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has a Ph.D. in Management with a specialization in Change Management and Public Financial Management from the University of Bath, United Kingdom.