Meet the World Bank on Flipboard

The organization working to combat extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity in the developing world

World Bank staff review their Education magazine on Flipboard. Photo credit: Bassam Sebti

More than 1 billion people around the world live in a severe state of hardship where they lack basic human needs, including food, water, shelter, health, education and information.

The World Bank, the largest source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, seeks to end this with two ambitious goals: to reduce extreme poverty to less than 3% by 2030, and to promote shared prosperity and greater equity in the developing world. It’s worth taking the time to read more about this on the organization’s website.

The World Bank on Flipboard

One look at the cover photography on the World Bank’s captivating array of Flipboard magazines, and you can’t help but appreciate the timeliness and relevancy of what they are doing.

This organization’s concern for issues that relate to worldwide poverty clearly informs their magazines. One has only to look at the titles used — Education, Gender, Health, Jobs and Development, and Road to Refuge — to understand the values and commitment of this widely respected organization.

Here are visual highlights with each magazine’s official description:

Screenshot of The World Bank profile on Flipboard. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

GENDER Magazine

Women can and do play a vital role in driving the robust, shared growth needed to end extreme poverty and build resilient societies, but in many parts of the world, their potential, participation, and productive capacity are undervalued and untapped.View the magazine or read more.

iPad screenshots of Gender, a Flipboard magazine by the World Bank Group. (Click to enlarge.)


Education is a powerful driver of development and is one of the strongest instruments for reducing poverty and improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability.Read the magazine or find out more.

iPad screenshots of Education, a Flipboard magazine by the World Bank Group. (Click to enlarge.)

HEALTH Magazine

The World Bank Group helps countries expand access to quality, affordable health care; protects people from falling into poverty or worsening poverty due to illness; and promotes investments in all sectors that form the foundation of healthy societies.Read the magazine or find out more.

iPad screenshots of Health, a Flipboard magazine by the World Bank Group. (Click to enlarge.)


Good, inclusive jobs are the surest pathway out of poverty. A productive private sector that operates on a level playing field — one that provides jobs for all walks of society — is key to ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.Read the magazine or find out more.

iPad screenshots of Jobs and Development, a Flipboard magazine by the World Bank Group. (Click to enlarge.)


Sixty million people are now forcibly displaced globally — as refugees, internally displaced persons and asylum seekers fleeing conflict and persecution. The World Bank Group is concerned about their welfare as well as the impact on communities where they settle, largely concentrated in developing countries.Read the magazine or find out more.

iPad screenshots of Road to Refuge, a Flipboard magazine by the World Bank Group. (Click to enlarge.)

Meet the Curator

On first encounter, Bassam Sebti is refreshingly unassuming for someone with his background and experience. He is a Web and Social Media Editor at the World Bank. He is also an Iraqi-American journalist who covered the Iraq war on location in Baghdad as a special correspondent for The Washington Post from 2003 to 2006. His personal story is riveting.

Bassam Sebti, Web and Social Media Editor, World Bank

As part of his editorial role at the World Bank, Sebti is involved in content strategy. Why Flipboard? He says, “The World Bank Group has valuable content that can benefit a wide range of audiences across the world. Flipboard complements our existing online assets and promotes our narrative in a more engaging way for better impact.

Live Twitter Chat

Join us for #FlipboardChat on Twitter on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 2 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. GMT) with Bassam Sebti and the World Bank to learn more about how and why the organization uses Flipboard magazines. Amy Vernon of the Flipboard Club will host and moderate the event.

Prepare ahead:

  1. Follow @WorldBankLive and @FlipboardClub on Twitter for the Q&A.
  2. Follow this Twitter list to view key tweets during the live event.
  3. Follow the hashtag #FlipboardChat to view the raw feed during the event.
  4. Use the World Bank Live portal to follow a translated stream if your first language is not English (and to sign up for an event reminder):

This is sure to be an enlightening event. If you have any questions, please tweet us @FlipboardClub on Twitter.

See you soon!

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