What does the World Bank's Silicon Valley strategy look like now?

An aerial view of Silicon Valley. Photo by: Patrick Nouhailler / CC BY-SA

SAN FRANCISCO — When former World Bank President Jim Kim announced he was leaving, it came as a surprise not only to the institution but also to the technology companies he had built relationships with in California’s Bay Area.

But last week, it seemed like business as usual, as leaders from the World Bank Group’s Africa regional leadership team gathered for meetings in Silicon Valley with groups like ride-sharing company Uber, Earth imaging company Planet Labs, and professional networking site LinkedIn.

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    Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology and innovation in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported from all over the world, and freelanced for outlets including the Atlantic and the Washington Post. She is also the West Coast ambassador for the Solutions Journalism Network, a nonprofit that trains and connects journalists to cover responses to problems.