Towards a Science of Delivery for Development

June 20, 2013
Seoul, South Korea

In his speech on 'Poverty, Health and the Human Future', delivered at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Dr. Jim Kim introduced "science of delivery" as a new field that the World Bank Group is helping to shape, in response to country demand. It builds on our decades of experience working with countries to improve services for poor people. As this field matures, it will mean that frontline development workers will have better tools and faster access to knowledge to provide better programs for people. 

Increasingly, national leaders, development partners and citizens understand that, to achieve bold development goals, countries must focus relentlessly on delivery. A movement to transform delivery in development is gaining momentum worldwide, yet many of the concrete steps required to translate this commitment into action remain to be defined. The workshop in Seoul will contribute to setting this agenda for the months and years ahead.

The Seoul workshop brings together distinguished representatives of governments, development agencies and private firms on the cutting edge of delivery. The quality of participants makes me confident that this event will mark a milestone in translating the emergent science of delivery into practical action to help countries reach their development aims, and vulnerable people change their lives.

8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Remarks Speakers+

  • Joon-Kyung Kim President, Korea Development Institute
  • Lester Dally, Special Representative for Korea, The World Bank Group
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Opening Remarks Speakers

  • Sung-Soo Eun Deputy Minister for International Affairs on behalf of Minister Hyun, Korea
  • Kyle Peters Vice President, The World Bank Group

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

The emerging Science of Delivery Agenda for Development. 

What are the principles and core components of the science of delivery agenda and how can they impact the practice of development? This panel features perspectives on delivery from leading donors, researchers and practitioners.

  • Albert G. Mulley, Jr. Director, Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science
  • Cheryl Scott Director, Integrated Delivery, Gates Foundation
  • Ani Dasgupta Director, Knowledge and Learning, The World Bank Group
  • Eoin Daly Managing Partner, McKinsey Korea Development Institute and The World Bank


  • Hyun-sik Chang Vice President, KOICA
  • Sean Paavo Krepp Uganda Country Director and Program Manager, Grameen Foundation


  • Han Fraeters Manager, Knowledge and Learning, The World Bank Group
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Global Experiences in Delivery A focus on evidence-based adaptive delivery systems has already transformed a range of private sector companies and public sector organizations. This session will explore concrete experiences of what works in delivery, and what it means for development.


  • Dr. Mushtaque Chowdhury President, BRAC
  • Do-Hyun Han Professor of Sociology, and Dean for Research Affairs at the Academy of Korean Studies
  • Sharad Sapra Country Manager, UNICEF Uganda
  • Marcelo Neri Minister of Strategic Affairs, Brazil


  • Dr. Patty Mechael, Executive Director, mHealth Alliance & UN Foundation
  • Chris Vein Senior Manager, Information & Communication Technology, The World Bank Group


  • Sanghoon Ahn Executive Director, Office of Management and Administration, KDI
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Tackling Delivery Challenges through Delivery Knowledge Hubs. Delivery Knowledge Hubs are taking tacit knowledge from master implementers and translating this knowledge so that it can improve delivery across whole sectors. This panel explores how such Hubs in South Africa, Brazil, Kenya, China and Korea are creating virtuous cycles of learning by testing innovations and capturing and sharing results.


  • Renosi Mokate & Asad Alam Advisor to the Country Director, Minister of Finance, South Africa,South Africa The World Bank Group
  • Marcelo Neri & Debbie Wetzel Minister of Country Director, Strategic Affairs, Brazil, Brazil The World Bank Group
  • Ms. Wang Ying Ministry of Finance, China 
  • Gerald Paul Ollivier Senior Infrastructure Specialist, The World Bank Group
  • Joel Hellman Director, Fragile States Hub Nairobi, Kenya, The World Bank Group

Towards a Science of Delivery for Development: Setting the Agenda Kye Woo Lee Economics professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management

  • Bill Dorotinsky Advisor, The World Bank Group 
  • Andrew Hastings Senior Program Officer, Global Development, Gates Foundation


  • Ji-Hong Kim, Associate Dean, Capacity Building, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, Korea
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Agenda and Priority Setting – Next steps for the delivery agenda.
Drawing on the emerging principles of a science of delivery, this session aims to layout practical steps that advance the delivery agenda in development.


  • Sanjay Pradhan Vice-President, The World Bank Group
  • Albert Engel Deputy Director General of the Sectoral Department, GIZ
  • Wonhyuk Lim Director of Global Economy Research, KDI
  • Dr. Won Seok Sir Secretary General, Korea Foundation for International Healthcare
  • and Dr. Lee Jong-Wook Memorial Fund
  • Richard Samans Managing Director, The World Economic Forum


  • Melanie Walker Senior Advisor, The World Bank Group
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Closing Remarks Speakers:

  • Wonhyuk Lim Director of Global Economy Research, KDI
  • Kyle Peters Vice-President, The World Bank Group