You're reading a special edition newsletter featuring on-the-ground reporting from the
World Bank Spring Meetings
. This week, we'll send you a daily email brief of the big stories we're following, what we're hearing from the experts and policy leaders at the conference and what it all means for global development. Whether you're here in person or reading from your office, we've wrapped up everything you need to know about this year's Spring Meetings.
The second day of the World Bank Spring Meetings showcased a world in flux. Multiple conversations grappled with forces that are fundamentally changing the playing field for development and humanitarian relief. Financial technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain stand to upend banking and financial inclusion, while protracted displacement from states engulfed in conflict has placed dramatic new demands on refugee-hosting countries such as Jordan and Lebanon. These meetings make clear that a multilateral and international system struggling to adapt to the new world doesn't really have a choice to do otherwise.
Here's a look at the highlights from Wednesday, as well as what's on for today — including our Facebook Live interview with Water.org co-founders Matt Damon and Gary White at 12:15 p.m. EST — and what we're watching out for during the rest of the conference.