Monday, November 21, 2011

World Bank Institute: Serious Games For Leadership Capacity Building


Serious Games shaping leadership for the world of tomorrow


Source: Press Release - Games To Shape Leadership For The World Of Tomorrow
By Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen - CEO Serious Games Interactive

The World Bank Institute is making a strong push for bringing Serious Games one step further with two leadership capacity building strategic games.

Early this year, the World Bank Institute issued a RFP for two new Serious Games addressing the processes of procurement reform and urban development. Here are the excerpts:

“Both products are intended to enhance existing multi-national training programs and activities that emphasize the key role of coalition building in leadership.”

“These digital games would be added to traditional materials WBI is utilizing in its leadership workshops. Preference will be given to a vendor who has already developed similar game simulations and can re-purpose an existing technology and game structure to serve this project. Each game is conceived of as a single player strategy game. The interface is expected to be simple and accessible, with easy to use game mechanics, targeted at non-gamers.”

Last September, Serious Games Interactive, the Copenhagen-based developer of Serious Games, announced the partnership with the World Bank Institute for building Serious Games for leadership capacity building around the world.

Over the last months Serious Games Interactive have collaborated with content experts and learning specialists from the World Bank Institute to develop a Serious Game on Procurement Reforms and another on Participatory Budgeting.



The Procurement Reforms Game is a strategic simulation game in which the player has to engage a variety of stakeholders to build the necessary foundation for getting reforms passed. During the game the player has to analyze different stakeholders, gather information, prioritize resources and decide what actions will further the necessary reforms.

Target group: Decision-maker and stakeholders
Platform: Single-player, web-based
Technology: Unity3D
Playtime: 60-120 minutes


Participatory Budgeting Game

These games are being developed as a part of the World Bank Institute’s Leadership for Development Program package.

The games are built up like cases that help reformers take leadership to change their country, to develop a prosperous and modern society.

Through these Serious Games, change agents from around the world get a shared space for learning and reflecting on the complexity of the reform environment and the challenges they face. This will complement face-to-face contact with experts.

About Serious Games Interactive

Serious Games Interactive is an award-winning, research-based developer of games, simulations and virtual worlds. SGI offer a unique blend of competences within games, learning and storytelling. Since the company’s establishment in 2006 we’ve developed solutions that integrate learning and game elements with the best possible user experience.

About World Bank Institute

The World Bank Institute (WBI) is a global connector of knowledge, learning and innovation for poverty reduction. It is part of the World Bank Group. We connect practitioners, networks and institutions to help them find solutions to their development challenges. With a focus on the ’how’ of reform, we link knowledge from around the world and scale up innovations. We work with and through global, regional and country-based institutions and practitioner networks and help them develop customized programs that respond to their needs. WBI connects globally and delivers locally.