6th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Conference


Opening Session: 9:00-10:15 am ET
”People, Markets and Cities”

Keynote Session: 1:00-2:15 pm ET
Keynote address: “Moving to Opportunity in the Developing World”
Debate: “Regional Perspectives on Migration and Location Issues”

Cities are engines of growth, which create jobs, agglomerate economics and diffuse knowledge.

By the middle of the century, two-thirds of the population will live in cities. 90 percent of the urban growth will be in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Cities in developing countries lack efficient structure and have poor spatial connectivity, which prevents workers from accessing opportunities and marginalizes vulnerable and low-income groups. A large percentage of workers are unskilled, underemployed and poor.

What is the role for urban and national governments to create opportunities for all, and facilitate human capital accumulation, improve spatial connectivity, and address the socio-economic segregation?

The 6th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Conference will bring together academics and development practitioners to discuss effective land, housing, transport and local labor market policies, and their implications for economic development and social inclusion.

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Director of Development Policy and Deputy Chief Economist, World Bank

Director of Development Policy and Deputy Chief Economist, World Bank

Chief Economist and General Manager of the Research Department, Inter-American Development Bank

Global Director, Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land, World Bank

Mayor of Santiago de Chile, Chile

Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Harvard University

Professor of Economics and Director of Oxcarre, Oxford University

Chief of the Urbanization Section, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Professor Economics, Princeton University

Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at the Wagner School, New York University, and...

Program Leader for Infrastructure and Sustainable Development, World Bank India

Senior Specialist, Urban Development and Housing Sector, Inter-American Development Bank

Francisco H.G. Ferreira

Senior Adviser, Development Research Group, World Bank

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