The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE) is a well-known series of conferences that facilitate the discussion of new knowledge about development. First held in Washington DC in 1988, the series has become broader in scope as the world's economies have become more interconnected and challenges have grown more complex.
This conference organized by the World Bank Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) will take place on June 2–3, 2014 at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. on the theme "The Role of Theory in Development Economics"
ABCDE 2009 was held in Seoul, Korea on June 22–24 by the World Bank and the Govt of Korea (Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the Korea Development Institute) on the theme "Lessons from East Asia and the Financial Crisis." Story
ABCDE 2008 was held in Cape Town, South Africa on June 9-11, 2008. It was jointly organized by the World Bank and the National Treasury of South Africa on the theme "People, Politics, and Globalization." Story