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The Rural-Urban Transformation in Developing Countries

Begins:   Jun 03, 2010 09:00
Ends:   Jun 03, 2010 13:00

June 3, 2010

Rural-Urban Transformation (Morocco)

Rural-urban transformation presents both a major challenge and an exciting opportunity for development. Its importance has been confirmed in two consecutive World Development Reports: WDR 2008 Agriculture for Development, and WDR 2009, Reshaping Economic Geography. This conference will present findings from a joint work program of the Poverty Reduction and Equity Group (PRMPR) and the Finance, Economics and Urban Department (FEU).This research picks up where the two WDRs left off, investigating the influence of country conditions and policies on the pace, pattern, and consequences of urbanization. The work includes cross-country econometric analysis of changes in rural-urban disparities over time, and regional studies on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Empirical analysis and country case studies supports the WDRs’ emphasis on sound institutions and appropriate infrastructure investments, and provides additional insights into policy sequencing and spatial inter-linkages. In addition to discussing the results of the work program with a broad Bank audience, the conference will convene experts from across the Bank’s Regions to share lessons derived from their own research and experience.

Agenda (47kb pdf)

Welcome and Introductions

  • Zoubida Allaoua, Director, FEU

Cross-Country and Africa Studies

  • Presenters:
  • Discussant: Sudhir Shetty, Sector Director, AFTPM
  • Moderator: Marisela Montoliu Muñoz, Operations Adviser, OPCS

South Asia Studies

Round Table: Sharing Regional Experiences

Closing Remarks

  • Abha Joshi Ghani, Manager, Urban Development and Local Government Unit
  • Jaime Saavedra-Chanduvi,  Manager, Poverty Reduction and Equity Unit

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