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The Annual Bank Conference on Africa: Confronting Conflict and Fragility in Africa
8-9 june 2015Berkeley, California

The second Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) will bring together senior scholars and development experts to explore various topics pertinent to the causes, solutions, and understanding of conflict and fragility in Sub-Saharan Africa. The conference, hosted by the Center for Effective Global Action at the University of California at Berkeley and the World Bank Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region. The conference will also feature selected research papers which will be presented for discussion during a two-day event that includes keynote presentations, roundtables and seminars.

The ABCA conference is the World Bank’s premier platform for scholars from all over the world to gather and discuss ways to promote economic growth and reduce poverty for people across Sub-Saharan Africa. It is held each year with a different academic partner and thematic focus. At each edition, research papers selected by a panel from hundreds of submissions are presented for discussion during a two-day event that includes keynote presentations, roundtables, and seminars.

The second Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) will be held in Berkeley, California, on June 8-9, 2015. It will cover various topics pertinent to the causes, solutions, and understanding of conflict and fragility in sub-Saharan Africa. It is being organized jointly by the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California at Berkeley and the World Bank (Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region).

The conference will include a Keynote Address by Professor Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley and Faculty Director, CEGA), and opening remarks by Makhtar Diop (World Bank Vice-President for the Africa Region), as well as invited contributions by Chris Blattman (Columbia University), James Fenske (Oxford University), and other senior scholars. 

For more information about the conference, contact ABCA@worldbank.org.

8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration

9:00 – 10:30 AM Opening Session

Room: Banatao Auditorium
Chair: Francisco Ferreira, Chief Economist for Africa, World Bank
Introductory Remarks: Makhtar Diop, Vice President for Africa, World Bank
Keynote Speakers:

  • Edward Miguel, Faculty Director, CEGA
  • Professor, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley

10:30 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 PM Invited Panel: The Political Economy of Conflict

Room: Banatao Auditorium
Chair: Betty Bigombe, Senior Director, Fragility, Conflict, and Violence, World Bank
Keynote Speakers:

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 PM Parallel sessions A

A1. Extractive Industries and Infrastructure
Room: Classroom 250
Chair: Bernard Funck, World Bank

A2. Psychology and Preferences
Room: Classroom 242
Chair: Moussa Blimpo, University of Oklahoma

A3. Prevention and Reconciliation
Room: Banatao Auditorium
Chair: Mark Sundberg, World Bank

3:00 – 3:30 PM Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00 PM Parallel sessions B

B1. Methodology and Measurement
Room: Banatao Auditorium
Chair: Laura Chioda, World Bank

B2. Agriculture and Pastoralism
Room: Classroom 250
Chair: Aparajita Goyal, World Bank

B3. Political Elites and International Influence
Room: Classroom 242
Chair: Dan Posner, UCLA

9:00 – 10:30 AM Invited Panel: What Have We Learned About the Economics of Ebola?

Room: Banatao Auditorium
Chair: Lynne Sherburne-Benz, World Bank
Keynote Speakers:

  • Estimating the Economic Impact of Ebola in West Africa: Evidence from Computable General Equilibrium Models (David Evans, Francisco Ferreira, Hans Lofgren, Maryla Maliszewska, and Mead Over)
  • Markets, Prices, and Aid in the Face of Ebola in Sierra Leone (Rachel Glennerster, Tavneet Suri)
  • Patterns of Trust and Compliance in the Fight against Ebola: Results from a Population-Based Survey of Monrovia, Liberia (Lily Tsai, Ben Morse)

10:30 – 11:00 AM Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 PM Parallel sessions C

C1. Institutions and Governance
Room: Blum Hall B100
Chair: Luís-Felipe López-Calva

C2. Education and Health
Room: Banatao Auditorium
Chair: Paul Gertler, UC Berkeley

C3. Fiscal Policy and Economic Activity
Room: Classroom 250
Chair: César Calderon, World Bank

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 PM Parallel sessions D

D1. Trade
Room: Blum Hall B100
Chair: Punam Chuhan-Pole, World Bank

D2. Insurgencies and Internal Displacement
Room: Classroom 250
Chair: Marcel Fafchamps, Stanford University

D3. Health
Room: Blum Hall B100
Chair: David Evans, World Bank

3:00 – 3:30 PM Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00 PM Parallel sessions E

E1. Gender and Reducing Corruption
Room: Blum Hall B100
Chair: Markus Goldstein, World Bank

E2. Elections
Room: Banatao Auditorium
Chair: Thad Dunning, UC Berkeley

E3. State Capacity and Protest
Room: Classroom 250
Chair: Eric Mvukiyehe, World Bank  

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