This conference hosted by the World Bank, George Washington University (Institute for International Economic Policy) and the International Growth Center Cities Program brings together academics and development practitioners to present and discuss the challenges of sustainable urban planning in developing countries.
One of the great challenge of 21st century cities in developing countries is that they must fulfill the requirements of connectivity in production for businesses and address the negative externalities for consumers of density with extremely limited financial resources and public capacity. This raises the following questions: What national policies strengthen and weaken developing world cities, and what infrastructure investments deliver the largest growth benefits? In particular, the aim of this conference will be to reflect upon whether cities in developing countries should focus their efforts on improving their land and housing sector (see Session 1: Land), their transportation networks (see Session 2: Transportation) or their sanitation infrastructure (see Session 3: Public Services). In other words, how can we build, or rebuild, cities in the future in order to promote economic growth and reduce poverty?
The 3rd Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference took place on 1 February 2016. You can find the program of the conference here.
The 2nd Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference took place on 12 November 2014. You can find the program of the conference here.
The 1st Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference took place on 13 May 2013. You can find the program of the conference here.
Harris Selod, The World Bank
Rémi Jedwab, George Washington University
Edward Glaeser, Harvard University and International Growth Center
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