The Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics (ABCDE), organized by the World Bank’s Development Economics (DEC) Vice Presidency, is one of the world's best-known series of conferences for the presentation and discussion of new knowledge on development. The conference aims to promote the exchange of cutting-edge knowledge among researchers, policymakers, and development practitioners.
The theme of ABCDE 2021 is "Global Unrest". It will be held completely online, using a Zoom platform. It will take place over 5 days, June 21–25, from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
The conference will feature an introductory keynote speech by Tim Besley (School Professor at the London School of Economics) and a concluding panel of policy makers, composed of Ibrahim Elbadawi (Managing Director of the Economic Research Forum and former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of Sudan), Claudia López (Mayor of Bogota, Colombia), Erica Chenoweth (Professor at Harvard Kennedy School), Andres Velasco (Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics), and Tarek Masoud (Professor at Harvard Kennedy School).
It will also feature two groups of papers: Full presentations (40 minutes including discussion and Q&A) and short (or poster) presentations (15 minutes without discussion). All presentations will be plenary, that is, there will be no parallel sessions. The time and program are designed for a comprehensive and lively presentation of the most recent and important research on Global Unrest. The online format allows for more compact but also more numerous presentations.