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Shocks and Global Imbalances: Conflicts, Migration and Climate Change

November 2, 2022
Blured image of refugees migrate to Europe

About the KCP 20+: The Knowledge for Change Program’s 20th anniversary celebration (“KCP20+”), to be implemented through a series of events, will serve as dialogues on knowledge generation in international development that cross sectors, generations, and borders.  A total of three events will take place between the fall of 2022 and spring of 2023 on the following topics: conflicts and migration; environment and climate; poverty and inequality; human capital and development; trade and international integration; and private sector development 

The first KCP 20+ event will take place on Wednesday, November 2, and focus on two themes: i) conflicts and migration, and ii) climate and environment. 

A complex web of forces — shocks, stresses, and imbalances — influences migration, environmental shifts, and climate change. Issues related to migration and climate change both involve the discussion of long-term forces, such as global inequalities and geographic differences, as well as sudden, short-term shocks, such as war, conflicts, or natural disasters. The optimal management of the dual nature of these issues remains a persistent analytical and policy puzzle. Most recently, climate-induced migration further exacerbates development concerns, as extreme weather events, droughts, water shortages, and sea-level rises intensify migratory pressures and amplify the magnitude of internal and cross-border mobility. How to better design policies that protect the most vulnerable populations who face the impacts of multiple shocks simultaneously also deserves much more in-depth discussions.

This 3-hour hybrid event will mainly be divided into two parts of discussions on the themes of i) Part I: conflicts and migration, and ii) Part II: environment and climate. Both Parts of the event will open with a presentation on the evolution of research and knowledge in the respective topic areas by DEC representatives. A panel discussion will follow, featuring diverse perspectives from stakeholder groups such as academia, WBG operations, governments, international organizations, and non-state actors. Given the connections of the two topics, the panelists would also be asked to comment on issues related to the linkage between climate change and forced displacement and migration. A question-and-answer session will be included at the end of each Part.

List of names and flages of Knowledge for Chang partners for 2021-2022

Event Details

  • DATE: Wedensday, November 2, 2022
  • TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST)