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8th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference

March 7-8, 2024
Washington, DC
Postcard for the 8th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference

Video Replays

Recordings of the plenary sessions on March 7, 2024 are available on YouTube: 

For additional details on the sessions, see the agenda tab.

About the Conference

The 8th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference will bring together academics and development practitioners to present and discuss questions relating to urban expansion and the future of cities.

The theme is of increasing importance to academics and policy makers alike as the supply of ideas and demand for solutions to address the challenges of urban expansion are growing. Cities in some developing countries are growing at faster rates and at lower income levels than those in developed countries. If well-directed and well-managed, expansion and densification of urban areas can bring economic growth while also offering poverty reduction opportunities. If poorly directed and managed, the result can be congested, unsustainable, and unproductive environments. 

Planning for the cities of tomorrow is thus a crucial task, but one benefitting from a multi-disciplinary approach. This edition of the conference will draw from experts at the interface of policy and research to understand which new ideas, new methods, and new collaborations can bring about necessary changes.

The conference will feature a series of policy- and research-oriented events on March 7, 2024, followed by a more technical series of seminars and events (including a Young Urban Economist Workshop) on March 8, 2024. The conference is co-sponsored by the World Bank (Development Research Group and Urban, Disaster Risk, Resilience, and Land), George Washington University (Elliott School of International AffairsInstitute for International Economic Policy, and Center for International Business Education and Research), the International Growth Centre (Cities that Work and Cities Research Program), and Millennium Challenge Corporation.

Conference Organizers

Harris Selod (The World Bank)

Remi Jedwab (George Washington University)

Victoria Delbridge (International Growth Centre)

Oliver Harman (International Growth Centre)

Tanner Regan (George Washington University)

Mesbah Motamed (Millenium Challenge Corporation)

Roman David Zarate (The World Bank)


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Logos of the partner organizations of the 8th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference

The organizers acknowledge the generous financial support received from the World Bank Knowledge for Change Program in support of the conference.