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Call for Papers: The Annual Bank Conference on Africa, Managing the Challenges and Opportunities of Urbanization in Africa

December 2, 2015

  • Full papers should be submitted in PDF format March 13, 2016
  • Submissions should be e-mailed to abca@worldbank.org
  • Decisions will be made by March 31

The third Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) will be held at Oxford University, on June 13-14, 2016. It will cover various topics pertinent to the drivers and the consequences of urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is being organized jointly by the World Bank Africa Region and the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University, in association with the Blavatnik School of Government and the Department of Economics at Oxford, the London School of Economics, and the International Growth Centre.

The conference will include a Keynote Address by Professor Paul Collier (Oxford University and Director of CSAE), and opening remarks by Makhtar Diop (World Bank Vice-President for the Africa Region), as well as invited contributions by Paul Romer (New York University), Tony Venables (Oxford University), and other senior scholars.

Submitted papers with a focus on Africa are now welcome on any of the following topics:

  • analysis of the dynamics of urbanization in Sub-Saharan African countries
  • the impacts of urbanization on: economic growth and poverty reduction; trade and foreign investment; public service delivery; environment and natural resources
  • the impacts of government policies on urbanization
  • the political economy of urbanization
  • data and measurement issues pertinent to urbanization

As well as papers that examine the following in the context of urbanization:

  • economic growth, conflict, structural transformation, agriculture, education, health, labor, safety nets, or gender

Full papers should be submitted in pdf format March 13, 2016.

Submissions should be e-mailed to abca@worldbank.org, and will be considered by a program committee including Markus Goldstein (World Bank), Tony Venables (Oxford University), Vernon Henderson (LSE), Somik V. Lall (World Bank), and Moussa P. Blimpo (World Bank), Decisions will be made by March 31. Limited funds to support travel for successful African presenters may be available.