9 - 10


9:00—5:00 PM EDT
Birdsall House Conference Center, CGD & Preston Auditorium, World Bank
Washington, DC

Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics 2024—The Great Incoherence: Growth and Human Development in An Era of Stagnation

Speakers, panels, and registration information coming soon.

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This two-day event will take place at both the World Bank and the Center for Global Development.

The World Bank Group’s Annual Conference on Development Economics—ABCDE—is a key forum to stimulate an exchange of ideas between leaders in global policy discussions and policymakers from the Bank’s member countries. Established in 1989 and organized by the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC), ABCDE quickly became the premier venue for cutting-edge insights on how to tackle the most pressing challenges of development. Researchers presenting papers frequently went on to win the Nobel Prize for economics. The conference also played a role in shaping a broader global consensus on development policy. 

Beginning in 2024, ABCDE will be co-sponsored with a partner organization. This year, to strengthen the collaboration between researchers and policymakers, the conference will be co-organized by the Center for Global Development. CGD specializes in producing innovative economic research and convening events that drives better policy and practice by the world’s top decision makers.


The world is faced with a series of growing crises, yet leaders and the international community seem less able to respond each year. The gap between the financing that’s available and the financing that’s needed to combat climate change, build much-needed infrastructure, and invest in a new generation keeps growing, and across the world, women and young people—the majority of the population—face systematic barriers to their safety, livelihoods, and economic potential. A new approach is needed more than ever. Over two days, the 2024 ABCDE will hold a series of panels where researchers will present papers and analysis on solutions to the critical challenges the world is facing.

The first day will have panels that focus on a variety of questions related to financing and growth: How can the volume of climate finance be increased, particularly without deprioritizing other key development issues? How should the world respond to the global debt crisis and promote future economic growth? What are the implications of recent shifts in industrial policy for the future growth pathways of the Global South, and how can countries adapt? And how can private capital be mobilized for these issues and others?

A key part of the solution to many of these challenges is more inclusive and sustainable economic growth. The second day will focus on a key component of achieving this type of growth: overcoming the constraints facing women and youth in the labor market in low-and-middle-income-countries. This day will have panels on social safety nets and women’s labor force participation, norms and other constraints to women’s economic inclusion, and the economic inclusion of youth.

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