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  • Washington, DC - 2 Days
    Monday
    January 30
    2023

    7th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference

    The 7th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference will bring together academics and development practitioners to present and discuss questions relating to Climate Change and Sustainable Cities.This theme is of increasing importance to academics and policy makers alike, with climate change presenting cities with both new challenges and opportunities for improving their livability and productivity. If well-managed, cities offer both adaptation and mitigation benefits—as well as sustainable development opportunities—that other types of human settlement cannot. If poorly managed, the downsides of density may exacerbate strained citizen livelihoods and exacerbate emissions.

    Sustainable cities are thus a core part of the long-term shift to a resource- and carbon-efficient development trajectory. An environmentally sustainable and inclusive approach to urbanization is necessary to put economies on track towards green growth and poverty reduction.

    The main conference takes place on 30 January and is hosted by the World Bank (Development Research Group), George Washington University (Elliott School of International Affairs and Institute for International Economic Policy) and the International Growth Center (Cities Research Program), with the Young Urban Economist Workshop occurring on 31 January (visit the Workshop tab for details).

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  • Hybrid - 1 Day
    Thursday
    February 2
    2023

    20 Years of Research, Data, and Analytics on Poverty, Inequality and Human Capital

    Since 2002, the Knowledge for Change Umbrella Program (KCP), housed in the Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC) of the World Bank, has been supporting innovative research, data, and analytical projects to expand the knowledge frontier in development policy and practice. The KCP’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. The events will showcase the evolution of research and knowledge in over the past 20 years, demonstrate the program’s impacts, and explore new solutions to tangibly strengthen the linkage between fundamental research and development interventions. The events will be anchored in the three core objectives of the KCP program:

    1. Generating, operationalizing, and disseminating knowledge
    2. Transforming evidence, data, and insights into policy change
    3. Improving the enabling environment to democratize development knowledge through partnerships, capacity building, and innovation

    A total of three events are envisioned. The first event, centered on issues related to conflicts, migration, and climate change, took place on Nov 2, 2022. This note will provide more information on the background of the second event, proposed to happen in January 2023.

    The two-part hybrid event will last for three hours, separated into two equal parts. Part I will focus on poverty and inequality; and Part II will deep-dive into human capital. Each part will follow the same structure, beginning with a presentation on the evolution of research and knowledge in the respective theme. A panel discussion will follow that features diverse perspectives from stakeholder groups such as academia, governments, international organizations, and non-state actors. The speakers and panelists may also comment on the linkages between poverty and inequality and human capital. A question-and-answer session (accessible for both in-person and remote attendees) will occur at the end of each segment.

    Time: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (EST)

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  • In-Person - 3 Days
    Wednesday
    February 8
    2023

    The Leading Solar and Energy Storage Event in Africa

    South Africa’s leading position in driving the continent’s transition to renewable energy has been confirmed with the launch of the first-ever Solar Power Africa Trade Show.

    Organised by Messe Frankfurt, and in partnership with the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA), Solar Power Africa 2023 is the first event of its kind dedicated solely to Solar Power and Energy storage and is expected to attract over 100 exhibitors operating in this dynamic market.

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  • Cape Town, South Africa - 3 Days
    Wednesday
    February 22
    2023

    Africa’s Green Economy Summit

    Where global capital meets African opportunity

    Africa’s Green Economy Summit connects global capital and green economy projects across the continent and is an official event of E-FEST Cape Town.

    In connecting people and organisations to information and each other, the Summit brings the global investor community, project owners and business executives focused on green transport, renewable energy and clean technologies, together with African governments, cities, and policy makers to pave the way for an inclusive green economy and a sustainable future.

    The event theme in 2023 is “Driving the Green economy investment strategy”

    • Connect with investable green projects from Africa

    • Discover African cities’ needs and plans to fast-track the net-zero transition

    • Discuss proven policy frameworks that will drive green investment in Africa

    • Access global finance and investment opportunities

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  • Lisbon, Portugal - 3 Days
    Monday
    February 27
    2023

    World Ocean Summit and Expo

    The World Ocean Summit is the pre-eminent annual global event bringing together the widest cross-section of the ocean community from business and finance to governments, national and international policy-makers, civil society and academia. Economist Impact will celebrate the 10th anniversary with the return to a physical event in Lisbon, Portugal, a city (and country) at the forefront of sustainable ocean thinking and practice.

    The summit is designed to inspire bold thinking and new partnerships, and to trigger effective action to develop a sustainable ocean economy. It aims to change the way business is done in the ocean. The period between the recent UN Ocean Conference and the next will be vital in accelerating the transition to a sustainable ocean economy, and for meeting the 2030 targets in UN SDG 14.

    Next year, the summit will drive progress by addressing the greatest challenges facing the seas: climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution. High-level policy discussions will continue to be at the heart of plenary sessions. We will retain the focus on marine industries including shipping, fishing, aquaculture, energy and tourism and this year the agenda will feature cross-industry sessions to leverage synergies and encourage cross-sector engagement.

    Follow #OceanSummit for event updates.

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  • Jakarta and online - 2 Days
    Wednesday
    March 1
    2023

    Indonesia Summit

    Indonesia’s post-covid economic recovery is gaining momentum, and the blossoming innovation economy has the potential to promote long-term, stable prosperity. The country boasts a large population of young, technologically literate and upwardly mobile citizens, which has resulted in a thriving e-commerce sector. Growth in the fintech industry is increasing financial inclusion, enabling entrepreneurs to benefit. Meanwhile, the country’s vast resources of copper and nickel have attracted the attention of electric vehicle makers and their supply chains. How can Indonesia sustain these positive trends? How can the country climb the value chain globally, leverage the mobility of global talent and also develop indigenous human capital? Is the most recent omnibus legislation enough to maintain investment momentum? How should Indonesia better leverage regional partnerships to speed its emergence from the current broad-based economic challenges and pave the way to future prosperity? What policies will meaningfully accelerate digital transformation and enable SMEs?

    Building on a successful legacy of Indonesia Summits, the 2023 edition will bring together 150 business leaders, policymakers, academics and NGOs in-person in Jakarta-plus 1,500 online-for rigorous discussion and debate on the most important issues.

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  • Nairobi, Kenya - 2 Days
    Wednesday
    March 1
    2023

    Sankalp Africa Summit

    Africa’s Largest Convening on Impact
    Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development

    The Sankalp Africa Summit is an event that catalyzes collaborations across the entrepreneurial ecosystem in order to solve global challenges sustainably.  We believe that entrepreneurs are reshaping Africa’s economic opportunities to improve the lives of millions. Join us to build relationships, discover opportunities, explore sustainable development strategies, and forge unlikely alliances with new partners.

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  • Cape Town International Convention Center - 2 Days
    Tuesday
    March 7
    2023

    Africa Energy Indaba 2023

    The Africa Energy Indaba 2023 will be a physical in-person event, with all conference sessions, side events and the exhibition taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa.
    The 15th Africa Energy Indaba Conference will discuss, debate and seek solutions to enable adequate energy generation across Africa. A diverse group of luminaries and high profile speakers will share their real-world insights about the changing energy landscape in Africa. What will be discussed? Explore what is needed to meet the rapidly growing need for energy access in Africa in the next 25 years. Learn more about energy policy and the role of government, energy funding, green hydrogen, grid technologies, renewable and cleaner energy, energy storage and energy efficiency.
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