Harnessing Africa’s Growth for Faster Poverty Reduction - Call for papers

CALL FOR PAPERS - The Annual Bank Conference on Africa

Paris, June 23-24, 2014
Harnessing Africa’s Growth for Faster Poverty Reduction
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The first Annual Bank Conference on Africa (ABCA) will be held in Paris, France, on June 23-24, 2014. It covers various topics pertinent to the measurement and understanding of poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. It is being organized jointly by the Paris School of Economics and the World Bank (Office of the Chief Economist for the Africa Region).
The conference will include a Keynote Address by Prof. Stefan Dercon (Oxford University and Chief Economist, DFID), and opening remarks by Makhtar Diop (World Bank Vice-President for the Africa Region) and Pierre-Yves Geoffard (Director of the Paris School of Economics), as well as invited contributions by Gareth Austin, Stephan Klasen, Bekele Shiferaw, Leonard Wantchekon, and other senior scholars.


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

  • data and measurement issues pertinent to poverty analysis
  • inequality and distributional analysis of income, wealth and/or consumption
  • multidimensional poverty
  • poverty traps
  • the impacts of government policies on poverty
  • the political economy of poverty reduction

As well as papers that link poverty to:

  • economic growth, urbanization, structural transformation, agriculture, education, health, labor, natural resources, trade, gender, conflict


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Papers should be submitted in pdf format by April 30, 2014. Submissions should be e-mailed to abca worldbank.org, and will be considered by a program committee consisting of Kathleen Beegle, Luc Christiaensen and Francisco Ferreira (World Bank) and Denis Cogneau, Léa Rouanet and Liam Wren-Lewis (PSE).
Decisions will be made by May 15. Limited funds to support travel for successful presenters residing in Africa may be available.