The 14th AFD International Research Conference on Development, The Visible Hand: Development Banks in Transition will take place in the framework of the Finance in Common Summit, the first global meeting of all public development banks. The Academic Days will take place from 3 to 5 November 2020, followed by the Open Discussion Days on 9 and 10 November 2020. In the context of the severe crisis affecting the world following the Covid-19 disruption, this new edition will focus on development banks’ key contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to paving the way to rebuild our economic systems in a more responsible and sustainable way.

The 14th AFD International Research Conference on Development will start with three Academic Days that will take place from 3 to 5 November 2020. This online workshop will be dedicated to researchers and experts from academia, think tanks and international organisations.

On 9 and 10 November, the research conference will continue online with its Open Discussion Days. These two days of online public conference will gather researchers, Public Development Banks representatives and other stakeholders to reflect, in the light of the current crisis, on the key role development banks could play for building a more efficient global, development-oriented finance architecture.

High-level speakers will include senior officials from development banks, in particular members of the International Development Finance Club (IDFC) and the World Federation of Development Finance Institutions (WFDFI), as well as renowned economists and researchers. We are proud to count Nobel Prize in Economics Joseph Stiglitz, and Masood Ahmed, chief executive officer of the CGDev as our distinguished keynote speakers.

This event is organised with the academic support of the lnstitute of New Structural Economics at Peking University (INSE), the lnstitute for Sustainable Development and lnternational Relations (lDDRl) and of the Foundation for Studies and Research on International Development (FERDI).

IDDRI's participation

  • Academic days: 3 November at 1pm
  • Open Discussion days: participation of Sébastien Treyer on 9 November at 1.30 pm.

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