The world at crossroads – securing the future generations

WIDER Development Conference, 14–16 May 2024, Maputo, Mozambique

The world at crossroads – securing the future generations

The WIDER Development Conference on securing the future generations is 14–16 May 2024, in Maputo, Mozambique.

Across the three days of the conference, experts confront the interconnected issues of climate change, conflict, and inequality, gaining valuable insights that directly inform and shape UNU-WIDER's current work programme. Renowned researchers and policymakers convene to engage in thoughtful debates and discussions, creating a dynamic forum for critical discourse.

The world at crossroads – securing the future generations

Aligned with the broader development agenda, the content of this conference includes pertinent research questions with significant policy implications, ensuring economic policy and development discussions consider their political and social dimensions. With a focus on livelihoods and labour markets, human capital, the social contract, and better data for predicting and monitoring crises, the event aims to contribute to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

In parallel sessions and four policy plenary panels, esteemed speakers such as Santiago Levy (Former General Director of the Mexican Social Security Institute), Ricardo Paes de Barros (Professor of Public Policy at Insper Learning Institution), Dean Karlan (Professor of Economics and Finance, Northwestern University and Chief Economist, USAID), Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva (World Bank), Anna-Kaisa Heikkinen (Ambassador of Finland in Mozambique), and others lead discussions on vital issues shaping the global development landscape.

The conference culminates with a policy panel plenary on 16 May focusing on the future of the international financial architecture moderated by Amilcar Tivane (Vice Minister of Economy and Finance of Mozambique). The session features distinguished speakers, including Betty N. Wainaina (Center on International Cooperation NYU), Adnan Khan (Chief Economist, UK FCDO), and David Masondo (Deputy Minister of Finance of South Africa).

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