March 12, 2013 // 9:00am — 5:00pm
Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Director of the Center for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford, will provide a keynote address on development aid and social entrepreneurship. Elizabeth L. Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), will discuss leveraging the private sector's pivotal role in development. Leading scholars and practitioners will examine the role that social entrepreneurship can play in empowering the poor.
March 05, 2013 // 2:00pm — 3:30pm
China is witnessing the largest migration in human history: More than 300 million people will move to China’s cities in the next 20 years. Fortunately, China’s national government and an increasing number of local leaders recognize the imprudence of this development pattern and seek a low-carbon development approach. The work of the China Sustainable Energy Program of the Energy Foundation is aimed at promoting sustainable urban development that focuses on people and encourages compact, mixed-use, and transit-oriented development, as well as green transportation systems.
February 26, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:00pm
Professor Sonia Hirt will present research on the recent physical changes in the built environment of Belgrade and Sofia.
January 10, 2013 // 9:00am — 12:00pm
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck Haiti, an already impoverished and vulnerable nation, killing over 220,000 people and leaving 1.6 million internally displaced. Despite the challenges in the reconstruction process, positive signs of recovery and progress are emerging throughout Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas.
December 13, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
“When young people claim their right to education and health – including sexual and reproductive health – they increase their opportunities to become a powerful force for economic development and positive change,” said Nicole Gaertner, of UN Refugee Agency and the U.S. Department of State, quoting Secretary of State Hilary Clinton at the Wilson Center.
December 03, 2012 // 9:00am — 12:30pm
A panel of experts discuss the latest research on the benefits of participatory democracy. Is it possible to apply lessons learned from global experiences in participatory governance to public housing in the U.S. so that residents can help determine and thereby improve their own living environments?
November 02, 2012 // 9:00am — 11:30am
Recognizing a need to strengthen the ties between urban policymaking and scholarly work on urban development, and to disseminate evidence-based programming, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID’s Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, Cities Alliance, and the World Bank co-sponsored a third annual academic paper competition, "Reducing Urban Poverty." Join us in a discussion with four of the winning authors as they receive commentary on their work by expert practitioners from the field.
August 29, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
The number of people moving into Asian cities is historically unprecedented. Millions of people are rapidly migrating into the cities, and the number of megacities and areas with extremely high population densities is rising. This trend is expected to continue as a relatively low share of Asia's population still lives in urban areas. Download the report or read a summary of the event here!
July 25, 2012 // 9:00am — 10:30am
Cities define us. They shape the outlooks, opportunities and lives of over half of the world’s population. Yet most contemporary political thought neglects their role. The Ancient Greeks, by contrast, thought that every city had its own ethos and values that helped to determine its institutions, political systems and the lives of its citizens. Daniel Bell thinks it is time to revive the thinking of the Greeks and rediscover the spirit of cities.
July 12, 2012 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The relentless violence that besets many cities around the world prompts local responses in the neighborhoods and broader communities. Those responses can comprise what we call resilience. Elements of positive resilience can include an array of protective measures, some of which are organized by the communities alone, some with city or state officials, some with outside organizations like NGOs or development agencies.