Development goals in an era of demographic change

Date: 5 November 2015

Venue: UAntwerp, Stadscampus, Room R014 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerpen

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Short description: The World Bank Group and IMF's Global Monitoring Report 2016. By Philip Schellekens
lead economist and lead author of the GMR 2016, World Bank.

This year's Global Monitoring Report, produced jointly by the World Bank and IMF, details the progress the world has made towards global development goals and examines the impact of demographic change on achieving these goals. The report outlines the decline of those living in global poverty, according to the World Bank's new poverty line of living on $1.90 or less a day, to a forecast 9.6 percent of the world's population in 2015 - a projected 200 million fewer people living in extreme poverty than in 2012, but also revises world economic growth projections for 2015 down to 3.3 percent on the basis of lower growth prospects in emerging markets. Mr. Schellekens will discuss what set of policies in this era of demographic change could lead to the sustained development progress required to end global poverty and bring about shared prosperity.

The Global Monitoring Report 2016 can be downloaded in full from: .

About the presenter:
Dr. Philip Schellekens is Lead Economist in the Prospects Group of the Development Economics Vice Presidency of the World Bank. He is lead author and manager of the Global Monitoring Report and contributes analytically to other publications, including the Bank's Global Economic Prospects. Prior to this, he worked, also with the World Bank, as Senior Country Economist for Brazil, China and Malaysia. Before joining the World Bank, he worked at the International Monetary Fund in the Asia and Pacific, Monetary and Capital Markets, and European Departments. His academic training was completed at Harvard University, the London School of Economics and the University of Antwerp. He held visiting positions at the Economics Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Financial Markets Group, and the Research Departments of the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of England. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics.

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