Wednesday, October 12, 2011

DC Event on Cities

Please join the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project for a discussion of

Reducing Urban Poverty: Innovative Thinking from the Next Generation of Urban Scholars

featuring

William Cobbett, Programme Manager, Cities Alliance

Anthony Kolb, Urban Health Advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Christopher Williams, Washington Representative for UN-HABITAT

Lesli Hoey – Ph.D. candidate, Cornell University
Adaptive Strategies for Policy Implementation in Urban Contexts: Lessons from Bolivia’s Zero Malnutrition Program

Fatima Wajahat – Ph.D. candidate, Florida State University
The Importance of Tenure Security in Home Improvement in Squatter Settlements: Evidence from Lahore

Daniel Warshawsky – Ph.D. candidate, University of Southern California
The State and Urban Food Insecurity in Post-apartheid Johannesburg

Tuesday, November 1
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
6th Floor Flom Auditorium
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004 USA

Webcast live at www.wilsoncenter.org

Please RSVP to cusp@wilsoncenter.org with your name and affiliation.

In 2008 the global population reached a remarkable turning point; for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s people were living in cities. Moving forward into the 21st century, the world faces an unprecedented urban expansion with projections for the global urban population to reach nearly 5 billion by the year 2030. Virtually all of this growth will occur in the developing world where cities gain an average of 5 million residents every month, overwhelming ecosystems and placing tremendous pressure on the capacity of local governments to provide necessary infrastructure and services. Failure to incorporate urban priorities into the global development agenda carries serious implications for human security, global security, and environmental sustainability.

Recognizing a need to develop and strengthen urban-focused practitioner and policy-making ties with academia, and disseminate evidence-based development programming, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project, USAID’s Urban Programs Team, the International Housing Coalition, the World Bank, and Cities Alliance teamed up to co-sponsor the second annual academic paper competition for graduate students studying urban issues. Join us in a discussion with the authors of the winning papers and seasoned experts in the field.


Location: Woodrow Wilson Center at the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW ("Federal Triangle" stop on Blue/Orange Line), 6th Floor  Auditorium. A map to the Center is available at www.wilsoncenter.org/directions. Note: picture ID is required to pass through security.

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