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Conference on “Lessons from East Asia and the Global Financial Crisis”

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The conference will take place in Seoul, Korea on June 22-24. It will be co-organized by the World Bank and the Government of Korea (Ministry of Strategy and Finance and the Korea Development Institute, KDI). The overall theme of the conference is “Lessons from East Asia and the Global Financial Crisis”.

Conference will focus on five broad themes:

  • Industrial Policy and Development
  • Social Capital, Institutions, and Development
  • Financial Crisis and Regulation
  • The Road Ahead to a Sustainable Global Economic System
  • Innovation and Competition

Download the Draft Agenda

Sponsored Participants (through Conference Support Grant (ASG)

The ASG is a joint program of the World Bank and the ABCDE host country that provides an opportunity for participants from developing and transition countries to participate in the ABCDE. The grant program aims to ensure that the conference is accessible to academics, researchers, journalists, parliamentarians and leaders of civil society from developing and transition countries all over the world.The ASG was established by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway and the World Bank at ABCDE 2002 – Oslo. The purpose of the grant was to support participants from developing and transition countries whom would otherwise be unable to attend the conference. In the past 3 years, about 90 participants from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe attended the ABCDE through the ASG program. The 2009 ASG program is sponsored by the Government of Korea.

Selection Criteria and EligibilityApplicants must be national of and currently residing in a developing or transition country (please see list – eligible countries are defined by the World Bank as low and middle income). Decisions are based on the applicant’s qualifications and their ability to transfer experience and knowledge gained the conference to their local professional communities. The selection committee decisions are made with a view to ensuring a fair gender balance and good regional representation. Researchers whose main area of academic interest is the World Bank are especially encouraged to apply. The beneficiaries of the grant are welcome to attend the Annual Meeting of the Researchers’ Alliance on Development (RAD) and to join future RAD activities.

To apply

Please fill in the Support Grant Application and return it to Minah Kang, Office of Development Cooperation (ODECO), Korea Development Institute (KDI). Email: Support grant applications will be accepted until March 31, 2009. Successful candidates will be announced on the ABCDE website after mid April 2009. The beneficiaries are selected jointly by the World Bank and the host country. For ABCDE 2009, about 20 will be awarded the Grant.


Travel, accommodation, meals, and local transportation will be provided to all beneficiaries. Each beneficiary is responsible for securing his/her visa, with the assistance of the host country, if necessary. Local transportation in the beneficiary’s country of origin will not be covered. A comprehensive logistics note will be provided by the conference organizers in advance of the conference



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