Annual Conference

Development Finance in Fragile States

JRCPPF 9th Annual Conference

February 20-21, 2020

Emerging economies are increasingly turning towards private sector financing to fund infrastructure and other development needs. While middle-income countries have the capacity to manage complex, privately financed projects, low-income and fragile states face a number of challenges. Poor infrastructure, political and economic risks, inefficient regulatory regimes, and weak financial systems, all pose barriers to mobilizing new investment and kick-starting private sector growth. This conference will explore some of these challenges, including the role of multilateral development banks and development finance institutions, new instruments to leverage private sector investment, risk management in fragile states, and China’s approach to financing development through the Belt & Road Initiative.

The conference will be hosted by the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy & Finance at Princeton University.

Co-sponsors: Empirical Studies of Conflict, Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS)

Organizing Committee: Ethan Kapstein, Atif Mian, Jacob Shapiro, Leonard Wantchekon

The Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance’s Annual Conference brings together preeminent researchers, policy experts and market practitioners from across the globe to exchange ideas and shed new light on the most pressing economic issues of our time.  The conference also exposes our students to a range of economic expertise and provides them with the opportunity to interact with leading academics and policy makers. The conference is open to the public. It is broadcasted live, video-taped for later viewing and all papers and slides are available on our website.


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