We are pleased to invite you to join the World Bank for three stimulating conversations organized by the Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience & Land Global Practice (GPURL) at the World Bank. The sessions cover a range of topics important to cities, including the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on municipal finance, disaster and urban resiliency for the housing sector, and demographic trends and urbanization. The sessions are part of a month-long series of learning sessions for World Bank staff.

Thursday, March 31st, 2022 | 8:00 – 9:00 AM EDT
City local governments have been facing multiple challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic to secure adequate financial resources for response and recovery. The report being launched assesses the impact of the pandemic on local governments’ financial situations through cross-country analysis and comparison. In the report three indicative types of local government adjustments are discussed and scenario analysis is used to highlight the risks and uncertainties associated with the pandemic’s impact and subsequent economic recovery. During the event an overview of the report’s findings will be given and a panel will share their municipal finance experiences during the pandemic and discuss the implications.
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Maitreyi Das, Practice Manager, Urban Global Programs Unit, World Bank
Carli Bunding-Venter, Senior Urban Development Specialist, World Bank
Da Zhu, Senior Urban Economist, World Bank
Panelist Experiences and Discussion
Panelists will include a representative from a World Bank client country, and colleagues from the International Finance Corporation and World Bank’s Governance Global Practice.
Monday, April 4, 7:00 –8:00 PM EDT
Government housing policies in developing markets are often not in line with national policy commitments resulting from the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement. In Indonesia, while the subsidy programs under the ‘One Million Homes’ policy have successfully addressed the housing deficit, these programs are still far from delivering safe, adequate, energy efficient, and resilient housing for those with acute housing needs while addressing the urgency of reducing green-house emissions and footprint. In this session, the National Affordable Housing Program task team will share practical experience and learnings on how to accelerate disaster resiliency with a robust monitoring and scoring system to strengthen housing structural integrity and mitigate seismic risk.
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Dao H Harrison,
Senior Urban Specialist, World Bank 
Michelle M. Farrell, Marketing and Business Development Lead
EDGE Green Building Market Transformation Program, Climate Business Department, IFC
Tuesday April 5 , 7:30 – 9:00 AM EDT
This session will highlight key regional demographic trends and its confluence with urbanization, its future outlook, and the implications that it will have for cities’ decision making on public spending, infrastructure investments and urban design. Demographic trends are diverse among regions, within regions and within countries: while many cities will continue to grow, albeit at declining rates, many other cities are looking at declining or aging populations. “Demographic Trends and Urbanization” which this session will highlight, is a report recently delivered by the Global Unit, intended as a roadmap for national and city governments so they can better understand these underlying dynamics and factor them into proactive decision-making on public spending, infrastructure investments and urban design.
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Dean Cira ,
Lead Urban Specialist, World Bank
Paula Restrepo, Senior Urban Specialist 
Horacio Terraza, Lead Urban Specialist  
Gayatri Singh, Senior Urban Development Specialist 
Annie Gapihan, Senior Urban Specialist  
Olivia D'aoust, Senior Urban Economist 
Axel Baeumler, Senior Infrastructure Economist  
Chiara Lucchini, Urban Expert and Adjunct Professor, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Octavio Vergara, Former National Director, National Service for the Elderly, Ministry of Social Development and Family, Chile
Karina Pallagst, Professor for International Planning Systems, Kaiserslautern University's faculty of Spatial Planning, Germany
Anna Wellenstein, Regional Director, World Bank 

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