World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography - Worldwide Launch

12 November 2008 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Chatham House, London


Gareth R Thomas, MP, Under-Secretary of State for International Development
Indermit S Gill, Director WDR 2009
Paul Collier, Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), University of Oxford
Andrew Steer, DFID Director General for Policy and Research
Katherine Sierra, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank
Benno Ndulu, Governor, Central Bank of Tanzania
Antony Venables, Director of the Oxford Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies (OXCARRE), University of Oxford
Ernest Aryeetey, Director, Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana



World Development Report 2009 looks at transformations along the dimensions of economic geography: growth of cities; migration of workers and businesses to urban centres; and nations lowering their economic borders and entering world markets to produce at scale and trade in specialized products. The changes along these dimensions - density, distance, and division - are visible in the parts of the world that prosper. World Development Report 2009 'Reshaping Economic Geography' concludes that these transformations are essential, and should be encouraged.

The World Development Report 2009 is available to download or to order online at