PRIO welcomes you to a seminar with Nigel Roberts, the leader of the 2011 World Development Report, the most well-known and important of the World Bank's publications. The World Development Report is published annually, and reaches a broad international audience. The report portrays the current economic and social state of the world, as well as focusing on one particular topic each year.

In 2011, the special topic is Conflict, Security and Development, and will focus in particular on forms of violence that threaten the development prospects of a state.

At the seminar, Nigel Roberts will present the work with the report, and point to the conclusions that can be made at this time in the process.

PRIO is involved in the work with the report, and studies the economic, human and social cost of conflict. At the seminar Håvard Hegre will present the effect of civil wars on achieving the Millenium Development Goals.

PRIO is contributing to the report with a comprehensive background report. Three other research teams (Stanford University, Oxford Universty and New York University) are working in parallel, and the outcome will be the main data source for the World Development Report.

In addition to PRIO, there are researchers at NUPI, FAFO and CMI working with background reports for the project. This work will also be presented at the seminar.

The seminar will be chaired by PRIO Director Kristian Berg Harpviken.

Please register with, if you want to take part in this seminar.