Seminar on Global Demographic Change and Development — the IMF/World Bank Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016


The International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) are pleased to invite you to the Singapore launch and discussion of the Global Monitoring Report 2015/2016: Development Goals in an Era of Demographic Change. The report, released in Peru at the start of the Annual Meetings of the World Bank and the IMF in October 2015, offers new perspectives and statistics on demography and development.

It points out that large-scale migration pressure from poor countries to richer regions of the world will be a permanent feature of the global economy for decades to come as a result of major population shifts in countries. The share of global population at working age has peaked at 66% and is now on the decline. World population growth is expected to slow to 1% by 2022 from more than 2% in the 1960s. The share of the elderly is anticipated to almost double to 16% by 2050, while the global count of children is stabilising at 2 billion. The report is available here.

At this seminar, Dr Philip Schellekens, Lead Economist and Manager of the Global Monitoring Report, Development Prospects Group at the World Bank, will analyse the intensity and diversity of global demographic change, and discuss the new demographic typology that the World Bank has developed in order to tailor demography-informed policies to diverse country contexts. He will also talk about how demographic change interacts with global interconnectedness and the opportunities for “demographic arbitrage” across borders through the mobility of capital, goods, services and people.

Mr Manu Bhaskaran, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at IPS and Partner and Member of the Board of Centennial Group Inc, a policy advisory group based in Washington, DC, and Mr Edward Teather, Executive Director and Senior Economist, ASEAN and India at UBS AG, will be the discussants. The seminar will be chaired by Dr Faizal Bin Yahya, Research Fellow at IPS.

Please click here to view the Programme.



If you have any enquiries, please contact Ms Choo Kia Ming at tel: 6516-8391 or email:

Thursday, 17 December 2015
3.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Seminar Room 2-3, Level 2, Manasseh Meyer Building, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore (Bukit Timah Campus), 469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772