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Roy Kelly presents at 2023 G20 Infrastructure Working Group meeting

The professor of the practice served as a panelist in the “Financing of Cities of Tomorrow” high-level workshop.

Roy Kelly, professor of the practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke Center for International Development, participated in the 2023 Group of Twenty (G20) Infrastructure Working Group meeting as a panelist in the “Financing of Cities of Tomorrow” workshop.

Roy Kelly
Roy Kelly

Held Jan. 16-17 at the University of Pune, this was the first G20 Infrastructure Working Group meeting held under G20 India Presidency.

The G20 is the premier forum for international economic cooperation and plays an important role in shaping and strengthening global architecture and governance on all major international economic issues. Nineteen countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Türkiye, United Kingdom and United States) and the European Union are members.

Sixty-four delegates from 17 of the G20 member countries attended the high-level “Financing of Cities of Tomorrow” workshop, wherein more than 15 international experts discussed issues related to the financing of cities.

Kelly spoke on the important role of property taxation and land value capture as a funding source for urban infrastructure and its role in improving the credit worthiness of cities.

Prior to joining the Duke Center for International Development, Kelly spent 19 years with Harvard University at the Harvard Institute for International Development, The Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Law School International Tax Program. He has more than 40 years of experience in teaching, designing and implementing public sector management reforms in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

Kelly earned his Ph.D. in urban planning from Harvard University.