Events

Each year the Center for Global Development hosts more than 80 public and invitation-only events. These events range from private roundtables to small seminars to book launches and other large public forums. The Center continues to host two popular on-going event series, the CGD Invited Research Forum (formerly the Massachusetts Avenue Development Seminars) and Global Development Matters, our summer movie night series. If you would like more information about CGD events or are interested in renting our conference space, please send us an e-mail. You can subscribe to an RSS feed of upcoming events, and view our event photo archives on flickr.

After the Somalia Remittance Crisis: Can the Money Laundering Control System Be Fixed?

Event
5/28/15

An elaborate global Anti Money Laundering system has been constructed over last 25 years. Originally aimed at reducing the drug trade and expanded to target a variety of crimes, it is now more driven by the goal of cutting off terrorist finance and imposing sanctions on countries suspected of acquiring nuclear weapons. The system is sufficiently established that it has received little criticism except at the margins, primarily with respect to how well it is implemented. Yet it is so unevenly implemented across nations, so widely flouted by major banks and with so little claim to either substantive or procedural legitimacy that this silence is hard to understand. A spate of aggressive actions by US prosecutors and regulators has generated a troubling response from the banking industry as it scrambles to reduce risk. Sending remittances to “high risk countries” such as Somalia and Pakistan is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive. Some developing countries are being cut off from the international financial system by denial of correspondent banking privileges with North American and European banks.

Digital Humanitarians: A CGD Europe Book Launch with Author Patrick Meier

Event
6/2/15

The information overflow that occurs in the wake of a disaster can paralyze humanitarian response efforts. Computers, mobile phones, social media, mainstream news, earth-based sensors, humanitarian drones, and orbiting satellites generate vast volumes of data during major disasters. Making sense of this flash flood of information, or "Big Data" is proving a perplexing challenge for traditional humanitarian organizations. Aid groups are more adept at dealing with information scarcity than overflow.

To address this problem many organizations are turning to Digital Humanitarians: tech-savvy volunteers who craft and leverage ingenious crowdsourcing solutions with trail-blazing insights from artificial intelligence. This talk charts the rise of Digital Humanitarians and describes how their humanity coupled with innovative solutions to Big Data is changing humanitarian response forever.

Oil to Cash: Fighting the Resource Curse with Cash Transfers

Event
6/10/15

Oil to Cash: Fighting the Resource Curse with Cash Transfers proposes a radical new policy option for countries facing the daunting challenges of natural resource windfalls: citizen dividends. Authors Todd Moss, Caroline Lambert, and Stephanie Majerowicz make the case for every citizen to receive a share of their nation’s resource wealth through a regular, universal, and rules-based cash payment. Oil-to-Cash would benefit both citizens and governments by transferring cash directly into the hands of the people while creating incentives to restore the social contract built on taxation and accountability. They also address delivery options, common objections, and the most promising country cases.

Please join us for the launch of Oil to Cash on June 10th at 4:00pm at CGD. A discussion with the authors and guest Moisés Naím, author and former Venezuelan Minister of Trade and Industry, will be followed by a reception. Copies of the book will be available.

CGD Europe Sandwich Seminar: Migrants and the Making of America

Event
6/17/15

In this month's seminar, Sandra Sequeira (LSE) will be examining the long-run impact of migration on economic development. Along with her co-authors Nathan Nunn and Nancy Quian, she shows that the settlement of European migrants in the United States during the Age of Mass Migration (1860-1920) has had a persistent effect on income patterns today. 

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