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.

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.

Thresholds for the Cost–Effectiveness of Interventions: Alternative Approaches

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6/4/15

Determining which health interventions represent good value for money and are therefore good investments is an ongoing challenge for policymakers. A common approach to making these decisions has involved the use of thresholds based on per capita GDP. Specifically, many countries follow the World Health Organization’s Choosing Interventions that are Cost-Effective (WHO-CHOICE) project’s recommendation: an intervention that, per disability-adjusted life year (DALY) averted, costs less than three times the national annual GDP per capita is considered cost-effective.

Elliot Marseille and James Kahn, however, say this approach has major shortcomings. During this session, they will make the case that the WHO-CHOICE thresholds are not useful for most decision-making in public health because they set the bar for cost-effectiveness too low, omit any consideration of what is truly affordable, and skirt the difficult but necessary ranking of the relative values of locally-applicable interventions. Marseille and Kahn will also offer alternative approaches for applying cost-effectiveness criteria to choices in the allocation of health-care resources.

Oil to Cash: Fighting the Resource Curse with Cash Transfers

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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

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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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