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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, please send us an e-mail. You can subscribe to an RSS feed of upcoming events, and view our event photo archives on flickr.

Live Webcast: US Leadership and the International Financial Institutions


The Center for Global Development will host Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus of Harvard University, for a lecture titled "US Leadership and the International Financial Institutions." A longtime board member of the Center, Summers was recently elected to succeed founding CGD Board Chair Edward Scott Jr, effective May 1. During the past two decades, Summers has served in a series of senior policy positions in Washington, D.C., including U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, Director of the National Economic Council, and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Development Economics at the World Bank. He will draw upon this wide and deep experience in what promises to be an engaging and thought-provoking talk. Following his remarks, Following Summers's remarks, host of NPR's Morning Edition Steve Inskeep will hold a Davos-style interview with Summers, and moderate a discussion with questions from the audience.

Philip Musgrove Memorial Lecture: Effective Incentives for HIV Prevention and Treatment


The World Bank presents the Philip Musgrove Memorial Lecture, featuring CGD Senior Fellow Mead over. Despite tremendous medical progress, the struggle to control the AIDS epidemic is not yet won. Biomedical marvels notwithstanding, individual behavior is arguably the most important determinant of HIV infection and treatment success. Risk behaviors are motivated by profound biological drivers, but evidence shows that they are also partly under an individual’s control and thus responsive to incentives. And treatment adherence is greater for people who receive travel vouchers. These findings suggest an important and underutilized tool to control the epidemic: the selection and deployment of carefully designed and calibrated incentives. But some hold that sexual behavior and treatment adherence are insufficiently responsive to incentives, while others fear that incentives would have unintended perverse consequences. The lecture will use the lens of behavioral economics to argue that public support of innovative incentives, including for example commitment mechanisms, may represent the best hope for eventually eliminating this epidemic from the list of threats that face our children and our children’s’ children.

Philip Anthony Musgrove (September 4, 1940- March 21, 2011) was a U.S. economist whose analytical work helped shape approaches to global health and development policy and investments. His work focused on issues in health economics, including priority setting, financing, equity, and nutrition. Musgrove worked at the Pan American Health Organization, World Bank and the World Health Organization and provided policy advice to other development institutions and a wide range of countries. He was deeply involved in Latin America, where he worked in many countries, lectured in several universities, and mentored a generation of health economists from Latin America.

More Than Growth: Africa and Economic Transformation


African nations have seen impressive economic growth in the last couple decades, but more is needed to sustain that growth and continue to improve the lives of African citizens. The African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) argues that African nations need to vigorously promote economic transformation by diversifying their production; making their exports competitive; increasing the productivity of farms, firms and government offices; and upgrading the technology they use throughout the economy. At this CGD seminar, ACET's founder and chief economist will present the 2014 African Transformation Report, which provides action plans for African nations to transform—rather than simply grow—their economies.

Reception Honoring Frances Seymour


Please join the Embassy of France and the Center for Global Development as we honor CGD Senior Fellow Frances Seymour, who has been awarded the title of Officer by the French Republic’s Order of Agricultural Merit (Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole) for her work to reduce deforestation and promote sustainable development as Director General of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) from 2006 to 2012. The Order of Agricultural Merit, consisting of three ranks: Commander, Officer and Knight, is an order bestowed by the French Republic to individuals for their outstanding services to agriculture in public duties or in the practice of agriculture. It also rewards people who distinguish themselves in scientific research or in related publications. To date, women account for only 27% of those receiving this honor and few of these are American women.

Seymour received the honor for her leadership in encouraging dialogue between the worlds of science and policy, developing a culture of impact assessment at CIFOR, establishing the annual Forest Day, and insisting on the highest quality scientific research. As a CGD Senior Fellow, Seymour leads the Tropical Forests for Climate and Development initiative. Her work has focused on creating a global consensus about the importance of forest conservation and promoting results-based financing for REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation).

The Precocious Indian Development Model and its Future


Despite being one of the fastest-growing economies, India has hit a turbulent patch in recent years with declining growth and increasing macro-economic instability. India's emphasis on skill-intensive manufacturing and services over unskilled manufacturing has left a large portion of the population under-employed. At the same time, India’s precocious democracy has uniquely shaped both its economic and institutional development.

In this lecture, Arvind Subramanian will reflect on India's unusual pattern of economic and political development, and look to its prospects for the future. How can India’s institutions develop to both create investment opportunities and provide essential services to its citizens? Can India overcome its reliance on skills-based industries and become a manufacturing powerhouse? With India’s elections wrapping up on May 16 and a new government assuming office, a major challenge will be to rehabilitate India's development model or search for an alternative.