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.

Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Evaluating the Data Base for African Economic Development

4/6/15

Data and measurement are increasingly at the center of debates in African economic development. Last year, the remarkable upward revisions of GDP in Ghana and Nigeria led to the declaration of a ‘Statistical Tragedy in Africa.’ However, the revisions are also a sign that some statistical systems are improving.

This event will launch a special issue of the Journal of Development Studies, titled “Statistical Tragedy in Africa? Evaluating the Data Base for African Economic Development,” which features a series of papers on the quality of data on GDP, health, education, poverty, employment, agriculture, and wealth. The event will focus on the extent of the data problem in Africa and assess its implications for both academic interpretations and policy advice. It will also highlight ways both producers and users of key economic data can address the so-called “statistical tragedy” in Africa and help to improve the accuracy, timeliness and availability of key economic data.

CGD Europe Sandwich Seminar: Pay For Locally Monitored Performance? A Welfare Analysis for Teacher Attendance in Uganda

4/15/15

Public sector organizations often rely on reports from interested parties that are costly to verify. If accurate, this information can then serve the dual purpose of incentivizing performance and reducing policy mistakes. Received wisdom suggests that the benefit of raising performance via financial incentives should be balanced against the risk of collusion resulting in false reporting. Clare Leaver and co-authors evaluate two different forms of local monitoring by head-teachers of Ugandan primary schools, randomly varying whether reports of teacher attendance trigger financial incentive payments or not.

 

Digital Humanitarians: A CGD Europe book launch with author Patrick Meier

6/1/15

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.

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