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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.

The Ninth Annual Richard H. Sabot Lecture: An African Miracle? Implications of Recent Research on Growth Economics


Dani Rodrik is featured speaker of CGD’s ninth annual Richard H. Sabot Lecture honoring the life and work of Richard “Dick” Sabot, a friend, co-author, and founding member of CGD's board of directors.

Rodrik is the Albert O. Hirschman Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. Previously, he was the Rafiq Hariri Professor of International Political Economy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Rodrik was awarded the inaugural Albert O. Hirschman Prize of the Social Science Research Council in 2007 as well as the Leontief Award for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. His 1997 book Has Globalization Gone Too Far? was called “one of the most important economics books of the decade.”

Analysts agree that industrialization and diversification away from traditional products have been critical in Asian and other growth miracles. Africa, by contrast, has recently experienced significant growth in GDP and overall productivity despite advancing little on these fronts. Rodrik’s lecture will examine recent research in growth economics that emphasizes economic dualism and the role of structural change in fostering rapid economic growth, and ask the question “can Africa’s growth be sustained or is a different growth model needed?”

CGD president Nancy Birdsall will host this event and serve as moderator for a discussion following the talk.

This event will be live webcast here.

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.

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).