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The Development Agenda as a Global Social Contract; Or, We Are All in this Development Boat Together

January 21, 2009

On December 7, 2008, Nancy Birdsall spoke at the Dutch Scientific Council for Government Policy. Her speech entitled The Development Agenda as a Global Social Contract; Or, We Are All in this Development Boat Together, proposes a new global social contract with which to address the growing instability and globalization of the world’s economy. She advocates a shift in the how the developed world thinks about development assistance, to move beyond simple foreign aid and to create a robust global polity with which to enforce the rules of a trans-national social contract.