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Spring has finally sprung in Washington, DC! And that also means a series of substantive discussions on today's most pressing global development issues—from private sector financing in Africa to the future of the World Bank—are springing up at the Center for Global Development.

Join us next week in person or online for these important conversations that will happen alongside the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings:

Africa Beyond Aid

Wednesday, April 10, 11:15AM ET

Featuring Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, with host Masood Ahmed and moderator Staci Warden

Ken Ofori-Atta will talk about the Ghanaian experience in trying to move beyond aid and the lessons for other African countries and their development partners, sharing his vision of how governments can bring about economic transformation. Register here

Private Sector Financing in Developing Countries: Full of Promise or Over-Promised?

Wednesday, April 10, 2:00PM ET

Featuring Suma Chakrabarti, Donald Kaberuka, Nancy Lee, Minister Sahar Nasr, Bobby J. Pittman, and Former Prime Minister Zeine Zeidane, with moderator W. Gyude Moore

In developing countries, particularly in Africa, mobilizing private capital can prove difficult. What lessons can be learned from middle-income countries? What capacity building is needed? How can public-private partnerships be utilized? This panel will explore these questions and more. Register here

The Future of the World Bank Under the Next President

Thursday, April 11, 4:00PM ET

Featuring Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Lawrence H. Summers, Minouche Shafik, Afsaneh Beschloss, and Nicholas Stern, with hosts Masood Ahmed and William R. Rhodes and moderator Josh Zumbrun

What should top David Malpass’s agenda? What are the most important and urgent issues in the development landscape? Join CGD and the Bretton Woods Committee to hear from this panel of global thought leaders offering recommendations for the future of the multilateral system. Register here

Women Trailblazers in Finance and Development Economics: A Networking Reception

Thursday, April 11, 6:00PM ET

Featuring former Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Gargee Ghosh, and Amanda Mukwashi, with host Amanda Glassman

Hear from women trailblazers in finance and development economics on how they became who they are, how they navigate their careers, and how they use their positions of power to make an impact. Join this important conversation and make some connections. Register here

Fiscal Policies for Health: Taxing Tobacco, Alcohol, and Sugary Beverages

Friday, April 12, 11:00AM ET

Featuring former Minister Mauricio Cárdenas, Minister Amir Aman Hagos, Victoria Perry, and Masood Ahmed, with moderator Amanda Glassman

Raising the prices of tobacco, alcohol, and sugary beverages by 50 percent could avert an estimated 50 million premature deaths worldwide and raise $20 trillion in new revenues over the next 50 years. What is standing in the way? How should such taxes be implemented? Come discuss these questions and more. Register here

(Click here to download a printable PDF of this events calendar.)

We hope to see you there!

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CGD blog posts reflect the views of the authors drawing on prior research and experience in their areas of expertise. CGD does not take institutional positions.