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The Initiative for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) is an unprecedented program in both its design and in its goal of easing the crippling debt burden of some of the world's poorest countries. Despite its accomplishments, questions remain regarding whether the Initiative delved deeply enough for these nations to truly achieve a sustainable path of growth and poverty reduction. This roundtable focused on the achievements and the shortfalls of debt relief, proposals for deepening debt relief, and recent innovations for financing future development.
The past two years have seen the creation of two major foreign assistance programs, the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) and the Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS, as well as a proliferation of small Presidential aid initiatives. But does the U.S. have an overarching strategy that guides these initiatives or defines the relationship between them? What does the creation of the MCA mean for U.S. foreign assistance? What is the appropriate role for aid in promoting national security interests? Does the U.S. have the foreign assistance tools and resources it needs to meet its foreign policy goals? How can other foreign policy areas be better coordinated with foreign assistance to support global economic development objectives?
This seminar will take a close look at the details of the MCA qualification process. How does it work? What are the latest data for the 16 indicators? Which countries are most likely to qualify (by unofficial estimates)? How could the selection process be improved?
Arvind Subramanian, a Division Chief in the Africa Department of the International Monetary Fund, and Aaditya Mattoo of the World Bank presented "The WTO and the Poorest Countries: The Stark Choices," analyzing the ways in which the World Trade Organization can accommodate the interests of small and poor countries, coauthored with Aaditya Mattoo of the World Bank.
Leigh Linden, a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present a paper, "Remedying Education: Evidence from Two Randomized Experiments in India." The paper is coauthored with Abhijit Banerjee, Shawn Cole and Esther Duflo.
The Center hosted an afternoon discussion about the ongoing crisis in Haiti, "Haiti: Putting the Current Crisis in Perspective." Panelists included Dan Erikson, Director, Caribbean Projects Inter-American Dialogue; Frederick Barton, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Johanna Mendelson-Forman, Senior Program Officer for Peace, Security, and Human Rights, United Nations Foundation; Gayle Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress with moderator Jeremy Weinstein, a Research Fellow here at the Center.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, CGD hosted a conversation with prominent women leaders of policy and research institutions to reflect on both their experiences in leadership as well as their perspectives on issues facing women across the globe.