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Professor, Columbia University
Former Chief Economist, Inter-American Development Bank
Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics
President of Banorte. Former Governor of Central Bank of Mexico
Dean, School of Government and Professor, Universidad Torcuato di Tella
Former Vice-Minister of Finance, Argentina
Former Minister of Finance, Argentina
Pedro Carvalho de Mello
Professor, ESALQ, Universidade de São Paulo
Former Commissioner of Comissão de Valores Mobiliários, Brazil
Over the last year, economic and financial uncertainties in developed countries have been increasing. Not only has the European crisis intensified and the camp of analysts predicting one or more defaults in the Euro area has expanded, but also the issue of the sustainability of the United States sovereign debt has taken center stage in the policy debate. Political dithering in the developed world is exacerbating these problems further.
But problems in the North don’t stay there. Instead, they are increasing vulnerabilities in the South, fueling large capital inflows that may be subject to sudden reversals and and very high and volatile commodity prices. The Latin American Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (CLAAF) will discuss the extent of the potential damage to growth and stability in emerging market economies, especially Latin America, arising from the severe problems facing developed countries. In particular, the Committee will address:
• Whether current difficulties in the North could lead to a fresh global crisis of “Lehman’s dimensions”
• Whether the resilience shown by many emerging markets, especially Latin America, during the 2008-09 global crisis could be repeated if a new severe global disruption were to emerge.
• Whether early signals of economic and financial instability have already appeared in Latin America; and
• What policy options should Latin America take to avoid a “band aid approach” where many small remedies fail to achieve the desired cure.
In outlining his vision for U.S. development assistance, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has emphasized fidelity to an overarching purpose—ending its need to exist. Consistent with this objective, USAID has been developing a new strategic approach that seeks to more systematically orient its programming toward building countries’ capacity to plan, finance, and manage their own development. A key component of this “journey to self-reliance” framework is a set of metrics that will help assess each country’s progress along their journey. The metrics will help inform strategic planning around the nature of USAID’s partnership with the country, shape development dialogue, and help inform thinking about strategic transitions.
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok shocked the world, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Yet Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions. From its inception, the group has systematically exploited women to advance its aims. Perhaps more disturbing still, some Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, even sacrificing their lives as suicide bombers. These events cannot be understood without first acknowledging the long-running marginalization of women in Nigerian society. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as the wider social and political context that fuels the group’s violence.
In Navigation by Judgment, Dan Honig argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid.