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Featuring Casey Dunning
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Development
Discussant Ranil Dissanayake
Economist, Department for International Development
Donor governments are increasingly utilising direct partnerships with governments and local organisations as a way to deliver sustainable results. Whether called country ownership, aid localisation, or sustainable development, the evidence base around localised approaches to foreign assistance remains slim. New research from the Center for Global Development explores how and when ownership approaches can be effective, and what tools and mechanisms development agencies have at their disposal to implement such an approach.
CGD Senior Policy Analyst Casey Dunning will present preliminary findings from this country ownership research, including the constraints and opportunities for donor agencies to institutionalize country ownership practices. This event will draw lessons from how US development institutions define, operationalise, and implement country ownership principles. It will also feature a discussant from the UK Department for International Development, to compare the UK’s experience and an alternative perspective on how country ownership operates in practice.
Professor Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Harvard University, Non-resident Fellow, Center for Global Development, presented
“The Globalization of Household Production: Development impacts of new schemes for temporary labor migration.” L. Alan Winters, Director, Development Research Group, The World Bank, served as the discussant.
Professor I. William Zartman, Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, presented Civil War: Need, Creed, and Greed. Ibrahim A. Elbadawi, Lead Economist, Development Economics Research Group, World Bank, served as the discussant.
On October 5, 2004 the Center for Global Development presented a discussion titled, Double Standards and Debt Relief: The case for Nigerian IDA reclassification. The event was based on a working paper written by Nancy Birdsall, Todd Moss and Scott Standley. You can view the full text of the paper here.
On October 1, 2004 in the run-up to the World Bank and IMF annual meetings, CGD hosted a discussion on grants vs. loans. The event was a forum for donors and recipients to debate the merits of grants vs. loans in aiding development. It was co-sponsored by the International Finance Corporation, KfW Bankengruppe, Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Agence Francaise de Developpment.
On September 30, 2004 CGD hosted a conversation between Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby and South Africa’s Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. The discussion centered on Mallaby’s book, The World’s Banker: A Story of FailedStates, Financial Crises, and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations, with a special focus on the World Bank’s evolution in the face of NGO criticism. CGD Board Member Jessica Einhorn moderated the event.
Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist for South Asia Region at the World Bank presented his paper, The Long-Run Economic Costs of AIDS: New Results for Kenya. The paper discusses the loss in human capital due to HIV/AIDS.
On Sept. 8, the Center hosted the Latin American Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee as they discussed access to credit in the region and made recommendations on the subject. The Committee is a group of former finance ministers and heads of central banks who are authorities on financial issues.