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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.
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.
Please join us as Michael Clemens, Steven Radelet, and Rikhil Bhavnani present the findings of CGD's new Working Paper #44. Setting aside emergency humanitarian aid as well as aid whose growth effects are only realized over the long term (like aid to build primary schools), the authors focus on a large sub-category of aid flows that actually have the potential to affect growth in the short term (like aid to build roads).
The Center for Global Development, the Aspen Institute, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund co-hosted this Congressional briefing to launch the release of "U.S. in the World: Talking Global Issues with Americans - A Practical Guide." The guidebook is designed to help experts, professional communicators, elected officials, candidates, journalists, advocates, and any individual who wants to talk with other Americans about U.S. foreign policy.
Steven Radelet, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, presented the results of his analysis of the Global Fund, examining the Fund’s unique structure as a foreign aid institution, its progress to date, and the major challenges it faces going forward.
Professor Michael L. Ross, Dept. of Political Science, University of California-Los Angeles, will present "What King of Government is Good for the Poor?" Peter Timmer, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development will serve as the discussant.
We are honored to welcome Secretary Benn, who will discuss the UK government’s ongoing process to define a coherent whole-of-government strategy for weak and fragile states. He will outline the common agenda that the UK and US share with respect to these states in the developing world. Francis Fukuyama and Sebastian Mallaby, two distinguished analysts of these issues in the American context, will offer their thoughts on US strategy and multilateral efforts in this area.
CGD is honored to present Women & War, photographer Jenny Matthews’ poignant visual diary of women workers, caregivers and mediators living in areas of extreme conflict. The photographs illuminate faces of suffering, strength, and perseverance-from Afghanistan to Chechnya, Ethiopia to Sierra Leone. Please join us to view the exhibit, as our distinguished panelists provide a context for the role of women throughout the developing world in conflict resolution-and prevention.