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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.
Simon Maxwell, Director of the Overseas Development Institute, will discuss how Europeans and Americans view their own and each others’ strategies on development, suggesting possibilities for creating stronger connections. Todd Moss of the Center will serve as disscustant to Mr. Maxwell's remarks.
Jamele Rigolini, a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at New York University, presented a paper, "Political Activism and Redistribution," analyzing the complex dynamics relating poverty, inequality, redistribution, and political activity.
Carol Graham of the Brookings Institution presented her paper, Can Happiness Research Contribute to Development Economics? The paper addresses the gaps between standard income measures and individual assessments of happiness and welfare, and how these paradoxes effect development outcomes. Michael Lokshin of the World Bank was the discussant.
This event introduced the Seattle Initiative for Global Development, an emerging group of business and civic leaders who believe the private sector voice should support poverty elimination and make global development a national priority.
Branko Milanovic of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace presented 'Can we discern the effect of globalization on income distribution? Evidence from household surveys' at the Massachusetts Ave. Development Seminar (MADS). The discussant was Mattias Lundberg of the World Bank.
François Bourguignon Chief Economist of the World Bank presented "Inequality of Outcomes and Inequality of Opportunities in Brazil." The paper was written jointly with Francisco Ferreira and Marta Menéndez. Dr. Bourguignon’s discussant was Samuel Morley of the International Food Policy Research Institute