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Featuring Jeremy Weinstein
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stanford University
with discussant Steve Radelet
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Moderated by Vijaya Ramachandran
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
at Center for Global Development
1800 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC
Abstract: Can brief, foreign-funded efforts to build local institutions have positive effects on local patterns of governance, cooperation, and wellbeing? Prior research suggests that such small-scale, externally-driven interventions are unlikely to substantially alter patterns of social interaction in a community, and that the ability of a community to act collectively is the result of a slow and necessarily indigenous process. We address this question using a randomized field experiment to evaluate the impact of a community-driven reconstruction (CDR) project carried out by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in northern Liberia. The project attempted to build democratic, community-level institutions for making and implementing decisions about local public goods. We find powerful evidence that the program was successful in increasing social cohesion, some evidence that it reinforced democratic political attitudes and increased confidence in local decision making procedures, but only weak evidence that material wellbeing was positively affected.
Climate change is one of the greatest existential challenge of our times. In the 2015 Paris Agreement, 190 parties submitted climate strategies to keep the global temperature increase to 1.5-2 C. and ensure a transition to low emissions economies. A new IMF paper provides country-level guidance on the role, design and economic impact of fiscal policies for implementing these strategies, using a unique and transparent tool laying out the trade-offs among policy options. The IMF will also be releasing updated estimates of energy subsidies at the global and national level.
Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s Managing Director will be joined by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Finance of Nigeria and Andrew Steer, President and CEO of WRI, in a session moderated by CGD President, Masood Ahmed to discuss fiscal policy options to achieve the Paris commitments: How much carbon pricing do countries need to meet their commitments? Should an international carbon price floor be established? Or are other solutions like tax subsidies more politically palatable? Where should the revenues be spent? Are physical climate proofing investments enough for adaptation?
Join us for a reception in advance of the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.
This reception is an opportunity to learn about a proposed innovative approach to health financing while networking with other global health leaders. Per the high-level political declaration on the fight against tuberculosis, we are committed to mobilizing sufficient and sustainable financing for universal access to quality prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of tuberculosis.
Industrialization was never an accident but an outcome of a well- crafted industrial policy. Analyzing the capacity and limits of the (developmental) state in the industrialization process and in economic development in general, Murat Yülek’s new book, How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy, and Economic Development, sheds light on how today’s governments can design industrial policy and how they can identify strategic sectors to break out of Low and Middle Income Traps. Explaining technical concepts in understandable terms, the book introduces a stylized industrialization process in four stages and locates different countries on the process map. He illustrates how picking-the-winner type industrial policies –a controversial issue among the economists –have worked in different countries. It also discusses how industrial policy and science, technology and innovation policies should be sequenced for best results. As trade wars and (pre-mature) de-industrialization become the zeitgeist of today, the book shows the links between global (im)balances and economic development explaining export-led growth as well as import-led slowdowns.
On the sidelines of the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings 2019, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Bretton Woods Committee (BWC) will co-host this expert panel to discuss the future of the World Bank under its new president, David Malpass. What should top his agenda? What are the most important and urgent issues in the development landscape and what is the role of the World Bank in addressing these challenges? Join us to hear from this panel of global thought leaders offering recommendations for the future of the multilateral system.