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The last few years have seen some significant progress in legal reform worldwide affecting women and girls, from compulsory free primary education and land titling reform to increased legal age of marriage and the introduction of gender violence laws. This year’s edition of the World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law report tracks some of those changes but also asks ‘does changing laws make a difference to actual outcomes?’ That is the subject of ongoing research at the Center for Global Development covering early marriage, FGM and titling. This event will bring together the Women, Business and the Law team and CGD researchers to discuss the impact of legal reform – what we know and what it suggests for policymakers trying to improve outcomes for women and girls.
Women, Business and the Law 2016: An Overview
Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators Group, World Bank Group
Getting to Equal
Tazeen Hasan, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business and the Law, World Bank Group Augusto Lopez-Claros, Director of Global Indicators Group, World Bank Group Charles Kenny, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development (Moderator)
From Law to Impact
Maitreyi Bordia Das, Global Lead on Social Inclusion, World Bank Group Tazeen Hasan, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business and the Law, World Bank Group Charles Kenny, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development Justin Sandefur, Research Fellow, Center for Global Development Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, UN Foundation (Moderator)
The Center hosted an afternoon discussion about the ongoing crisis in Haiti, "Haiti: Putting the Current Crisis in Perspective." Panelists included Dan Erikson, Director, Caribbean Projects Inter-American Dialogue; Frederick Barton, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Johanna Mendelson-Forman, Senior Program Officer for Peace, Security, and Human Rights, United Nations Foundation; Gayle Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress with moderator Jeremy Weinstein, a Research Fellow here at the Center.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, CGD hosted a conversation with prominent women leaders of policy and research institutions to reflect on both their experiences in leadership as well as their perspectives on issues facing women across the globe.
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.