11:00—12:15 PM EDT

Ending Global Poverty: Four Women’s Noble Conspiracy


  • Constantine Michalopoulos, author of Ending Global Poverty: Four Women’s Noble Conspiracy; Senior Policy Advisor; former senior official World Bank and USAID; Adjunct Professor, American University, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Hilde Frafjord Johnson, Minister of International Development, Norway (1997-2005); Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF (2007-2011) 
  • Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Former German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development and Governor of the World Bank (1998-2009); member of German Bundestag (1987-2013); Vice-Chair of Friends of the Global Fund Europe Board for Germany (2016-present)
  • Eveline Herfkens, Minister for Development Co-operation, the Netherlands (1998-2002); Founder UN Millennium Campaign


  • Jim Adams, senior official at the World Bank: Vice President for East Asia and the Pacific (2007-2012), head of operational policy (2002-2007)
  • Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (2014-2017), member of the Dutch House of Representatives (1997-2007), Minister for Development Cooperation (2007-2010)


  • Nancy Birdsall, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development


Ending poverty continues to be a major challenge for the global community. It is as relevant today as it was two decades ago, when four women rose to prominent positions as ministers in charge of international development in their governments. Ending Global Poverty: Four Women’s Noble Conspiracy tells the story of Eveline Herfkens from the Netherlands, Hilde F. Johnson from Norway, Clare Short from the United Kingdom, and Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul from Germany who joined forces to challenge the establishment policies of international institutions.

The CGD-hosted book launch will bring together the book’s author, three of the four former ministers who collaborated together in the Utstein Group, and two influential longstanding students and practitioners of development in the international community to discuss the Utstein Four’s enduring impact and the lessons of their work for today’s aid community.

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