12:00—1:15 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

The Future of Development: Gambling on Development


Stefan Dercon    
Professor of Economic Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and the Economics Department

Naomi Hossain    
Sr Professorial Lecturer School of International Service, American University

Masood Ahmed    
President, Center for Global Development


Shanta Devarajan      
Non-resident Fellow, Center for Global Development; Professor of the Practice of Development, Georgetown University, gui2de affiliate

In the Future of Development series, the Center for Global Development and the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation (gui2de) bring together development experts, scholars, and policymakers to address the big questions facing developing countries and help shape the agenda in global development over the next decade.

In this edition, Naomi Hossain and Masood Ahmed will join host Shanta Devarajan to discuss Stefan Dercon's new book Gambling on Development which draws on economics, politics, and Stefan’s own experiences as first Chief Economist of the UK’s Department for International Development and then as Policy Adviser to the Foreign Secretary in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office to answer one of the most important questions in international development: why do some countries make progress while others stall or go backwards? Dercon’s argument centers on the existence—or absence—of a ‘development bargain’ under which it is in the interests of powerful elites to pursue broad-based economic and social progress. How do we recognize a development bargain when it’s in place? And what can outsiders do to promote them, if anything? Join us for what promises to be a fascinating discussion.

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