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Center for Global Development presents Getting Better: Why Global Development Is Succeeding
And How We Can Improve the World Even More
Featuring Charles Kenny Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
With introductory remarks by Nancy Birdsall
President, Center for Global Development
Few doubt the conventional wisdom that the world is going to hell in a hand basket. Development contrarian Charles Kenny is out to prove the Cassandras wrong with his new book Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding – And How We Can Improve the World Even More. Kenny argues that the 21st Century is the best of times in terms of health, education, political freedoms and access to infrastructure and new technologies, and that even the poorest have benefited. Though life for many people is still very difficult, improvements have spread far and can spread even further. Cast aside your worries—or bring them along!—and join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion and celebration of Kenny’s new book and his controversial optimistic vision of the future.
Charles Kenny is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation. He is on leave from the World Bank where he is a senior economist. Kenny is a contributing editor at Foreign Policy, and has written for Time, Washington Monthly, the South China Morning Post, and the Globalist, as well as numerous academic journals. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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.