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What does it take to achieve sustained, poverty reducing growth? Twenty-one leading economic experts from government, business, and academia from around the world comprising the independent Commission on Growth and Development worked for two years to identify key characteristics of economies that have been able to achieve growth of more than 7 percent annually in more than 25 of the years since World War II and to explore how other developing countries might emulate them. The Commission's conclusions highlight the actions that are most likely to improve developing countries' growth prospects, with a goal of providing leaders in developing countries with a framework to help them design and implement successful growth strategies.
On May 28, 2008, the Center for Global Development hosted an event on The Growth Report: Strategies for Sustained Growth and Inclusive Development by the Commission on Growth and Development. Alejandro Foxley,Commission Member and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chile, and Danny Leipziger, Commission Vice-Chair and World Bank Vice President, Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, presented the findings of the report. Ricardo Hausmann, Professor, Practice of Economic Development; Director, Center for International Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, served as a discussant and Nancy Birdsall,President, Center for Global Development, moderated the discussion.
Global development is increasingly intertwined with state fragility. Poverty is becoming concentrated in fragile states, and conflict, violent extremism, and environmental stresses can emerge from and be exacerbated by fragility. As a result, many donors, including the United States, are reflecting on lessons of the past to rethink how they can better help fragile states address the underlying causes of fragility, build peace and stability, and cope with complex risks.
Please join us for the launch of a new CGD working group report, Focusing on Fragility: The Future of US Assistance to Fragile States, featuring a conversation with Michèle Flournoy, a preeminent thinker on US engagement in fragile states. Her leadership at the US Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012, along with her work advancing pragmatic and principled national security policies, have been critical in reshaping the US approach to fragile states in a pivotal era.
Following the conversation, a panel will discuss the findings and recommendations of the report which identifies several key constraints to executing a more effective US development policy in fragile states and offers specific ideas for how the US government can more effectively use its development assistance—in conjunction with diplomatic and security assistance tools—in these contexts.
The Center for Global Development is pleased to host Millennium Challenge Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Sean Cairncross, for his first major Washington policy speech since being confirmed in June. Cairncross takes the helm of MCC at a unique time. As the agency strives to remain grounded in its economic growth-focused, results-oriented model, it faces a number of new and exciting opportunities, including the authority to pursue regional investments, the potential for coordination and partnership with the US Development Finance Corporation, and the increased profile afforded by a White House initiative focused on women’s economic empowerment, W-GDP. Following his remarks, Cairncross will sit down with Tony Fratto, former White House deputy press secretary (2006-2009), to discuss these opportunities further as well as the challenges that lie ahead for the agency.