Bjorn Lomborg, Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School and President, Copenhagen Consensus Centertra Tech
Vijaya Ramachandran, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Effectiveness sounds dull. But what if an extra dollar or rupee in a budget could feed ten people instead of one? Or if $100,000 of international aid spending could be tweaked so it would save ten times as many lives? When the stakes are this high, efficiency in spending becomes a moral imperative. Moreover, unlike debates over ideology or religion, debates over efficiency can actually get somewhere, because there is a straightforward mechanism for resolving them: compare the predictable costs and benefits of different courses of action and see which yields more bang for the buck.
Please bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.