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Despite remarkable increases in girls' primary schooling over the past decade, 60 million girls are still not in school. In Inexcusable Absence, authors Maureen Lewis and Marlaine Lockheed show that most of these girls belong to ethnic, religious, linguistic, racial or other minorities. Congressman Pomeroy and M.P. Stronach will offer insights about what these findings may mean for donor country efforts to support girls’ education.
Featuring authors Maureen A. Lewis Chief Economist, Human Development, World Bank and Non-resident Fellow, Center for Global Development
and Marlaine E. Lockheed Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development
With remarks by Congressman Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) U.S. House of Representatives and The Honourable Belinda Stronach, M.P., P.C. Member of Parliament for Newmarket-Aurora (Ontario), Canada
Moderated by Gene Sperling Senior Fellow for Economic Policy and Director of the Center for Universal Education, Council on Foreign Relations
Introductions by Nancy Birdsall President, Center for Global Development
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 10:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m. at Jurys Hotel 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.
Indian agriculture remains vulnerable to the vagaries of weather, and the looming threat of climate change may expose this vulnerability further. Using district-level data on temperature, rainfall and crop production, Siddharth Hari’s paper first documents a long-term trend of rising temperatures, declining average precipitation and increase in extreme precipitation events. One key finding is that the impact of temperature and rainfall are felt only in the extreme: when temperatures are much higher, rainfall is significantly lower, and the number of “dry days” greater is than normal. He also finds that these impacts are significantly more adverse in unirrigated areas (and hence rainfed crops) compared to irrigated areas. Can policy makers react to the challenges of climate change and find ways to get “more crop for every drop?"
Estimating intergenerational mobility in developing countries is difficult because matched parent-child income records are rarely available and education is measured very coarsely. In particular, there are no established methods for comparing educational mobility for subsamples of the population when the education distribution is changing over time.
In their recent paper, Sam Asher and coauthors present new methods and new administrative data to overcome this gap, and study intergenerational mobility across groups and across space in India. They find that the intergenerational mobility for the population as a whole has remained constant since liberalization, but cross-group changes have been substantial. Rising mobility among historically marginalized "Scheduled Castes" is almost exactly offset by declining intergenerational mobility among Muslims, a comparably sized group that has few constitutional protections. These findings contest the conventional wisdom that marginalized groups in India have been catching up on average. The paper also explores heterogeneity across space, generating the first high-resolution geographic measures of intergenerational mobility across India, with results across 5600 rural subdistricts and 2300 cities and towns.
AidEx is a two day event, which encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide a forum for aid & development professionals to meet, source, supply and learn. AidEx was created to help the international aid and development community engage the private sector in a neutral setting, drive innovation and support the ever-growing need for emergency aid and development programmes.