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This event was a collaboration between CGD, United Nations Foundation, ExxonMobil Foundation, World Bank, and Plan International USA.
Increasingly, policies and programs that seek to ‘empower women economically’ are part of public and private sector agencies’ agendas; however, few have been rigorously evaluated. This event was in response to these agencies’ expressed need to learn which measures and evaluation designs are best suited to monitor and accurately capture the results of these programs.
The forum included remarks by Melanne Verveer, former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues and current executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security, and by Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large, US Global AIDS Coordinator and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. Top academics, experienced practitioners, and senior representatives from public and private donor organizations discussed the design of effective M&E systems, when and how to conduct impact evaluations, and how to measure economic empowerment. The event looked at lessons learned from recent measurement and impact evaluation work.
Welcome Remarks Nancy Birdsall, President, Center for Global Development
Opening Keynote Address Melanne Verveer, Executive Director, Georgetown Inst. for Women, Peace & Security, and former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues
Setting the Scene: Measuring and Evaluating Women’s Economic Empowerment Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation
Perspectives from Academia: Defining and Measuring Women’s Economic Empowerment
Panelists Markus Goldstein, Lead Economist, Africa Region and Research Group, World Bank Jim Knowles, Independent Economic Consultant Linda Scott, DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, Oxford University
Moderator Amanda Glassman, VP Programs, Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
How Do We Know What Works? What Is the Role of External Funders? William Savedoff, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Perspectives from Practitioners and Funders: Measuring and Evaluating Women’s Economic Empowerment
Panelists Tessie San Martin, CEO, Plan International Krisila Benson, Senior Director of Program Services, TechnoServe Henriette Kolb, Head of the Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation Sydney Price, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Kate Spade & Company
Moderator Noa Gimelli, Director of the Women's Economic Opportunity Initiative, ExxonMobil Foundation
Closing Keynote Address Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large, US Global AIDS Coordinator and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy
Closing Remarks Amanda Glassman, VP Programs, Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
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.
Over 1 billion women lack access to financial services due to economic and social barriers, time and mobility constraints, and discrimination Financial services delivered digitally can address these barriers. Closing the global gender gap in access to finance provides an opportunity for the private sector to reach an untapped and profitable market, and provides governments with an opportunity to better reach their constituents. This event looks at the recent evidence on which emerging technologies empower women economically, as well as the importance of cross-sectoral partnership and women’s entrepreneurship in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Center for Global Development, TechnoServe, and the World Bank are pleased to co-host this event in Dar es Salaam. We are committed to finding what works to promote women’s financial inclusion and are conducting innovative research on the potential of digital technologies. This event will launch new research on this topic and bring together leaders in the government and the private sector with experts in finance, development, and technology to have critical conversations on closing the financial gender gap. We hope you can join us.
With the goal of driving down drug costs, governments across the globe have instituted various forms of pharmaceutical price control policies. Understanding the impacts of such policies is particularly important in low- and middle-income countries, where lack of insurance coverage means that prices can serve as a barrier to access for patients and lack of effective quality control may allow for low-quality medicines in the market. In her paper, Emma Boswell Dean examines the theoretical effects of price controls in such markets and then measures the empirical effects of one implementation of pharmaceutical price controls, in which the Indian government placed price ceilings on a set of essential medicines.
This unique conference is designed to convene both the new industrial policy thinkers, who have studied the history of government intervention, and blended finance practitioners, who are involved in setting up the institutions and procedures that will use official development finance to subsidise private enterprise in developing countries. These two communities too often work in isolation and have much to learn from each other.
The conference will combine scholar presentations with high-level policy discussions. Please see the preliminary programme for a list of sessions and speakers, in addition to more details about the conference.
Please join us for this “first of its kind” conference and feel free to share this invitation with your network and encourage your colleagues to attend. We want to reach as many people who work in private sector development as possible.
In May 2017 the G20 Ministers of Finance appointed the Eminent Persons’ Group (EPG) on global financial governance, led by the Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore Tharman Shanmugaratnam, to review the governance of the international financial institutions, looking at their coherence and effectiveness in supporting the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, managing capital flows, assessing risks to financial resilience and addressing non-financial threats to growth and stability.