5:00—6:00 PM SAST

Does the Middle Class Matter in a Developing Country?

This is an external event hosted by The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) and features CGD president emeritus Nancy Birdsall.

About the Event: 

Join The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) for a series of global conversations on democracy, business, markets and development.

Nancy Birdsall is president emeritus and co-founder of the Center for Global Development (CGD), widely recognised as one of the foremost policy research institutions in the world and based in Washington, D.C. She is a senior fellow at CGD, and was previously executive vice-president of the Inter-American Development Bank and director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. See her bio here.

Dr. Birdsall will be in conversation with Ann Bernstein, CDE’s executive director. The conversation will focus on Does the middle-class matter in a developing country?

Cas Coovadia, chief executive officer of Business Unity South Africa, will give opening remarks.

For over 25 years CDE has influenced policy in South Africa’s democracy. We have established ourselves as a unique policy think tank and prominent public ‘voice’ promoting enterprise and development in South Africa and emerging markets. We have built a wide network throughout the country and with leading global experts and think tanks, especially in democratic developing countries.

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