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George Ingram, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and MFAN co-chair and co-author of A New Foreign Aid Architecture Fit for Purpose
Jeremy Konyndyk, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development and co-author of A Practical Vision for US Development Reform
James M. Roberts, Research Fellow for Economic Freedom and Growth, The Heritage Foundation and co-author of a forthcoming background report on foreign aid reform
Nilmini Rubin, Vice President, Tetra Tech and Member of the CSIS Task Force on Reforming and Reorganizing US Foreign Assistance
Erol Yayboke, Deputy Director and Fellow, Project on US Leadership in Development, CSIS and co-author of Reforming and Reorganizing US Foreign Assistance
Cindy Huang, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development and co-author of A Practical Vision for US Development Reform
With plans for a redesign of the State Department and United States Agency for International Development well under way, this is a critical moment for an informed discussion of the latest reforms proposals that will make US foreign assistance more effective and efficient. Please join us for a bipartisan debate featuring authors of four recent reports that outline options for reform and reorganization of US global development functions.
The event will bring to light key areas of consensus and divergence among experts, and will aim to highlight emerging organizing principles for the future of US foreign assistance, potential structural changes to the US global development architecture, and opportunities for building momentum in a fluid political and legislative environment. We’ll ask each panelist to present an overview of their report’s main recommendations, followed by a moderated debate to draw out significant differences and establish common ground. And if you have yet to do so, check out the individual proposals from CGD, CSIS, and MFAN. (Full Heritage Foundation proposal forthcoming, see a snapshot here.)
Industrialization was never an accident but an outcome of a well- crafted industrial policy. Analyzing the capacity and limits of the (developmental) state in the industrialization process and in economic development in general, Murat Yülek’s new book, How Nations Succeed: Manufacturing, Trade, Industrial Policy, and Economic Development, sheds light on how today’s governments can design industrial policy and how they can identify strategic sectors to break out of Low and Middle Income Traps. Explaining technical concepts in understandable terms, the book introduces a stylized industrialization process in four stages and locates different countries on the process map. He illustrates how picking-the-winner type industrial policies –a controversial issue among the economists –have worked in different countries. It also discusses how industrial policy and science, technology and innovation policies should be sequenced for best results. As trade wars and (pre-mature) de-industrialization become the zeitgeist of today, the book shows the links between global (im)balances and economic development explaining export-led growth as well as import-led slowdowns.
On the sidelines of the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings 2019, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Bretton Woods Committee (BWC) will co-host this expert panel to discuss the future of the World Bank under its new president, David Malpass. What should top his agenda? What are the most important and urgent issues in the development landscape and what is the role of the World Bank in addressing these challenges? Join us to hear from this panel of global thought leaders offering recommendations for the future of the multilateral system.