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Shahid Mahmood, Secretary Finance, Finance Division, Ministry of Finance, Revenue, and Economic Affairs, Government of Pakistan
Kairat Kelimbetov, President, Astana International Finance Centre, Kazakhstan
Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President for Policy, Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank
Victoria Kwakwa, Vice President, East Asia and Pacific, World Bank
Jonathan Taylor, Vice President, European Investment Bank
Wencai Zhang, Vice President, West, South and Central Asia, Asian Development Bank
Xian Zhu, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, New Development Bank
Michael Ellam, Co-head of Public Sector, Global Banking, HSBC
Harinder Kohli, President and Chief Executive Officer, Centennial Group
Yaroslav Lissovolik, Chief Economist, Eurasian Development Bank
Shigeo Katsu, President, Nazarbayev University
Markus Rodlauer, Deputy Director, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund
Sir Suma Chakrabarti, President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Masood Ahmed, President, Center for Global Development
Marc Uzan, Executive Director, Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee
China's Belt and Road Initiative aims to connect countries that account for 60 percent of the world's people and 30 percent of global GDP. How can we make sure it produces real and lasting benefits for developing countries that are involved?
At this special mini-summit, co-hosted by CGD, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee, we will bring together global leaders, including governments, multilateral development finance institutions and private banks to identify and discuss practical considerations for BRI partners, as well as challenges and solutions.
How can governments and international financial institutions ensure BRI is a sustainable success? How do we avoid the pitfalls of easy finance and uneconomic projects? What needs to change in business, finance and politics to make the new Silk Road a superhighway to success, and not a broken, bumpy ride?
In outlining his vision for U.S. development assistance, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has emphasized fidelity to an overarching purpose—ending its need to exist. Consistent with this objective, USAID has been developing a new strategic approach that seeks to more systematically orient its programming toward building countries’ capacity to plan, finance, and manage their own development. A key component of this “journey to self-reliance” framework is a set of metrics that will help assess each country’s progress along their journey. The metrics will help inform strategic planning around the nature of USAID’s partnership with the country, shape development dialogue, and help inform thinking about strategic transitions.
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok shocked the world, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Yet Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions. From its inception, the group has systematically exploited women to advance its aims. Perhaps more disturbing still, some Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, even sacrificing their lives as suicide bombers. These events cannot be understood without first acknowledging the long-running marginalization of women in Nigerian society. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as the wider social and political context that fuels the group’s violence.
In Navigation by Judgment, Dan Honig argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid.