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New technologies continue to challenge traditional paths to industrialization, such as export-led manufacturing. But at the same time, they may offer new routes for development in services and the knowledge economy. Over the last 18 months, CGD has convened a group of experts to assess how rapidly these changes will emerge, whether potential positive or negative consequences will dominate, and under what circumstances.
Please join us for expert discussions on several of the themes that have emerged from this group, including what the growing role of automation means for the future of the export-led model; how governments can support competition in digital markets; and how policymakers can foster innovation and growth while protecting their citizens against abuse through sound data governance.
9:30-10:00 am Registration and Breakfast
10:00-11:30 am Panel I: The Future of the Export-Led Model
Carl Frey, Co-Director and Oxford Martin Citi Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment, University of Oxford
Mary Hallward-Driemeier, Senior Economic Adviser in the Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation (FCI) Global Practice, World Bank Group
Bright Simons, President, mPedigree
Charles Kenny, Director of Technology and Development and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
11:30 am-12:00 pm Break for lunch
12:00-12:30 pm Keynote Address: Should We Make Policy For The Future of Work?
Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
12:30-2:00 pm Panel II: Data Governance and Economic Development: Towards a Balanced Approach
Pam Dixon, Executive Director, World Privacy Forum
Benno Ndulu, Academic Director, Pathways for Prosperity
Dhanaraj Thakur, Research Director, Web Foundation
Priya Vora, Chief Executive Officer, Future State
Michael Pisa, Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development
For several years, Africa has gained a reputation as the next frontier for tech and social enterprises. In reality, the startup economy is growing with more and more venture capital firms making greater investments on the continent. According to Partech, more than $1 billion was raised by African tech startups in 2018. Increasing investment in startups and small businesses bodes well for countries as it often means increasing employment opportunities through job creation. For the African diaspora, participating in Africa's growth through investment in business is a critical opportunity. When Africans in the diaspora invest in their continent, they contribute to improving prosperity and empowering fellow Africans to fulfill their potential and achieve economic and social progress. At this Dialogue, Chinedu Enekwe addresses the role venture capital, and the African diaspora, can play in growing the African economy. He offers his experience and wisdom in launching your startup in Africa and securing venture capital funds.
Governments and donors are increasingly focused on the use of evidence in evaluating human development programs and setting policy priorities. This master class will provide early career researchers with cutting-edge methodological tools for experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation of early childhood development interventions. The course is intended for current PhD students and recent graduates whose doctoral work is focused on early childhood development, education, development economics, or public policy.
Every year, the Birdsall House Conference on Women brings together leading academics and policymakers to discuss cutting-edge research focused on improving outcomes for women in low- and middle-income countries.
Global development is increasingly intertwined with state fragility. Poverty is becoming concentrated in fragile states, and conflict, violent extremism, and environmental stresses can emerge from and be exacerbated by fragility. As a result, many donors, including the United States, are reflecting on lessons of the past to rethink how they can better help fragile states address the underlying causes of fragility, build peace and stability, and cope with complex risks.
Please join us for the launch of a new CGD working group report, Focusing on Fragility: The Future of US Assistance to Fragile States, featuring a conversation with Michèle Flournoy, a preeminent thinker on US engagement in fragile states. Her leadership at the US Department of Defense from 2009 to 2012, along with her work advancing pragmatic and principled national security policies, have been critical in reshaping the US approach to fragile states in a pivotal era.
Following the conversation, a panel will discuss the findings and recommendations of the report which identifies several key constraints to executing a more effective US development policy in fragile states and offers specific ideas for how the US government can more effectively use its development assistance—in conjunction with diplomatic and security assistance tools—in these contexts.
The Center for Global Development is pleased to host Millennium Challenge Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Sean Cairncross, for his first major Washington policy speech since being confirmed in June. Cairncross takes the helm of MCC at a unique time. As the agency strives to remain grounded in its economic growth-focused, results-oriented model, it faces a number of new and exciting opportunities, including the authority to pursue regional investments, the potential for coordination and partnership with the US Development Finance Corporation, and the increased profile afforded by a White House initiative focused on women’s economic empowerment, W-GDP. Following his remarks, Cairncross will sit down with Tony Fratto, former White House deputy press secretary (2006-2009), to discuss these opportunities further as well as the challenges that lie ahead for the agency.