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This half-day CGD conference brought together leading thinkers and policy makers from developing and donor countries for detailed discussion on the future of the World Bank. The goal of the conference was to generate discussion about and help put critical reforms of the Bank on the agenda at the Bank itself and in the larger development community.
The conference opened with a high-level panel discussion chaired by CGD president, Nancy Birdsallon key tasks for the World Bank. Panelists included Kemal Dervis, Administrator, UNDP; Jessica Einhorn, Dean, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Finance, Nigeria and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution and Ngaire Woods, Director, Global Economic Governance Program, Oxford University.
The opening panel was followed by technical sessions on specific issues such as the role of the Bank in low-income countries; governance of the Bank and the appropriate Bank mandate for global public goods. Featured speakers and discussants included Francois Bourguignon, Director, Paris School of Economics, Dennis de Tray, Vice President, Center for Global Development; Pierre Jacquet, Chief Economist, Agence Française de Développement; Domenico Lombardi, President, The Oxford Institute for Economic Policy, Oxford; Lawrence MacDonald, Director of Communications and Policy, Center for Global Development; Trevor Manuel, Minister of Finance, South Africa; Steve Radelet, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development and Arvind Subramanian, Joint Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development and Peterson Institute for International Economics.
World Bank president Robert Zoellick delivered closing remarks and took questions from the audience.
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.