Panel 1 — Corruption and Development: Origin, Impacts, Solutions
Why is corruption prevalent in so many developing countries? What are the impacts of corruption on public service delivery, economic growth, and political accountability? How can technology, law enforcement, organizing, and other strategies strengthen accountable governance in developing countries? In this panel, we will hear from activists and academics who are finding new ways to measure, understand, and overcome corruption in developing countries.
(NPR Foreign Desk producer and Nieman Fellow)
(Co-founder, MKSS; Member of National Advisory Council of India)
Donald “Larry” Sampler
(Principal Deputy Assistant to the Administrator & Deputy Director of the Office of Afghanistan & Pakistan Affairs, USAID)
(Board of Directors of Transparency International [and senior partner of Benites, Forno
Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili
(Vice President for Africa Region, World Bank)
Panel 2 — Rethinking Global Governance for Health
Global health governance is defined as “the formal and informal institutions, norms and processes that govern or directly influence health policy and outcomes worldwide.” Diseases do not recognize national boundaries and so, with higher levels of human mobility, several new and existing health challenges have led to unprecedented global resources for health.
To Be Determined
Judit Rius Sanjuan
(U.S. Manager of the Access Campaign, Doctors Without Borders)
Dr. Yanzhong Huang
(Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations)
Dr. Jennifer Prah Ruger
(Associate Professor, Yale University)
Panel 3 — Political & Economic Development in the “Arab Spring”
This panel will explore the role of international organizations in promoting peace and political reform in Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. Panelists — including activists, politicians, and practitioners — will draw from their own experience to describe how foreigners have supported or degraded election administration, political-party development, and rule-of-law reform. The role of the international community in lending legitimacy to transitional or opposition governments will also be a key theme.
(Director, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, Atlantic Council)
(UN Chief Elections Advisor for Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt)
(Tunisian Human Rights Activist; Senior Member, Ettakatol)
Engi El Haddad
(President, Afro-Egyptian Human Rights Organization; Founder, Egyptians Against Corruption)
Panel 1 — How to meet the energy needs of the 7 billion in a climate constrained world?
This panel will address the question of how to meet the energy needs of the world’s growing population, while meeting the following two seemingly conflicting objectives: 1) lift one billion people out of abject poverty, and 2) limit carbon dioxide atmospheric emissions to less than 450ppm in order to avoid potential catastrophic climate change. What are the economic models that will allow carbon-neutral growth? What types of technologies need to be developed? What are the public policy implications of a zero-carbon development pathway for international organizations and governments? What should the respective roles of governments, civil society and the private sector be? The discussion will center on scenarios in the area of energy and development policy with leading academic, NGO and governmental exports.
Professor Daniel P. Schrag
(Professor, Harvard University; Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment)
(Regional Director for East Africa, Practical Action)
(Executive Coordinator, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development)
(Research Analyst, World Resources Institute)
Panel 2 — Business at the Base of the Pyramid (BBOP) as Contributor to Development Success
For-profit ventures represent a promising source of innovation and effective service delivery in areas where NGOs and government projects have historically fallen short. Aimed at achieving financial self sustainability, many businesses at the bottom of the socioeconomic pyramid have achieved the focus and efficiency that often eludes not-for-profit ventures. Numerous case examples have demonstrated the potential for BBoP, including enterprises in the areas of nutrition, health, water, consumer goods, education, finance and telecommunications. This discussion will explicate this recent history and surface the pragmatic, ethical and policy challenges associated with for-profit businesses serving the world¡¯s bottom four billion people. This panel features a rich blend of practitioners and academics who will surface, debate and elucidate this vibrant and growing area of development potential.
(Executive Director, Harvard Center for International Development)
(Senior VP of Global Programs, Root Capital)
(Senior Lecturer, Harvard Business School; Managing Director, IGNIA Fund; Senior Advisor, Pegasus Capital)
(Founder, E HealthPoint)
Panel 3 — Rethinking the MDGs from the bottom up: Local Development in a Globalized World
Evidence from around the world shows that a “local perspective” to economic, social and environmental challenges can be part of the solution to achieve inclusive growth. A future is possible where rural areas will thrive and cities act as hubs for development. However, although growth is necessary, it doesn¡¯t necessarily imply balanced, sustainable development. If sustainable development is the objective, key actors need to act strategically and deliberately towards it. This will allow all regions, and their populations, to participate to National growth and development.
(Visiting Associate Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy)
(Head of Policy, Knowledge and Advocacy of the United Nations Capital Development Fund, UNCDF)
Dr. Jamie Boex
(Senior Public Finance Expert, The Urban Institute)
Panel 1 — Ensuring Inclusive Growth Through Protection of Migrant Labor Rights
As the world population expands beyond 7 billion, an increasing number of people will become migrants, in search of better employment opportunities and living standards. These individuals often face deplorable working conditions and suffer rights violations, hence protecting the rights of migrants and ensuring their assimilation into the host society will remain a significant policy challenge in the future. The presence of a large number of undocumented or illegal migrants, who have already established themselves and their families in the host countries accentuate the problem. We live in testing times when the slowdown in the world’s economic growth and high unemployment make any attempts at immigration reform more problematic. As economic disparities widen, it is crucial that we ensure inclusive growth for migrant workers by making their lives and contributions visible in international development.
Sharmila L. Murthy
(Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School)
Michele Klein Solomon
(Permanent Observer, International Organization for Migration)
Dr. Muzaffar Chishti
(Director, Migration Policy Institute)
(Communication and External Affairs Officer, International Labor Organization Office for the UN)
Panel 2 — Education & Development: From Theory to Implementation
The gap between theory and implementation is a key dissonance in international development. There is often a distance between good ideas and ideas that work; this is most certainly true in the education sectors of developing countries. The World Bank recently published “Education Sector Strategy 2020,” laying out the World Bank Group’s agenda for achieving “Learning for All” in the developing world over the next decade. What would it take to achieve this goal? Specifically, what lessons can be learned from current education initiatives that might inform our understanding of the challenges in international education development—and the possibilities for change? This panel brings together key international education experts with some of the leaders currently directing innovative education initiatives to discuss challenges and opportunities in international education.
(Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution)
Dr. Matthew Jukes
(Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education)
Dr. Elizabeth King
(Education Sector Director, World Bank)
Dr. Fred Mednick
(Founder, Teachers Without Borders)
Panel 3 — Gender, Poverty, Opportunity: The Role of Women in Development
The importance of ‘gender analysis’ in the practice of international development has become increasingly apparent in program design and implementation. “Gender, Poverty, Opportunity: The Role of Women in Development” will ask why this analysis is becoming a crucial element of international development. The panel will address macro challenges and opportunities in this field, and will ask how to ensure that development projects are undertaken with an understanding of gender roles. Panelists will also grapple with questions like (1) How can international organizations contend with governments who do not share the same gender-related goals? and (2) how can grassroots organizations advocate for, and also mainstream, a gender focus in domestic development policies? The panel will also highlight new positions from academic scholarship on gender and development.
(International Consultant, Women’s Advocate)
Dr. Jishnu Das
(Senior Economist, World Bank; Visiting Scholar,Center for Policy Research)
(Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID)
Dr. Brenda Gael McSweeney
(Professor, Boston University; Advisory Board Member, Global Network of UNESCO Chairs on Gender)
Panel 1 — From the inside out: the development system
While much attention is often paid to new ideas, best practices, and magic bullet solutions, in order to move development forward in a ‘new world,’ less attention is given to the internal dynamics and decision making processes within the development system itself. The Development System: From the Inside Out panel will therefore reflect on a number of factors that create disconnects between the stated objectives and outcomes of foreign aid. An exciting group of panelists with both academic and practical expertise will share their perspectives on donor delivery tactics, perspectives on assessing need and aligning programs, and the influence that the organizational culture of NGOs has on the outcomes and effectiveness of development assistance.
(Fellow, Center for Emerging Market Enterprises and the Feinstein International Center, Tufts University)
(Director of Planning and Learning, Oxfam America)
(Advisor, Executive Leadership Team, Oxfam America)
(Postdoctoral Research Associate, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University)
Panel 2 — The Future of Collaboration in International Development / Beyond Islands of Excellence
Despite the best efforts of the millions of non-profit organizations, poverty, climate disruption, ecosystem destruction, and other major societal issues continue to disrupt billions of lives, most acutely in the developing world. In recent years, there has been an evolution in the way organizations try to address these issues. The invaluable role that collaboration can play has become increasingly apparent. Partnership models have brought together corporations, governments, nonprofits and the UN in multi-stakeholder initiatives and cross-sector coordination. Effective methods are seeing outcomes that are synergistic, strategic and sustainable. This panel will gather key leaders from the public, private and academic communities to look at current methods of collaboration and discuss the future of such partnerships.
(To Be Determined)
Kyle J. Peterson
(Managing Director, FSG)
Marc Van Ameringen
(Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition)
(Managing Director, Village Corps)
Panel 3 — Sports for Development and Peace: Play to Prosperity
Sport for Development and Peace refers to the intentional use of sport, physical activity and play to attain specific development and peace objectives. Programs seek to empower participants and communities by engaging them in the design and delivery of activities, building local capacity, adhering to principles of transparency and accountability, and pursuing sustainability through collaboration and partnerships. This panel will explore the role of Sports for Development as an emerging development discipline. Besides providing an overview and brief history of this field, other themes that will be explored are programs and strategies that leverage sport to make an impact, evidence for the efficacy of sports in development, and the power of sport marketing as an accelerator of sport for development and peace.
(Vice President, Cause Branding, Cone)
(Executive Co-Founder and Executive Director, Grassroot Soccer)
(Partnership Development, streetfootballworld)
(Sport Development Officer, A Ganar Program)