‘Development That Works’ Conference on March 31, 2011

poster-Dev-Works-wBoston University will convene an all-day conference titled “Development That Works” on Thursday, March 31, 2011 which will bring together leading scholars and practitioners to discuss development ideas that have been demonstrated or have the potential to lead to sustainable and effective development. 

The conference is being organized by the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future in collaboration with the Boston University Global Development program. The organizing committee of the conference includes Prof. Kevin Gallagher (International Relations), Prof. Dilip Mookherjee (Economics), Prof. Jonathon Simon (Public Health) and Prof. Adil Najam (Pardee Center).

The conference will be held at the 4th floor conference space at the BU School of Management (Hariri Building, 595 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston University).

The conference is free and open to public, but RSVP is required. Please RSVP to the conference at pardee@bu.edu.

The conference program with confirmed speakers is as follows:

8.30AM  Coffee & Breakfast available

9.00AM     Welcome Remarks

9.15AM     Session I: Global Economic Governance
Chair:  Kevin GallagherAssociate Professor of International Relations, Boston University
Robert H. Wade, Professor Political Economy and Development, London School of Economics
Gerald EpsteinProfessor & Chair of Economics and Co-director of Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Amar Bhattacharya, Director, G-24

10.45AM   Break

11.00AM   Session II: Investing in Development That Works
Chair: Jonathon Simon, Professor of International Health & Director, Center for Global Health and Development, Boston University
Nancy MacPhersonManaging Director, Evaluation, The Rockefeller Foundation
Iqbal Z. QuadirProfessor of Practice of Development & Entrepreneurship, and Founder and Director of The Legatum Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Doug BalfourChief Executive Officer, Geneva Global

12.30PM   Lunch

1.00PM   Remarks by Virginia Sapiro, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Boston University
Remarks by John R. Harris, Professor or Economics, Boston University

1.45 PM    Session III: Social Enterprise
Chair: Adil Najam , Frederick S. Pardee Professor of Global Public Policy and Director, The Pardee Center, Boston University
Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of Science, Technology, Globalization, Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
Kabir KumarMicrofinance Analyst, Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)
Liam BrodySenior Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Relations, Root Capital
Una Ryan, O.B.E., Chief Executive Officer, Diagnostics for All

3.15 PM    Break

3.45 PM    Session IV: Economic Development
Chair: Dilip Mookherjee, Professor of Economics & Director of the Institute for Economic Development, Boston University
Abhijit V. Banerjee, Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics and Director of Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Asim Ijaz Khwaja, Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Mark Rosenzweig, Frank Altschul Professor of International Economics & Director, Economic Growth Center, Yale University

5.15 PM    Closing Remarks

5.30 PM    End of Conference

The goal of the conference is to highlight the ideas and trends that are the basis for effective development, especially those that have the potential to reach sustainable outcomes. The conference’s objective is not to present individual “success stories” per se, but rather to explore the larger concepts and opportunities that have resulted in – or have the potential to resuilt in – development that is meaningful and sustainable in the longer-run. The conference will seek to make a critical assessment of why and how some development programs take hold. The goal is to incite a conversation focused on the broader lessons to be learned about ‘development that works’.

The conference is free and open to public, but RSVP is required. Please RSVP to the conference at pardee@bu.edu by March 25, 2011.