Does US development policy have a future under Trump?Center for International Development add
CID Student Ambassador Emily Ausubel interviews Todd Moss, Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. Todd talks about the future of US Development Policy under the Trump administration, about the government’s new priorities and how they can impact global development programs.
Interview recorded on December 1st, 2017
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About Todd Moss:
Todd Moss is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development where his research focuses on US-Africa relations, energy policy, and private investment. Moss is also a nonresident scholar at the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University’s Baker Institute and an adjunct professor at Georgetown.
He served as COO/VP at the Center from 2009-2016. Moss is currently working on electrification in Africa, cash transfers in new oil economies, and ideas for upgrading US development finance tools. In the past he led CGD’s work on Nigerian debt, reconstruction in Zimbabwe, the future of the World Bank’s soft loan IDA, and the African Development Bank. Moss served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State 2007-2008 while on leave from CGD.
Previously, he has been a Lecturer at the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked at the World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and the Overseas Development Council. Moss is the author of numerous articles and books, including African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors (2011) and Oil to Cash: Fighting the Resource Curse with Cash Transfers (2015).
Moss also writes an international thriller series for Penguin’s Putnam Books about a State Department crisis manager including The Golden Hour (2014), Minute Zero (2015), Ghosts of Havana (2016), and The Shadow List (forthcoming 2017).
Education in Pakistan: What works to improve learning outcomes?Center for International Development add
CID Student Ambassador Abeela Latif interviews Niharika Singh, Ph.D. Student Affiiate, and Zainab Qureshi, Senior Program Manager, both at Harvard University's Evidence for Policy Design Program.
Niha and Zainab talk about a decade-long research project lead by the Evidence for Policy Design Program that aims at understanding Pakistan’s education landscape and examine how to catalyze innovation in the country’s education ecosystem.
www.cid.harvard.edu / Interview recorded on November 3rd, 2017.
About the interviewees:
Niharika Singh is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at Harvard University and co-principal investigator on a LEAPS study examining the effects of providing unconditional cash grants to rural low cost private schools in Pakistan. Her research interests span a range of topics in development and labor economics. She received her BA in Economics from McGill University and worked as a research assistant in India and the U.S. prior to graduate school.
Zainab Qureshi is the LEAPS Senior Program Manager at EPoD, overseeing implementation of Education and policy research in Pakistan. She has previously worked at various organizations across the Education sector in Pakistan, implementing low cost Education delivery programs and developing an alternate model of education for low income schools. She holds a Master’s in Education (Ed.M.) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a BA in Economics and International Development from McGill University.
Financial Inclusion and the Fintech Revolution: Key Trends Emerging in the New Digital WorldCenter for International Development add
CID Student Ambassador Patrick Hannahan interviews Victoria White, Managing Director of Global Advisory Solutions at Accion. Victoria talks about how Accion and its partners are harnessing key digital trends to make quality financial service more accessible and cost effective in developing countries.
Interview recorded on October 27, 2017.
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About the interviewee: Victoria White has worked with Accion since 2000. She serves as a member of the senior management team and holds responsibility for overseeing Accion’s advisory support to its partners as Managing Director, Global Advisory Solutions. She also serves as a board director for a number of these institutions. Previously, Ms. White was Accion’s Regional Head for Asia and supported Accion’s partners in Africa in such areas as strategic planning, bank downscaling, institutional transformation planning, and financial management.
Ms. White is co-author of Transforming Microfinance Institutions: Providing Full Financial Services to the Poor and Institutional Metamorphosis: Transformation of Microfinance NGOs into Regulated Financial Institutions, a contributing author to Commercialization of Microfinance: Balancing Business and Development, and author of A Case Study in Transformation: The Creation of Uganda Microfinance Limited.
Before working with Accion, Ms. White was a senior advisor for Calmeadow’s international operations. She also worked as a program analyst for USAID’s Office of Microenterprise Development.
The Drivers of International DevelopmentCenter for International Development add
CID Student Ambassador Emily Ausubel interviews Andrew Mitchell, British MP and Former Secretary of State for International Development. Mr. Mitchell talks about his extensive experience in International Development and discusses the challenges and opportunities of a global approach to pressing development issues.
www.cid.harvard.edu / Interview recorded on October 20th, 2017.
About the speaker: Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell is a British Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Sutton Coldfield since 2001. He was the MP for Gedling from 1987 to 1997. He served in the Cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development from 2010 to 2012.
Mitchell was elected President of the Cambridge Union in 1978. Before university, he served for several months as a United Nations military peacekeeper in Cyprus. He has extensive pre-government experience of the developing world, and is the founder of Project Umubano, a Conservative Party social action project in Rwanda and Sierra Leone in central and west Africa, launched in 2007.
Mitchell was returned as MP for Sutton Coldfield at the 2017 general election, with a reduced majority.
How did Venezuela Degenerate Into a Failed State and How Can it Recover?Center for International Development add
Alexandra Gonzalez, CID student ambassador, interviews Douglas Barrios and Ricardo Villasmil research fellows at CID. Douglas and Ricardo shed some light on Venezuela's ongoing socioeconomic and political crisis and present an agenda for democratic governance and socioeconomic recovery.
Interview recorded on October 13th, 2017.
More about CID's project on Venezuela: https://growthlab.cid.harvard.edu/venezuela
About the speakers:
Douglas Barrios a Growth Lab Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Before joining CID he worked in McKinsey’s Bogotá office as a Public Sector Specialist where he served public and social sector organizations throughout Latin America in a broad set of topics ranging from ICT promotion strategies to education policy design. Other previous experience include serving as an external policy adviser for local governments as well as political campaigns in Venezuela. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela) and a Masters in Public Administration and International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School (MPA-ID 2012). His research interests are focused on urban dynamics, natural resource extraction and rent management, behavioral economics and the political economics behind policy design.
Ricardo Villasmil is a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Before joining CID, he worked in private consulting in Venezuela managing projects on a wide range of strategic and organizational issues for over a decade. His interests in development economics led him to the Andrés Bello Catholic University and to the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), where he has been teaching courses in development and macroeconomics for the past fifteen years. Ricardo's involvement in public policy dates back to 1998, when he joined Venezuela’s Congressional Budget Office and the Ministry of Finance two years later. His interests in the practice of development prompted him to take advisory roles for Teodoro Petkoff in the 2006 runoff presidential election, for the democratic coalition between 2006 and 2012 and for presidential candidate Henrique Capriles as Head of his Public Policy Team in 2012. Ricardo holds a Master in Public Policy from IESA, a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University and a PhD in Economics from Texas A&M University.
¿Cómo Venezuela degeneró en un estado fallido y cómo puede recuperarse?Center for International Development add
Alexandra Gonzalez, estudiante embajadora del Centro para Desarrollo Internacional de Harvard entrevista a Douglas Barrios y Ricardo Villasmil, investigadores en el Centro.
Douglas y Ricardo hablan sobre la crisis socioeconómica en Venezuela, el reto de buscar datos para llevar a cabo el proyecto de investigación en el país y presentan propuestas para la recuperación económica de Venezuela.
Entrevista grabada el 13 de octubre del 2017.
Sobre los entrevistados:
Douglas Barrios es investigador en el Centro para el Desarrollo Internacional de la Universidad de Harvard. Antes de unirse a CID, trabajó en McKinsey Colombia como especialista del sector público, donde prestó servicios a organizaciones de sectores público y social de toda América Latina en una amplia gama de temas, desde estrategias de promoción de TIC hasta diseño de políticas educativas. Otra experiencia previa incluye servir como asesor de política externa para gobiernos locales y campañas políticas en Venezuela. Posee una Licenciatura en Economía de la Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela) y una Maestría en Administración Pública y Desarrollo Internacional en la Harvard Kennedy School (MPA-ID 2012). Sus intereses de investigación se centran en la dinámica urbana, la extracción de recursos naturales y la gestión de alquileres, la economía comportamental y la economía política detrás de la elaboración de políticas públicas.
Ricardo Villasmil es investigador en el Centro para el Desarrollo Internacional de la Universidad de Harvard. Antes de unirse a CID, trabajó en consultoría privada en Venezuela administrando proyectos en una amplia gama de cuestiones estratégicas y organizativas durante más de una década. Sus intereses en economía para el desarrollo lo llevaron a la Universidad Católica Andrés Bello y al Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA), donde ha impartido cursos de desarrollo y macroeconomía durante los últimos quince años. La participación de Ricardo en la política pública se remonta a 1998, cuando se unió a la Oficina de Presupuesto del Congreso de Venezuela y al Ministerio de Finanzas dos años más tarde. Sus intereses en la práctica del desarrollo lo impulsaron a desempeñar funciones de asesor para Teodoro Petkoff en las elecciones presidenciales de segunda vuelta de 2006, para la coalición democrática entre 2006 y 2012 y para el candidato presidencial Henrique Capriles como Jefe de su Equipo de Políticas Públicas en 2012. Ricardo posee una Maestría en Políticas Públicas de IESA, una Maestría en Administración Pública de la Universidad de Harvard y un Doctorado en Economía de la Universidad de Texas A & M.
Asian Development Bank’s 2017 Economic Forecast for Asia and the PacificCenter for International Development add
CID Student Ambassador Abeela Latif interviews Dr. Yasuyuki Sawada, Chief Economist and Chief Spokesperson on economic & development trends at the Asian Development Bank on the latest Economic Prospects published by the bank.www.cid.harvard.eduAbout the Interviewee: About the Speaker: Yasuyuki Sawada is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends, and leads the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department, which publishes ADB’s flagship knowledge products. Dr. Sawada previously served as a Professor in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Tokyo. He also performed research at a variety of institutions, such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute; the World Bank; Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia; Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies; Pakistan Institute of Development Economics; International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines; International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka; Research Institute of Economy, Trade, and Industry in Japan; and Japan Society of Promotion of Science, where he led a number of large-scale development policy evaluation projects in Asia and other developing countries. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed research articles on diversified topics pertaining to Asia and other developing countries ranging from macro development issues, such as long-term economic growth and structural change, sovereign debt sustainability, foreign aid, trade, ageing and social security, and natural and man-made disasters to micro issues of poverty, education, infrastructure, microenterprises, microfinance, health, and disabilities. Interview recorded on October 11th, 2017.
Taking back control or losing it? An analysis of the possible economic impact of BrexitCenter for International Development add
Alexandra Gonzalez, CID Student Ambassador, interviews María Latorre, member of the European Commission's group of experts in International Trade and Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid on her recent study regarding the economic impact of Brexit for the UK and the EU.
About the Speaker: María C. Latorre is currently a member of the group of experts in international trade of the European Commission. She has also conducted other consulting projects for the World Bank and the Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness. Maria has been a Research Scholar at the Center for International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School and at Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard University. She has held research visiting positions in the US International Trade Commission, the CEPII and the University of Nottingham. Her papers have been published in academic journals such as World Development, Journal of Policy Modeling, Economic Modelling and China Economic Review among others.
Interview recorded on September 25, 2017.
Impact Investing in Emerging Markets: Reaching its full potentialCenter for International Development add
CID Student Ambassador Patrick Hannahan interviews Kusi Hornberger, Senior Project Manager at Dalberg Global Development Advisors on the potential regions and sectors for impact investing, about striking a balance between social and capital returns and on how to break into the impact investment market.
About the speaker: Kusi Hornberger is a Senior Project Manager in the Washington, DC office of Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Kusi has 10+ years of project management, investment and strategy experience working with a range of public, private, and non-profit clients, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, ECOM Agroindustrial Corp., World Bank Group, Starbucks, Experian and USAID.
Prior to joining Dalberg, Kusi was Vice President of Investment Research & Strategy at Global Partnerships where he oversaw the investment strategy and portfolio including analysis of investment opportunities in agriculture cooperatives, artisan retailers, cookstove and solar lamp manufacturers and distributors, private health clinics as well as integrated microfinance institutions across Central/South America and East Africa. He was also the in-house expert on agriculture finance, leading the investment appraisal and relationships for portfolio of investments in >40 rural and agriculture focused social enterprises across range of commodity value chains including coffee, cocoa, fresh vegetables and nuts. Further he was responsible for managing GP’s relationship with the Council for Smallholder Agriculture Finance (CSAF), served as an advisor to the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) and Agros International and presented at numerous conferences (Cracking the Nut, FLII, SCAA, SOCAP, etc.) about GP’s approach to investing in agriculture value chains.
Interview recorded on September 29th, 2017.
The power of attraction: the European Union's gravitational pull for development and stabilizationCenter for International Development add
CID Research Fellow Ermal Frasheri interviews Dr. Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations at the European Commission on the scope of EU’s Neighbourhood policies and about the challenges and opportunities surrounding European integration.
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About the Speaker: Johannes Hahn has been serving as the Member of the European Commission in charge of Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations since November 2014. He is responsible for the Union's relations with the six Western Balkans countries and Turkey, as well as relations with Europe's Eastern and Southern neighbours, from Ukraine to the South Caucasus and from Syria to the Maghreb. From 2010 to 2014, Dr. Hahn was the Member of the European Commission in charge of Regional Policy. Before joining the Commission, he served as Austria's Federal Minister for Science and Research from 2007-2010, as a Member of the Vienna State Government from 2003 to 2007 and a Member of the Vienna State Parliament from 1996 to 2003. Since the mid-1980ies, he held various senior management functions in different sectors of the Austrian economy, including as board member and CEO of Novomatic AG from 1996-2003. Johannes Hahn holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Vienna.
Interview recorded on September 21st, 2017
Climate Resilience in the Latin American CityCenter for International Development add
CID Research Fellow Tim O'Brien interviews Carolina Zambrano-Barragán, Climate change and urban sustainability expert from Quito, Ecuador.
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In this interview, Carolina explains why climate change is seen as a "super wicked problem", describes the difference between climate change mitigation and adaptation and shares key insights from her personal experience working on climate change on both national and local levels in Ecuador.
More about the speaker: http://bit.ly/2x8YcOm
Recorded on September 8th, 2017.
CID 2025 Global Growth ProjectionsCenter for International Development add
CID Communications Manager, Chuck McKenney interview CID Research Fellow Tim Cheston and Sebastian Bustos on the Center's recently published 2025 Global Growth Projections, based on the latest 2015 global trade data.
According to the research, the economic pole of global growth has taken a marked shift over the past few years from China to neighboring India, where it is likely to stay over the coming decade.
Tim and Sebastian discuss this and other insights that rise from the 2025 Projections and explain the methodology behind the data.
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Interview recorded on June 22nd, 2017
Human mobility: potential and resistanceCenter for International Development add
CID Research Fellow Tim McNaught interviews Lant Pritchett, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard Kennedy School on the often overlooked gains of migration to both rich and middle income countries.
Interview recorded on April 28th, 2017.
About the Speaker: About the Speaker: Lant Pritchett is Professor of the Practice of International Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (as of July 1, 2007). In addition he is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Global Development. He was co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics and worked as a consultant to Google.org. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1983 with a B.S. in Economics and in 1988 from MIT with a PhD in Economics. After finishing at MIT Lant joined the World Bank, where he held a number of positions in the Bank's research complex between 1988 and 1998, including as an adviser to Lawrence Summers when he was Vice President from 1991-1993. From 1998 to 2000 he worked in Indonesia.
From 2000 to 2004 Lant was on leave from the World Bank as a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 2004 he returned to the World Bank and moved to India where he worked until May 2007. Lant has been part of the team producing many World Bank reports, including: World Development Report 1994: Infrastructure for Development, Assessing Aid: What Works, What Doesn't and Why (1998), Better Health Systems for Indias Poor: Findings, Analysis, and Options (2003),World Development Report 2004: Making Services Work for the Poor, Economic Growth in the 1990s: Learning from a Decade of Reforms (2005).
In addition he has authored (alone or with one of his 22 co-authors) over 50 papers published in refereed journals, chapters in books, or as articles, at least some of which are sometimes cited. In addition to economics journals his work has appeared in specialized journals in demography, education, and health. In 2006 he published his first solo authored book, Let Their People Come, and in 2013 his second, The Rebirth of Education: Schooling Ain’t Learning.
Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global CivilizationCenter for International Development add
CID Student Ambassador Yuxiang Luo interviews Parag Khanna, Geo-Strategist, best selling author & Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore on his book "Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization". In this book Khanna guides us through the emerging global network civilization in which mega-cities compete over connectivity more than borders.
Interview recorded on March 31, 2017.
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Full Seminar Audio: Violence, Insecurity, and Development in Latin AmericaCenter for International Development add
This is the full audio from our fourth Security and Development Seminar Series. This session explores the causes, correlates, and consequences of interpersonal violence in Latin America, with an emphasis on the Northern Triangle region, which includes El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
Audio recorded on April 27th, 2017.
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•Nathalie Alvarado-Renner, Citizen Security Lead Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB),
•Daniel Ortega, Director of impact evaluation and policy learning, CAF
•Thomas Abt, Innovation in Citizen Security Project, Center for International Development at Harvard University
•Marcela Escobari, visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution and former Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean
Interview: Violence, Insecurity, and Development in Latin AmericaCenter for International Development add
CID has launched its new Security and Development Seminar Series and over the 2016-2017 academic year, it will host four high-level discussions exploring the intersections between security, growth, and development in Latin America.
CID Research Assistant interviews the speakers from the 4th session, which explored the causes, correlates, and consequences of violence in Latin America.
• Nathalie Alvarado-Renner, Citizen Security Lead Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
• Daniel Ortega, Director of impact evaluation and policy learning at CAF
• Marcela Escobari, visiting Fellow at Brookings' Global Economy and Development program and former Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean.
The session was moderated by Thomas Abt, Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy with CID.
The interview took place on April 27th, 2017.
More information about the event and the speakers can be found at: growthlab.cid.harvard.edu/security-and…minar-series
Economic policy in Brazil - prospects for recovery after the crisisCenter for International Development add
CID Outreach Coordinator Camila Lobo interviews Fabio Kanczuk, Secretary of Economic Policy at the Brazilian Ministry of Finance and Full Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of São Paulo on the roots of Brazil's economic crisis, the measures being adopted and the current and future challenges for Brazilian policy-makers.
Interview recorded on April 14th, 2017.
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About the Speaker: Fabio Kanczuk is Electronic Engineer “Magna cum Laude” from ITA (Aeronautic Technological Institute), holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UCLA and a post-doctorate from Harvard University. His academic work was published in international journals as Journal of International Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics, Journal of Development Economics and Review of International Economics. In the private sector, he was a consultant during the last twenty years, and was a Partner at Rosenberg Consultoria, MCM Consultores, Reliance Gestão de Ativos, e Brazil Warrant Gestão de Investimentos. He is currently Full Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of São Paulo, and the Secretary of Economic Policy at the Brazilian Ministry of Finance.
Made in Mexico: The Path Ahead for Trade and Migration IssuesCenter for International Development add
CID Student Ambassador Mayra Salazar Rivera interviews Gerardo Esquivel, Professor of Economics at El Colegio de Mexico, and Executive Coordinator of Research at the Instituto Belisario Domínguez of the Mexican Senate, on Mexico's trade and migration policies in the context of the Trump administration.
Interview recorded on March 24th, 2017.
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About the Speaker: Gerardo Esquivel received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 1997. He also holds a B.A. in economics from the National University Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM, 1989) and an M.A. in economics from El Colegio de Mexico (1991). He is currently a Professor of Economics at El Colegio de Mexico, where he has been since 1998, and is the Executive Coordinator of Research at the Instituto Belisario Domínguez of the Mexican Senate. Previously, he worked as a Senior Macroeconomics Researcher at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID). Mr. Esquivel has also been a consultant for the International Monetary Fund, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program and the Central Bank in Mexico. In 2011, Mr. Esquivel was Tinker Visiting Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy in the University of Chicago. Dr. Esquivel has written extensively on several economic issues and has received numerous distinctions for his research.
Full Seminar Audio: Inequality, Crime and Development in Latin AmericaCenter for International Development add
This is the full audio from our third Security and Development Seminar Series. This session explores the causal relationships between inequality, crime, and violence, understanding the former as a both cause and effect of the latter.
Audio recorded on February 16th, 2017.
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1. João M P De Mello - Lemann Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies
2. Rodrigo R. Soares - Lemann Professor of Brazilian Public Policy and International and Public Affairs
3. Filipe R. Campante - Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
4. Emily Owens - Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine
Full Seminar Audio: Gangs, Guns, Drugs, & Development in Latin AmericaCenter for International Development add
This is the full audio from our second Security and Development Seminar Series. This session explores how trafficking in illicit drugs, weapons, and persons by transnational criminal organizations impedes development in many Latin American countries.
Audio recorded on December 1st, 2016.
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1. Thomas Abt - Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Center for International Development
2. Daniel Mejia - Secretary of Security of Bogota, Colombia
3. Steven Dudley - Co-director, InSight Crime, Wilson Center
4. João M P De Mello - Lemann Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies