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The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University is a university-wide center that works to advance the understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty. CID is Harvard’s leading research hub focusing on resolving the dilemmas of public policy associated with generating stable, shared, and sustainable prosperity in developing countries. Our ongoing mission is to apply knowledge to and revolutionize the world of development practice.WWW.CID.HARVARD.EDU

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Benefiting from Return Migration: Effects of Return Migration on Non-migrants' Wages and Employment

CID Research Assistant Sehar Noor interviews Ljubica Nedelkoska, Growth Lab research fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Ljubica presented her recently published a paper on the impact of return migration on wages and employment on Albania: http://growthlab.cid.harvard.edu/publications/welcome-home-crisis-effects-return-migration-non-migrants-wages-andInterview recorded on February 24th, 2017.About the speaker: Ljubica's research focuses on human capital, migration, lifelong learning, capital-labor relations and structural transformation. She works at the intersection of research and policy, and has contributed to several such projects in Albania, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany. She holds a PhD in Economics of Innovation from the Friedrich Schiller University, Germany and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Appalachian State University, North Carolina. Before joining CID, Ljubica worked as a post-doctoral researcher and a coordinator of the Research Group “Economics of Innovation” at the Friedrich Schiller University and as a research fellow at the Zeppelin University in Germany.


23 Mar 2017

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Political Prisoners and Torture in Venezuela: The Experience of an HKS Alumnus & Political Prisoner

CID Research Francisco Muci, Program Assistant at CID, interviews Francisco Marquez Lara, a Harvard Kennedy School MPP’12 alumnus who was held as a political prisoner in Venezuela. Francisco describes his experience and the context that led to his imprisonment. Recorded on November 28, 2016About the Speaker: Francisco Marquez Lara is a Venezuelan lawyer and polítical activist with the Voluntad Popular party. He was held as a political prisoner in Venezuela for four months. Throughout this time he was detained in four facilities under three organizations. This is the story of what he lived through and witnessed. Before his imprisonment, Marquez was Chief of Staff for the Mayor of El Hatillo in Caracas. He obtained his law degree at Catholic University Andres Bello and his Master in Public Policy degree at Harvard Kennedy School.


16 Feb 2017

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Full Seminar Audio: Corruption, Impunity & Development in Latin America

This is the full audio from our first Security and Development Seminar Series. This session explores how corruption and impunity obstruct development in Latin America, with a focus on Mexico.Audio recorded on October 27th, 2016.For more information go to: http://bit.ly/2eyCcQUSpeakers:1. Ricardo Hausmann - Director, Center for International Development and Professor of the Practice of Economic Development, Harvard University.2. Thomas Abt - Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Center for International Development3. Lourdes Morales - Associate Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica (CIDE)4. Marco Fernandez - Research Professor, School of Government, Tec de Monterrey; Research Associate, México Evalúa

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30 Mar 2017

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Making a Mark and Achieving Your Highest Potential in the Development Sector

Interview with one of our Guest Speakers at CID's Speaker Series: Soulaima Gourani, CEO Capital Aid & Owner, Tradeconductor.comRecorded on September 23r3, 2016.Harvard.cid.eduAbout Soulaima:Soulaima Gourani is a Danish CEO, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist whose vision is to make the world a more tolerant place through international trade and business relations. She is currently CEO of CapitalAid, a Denmark-based company helping small businesses to accelerate growth through strategic growth loans, and as CEO of Tradeconductor.com, a service working to implement trade relations and connecting manufacturers with distributors. Gourani has also worked as an advisor to several major companies (e.g. Samsung, Microsoft, Dell, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Danske Bank, etc.) on customer loyalty, strategic networking, employee motivation, and designing sustainable products. Alongside her work with business growth and trade, Gourani serves as the chair of numerous other organizations including Global Dignity, a nonprofit working to engage youth in conversations about dignity, and the Mara Mentor Initiative, an online platform seeking to empower young African entrepreneurs in their business ventures


12 Oct 2016

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Made in Mexico: The Path Ahead for Trade and Migration Issues

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.For more information about our research and events, please go to: www.cid.harvard.eduAbout 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.


20 Apr 2017

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From Them to Us: Power, Privilege and Responsibility in a Shrinking World

The logical extension of today’s ferment in America about white privilege and male entitlement is, at the global level, about the responsibility of the United States and its citizens to the world’s poor, of all races and cultures, and especially to the world’s disempowered women in poor countries. What are the responsibilities to them of us, with privilege and power? Today on the return CID's weekly Speaker Series podcast, Growth Lab Research Assistant Ana Grisanti speaks with Nancy Birdsall about key themes in her upcoming work memoir. Nancy draws on her own life experience being born into membership of the benighted cosmopolitan elite and stumbling into work as a development economist, as a metaphor for growing awareness of the depth and costs of inequality in the world; the centrality to development of the women’s movement and women’s agency in a world of persistent patriarchy; and the challenge of global governance in a system of sovereign nations facing new risks in an interdependent, “shrinking” world.About the Speaker:Nancy Birdsall is president emeritus and a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, a policy-oriented research institution that opened its doors in Washington, DC in October 2001. Prior to launching the center, Birdsall served for three years as senior associate and director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her work at Carnegie focused on issues of globalization and inequality, as well as on the reform of the international financial institutions.From 1993 to 1998, Birdsall was executive vice-president of the Inter-American Development Bank, the largest of the regional development banks, where she oversaw a $30 billion public and private loan portfolio. Before joining the Inter-American Development Bank, she spent 14 years in research, policy, and management positions at the World Bank, most recently as director of the Policy Research Department.Birdsall has been researching and writing on economic development issues for more than 25 years. Her most recent work focuses on the relationship between income distribution and economic growth and the role of regional public goods in development.Birdsall holds a PhD in economics from Yale University and an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.You can learn more about Nancy's work at https://www.cgdev.org/expert/nancy-birdsall. Nancy welcomes comments directly at nbirdsall@cgdev.org.View the transcript for this episode here: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/centers/cid/files/Transcripts/Transcript-%20From%20the%20U.S..pdf


26 Sep 2019

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Efficient and Inclusive Urbanization in China Requires a Leading Role for the Big Cities

Interview with a Guest Speakers at the Ash Center's Economic Development in East Asia Seminar series, Professor Lu Ming Distinguished Professor of Economics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and Director of the Center for China Development Studies at STJU. Recorded on November 9th, 2016.This seminar series is cosponsored by the Jeffrey Cheah Institute on Southeast Asia, Sunway University, Kuala Lumpur and the Harvard University Center for International Development.About the speaker:Professor Ming Lu is a distinguished professor, Ph.D. supervisor and director of Center for China Development Studies at the Department of Economics, Antai College of Economics and Management, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Also, he is a member of the Shanghai National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. He works as an adjunct professor for Fudan University, Lincoln Studies Center, Peking University, Hitotsubashi University and as an expert consultant for the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He got Ph.D. degree in economics at Fudan University in 2001. He once worked as a Fulbright Scholar for Harvard University and NBER and as a visiting scholar at the United Nations University/World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), Helsinki, Finland, Université Paris Sorbone, Queen’s University, Canada, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Université de Lille 1, Hongkong University of Science and Technology, Université Paris Dauphine, National University of Singapore and Le Centre d'études de l'emploi, France.The honors he won included “New Century Talent” awarded by the Ministry of Education, “Shanghai Shuguang Scholar”, “Shanghai Leading Talents” and “Shanghai's Top Ten Youth Economic Figures”.


23 Nov 2016

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Bleeding Out

Urban violence is one of the most divisive and allegedly intractable issues of our time. But as CID Senior Research Fellow Thomas Abt writes in his new book Bleeding Out, we actually possess all the tools necessary to stem violence in our cities. Coupling the latest social science with firsthand experiences in policymaking, Abt proposes a relentless focus on violence itself—not drugs, gangs, or guns. Because violence is clustering among small groups of people and places, it can be predicted and prevented using a series of evidence-informed, data-driven strategies, both in the United States and in Latin America, where 41 of the 50 most violent cities are located. In this CID Speaker Series podcast produced by Growth Lab, Rushabh Sanghvi, Research Assistant at the Growth Lab interviews Thomas Abt on his latest book and its practical solutions to the global emergency of urban violence.// https://amzn.to/2YwjsLN //Interview recorded on September 27th, 2019.About Thomas Abt: Thomas Abt is a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for International Development, where he leads CID’s Security and Development Seminar Series. He is also a member of the Campbell Collaboration Criminal Justice Steering Committee, member of the Advisory Board of the Police Executive Programme at the University of Cambridge, and a Senior Fellow with the Igarapé Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Both in the United States and globally, Abt writes, teaches, and studies the use of evidence-informed approaches to reduce urban violence, among other criminal justice topics. His new book, Bleeding Out: The Devastating Consequences of Urban Violence - and a Bold New Plan for Peace in the Streets, was published by Basic Books in June 2019. Abt’s work is frequently featured in major media outlets such as the Atlantic, Economist, Foreign Affairs, New Yorker, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. Before joining Harvard, Abt served as Deputy Secretary for Public Safety to Governor Andrew Cuomo in New York, where he oversaw all criminal justice and homeland security agencies, including the Divisions of Corrections and Community Supervision, Criminal Justice Services, Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and the State Police. During his tenure, Abt led the development of New York’s GIVE (Gun-Involved Violence Elimination) Initiative, which employs evidence-informed, data-driven approaches to reduce gun violence. Before his work in New York, Abt served as Chief of Staff to the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked with the nation’s principal criminal justice grant-making and research agencies to integrate evidence, policy, and practice. He played a lead role in establishing the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, a network of federal agencies and local communities working together to reduce youth and gang violence. Abt was also founding member of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, a place-based development effort that was recognized by the Kennedy School as one of the Top 25 Innovations in Government for 2013. Abt received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and a law degree with honors from the Georgetown University Law Center.View the transcript for this episode here: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/centers/cid/files/Transcripts/Transcript-%20bleeding%20out.pdf


18 Oct 2019

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The International Rules-Based System is Broken: What is to be Done?

Since the end of the Second World War, the international rules-based system has been determined by developed countries with economic power who came together to form multilateral organizations like the United Nations. In today’s world, other nations with conflicting interests are challenging the foundations of the UN and this international rules-based system, making it difficult to reach consensus on pressing global issues like climate change, migration, terror, protectionism, and pandemics. How do we begin to repair this broken international rules-based system? Andrew Mitchell, British Member of Parliament and Former Secretary of State for International Development, discusses ways in which the UN can be adapted to today’s globalized society. Today on CID’s Speaker Series podcast, Anna Mysliwiec, Masters in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School, interviews Andrew Mitchell who provides further insight on the deterioration of the international rules-based system and how the world can begin to repair it. // www.growthlab.cid.harvard.edu //Interview recorded on October 5, 2018.About Andrew Mitchell: Andrew was born in 1956 and is married with two daughters. He was educated at Rugby School and Cambridge University, where he studied history and was elected as President of the Cambridge Union in 1978. Andrew served in the Army (Royal Tank Regiment) before joining Lazard where he worked with British companies seeking large-scale overseas contracts.He was the Member of Parliament for Gedling from 1987 to 1997. During this period, he held office as a Government Whip and as Minister for Social Security. He also served as a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1992 to 1993.In 2001 he was re-elected to Parliament as MP for Sutton Coldfield. In November 2003, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs. From September 2004 until the end of the Parliamentary term, he was Shadow Minister for Home Affairs. Following the General Election in May 2005 Andrew joined the Shadow Cabinet and was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development. Andrew Mitchell was Secretary of State for International Development from May 2010 until September 2012 and Government Chief Whip from September – October 2012. An experienced and highly effective MP, Andrew is committed to serving the people of Sutton Coldfield.Andrew is currently campaigning on a number of important local issues in Sutton Coldfield including issues affecting our local environment and the general well-being of the Sutton Coldfield community. He is very active in addressing issues of local development where he feels they adversely affect the Town. He actively supports a number of local charities including Breastfriends, Norman Laud Association, Sutton Coldfield Branch of the RNLI, Parkinson’s Disease Society, Sutton Coldfield Sea Cadets, Greenacres, and Sutton Coldfield Guiding.Since becoming Sutton Coldfield’s MP he is particularly pleased to have achieved the reinstatement of the Sutton Coldfield Civic Service and established the Sutton Coldfield Inter-Schools Debating Competition.As Sutton Coldfield’s MP, Andrew deals with hundreds of letters and emails from constituents every week. He has a dedicated staff of 5 people to assist him with this work. The issues raised are wide ranging and can fall within the responsibility of Government Departments or Birmingham City Council as well as a number of the agencies that now administer specific matters such as immigration, benefits and the environment. In addition he holds regular Advice Sessions where constituents can see him to discuss political issues or matters of personal concern.Andrew has a home in Sutton Coldfield and spends as much time as possible regularly visiting local schools, businesses and voluntary organisations.


11 Oct 2018

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How Do You Mobilize Political Elites And Citizens?

This podcast comes from a panel discussion that took place at the Building State Capability program’s symposium on October 30th 2018. The panel discussion focused on How to Mobilize Political Elites and Citizens? as Salimah Samji, Director of the Building State Capability program, asked Alice Evans, Lecturer at Kings College London, Rakesh Rajani, Vice President of programs at Co-Impact and Lilly Tsai, Faculty Director and Professor at MIT’s Governance Lab, to share their experiences of mobilizing both political elites and citizens to facilitate social change. // www.bsc.cid.harvard.edu //Audio recorded on October 30, 2018.


27 Nov 2018

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Michael Kremer In Conversation With Harvard Students

Harvard’s Center for International Development brought together students and scholars from across the university to celebrate 2019 Nobel Laureate Michael Kremer as he spoke about his own innovative work as well as that of his colleagues and co-laureates in the field of international development. Kremer is a member of the CID’s Faculty Advisory Council, which oversees the University-wide research center working on development challenges and solutions to global poverty.The event took place on Tuesday, November 5th in the Smith Center’s public auditorium and drew more than 200 attendees to Harvard Commons to hear Kremer speak. Throughout the evening, Kremer’s insights, the questions posed, and the sheer diversity of the expertise represented in the room came together to send a clear message: international development necessarily requires and inevitably draws scholars from a variety of fields and disciplines. Kremer’s work testifies to the synergistic relationship between research and practice: efforts to affect real change in the world are most fruitful when the academic exercises of theory and experimentation are undertaken alongside and directly informed by policymakers, practitioners, and the research beneficiaries themselves.Check CID's Youtube page for a video recording of the event: https://www.youtube.com/user/HarvardCIDFollow our Twitter for more upcoming events from CID: https://twitter.com/HarvardCIDView the transcript of this conversation here: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/centers/cid/files/Transcripts/Transcript-%20Michael%20Kremer%20to%20Harvard%20Students.pdf

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7 Nov 2019

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Going Cashless: An Opportunity to Accelerate Progress on the 2030 SDG's

Billions of dollars in cash payments are made daily in emerging and developing economies, including payment of salaries, social welfare and business transactions. The problem with these cash payments is their lack of transparency, accountability and security. Thanks to technology and connectivity, more people than ever now have access to mobile phones, the internet and cloud-based solutions. How can this digital revolution help us reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) more quickly? Tidhar Wald, Head of Government Relations and Public Policy, Better Than Cash Alliance, United Nations, explains how countries can begin to move away from cash. For the nearly two billion people excluded from the formal financial sector, the digitization of payments can open the door to a range of affordable financial services to help them save safely, seize economic opportunities and reduce their vulnerability. Today on CID’s Speaker Series podcast, Jason Keene, Masters in Public Administration and International Development student at the Harvard Kennedy School, interviews Tidhar Wald, who provides further insight on how this vision of digitization can only be realized if it is carried out responsibly and responsively to people’s needs.// www.growthlab.cid.harvard.edu //Interview recorded on October 12, 2018.About Tidhar Wald: Tidhar Wald leads the Government Relations and Public Policy teams at the Better Than Cash Alliance, a UN-based partnership of over 60 governments, companies and international organizations that accelerates the global transition from cash to digital payments in order to drive inclusive growth and reduce poverty. At Better Than Cash Alliance, Tidhar oversees the outreach to governments, companies, international organizations and donor governments towards their commitment to digitize payments and work together to build digital economies that are inclusive. Prior to his tenure at the Better Than Cash Alliance, Tidhar held positions in political affairs and government relations for over a decade, including at the United Nations, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and Oxfam International. Tidhar holds a Master of Public Policy and International Affairs from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelors in Political Science and History from Sorbonne University in Paris.


18 Oct 2018

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Using Economic Evidence to Drive Policy Improvement: A Conversation with Professor Asim Khwaja

Today on CID’s Research Spotlight podcast, Ghazi Mirza, graduate student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, interviews Professor Asim Khwaja, Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design, who provides further insight on the work that he and EPoD are conducting, their “theory of change”, and the use of both quantitative and qualitative data to enrich their findings. // www.epod.cid.harvard.edu //Interview recorded on October 22, 2018.About Asim Khwaja: Asim Ijaz Khwaja is the Sumitomo-Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development Professor of International Finance and Development at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Co-Director of Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) and co-founder of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). His areas of interest include economic development, finance, education, political economy, institutions, and contract theory/mechanism design. His research combines extensive fieldwork, rigorous empirical analysis, and microeconomic theory to answer questions that are motivated by and engage with policy.He has been published in leading economics journals, such as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and has received coverage in numerous media outlets, such as The Economist, The New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Al-Jazeera, BBC, and CNN.His recent work ranges from understanding market failures in emerging financial markets to examining the private education market in low-income countries. He was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in 2009 to pursue research on how religious institutions impact individual beliefs.Khwaja received BS degrees in economics and in mathematics with computer science from MIT, and a PhD in economics from Harvard. A Pakistani, U.K., and U.S. citizen, he was born in London, U.K., lived for eight years in Kano, Nigeria, the next eight in Lahore, Pakistan, and the past eighteen years in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He continues to enjoy interacting with people around the globe.Khwaja also serves as the faculty co-chair of a week-long executive education program, "Rethinking Financial Inclusion: Smart Design for Policy and Practice," aimed primarily at professionals involved in the design and regulation of financial products and services for low-income populations.


8 Nov 2018

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How Some Rustbelt Cities are Becoming the Smartest Places on Earth and Why it Matters

CID Student Ambassador David Pareja interviews Antoine Van Agtmael, Senior Adviser at Foreign Policy Analytics and principal founder, CEO and CIO of Emerging Markets Management LLC. Interview recorded on February 3rd, 2017.About Antoine: Mr. Van Agtmael is a senior adviser at Foreign Policy Analytics, a public policy advisory firm in Washington DC and was the principal Antoine Van Agtmaelfounder, CEO and CIO of Emerging Markets Management LLC (and later chairman of AshmoreEMM), a leading investment management firm for emerging market equities. He was also a founding director of the Strategic Investment GroupSM. Before founding EMM in 1987, Mr. van Agtmael was Deputy Director of the Capital Markets department of the International Finance Corporation ("IFC"), the private sector-oriented affiliate of the World Bank. While at IFC, he coined the term “emerging markets” and founded the IFC Emerging Markets Database. He was also a Division Chief in the World Bank's borrowing operations, Managing Director of Thailand's leading merchant bank TISCO and Vice President at Bankers Trust Company. Mr. van Agtmael is co-author of The Smartest Places on Earth (Public Affairs, March 2016), author of The Emerging Markets Century (Free Press, 2007), Emerging Securities Markets (Euromoney, 1984), and co-editor of The World's Emerging Stock Markets (Probus Publishing, 1992). He was an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law Center and taught at the Harvard Institute of Politics and Thammasat University, Bangkok. He has lectured widely at universities and other professional audiences around the world. He holds an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School, an M.A. in Russian and Eastern European Studies from Yale University and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Erasmus University in the Netherlands.He is a Board member of The Brookings Institution (and Co-Chair of its International Advisory Council), the NPR Foundation (and until 2013 its Chair and NPR board member), the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Gallery, and Magnum Photos. He is also a member of the Yale President’s Council on International Activities and of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is married and has two children and a grandchild.


1 Mar 2017

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A New Approach to Education in Pakistan: Helping Schools Help Themselves

On this week's Speaker Series podcast, we are joined by Zainab Qureshi, the LEAPS (Learning and Educational Achievement in Pakistan Schools) Senior Program Manager at the Center for International Development’s EPoD (Evidence for Policy Design). Zainab will be speaking about EPoD’s research on alleviating system-level constraints to improve student learning outcomes in Pakistan. // Originally recorded on December 6, 2019.About the talk:School enrollment is up in Pakistan, but student learning outcomes remain vastly sub-standard. At same time, widespread local entrepreneurship has dramatically changed Pakistan's education landscape, with 42% of school-going children now attending low cost private schools. Transformational research by the LEAPS program shows that improving education quality will require moving beyond the traditional approach of input augmentation towards a new, systems-based approach that explores how to catalyze innovation in the entire education ecosystem and help schools help themselves. This talk will outline the Learning and Educational Achievement in Pakistan Schools (LEAPS) team’s research on how to alleviate system-level constraints to improve student learning outcomes. Lead researchers on LEAPS are Prof. Tahir Andrabi (Pomona), Prof. Jishnu Das (Georgetown) and Prof. Asim Ijaz Khwaja (Harvard Kennedy School). About the Speaker: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.


16 Dec 2019

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The Challenges of Driving Prosperity: Growth Diagnostics and Sustainable Development

Practitioners face many challenges when diagnosing growth constraints and setting a country on a path to greater prosperity - including navigating the political context and getting good policy ideas implemented. Miguel Angel Santos, Douglas Barrios and Tim O’Brien are seasoned researchers at the Center for International Development’s Growth Lab that have worked in Jordan, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and other countries, developing growth strategies on both national and sub-national levels.Today on CID’s Research Spotlight podcast, Friederike Strub, Masters in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School, interviews Miguel, Douglas, and Tim, who share their experiences with Growth Diagnostics in the broader context of the global sustainable development agenda, exploring how they take into account inequality and social inclusion, as well as environmental sustainability, when designing macroeconomic policy solutions.// www.growthlab.cid.harvard.edu //Interview recorded on October 30, 2018.


21 Nov 2018

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Hot Topics in Global Health Financing: Accountability, Transition, & the UHC Agenda

Since 2000, a large and complex global infrastructure has emerged to help finance public health improvement in low- and middle-income countries. These institutions have helped drive historic improvements in child survival, HIV mortality, and access to modern contraception—yet serious questions have arisen about their long-term sustainability, their effects on country-led health systems, and whether they create incentives that are misaligned with long-term public health impart.Today on CID’s Speaker Series podcast, Jason Keene, Masters in Public Administration and International Development student at the Harvard Kennedy School, interviews Rachel Silverman, Assistant Director of Global Health Policy and a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Global Development, gives us a brief overview of the current health financing architecture. She also discusses three “hot topics” in global health financing: fiscal and programmatic accountability and incentive models; strategies to “transition” countries away from reliance on external financing; and the movement away from “vertical”, disease-focused financing streams toward a more comprehensive, holistic vision for Universal Health Coverage (UHC).// www.growthlab.cid.harvard.edu //Interview recorded on October 26, 2018.About Rachel Silverman: Rachel Silverman is a senior policy analyst and assistant director of global health policy at the Center for Global Development, focusing on global health financing and incentive structures. During previous work at the Center from 2011 to 2013, she contributed to research and analysis on value for money, incentives, measurement, and policy coherence in global health, among other topics. Before joining CGD, Silverman spent two years supporting democratic strengthening and good governance programs in Kosovo and throughout Central and Eastern Europe with the National Democratic Institute. She holds a master's of philosophy with distinction in public health from the University of Cambridge, which she attended as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. She also holds a BA with distinction in international relations and economics from Stanford University.


1 Nov 2018

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Productive Transformation in LATAM & Strategic Participation in Global Value Chains: An OECD view

CID Student Ambassador Mayra Salazar-Rivera interviews Roberto Martinez Yllescas, Head of OECD Mexico Centre. Roberto discusses Latin America's participation in global value chains and his views on how change in the NAFTA agreement could impact Mexico and the U.S.Recorded on December 2nd, 2016.About the Roberto Martinez: As head of the OECD Mexico Centre, Roberto Martínez Yllescas (MPP '95) works to increase the OECD's relevance and impact in Mexico and Latin America. Roberto was previously Chief of Staff to Commissioner Labardini as one of the founders of Mexico's Federal Telecommunications Institute. Previously, he was a Senior Advisor in the Secretariat of Communications and Transport in Mexico. He has over fifteen years of experience working in governmental, multilateral organizations and private sector companies as Government Affairs manager in Mexico at Intel Corp, as well as Central-Southern Regional Chief for the National Telecommunications, Electronics and IT Industry Association of Mexico. He has also been a senior consultant to the United Nations Development Programme, USAID and Mexico's Centre for Intellectual Capital and Competitiveness. Mr. Martínez Yllescas, a Mexican national, holds a BA in International Relations from El Colegio de México, a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government


9 Feb 2017

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Education for People and Planet: Creating Sustainable Futures for All

CID Student Ambassador Cassandra Ling interviews Priyadarshani Joshi, a researcher with the Global Education Monitoring Report, housed in UNESCO. Priya discusses the recently published "2016 Global Education Monitoring Report", an editorially independent report published by UNESCO.Recorded on November 16th, 2016.This report has been mandated by the international education community to monitor the progress of the global goal of education in the new UN agenda (2016 - 2030). The Report presents a comprehensive vision of the ways in which education is linked to the other 16 sustainable development goals, and details the implications for monitoring the education goal (SDG 4). The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion.Priyadarshani Joshi is from Nepal and is a researcher with the Global Education Monitoring Report, housed in UNESCO. She joined the team in 2014, and her chief emphasis has been on articulating education's role in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. She has a PhD in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Her personal research agenda focuses on the consequences of private sector growth for the public sector, parental choice, and system wide quality and equity in the education sector in developing countries. Prior to her doctoral work, her professional backgrounds included research positions at the IMF and consultancies at UNICEF and the World Bank. Priya also initiated, co-designed and was part of the board of an innovative mobile library project in Nepal, one of the World Bank Development Marketplace 2003 Education Sector Project winners. Priya holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Chemistry from Amherst College, and a Master’s in Public Administration (Economic Policy) from Princeton University.


16 Dec 2016

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Politicising Inequality: The Power Of Ideas

A contemporary challenge is inequality, which is reinforced when it’s taken for granted. But, it can be disrupted when marginalised people gain self-esteem; challenge hitherto unquestioned inequalities; and gain confidence in the possibility of social change. These ideas are illustrated with ethnographic research from Latin America, where income inequality has recently declined. By highlighting some ways in which ideas matter, Alice Evans’ paper on Politicising Inequality: The Power of Ideas, seeks to persuade political economists to go beyond ‘incentives’. She suggests that future efforts to tackle inequality might harness the power of ideas: tackling ‘norm perceptions’ (beliefs about what others think and do); publicising positive deviance; and strengthening social movements.Today on CID’s Speaker Series podcast, Katya Gonzalez-Willette, Events and Outreach Assistant at CID, interviews Alice Evans, Associate at the Building State Capability program at CID and Lecturer at Kings College London, who provides further insight on why ideas matter for curbing inequality and how social mobilisation can catalyse greater government commitment to socially inclusive economic growth.// www.bsc.cid.harvard.edu //Interview recorded on November 1, 2018.About Alice Evans: Alice Evans is writing a book on "The Global Politics of Decent Work". Through comparative research on strengthening corporate accountability, Alice explores how to resolve global collective action problems and improve workers' rights. She has published on the causes of falling inequality in Latin America; social movements; rising support for gender equality; cities as catalysts of social change; and the politics of maternal mortality. She is a Lecturer at King's College London, with previous appointments at Cambridge and the LSE.


15 Nov 2018

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