Rank #1: Fathering a New Idea of National Security
Rank #2: The Intersection of Development and Stabilization in Africa
This week, Dan is joined by General Kip Ward to talk about civilian-military collaboration in Africa. General Ward was the inaugural commander of the U.S. Africa Command and has four decades of military experience, serving in Korea, Egypt, Somalia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, Palestine, and Germany. General Ward shares his thoughts on the forced migration crisis in Africa, the security challenges in the Horn of Africa, and the rising influence of China in Africa. General Ward also shares stories about collaborating with development agencies on the ground to help communities rebuild after stability is achieved. Please listen to the full podcast to hear more.
Rank #3: Why do the SDGs Matter?
In this episode of Building the Future, Dan is joined by Ulrika Modéer, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. Dan and Ulrika discuss the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role that governments around the world, international organizations, and the private sector will play in achieving the Goals. They also discuss global migration and how the international migration system will have to deal with refugees and migrants today and in the future.
Rank #4: Monitoring and Evaluating Development Projects
In this podcast, Dan sits down with Larry Cooley, founder of MSI (now a part of Tetra Tech) and current President Emeritus and Senior Advisor. Before founding MSI, Larry worked at the World Bank, UN Development Programme, Practical Concepts, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Dan and Larry discuss the importance of including monitoring and evaluating in development programs. What can you learn from pilot programs? How much of projects should be spent on monitoring and evaluating? How can you scale up projects? Click here to listen to the full podcast.
Rank #5: Pursuing Effective and Conflict Aware Stabilization
In this episode, Erol Yayboke and Melissa Dalton discuss what they’ve learned so far in their ongoing CSIS effort, supported by Chemonics International, centered on the implementation of the Trump Administration’s Stabilization Assistance Review (SAR). The SAR is a joint framework created in 2018 by USAID, the Department of State, and the Department of Defense that aims to improve effectiveness of the U.S. government in stabilization operations in conflict-affected areas. Melissa and Erol discuss the major challenges and opportunities to implementation of the SAR as presented in a recent policy brief. Melissa describes the high-level takeaways of this brief and provides a sneak peek at an upcoming policy brief that touches on other important areas of SAR implementation, including the role of partnerships with allied and international institutions in stabilization contexts.
Rank #6: Smart is Not Enough
In this podcast, Dan is joined by Brigit Helms who has nearly 30 years of experience pioneering innovative approaches to financial inclusion. Brigit discusses her new book, Access for All: Building Inclusive Economic Systems, and the importance of promoting inclusive economic development. Today, a wider range of players seek profit with a purpose, including millennials, institutional investors, and corporates. Brigit shares her thoughts on how inclusive economic systems can offer pathways out of poverty, primarily through access to services and jobs. Please listen to the full podcast below to hear more.
Rank #7: Defense and Development: Experiences from Capitol Hill
This podcast was recorded on March 5, 2019.
Rank #8: Disruption in the Aid Sector
In this episode, Dan interviews Raj Kumar, the founding president and editor-in-chief of Devex. Raj is also the author of a new book, "The Business of Changing the World". 10 percent of the world is still living in extreme poverty. At the same time, billionaires are beginning to give at the same level of governments. Dan and Raj discuss how the aid sector will be disrupted, in coming years, due to how involved billionaires are becoming in the aid process and the growth of social entrepreneurship. Listen to the full podcast to hear more about the book and recent changes in global development.
Rank #9: Entrepreneurship Education and Its Impact on Global Prosperity
This week, Dan is joined by Dr. Kerry Healey, President of Babson College. In this podcast, Dr. Healey discusses her path from 70th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts to first female president of Babson College. Babson is a small liberal arts school located in Wellesley, Massachusetts that is world-renowned for its entrepreneurship education. Dr. Healey’s initiatives like the Global Scholars program have helped globalize the student body at Babson; international students now comprise 28 percent of the student body, with 87 different countries represented in 2018 alone. Under Dr. Healey, Babson has spread its entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge abroad through 14 MOOCs (massive online open courses) that have reached 150,000 students in 226 countries and districts around the world.
Rank #10: Small Projects, Big Impact: Crowding in Capital for SMEs and Microfinance
In this episode, Dan sits down with Harold Rosen, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Grassroots Business Fund. They discuss Harold’s career at the World Bank and the Grassroots Business Fund, which grew out of the Grassroots Business Initiative at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Harold was at the forefront of bringing impact investment and small-and-medium-businesses financing to the IFC, and he talks about how measuring and delivering impact and microfinance have evolved in development finance institutions (DFIs). He also discusses blended finance and the importance – and difficulty – of crowding in capital to finance small businesses and help lift people out of poverty.
Rank #11: Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea
In this podcast, Dan is joined by former Secretary of the Navy, John Lehman. Secretary Lehman served under President Ronald Reagan and took office at the age of just 38 years old. This podcast explores the influence of the U.S. Navy during the Cold War and Secretary Lehman’s new book Oceans Ventured: Winning the Cold War at Sea. One of Secretary Lehman’s greatest achievements was Ocean Venture ’81, a naval exercise that took place in 1981 that involved 120,000 service personnel, 250 ships and about 1,000 or more planes from 14 countries. Listen to the full podcast to hear the untold story of the U.S. naval efforts during the Cold War and the important role of deterrence to U.S. national security.
Rank #12: The State of Democracy in America and Abroad
In this episode, Dan sits down with Lindsay Lloyd, Deputy Director of the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, to talk about the health of democracy worldwide. Mr. Lloyd was involved in the Democracy Project: a joint national survey by the Bush Institute, Freedom House, and the Penn Biden center that examines American attitudes toward the state of democracy at home and the importance of promoting democracy abroad. Dan and Lindsay discuss some of the survey’s findings and extend the conversation to questions of democracy in countries such as China, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Tune in to this episode of Building the Future: Freedom, Prosperity and Foreign Policy with Dan Runde to find out why Americans value democracy – although youth increasingly value it less – and why there is reason to be optimistic about the future of democracy all around the world.
Rank #13: Catalyzing Not Colonizing: American Ingenuity in Foreign Policy
This week Dan hosts Rick Barton, former U.S. Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations and author of the recently published book, Peace Works: America’s Unifying Role in a Turbulent World. Rick discusses his extensive career trajectory at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) – where he founded the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) – the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations, and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) at the State Department. His experience at these organizations and his dedication to foreign policy inspired his latest book, in which he discusses the need to match American ingenuity with local ingenuity to be a catalyzing – and not a colonizing – force in international affairs.
Rank #14: Bipartisan Consensus in Foreign Policy: Arthur Vandenberg’s Legacy
On this episode, Dan is joined by Hank Meijer, author of the book “Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century.” Hank discusses the life and legacy of an unsung hero, Senator Arthur Vandenberg --- the legislative architect of several critical pieces of foreign policy including the Marshall Plan. Vandenberg played an important role in obtaining bipartisan consensus in Congress and first coined the phrase ‘Iron Curtain’. He sacrificed his presidential ambitions to stay in Congress and hold hearings on the Marshall Plan. While unknown to many, Vandenberg was an integral part of the conversations that began to conceptualize a post-war alliance, which eventually led to the formation of the United Nations. Hank Meijer spent over two decades researching Vandenberg’s legacy and wrote the Michigan Senator’s first biography in honor of his public service.
Rank #15: Rebooting the Innovation Agenda | Cities, Inequality, and Migration
Over the next few decades, much of the rapid population growth in the developing world will be concentrated in megacities and urban centers. This reality, along with rapid technology-driven disruptions, will bring about economic stratification within urban communities while reinforcing the divides and inequalities between urban and rural communities. Without adequate investment and the right structural conditions, this widespread rural-to-urban migration will only foster pools of problems such as pandemics, a greater strain on urban infrastructure, and environmental pollution. In this episode, Jessica Brandt (The Brookings Institution) and Sara Lawrence (RTI International) consider the impact of massive migration and urbanization in securing sustainable and equitable innovation-led economic growth.
This is the fifth and final installment of our five-part series on Rebooting the Innovation Agenda. This series has been produced thanks to the generous support from RTI International.
Rank #16: Rebooting the Innovation Agenda | Approaching Human Capital Development
With science, technology, and innovation making rapid progress under the fourth industrial revolution, it is fundamentally altering the relationship between individuals, societies, and the global economy. Moreover, this period of technological advancement will likely leave emerging markets struggling as two-thirds of their jobs are estimated to be lost eventually to automation and technological disruption. In this episode, Susan Lund (McKinsey & Company) and Eric Johnson (RTI International) discuss the need for economies to radically transform their human capital development strategies in order to respond to these incoming disruptions and harness the potential of the fourth industrial revolution.
This is the first in a series of five episodes on Rebooting the Innovation Agenda and has been produced thanks to the generous support from RTI International.
Rank #17: What are the Industries of the Future?
In this episode, Dan is joined by Alec Ross - technology policy expert and author of the bestseller The Industries of the Future. This book explores the technological and economic trends that will shape the next ten years and is targeted towards non-engineers interested in learning about cyber, AI, and big data. Alec served as Senior Advisor for Innovation for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role created for him to maximize the potential of technology and innovation in service of America’s diplomatic agenda. In this conversation, Alec and Dan also discuss leapfrog technologies and labor market disruptions, both in the United States and in developing countries. Please listen to full podcast to hear more.
Rank #18: Is this the African Century?
Rank #19: Shaping Effective Strategies to Diminish Fragility and Promote Resilience
In this podcast, Dan Runde is joined by Ambassador James Michel, a Senior Advisor to the Project on Prosperity and Development at CSIS and former chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). In January 2018, Ambassador Michel published a CSIS report, Managing Fragility and Promoting Resilience to Advance Peace, Security, and Sustainable Development. The OECD estimates that by 2035, 80 percent of extremely poor people will live in the 56 contexts identified as fragile in 2016. The United States and other development actors are going to be increasingly focused on these fragile contexts, and Ambassador Michel provides recommendations for each of their approaches. To hear more, check out the report launch.
Rank #20: A Perspective on the Future of Development: Investment, Innovation, and the Sustainable Development Goals
This podcast features Daniella Ballou-Aares, a Partner for Dalberg Advisors and former Senior Advisor for Development to U.S. Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton. This discussion focuses on the role of blended finance in achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Daniella also shares her thoughts on innovative data sources for development. To hear more from Daniella listen to the full podcast below and check out an event we hosted, Development Finance Institutions in a New Aid Architecture.