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Mauricio Cárdenas, Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Colombia
Luis Andres Caputo, Minister of Finance, Argentina
Lea Giménez Duarte, Minister of Finance, Paraguay
José Antonio González Anaya, Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, México
Felipe Larraín Bascuñán, Minister of Finance, Chile
David Tuesta, Minister of Economy and Finance, Perú
Liliana Rojas-Suarez, Director, Latin America Initiative, Center for Global Development
Máximo Torero, Executive Director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay, World Bank Group
Most countries in Latin America are currently reporting fiscal deficits and many have increased their external debt ratios. This has refocused attention on whether the region’s resilience to external shocks has deteriorated, and it has raised questions about Latin America’s ability to reignite growth and support development efforts.
At this event, Ministers of Finance from the region will discuss their challenges and solutions, on issues that include:
Is there enough fiscal space to react to external shocks, including a higher than expected increase in U.S. interest rates?
Is increased external indebtedness by the public sector a concern for the region? What about private sector debt?
Given the low rates of growth in Latin America, what role will governments’ spending and tax policies play in revitalizing the regions’ economies?
As several countries are affected by political scandals, is there hope for important growth-enhancing fiscal reforms in the near future?
In outlining his vision for U.S. development assistance, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green has emphasized fidelity to an overarching purpose—ending its need to exist. Consistent with this objective, USAID has been developing a new strategic approach that seeks to more systematically orient its programming toward building countries’ capacity to plan, finance, and manage their own development. A key component of this “journey to self-reliance” framework is a set of metrics that will help assess each country’s progress along their journey. The metrics will help inform strategic planning around the nature of USAID’s partnership with the country, shape development dialogue, and help inform thinking about strategic transitions.
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok shocked the world, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Yet Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions. From its inception, the group has systematically exploited women to advance its aims. Perhaps more disturbing still, some Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, even sacrificing their lives as suicide bombers. These events cannot be understood without first acknowledging the long-running marginalization of women in Nigerian society. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as the wider social and political context that fuels the group’s violence.
In Navigation by Judgment, Dan Honig argues that high-quality implementation of foreign aid programs often requires contextual information that cannot be seen by those in distant headquarters. Tight controls and a focus on reaching pre-set measurable targets often prevent front-line workers from using skill, local knowledge, and creativity to solve problems in ways that maximize the impact of foreign aid.