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Former President of Malawi
Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development
Mary Beth Goodman
Special Assistant to the President, Senior Director for Development, Democracy and Humanitarian Assistance, National Security Council
Please join the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC), Center for Global Development, Girls Not Brides USA, Population Council, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and CARE for the 3rd Annual GIRL SUMMIT DC: "Keeping Our Promises to Adolescent Girls."
Sarah Craven, Director of the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Washington Office, and Lyric Thompson, Policy Director for ICRW, will launch the 2016 State of the World Population Report which features 10 girls at 10 years old and examines how our future depends on girls at this decisive age.
Leading experts will have a dialogue on how current programs and policies affect the lives of adolescent girls around the world. They will look at how the global community can build on recent groundbreaking work, and discuss what the next U.S. administration needs to do.
What's Next for Programs and Research?
o Suzanne Petroni, PhD, Senior Director, Global Health, Youth and Development, ICRW
o Thoai Ngo, Deputy Director, Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, Population Council
o Doris Bartel, Director for Gender & Empowerment, CARE
o Moderator - Kakenya Ntaiya, PhD, Kakenya Center for Excellence
After Obama - What the US Still Needs to Do for Girls
o Helena Minchew, Program Officer, US Foreign Policy, IWHC, and GNB USA Co-Chair
o Caitlin Horrigan, Associate Director, Global Advocacy, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
o Andrea Bertone, PhD, Director of Gender, FHI360
o Moderator - Daniela Ligiero, PhD, CEO, Together for Girls
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.
As part of the G7 meetings, Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau will host a meeting of G7 Development Ministers – the first of its kind since 2010. In preparation for that meeting, Minister Bibeau will join the Center for Global Development to discuss the priorities for this global development summit. In particular, she will discuss the importance of advancing the empowerment of adolescent girls including their central role in eradicating poverty and the need to move towards gender-responsive approaches to humanitarian assistance.