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Caren Grown, Senior Director for Gender, World Bank Karen Mathiasen, Acting US Executive Director, World Bank Rebecca Ruf, VP of Programs, Global Banking Alliance for Women Elizabeth Vazquez, CEO and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
Nancy Lee, Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development
Policymakers in rich and poor countries interested in boosting growth increasingly view women entrepreneurs as an underutilized asset. The launch of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Facility (We-Fi) at the G20 Summit is one example of a major initiative to mobilize more than $1 billion to help women start and grow businesses. But, beyond the scale of resources, important questions about how they are allocated need to be addressed.
Please join a panel of distinguished thought and practice leaders from the World Bank, WeConnect, and the Global Banking Alliance for Women for a discussion of how to formulate a holistic approach to this set of challenges. What does the evidence tell us about the most effective ways to support access to finance, access to skills and networks, and access to markets? And how can interventions best be combined?
This seminar will take a close look at the details of the MCA qualification process. How does it work? What are the latest data for the 16 indicators? Which countries are most likely to qualify (by unofficial estimates)? How could the selection process be improved?
Arvind Subramanian, a Division Chief in the Africa Department of the International Monetary Fund, and Aaditya Mattoo of the World Bank presented "The WTO and the Poorest Countries: The Stark Choices," analyzing the ways in which the World Trade Organization can accommodate the interests of small and poor countries, coauthored with Aaditya Mattoo of the World Bank.
Leigh Linden, a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present a paper, "Remedying Education: Evidence from Two Randomized Experiments in India." The paper is coauthored with Abhijit Banerjee, Shawn Cole and Esther Duflo.
The Center hosted an afternoon discussion about the ongoing crisis in Haiti, "Haiti: Putting the Current Crisis in Perspective." Panelists included Dan Erikson, Director, Caribbean Projects Inter-American Dialogue; Frederick Barton, Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies; Johanna Mendelson-Forman, Senior Program Officer for Peace, Security, and Human Rights, United Nations Foundation; Gayle Smith, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress with moderator Jeremy Weinstein, a Research Fellow here at the Center.
In celebration of International Women’s Day, CGD hosted a conversation with prominent women leaders of policy and research institutions to reflect on both their experiences in leadership as well as their perspectives on issues facing women across the globe.
Simon Maxwell, Director of the Overseas Development Institute, will discuss how Europeans and Americans view their own and each others’ strategies on development, suggesting possibilities for creating stronger connections. Todd Moss of the Center will serve as disscustant to Mr. Maxwell's remarks.
Jamele Rigolini, a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at New York University, presented a paper, "Political Activism and Redistribution," analyzing the complex dynamics relating poverty, inequality, redistribution, and political activity.