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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?
Carol Graham of the Brookings Institution presented her paper, Can Happiness Research Contribute to Development Economics? The paper addresses the gaps between standard income measures and individual assessments of happiness and welfare, and how these paradoxes effect development outcomes. Michael Lokshin of the World Bank was the discussant.
This event introduced the Seattle Initiative for Global Development, an emerging group of business and civic leaders who believe the private sector voice should support poverty elimination and make global development a national priority.
Branko Milanovic of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace presented 'Can we discern the effect of globalization on income distribution? Evidence from household surveys' at the Massachusetts Ave. Development Seminar (MADS). The discussant was Mattias Lundberg of the World Bank.
François Bourguignon Chief Economist of the World Bank presented "Inequality of Outcomes and Inequality of Opportunities in Brazil." The paper was written jointly with Francisco Ferreira and Marta Menéndez. Dr. Bourguignon’s discussant was Samuel Morley of the International Food Policy Research Institute
The Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Global Development Network (GDN) convened an experts' research workshop on quantifying the impact of developed countries' policies on developing countries, at CGD in Washington, DC, on October 23rd and 24th, 2003.
Michael Kremer of Harvard and Brookings presented "The Illusion of Sustainability" (joint with Ted Miguel of Berkeley). Jishnu Das of the World Bank and Scott Barrett of Johns Hopkins SAIS were discussants.