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This Friday: “Best and Worst of Aid” Conference

For aid watchers in New York, this post is a reminder of Development Research Institute’s upcoming conference this Friday, from 9 am to 2 pm, in NYU’s Kimmel Center.

Called “The Best and Worst of Aid: Incentives, Accountability and Effectiveness,” speakers and participants will present new findings and discuss and debate the best and worst of what happened in aid this year.

(According to some rumors, the irrepressible light-hearted side of DRI will give Oscar-style Best of Aid Awards – and of course, Worst of Aid Awards – in several important categories).

9:00 am: Welcome and Introduction
Yaw Nyarko, Professor of Economics and Co-Director of DRI

9:10 am: Aid and Development Today: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times
William Easterly, Professor of Economics and Co-Director of DRI

10:00 am: The Best and the Worst of International Effort on Failed States
Clare Lockhart, CEO, Institute for State Effectiveness

10:50 am: Coffee Break

11:05 am: Keynote: What Works and What Does Not Work in Aid and the Transformative Challenges Ahead
Isabel Guerrero, Vice President, South Asia Region, World Bank

11:50 am: Thoughts on Aid from a Ugandan Perspective
Andrew Mwenda, Founder & Owner, The Independent, Uganda

12:30 pm: Lunch Served

12:45 pm: Lunch Keynote: Historical Lessons: What Did Development Aid Do Best? What Did It Do Worst?
Lant Pritchett, Harvard Kennedy School

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. (More details here. Register here.)

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  1. Andrew Mwenda is a fantastic commentator on aid and relief in Africa. He gains my respect because he is a stakeholder in the failures and/or successes of development in his country.

    He gave a fantastic presentation at the TED Conference in Arusha, Tanzania during June 2007 on the topic of aid in Africa.

    Posted March 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Permalink
  2. Russell Silva wrote:

    Will video recordings of the talk be available?

    Posted March 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Permalink
  3. Andy wrote:

    Given that Bill has already declared failed states to be “a failed concept” (, I wonder what “Best” efforts you will be discussing in your 10am talk. Isn’t this a bit inconsistent with your previous views?

    Posted March 4, 2010 at 1:20 am | Permalink
  4. William Easterly wrote:

    Andy, Hey, why should I only have people speak who agree with me? I believe in debate!

    Posted March 4, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Permalink
  5. Barbara wrote:

    I second Russell’s comment: If there will be audio or video recordings available , please link them here!

    Posted March 4, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Permalink
  6. Danielle Cave wrote:

    Video would be great! Even a flip recording would be useful for those of us not in the US let alone in NY.

    I think Hans Rosling’s GAPMINDER website deserves a mention somewhere, for those of us who can’t deal with statistics it makes them bearable not to mention colourful!

    Posted March 4, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Permalink
  7. Carla wrote:

    I third the request for audio or video links.

    Posted March 5, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink
  8. avam wrote:

    Yes, video and audio links on this please! Assume it will be posted under Aid Watch Resources [video]? Any chance you could let us know when it’s up?

    Posted March 6, 2010 at 6:16 am | Permalink
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