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2017 Global Development Forum: Breakout Sessions (C)

April 19, 2017 • 10:30 am – 1:00 pm EDT

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Breakout Session 1: Economic Transformation in Africa: Getting Governance Right (10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Across Africa, opportunities—and pressures—for sustained economic growth, structural change, inclusive development, and employment are expanding. But absent accountable and competent governance, bold leadership, and strategic vision, the prospects for economic transformation and diversification will dim. Speakers in this session will examine private, public, and non-governmental approaches to supporting capacity, accountability, and political will for economic transformation in Africa. (Speaker bios)


Breakout Session 2: The Evolving Role of Multilateral Institutions in Development (12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Multilateral institutions – including Multilateral Development Banks – are important components of global development. They experienced an over $60 billion in capital increase in the post-financial crisis. In this changing development landscape, middle income countries do not need to borrow from MDBs like they used to. At the same time, poor and fragile states and the problems they generate are significant but the MDBs have not had a strong record in these countries. With new players emerging in the form of so called “vertical funds” and infrastructure banks, traditional multilateral institutions need to adapt and work alongside these new factors. Are these organizations equipped to address the changing development world over the next 15 years? (Speaker bios)