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2019 Global Development Forum

April 11, 2019 • 8:30 am – 2:00 pm EDT

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5th Annual Global Development Forum: "Preparing for Tomorrow, Today"

The Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at CSIS is hosting its 5th annual Global Development Forum (GDF) on April 11th, 2019. This half-day conference explores how the United States can work with the private sector, allies, civil societies, and multilateral institutions to tackle complex global challenges. This year's GDF is focused on the future directions for development. Panels will focus on urbanization in Africa, development finance, youth, human rights, long-term trends in development, and water sustainability.
Each year the event has grown and expanded its reach. Last year’s GDF attracted over 500 attendees and over 40 high-level speakers. The 2018 Global Development Forum examined the role and purpose of official development assistance against a backdrop of rising incomes, economic growth, youth unemployment, and other continued complex challenges in many parts of the world. The overarching theme was “Getting from Billions to Trillions” in terms of development finance, highlighting the importance of leveraging the private sector and introducing public-private partnerships in getting there. During the fourth annual GDF, the hashtag “#CSISGDF” was the number one trending hashtag in the DC metro area.


8:00 AMRegistration opens

8:30 AMWelcoming Remarks from Dan Runde 

8:45 AMOpening Remarks 
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  • Rt. Honorable Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute and former U.K. Prime Minister

9:15 AM—Keynote Armchair Conversation 
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  • Ambassador Mark Green, Administrator of USAID
  • James Richardson, Assistant to the Administrator of USAID
  • Daniel Runde, Senior Vice President and Director of the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at CSIS
9:45 AM—Plenary Panel on “Moving Beyond Foreign Assistance”
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  • Mamadou Beye, General Manager-Policy, Government and Public Affairs for Chevron Africa and Latin America
  • Alexander de Croo, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium
  • Stephanie von Friedeburg, Chief Operating Officer for IFC
  • Ambassador Mike Froman, Vice Chairman and President, Strategic Growth for Mastercard
  • Moderator: Daniel Runde, Senior Vice President and Director of the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at CSIS
10:45 AM—Networking Coffee Break

11:00 AM: Breakout Session #1 
Development Finance and Debt Sustainability​​
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  • Cesar Arias, Director of Public Credit at the Ministry of Finance of Colombia
  • Mark Flanagan, Assistant Director of the IMF’s Strategy, Policy, and Review Department
  • Sonja Gibbs, Managing Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Institute for International Finance
  • Dr. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean of the Asian Development Bank Institute
  • Moderator: Stephanie Segal, Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Simon Chair in Political Economy at CSIS
Diverse Paths for Youth Entrepreneurship
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  • Mercy Abang, Nigerian trainer, youth advocate, and award-winning journalist
  • Nestor Bonilla, Co-founder of two social startups, Digital Bonds and Honey Things
  • Alejandro Maza, Founder and CEO of OPI Analytics 
  • Moderator: Romina Bandura, Senior Fellow with the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development at CSIS
Global Trends Reshaping Development to 2050
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  • Philip Auerswald, Associate Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University
  • Dr. Suzanne Fry, Central Intelligence Agency
  • Anne Witkowsky, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Stability and Humanitarian Affairs
  • Moderator: Samuel Brannen, Director of the Risk and Foresight Group at CSIS
12:15 PM—Lunch

12:45 PM—Breakout Session #2 

Making Partnerships Work for Technology and Human Rights
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  • Steve Crown, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Microsoft
  • Eric Goldman, Professor at Santa Clara University Law School
  • Jason Pielemeier, Policy Director at GNI
  • Moderator: Amy Lehr, Director of Human Rights Initiative (HRI) at CSIS
Charting a New Course for Africa's Cities
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  • Emilio Ciarlo, Head of Institutional Relations, Communications, Opportunities and Economic Development for AICS
  • Jefferson Koijee, Mayor of the Capital City of Liberia, Monrovia
  • Somik Lall, Global Lead on Territorial Development Solutions and Lead Economist for Urban Development in Africa, World Bank
  • Dana Omran, Managing Director, City Resilience Delivery-Africa, 100 Resilient Cities-Rockefeller Foundation
  • Moderator: Judd Devermont, Director of the Africa Program at CSIS
The Future of Sustainable Water Infrastructure
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  • Michael Ashford, Director for Water, Energy, and Sustainable Cities for Chemonics International
  • Sergio Campos, Head of the Water and Sanitation Team at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Annie Feighery, Co-founder and CEO of mWater
  • Jeff Goldberg, Acting Director of the Office of Water, USAID
  • Moderator: Kimberly Flowers, Director of the Global Food Security Project and the Humanitarian Agenda at CSIS

2:00 PM—Event ends

Follow the conversation live on Twitter by using #CSISGDF and following @CSIS_USLD and @CSIS.  

Further details to follow. Contact for additional information. Speakers will be added as they are confirmed.

The GDF is a flagship event of CSIS's ongoing "Chevron Forum on Development" series, which seeks to highlight innovative approaches and the role of the private sector in global development. This forum is made possible with generous support from Chevron. The breakout session on "Diverse Paths for Youth in Entrepreneurship" is made possible by generous support from the Alliance for International Youth Development, Creative Associates, FHI 360, and the International Youth Foundation. The breakout session on "The Future of Sustainable Water Infrastructure" is made possible by generous support from Chemonics International.

Event Partners

Daniel F. Runde
Senior Vice President; William A. Schreyer Chair; Director, Project on Prosperity and Development
Amy K. Lehr
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Human Rights Initiative
Stephanie Segal

Stephanie Segal

Former Senior Fellow, Economics Program
Romina Bandura
Senior Fellow, Project on Prosperity and Development, Project on U.S. Leadership in Development
Kimberly Flowers
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food and Water Security Program

Judd Devermont

Samuel Brannen