January 12, 2009
New York University will host “What Would the Poor Say: Debates in Aid Evaluation,” a one-day conference with the leading thinkers in development economics about how to best hold aid agencies accountable for effective solutions to global poverty, on Friday, February 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 19 University Place (at 8th Street), Room 102. Subway Lines: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place).
The event, organized by NYU’s Development Research Institute and the university’s Department of Economics, is free and open to the public. Call 212.992.7485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or email@example.com.
Presentations include: “The Evaluation Revolution and the Aid Providers”; “Foreign Aid from the African Business Point of View”; “Independent Media in Africa and Foreign Aid”; and “Independent Evaluation and the Reaction of Official Aid Agencies: The Example of Benin.” Among the conference’s speakers are: June Arunga, a development economist at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation; award-winning MIT Professor Esther Duflo; Lant Pritchett, a professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government; NYU Economist William Easterly, author of The White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good; and Andrew Mwenda, editor of Uganda’s Independent. The event will announce Aid Watch, a new initiative of NYU’s Development Research Institute that will call for aid agencies to be held to account for results by objective and impartial evaluators of international aid and development. For a complete schedule of events, go to: http://www.nyu.edu/fas/institute/dri/seminarsandconferences.html
The Development Research Institute (DRI) is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries. An independent and non-partisan organization, DRI builds upon a foundation of academic research comparing aid agency practices and surveying the thinking behind aid projects. For more, go to http://www.nyu.edu/fas/institute/dri/
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