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“The Best and Worst of Aid,” Hosted by NYU’s Development Research Institute, Weighs Effectiveness of Support to Developing World—March 5

February 5, 2010
N-240, 2009-10

New York University’s Development Research Institute will host “The Best and Worst of Aid,” a one-day conference with the leading thinkers in development economics that will address how to best hold aid agencies accountable for effective solutions to global poverty and highlight which organizations are the best and worst in aid spending, on Friday, March 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NYU’s Kimmel Center for University Life, Eisner and Lubin Auditorium (60 Washington Square South, 4th Floor [at LaGuardia Place]). Subway Lines: R, W (8th Street); 6 (Astor Place); A, B, C, D, E, F, V (West 4th Street).

 The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, call the Development Research Institute (DRI) at 212.992.7485 or email For a complete schedule of events and to register, go to:

Presentations include: “Aid and Development Today: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times,” by NYU Economics Professor William Easterly, co-director of DRI (10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.); “Where Does the Money Go? Trends in Best and Worst Practices in Aid,” by DRI researcher Claudia Williamson (12:45-1:45 p.m.); “The Best and the Worst of the International Effort on Failed States,” by Clare Lockhart, co-founder of the Institute for State Effectiveness (1:45-2:45 p.m.); and, “Historical Lessons: What Did Development Aid Do the Best? What did it Do the Worst?” by Lant Pritchett, a professor of the practice of economic development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (3-4 p.m.).

Reporters interested in attending the event should contact James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or


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

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Press Contact: James Devitt | (212) 998-6808


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