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DevTalks - Reviving international co-operation


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The COVID-19 crisis is exposing the failures of the international system to adapt to new actors and new objectives that have come with increasing interdependence. How can countries – at all levels of development – interact and learn from each other in this new global landscape? We look into the what, i.e. the possible shapes and objectives of multilateral governance in a post-COVID world. And the how, i.e. identifying the new tools and partnerships, as well as the indicators we need to go beyond equating a country’s level of development with its level of income.

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Mechanisms of change: putting metrics into action

Tuesday, 23th February 2021

Pedro Conceição, Director of the Human Development Report Office, UNDP
Ravi Kanbur, T.H Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economic and Management and Professor of Economics, Cornell University
Girol Karacaoglu, Head of the School of Government, Victoria University, Wellington and former Chief Economist, New Zealand Treasur

Moderated by Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre and Romina Boarini, Director of the Centre for Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity, OECD.

The idea that development metrics need to account for more than national income and economic growth is not new. Indeed, 30 years have passed since the launch of the Human Development Index (HDI), with its aim "to shift the focus of development economics from national income accounting to people-centered policies". This year, the UNDP introduced a new, experimental Planetary pressures adjusted HDI, presented in the Human Development Report 2020. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 232 unique indicators are another example. However, the wide acceptance that development is complex and multidimensional has had more impact on measurement than on policy processes.

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Understanding the Borrell doctrine : LAC-EU & the New Deal for development

Wednesday, 16th December 2020

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Alicia Barcena, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Enrique V. Iglesias, Economist, former President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and former Secretary General of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB)
Jose Antonio Sanahuja, Director of the Fundación Carolina
Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre

Moderated by Ayelen Amigo, Delegate of Argentina to the OECD Development Centre Governing Board 

Right after the LAC-EU ministerial meeting and the OECD Development Centre’s International Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean, and using recent articles published by Le Grand Continent, this DEV Talk was an opportunity to discuss High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell’s geopolitical strategy, with a focus on LAC-EU relations. As the world strives to recover from the impacts of the crisis, this debate will assess the role the two regions could play by joining forces to spearhead a New Deal for stronger, more inclusive and sustainable societies and economies.

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Road to regional integration: what are the drivers and constraints?

 Friday 4th December 2020


Alicia Barcena,  Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Ibrahim Mayaki, 
Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)
Diene Keita, Deputy
Anita Prakash, 
Director for Policy Relations, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)

Moderated by Mario Pezzini, Director of the OECD Development Centre.

Successful regional responses to COVID-19 have confirmed the benefits of regional co-operation, with responses from platforms like the African Union, CARICOM in the Caribbean region, the European Union and CAREC in Central Asia. At the same time, the crisis has revealed the gaps and needs for stronger regional co-operation and integration, an obvious example being the need for better regional health co-operation. The pandemic has also underscored the importance of knowledge and information exchange in handling such a crisis.

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Getting the narrative right on migration and development

Monday, 23th November 2020

Michael Clemens, Director of Migration, Displacement and Humanitarian policies, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Tana Anglana,
Migration and Development Senior Specialist, vicar member of the Italian National Council for Co-operation and Development and National Summit of Diaspora Programme
Gonzalo Fanjul
, Journalist and Researcher, Fundación porCausa
Jason Gagnon,
Lead Economist, Migration and Skills, OECD Development Centre

Moderated by Federico Bonaglia, Deputy Director of the OECD Development Centre

International migration was already a contentious issue before COVID-19 struck. Today, the pandemic has created a dangerous pretext for wiping out decades of progress on social, environmental and economic issues related to human mobility. International migration is being painted in an increasingly negative light, highlighting cultural clashes, job and wage loss, skills depletion, and human rights violations, rather than the major benefits it brings, which largely outweigh any of the negative consequences. 

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Rewriting international co-operation: work in progress

Thursday, 16th July 2020

Stefano Manservisi,
former Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate for International Co-operation and Development (DEVCO)
Prof. Sachin Chaturvedi, Director General at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS, India) - Read Prof. Chaturvedi related blog post

With Estherine Fotabong (AUDA-NEPAD) and Angela Ospina (Director General of the Colombian Presidential Agency for International Co-operation).

Two speakers. Three questions. Multiple answers. The idea that the current international co-operation system is no longer fit for purpose is nothing new. Time and again, experts and partners of Development in Transition have called on the system to stop identifying a country’s level of development with its level of income. They have called out the system’s failure to adapt to new actors, and new objectives that have come with increasing interdependence among countries, regions and the global level. The COVID-19 crisis has worryingly exposed and exacerbated these failures, fast-tracking the urgent need to rethink how countries – at all levels of development – can interact and learn from each other in this new global landscape. 

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