Perspectives on global development

Seminar: “The impact of Shifting Wealth on developing countries”, Paris, 10 May 2010


Seminar organised by the OECD Development Centre

“The impact of Shifting Wealth on developing countries”


OECD Conference Centre, Paris
10 May 2010







To register for this event, please contact:
Cecily Rawlinson
Tel. +33 (0)1 45 82 95 83
Deadline for registration: 7 May 2010, 12pm




Over the last twenty years, economic and political power has been shifting towards the developing world and emerging economies. A number of developing countries have become centres of strong growth and major players in regional or global affairs, while flows of trade, aid and investment between developing countries have all intensified. The global financial crisis which began in 2007 has, if anything, intensified these trends. This ‘shifting wealth’ phenomenon has enormous implications for global development, bringing opportunities as well as potential pitfalls for developing countries.


The forthcoming Perspectives on Global Development report on “Shifting Wealth” analyses the evidence which documents these changes. The report has been guided and contributed to by Non-Resident Fellows, eminent scholars from developing and emerging countries who were commissioned to write a series of background papers for the report.




This seminar will be an opportunity to hear and discuss the findings from three of the Development Centre's Non-Resident Fellows:

  • Eliana Cardoso, Professor of Economics, Fundação Getúlio Vargas, São Paulo
  • Martyn Davies, Director, The China Africa Network, Gordon Institute of Business Science, University of Pretoria
  • Rajneesh Narula, Professor, University of Reading Business School


The seminar aims to prompt policy makers, academics and development practitioners to reflect on what the ‘shifting wealth’ phenomenon means for the way we think about development. In particular, it asks how developing countries can adapt to thrive in the new global economy, and questions whether traditional development strategies are still relevant.




This half-day seminar will be divided into three sessions.


The first two sessions will be dedicated to hearing the findings of the Non-Resident Fellows. After each session, a discussant will give their response, before the chair opens up the debate to questions from the audience.


The morning will conclude with a policy panel and an opportunity for a more interactive debate, with audience participation. The Non Resident Fellows will briefly address key questions in turn, before the moderator opens up to questions and comments from the audience.


Background documents


DEV Working Paper: “South America for the Chinese? A Trade-Based Analysis of Shifting Economic Power in the Region” by Eliana Cardoso


Background Paper: "How China is influencing Africa's development" by Martyn Davies


Background Paper: “Much Ado About Nothing? Outward MNE activity from developing countries and its importance for home and host country” by Rajneesh Narula




Sponsorship and organisation


This seminar is organised by the OECD Development Centre. The event is free of charge.