Making Market-based Approaches to Development Work for the Poor
Market-based philosophies are an increasing factor in international development, as reflected in the growth of microfinance, social enterprise and impact investing; increased calls from global leaders in the South for “trade not aid”; the greater engagement of the development community with the private sector; and the increasing predominance of China in development.
Regardless of whether these philosophies are “positive” or “negative,” they are a fact of life for international development.
The 2015 seminar considered whether market-based approaches to development can be made to work for the poor, particularly the poorest of the poor, through good governance. Read More
The Changing Paradigm: Is It Leading to a More Empowered Citizenry?
The increasingly horizontal nature of power dynamics and new technology is leading to a new paradigm where citizens are empowered to drive global development. The 2014 seminar explored how governance can mediate and advance these developments in a way that is truly empowering for citizens. Read More
Sustainability of Impact: For the Sector, or the Client
The 2013 seminar examined ways in which client-centred governance can foster empowerment and sustainability of impact in the face of challenges to development such as fragile states, environmental and political crises, and fraud and corruption Read More
Accountability to the Client
The 2012 seminar, the first of the Advancing Good Governance in International Development seminar series, examined a number of challenges relating to the accountability of development to citizens, the ultimate client of the development sector. This included fraud in aid, and a lack of financial literacy and access to technology. Read More