Please join us for the second annual Global Development Forum (GDF) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on May 19. The GDF will feature over 40 speakers, including key stakeholders from U.S. government agencies, leading multilateral and non-governmental organizations, foreign governments, and the private sector.
Panelists will discuss promoting an environment that enables greater participation in the formal economy as well as access to bank and capital markets financing. This panel will look at one of the central questions that governments, donors and other stakeholders consider: how do we create a successful enabling environment for private enterprise?
Providing access to information and building effective, transparent institutions at all levels is key to promoting prosperity.
The U.S. Government has aligned its development investments to address global food security with country-led plans. Government ownership is inherently intertwined with a sound policy environment, which is critical to increase private sector investment in agricultural systems.
The role of Congress in U.S. development initiatives is becoming increasingly important. This panel, featuring experts on foreign policy and development from both houses of Congress, will be a forward looking conversation focusing on what may be possible through legislation during the next administration, such as the rewriting of the Foreign Assistance Act.
More than 50 percent of the world lives in cities today; by 2020, this will rise to almost 60 percent. Municipal and state governments’ ability to finance infrastructure and planning will become increasingly important as the global urban population rises.
Global energy consumption is projected to increase by 45 percent by 2050.
Over the past 15 years, Sub-Saharan Africa has made great strides both through improved governance and strong economic growth. Both of these are now being buffeted by declining commodity prices, a slowing Chinese economy, and broader economic forces.
In U.S. coastal areas, in Puerto Rico, in Brazil and virtually every other country in the western hemisphere, there is the rising threat that the swift spread of the Zika virus will result in an epidemic of infants born with severe brain damage and adults who suffer paralysis. Poor women in their child bearing years, and their partners, are especially vulnerable.