Based on a report recently published by the European Think Tanks Group, 'Our Collective Interest: Why Europe's problems need global solutions and global problems need European action', the purpose of the meeting is to explore, review and establish expectations of the new EU leadership team and to debate the priorities for EU development cooperation in 2015 and beyond.
On Monday 17th November, ODI hosted China’s Special Representative for African Affairs Ambassador Zhong Jianhua for an exclusive event chaired by Kevin Watkins, with Zhenbo Hou as a discussant. Ambassador Zhong Jianhua discussed his own experiences in South Sudan and South Africa, whilst offering some thoughts on the relevance of the Chinese model for Africa.
Despite long-standing awareness of the importance of local politics and context, programming often falls back on conventional development modalities – which can be particularly astute in the justice sector. This roundtable brought together a range of organisations and individuals grappling with what context-relevant, politically-informed and adaptive programming looks like – and what implications this may have for the justice sector.
In many countries, particularly low-income and/or fragile states, national budgets are often poor predictors of revenue and expenditure. This roundtable will bring together CAPE staff, academics and public financial management practitioners to discuss why, in spite of this considerable effort to strengthen budget credibility, do many governments still struggle to execute their budget to plan?
A roundtable on the role of aid and other kinds of international public finance in the post-2015 development agenda, based on Jonathan Glennie's (ODI) and Gail Hurley's (UNDP) joint discussion paper "Where next for aid? The post-2015 opportunity".
The role of the BRICS in global governance: roundtable with Chinese Development Research Center of the State Council, Beijing
Zhenbo Hou, Research Officer from the International Economic Development Group at ODI, presented his report 'Will the BRICS provide the Global Public Goods the world needs?' to members of Beijing's Development Research Center of the State Council.
ODI have co-organised a roundtable event to discuss how the new Sustainable Development Goals must incorporate the challenges that Least Developed Countries face.
Debt sustainability in HIPCs in a New Age of Choice: Taking stock of the debt relief initiatives and implications of the new development finance landscape for public debt sustainability
ODI is organizing a roundtable that convenes experts on debt issues from academia, multilateral development banks and NGOs to present and debate findings from a forthcoming working paper that reflects on how new debt-creating flows will impact on debt sustainability.
Many development agencies increasingly acknowledge that aid is more likely to be effective, and less likely to do harm, when it is politically well-informed - yet changing ways of working has proven difficult. This event presented selected case studies where better outcomes have been achieved by thinking politically - and working differently.