[Apr.25 ]The 12th NSE International Development Forum

 date:2017-4-19 14:48:00          

The 12th NSE International Development Forum

MDBs' Role in a Changing Development Landscape


Time 10:00-12:00, Apr. 25(Tue.), 2017

VenueConference Room #3, Overseas Exchange Center of Peking University


Language:  English

Organized by:    Center for New Structural Economics at Peking University (CNSE)

                           Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development at Peking University (ISSCD)

Moderator:        Jiajun XU(Assistant Professor, Executive Deputy Director, CNSE, Peking University)

Speakers          Conor Savoy(Deputy Director and Fellow, the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development and Project on Prosperity and Development, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS))

   Daniel F. Runde(Director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and holds William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Commentator GU Bin(Lecturer, Ph.D., Law School, Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU))


10:00-10:05       Opening remarks by the moderator

10:05-11:25     Lecture by the speakers

11:25-11:40   Comments by the commentator

11:40-12:00   Q&A


Today’s developing world is fundamentally different than that of your grandparents. There are two divergent paths for developing countries: dozens are richer, freer, healthier, and more self-sufficient, while dozens struggle mightily. A whole series of countries are following the example of South Korea and heading toward development while 30 to 40 countries remain fragile states. Those doing well need drastically less foreign assistance and instead want trade, investment, better infrastructure, and a diversified, innovative economy. 

Multilateral institutions – including Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) – are important components of global development. In the wake of 2009 financial crisis, the MDBs increased their financing dramatically and continue to provide yearly lending at levels much higher than pre-crisis levels. The business model of the MDBs, however, is changing because middle income countries increasingly do not need to borrow from the MDBs. Moving from middle income countries to fragile states has proved difficult for the MDBs. Human resources, instruments and incentives are not fully aligned for MDBs to operate in fragile and conflict affected states. With new players emerging in the form of so called “vertical funds” and infrastructure banks, traditional multilateral institutions need to adapt and work alongside these new factors. Are these organization equipped to address the changing development world over the next 15 years?


Conor Savoy

Conor Savoy

Conor Savoy is deputy director and fellow with the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development (USLD) and Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) at CSIS. He joined CSIS in September 2011 as assistant director of USLD. At CSIS, he focuses on the day-to-day management of the two projects, as well as implementing and guiding USLD’s and PPD’s research agenda. His research includes the role of the private sector in international development, governance and rule of law, trade and investment, and development finance. In his time at CSIS, Mr. Savoy has authored or contributed to several reports, commentaries, and critical questions. He is the author of a number of CSIS publications, including Private-Sector Development and U.S. Foreign Policy (April 2015), Taxes and Development (December 2014), and Combating Global Poverty (December 2013). In addition, he is the coauthor of The Ecosystem of U.S. International Development Assistance: A Development and Foreign Policy Strategic Asset (CSIS, October 2012) and U.S.-China Parallel Development Assistance Goals: Building on Common Interests (CSIS, March 2012).

Prior to CSIS, he worked in energy consulting and as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C. At CFR, he focused on broad issues impacting U.S. grand strategy, the effect of emerging nations on U.S. foreign policy, as well as U.S.-Russia relations and NATO. In May 2010, he was selected as a fellow for the Manfred Worner Seminar. Mr. Savoy holds a B.A. with honors in history from George Washington University and an M.A. in international relations from Boston University. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Daniel F. Runde

Daniel F. Runde

Daniel F. Runde is director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at CSIS. His work centers on leveraging American soft power instruments and the central roles of the private sector and good governance in creating a more free and prosperous world. Previously, he led the Foundations Unit for the Department of Partnerships & Advisory Service Operations at the International Finance Corporation. His work facilitated and supported over $20 million in new funding through partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, and Visa International, among other global private and corporate foundations.

Earlier, Mr. Runde was director of the Office of Global Development Alliances at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He led the initiative by providing training, networks, staff, funds, and advice to establish and strengthen alliances, while personally consulting to 15 USAID missions in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. His efforts leveraged $4.8 billion through 100 direct alliances and 300 others through training and technical assistance. Mr. Runde began his career in financial services at Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc., in Baltimore and worked for both CitiBank and BankBoston in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College.

For more information on the speakers, please refer to

https://www.csis.org/people/conor-m-savoy for Mr. Savoy, and

https://www.csis.org/people/daniel-f-runde for Mr. Runde

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