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International Development: how experience changes our ideas

Over the past 50 years, thinking about “international development” evolved with the practical experience of developing countries. This dynamic continues today as facts on-the-ground transform the ideas and politics of development. The speakers will highlight three current examples: the debate on aid to middle-income countries; the shift in concern from absolute poverty to relative inequality; and, the changing sets of actors and problems in international development.

This event will be in English.


  • Ravi Kanbur, T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, Cornell University
  • Rohinton Medhora, President, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)
  • Bruce Currie-Alder, Regional Director, Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

June 6, 2014 (13H00 UTC — 16H00 Amman, 14H00 London, 9H00 New York)

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#DevtIDEAS Debates are a series of live chats organized by Development Ideas — a space for thinkers and practitioners to learn, share and debate about international development. The site is facilitated by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), in collaboration with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the United Nations University (UNU).