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LIDS Symposium 2017: Development Beyond Aid

Nov. 10, 2017, 12:00-5:00 PM

Milstein East C, Wasserstein Hall

Each year, LIDS organizes a symposium of global relevance. This fall, the LIDS symposium is entitled Development Beyond Aid. In a time when funding for international development is threatened, the symposium will focus on alternatives to the traditional “giving” model of international development and how to maximize the results from the funding organizations do have.  Our keynote speaker will discuss the problems with the giving model of international development, and provide broad suggestions for improvement.  Our first panel will focus specifically on how businesses can encourage international development by serving the worlds’ poorest.  Between the two panels, a speaker will discuss evidence-based choices in programming.  Our second panel will outline domestic changes that could create international benefits, including agricultural subsidies, international trade regulation, climate policy, and ethical consumption. Finally, a speaker will make concluding remarks about the way forward. Learn more


Challenges and Opportunities in post conflict constitution writing process: experience from Nepal

November 2, 2017, 12:00 PM

Join the Law and International Development Society in Pound 101 for an event with Bhojraj Pokharel, a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace. Over the past decade, Mr. Pokharel assumed various roles in election processes. He served as chief election commissioner of Nepal (2006-2009), co-led the Carter Center’s 2015 Electoral Observation Mission to Myanmar and served as a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s High Level Panel to Bangladesh during the 2008 elections. In 2010, the U.N. Secretary General also entrusted him with the responsibility of overseeing the Southern Sudan’s Referenda process as a member of the high-level panel.
Bhojraj joined the Kofi Anan Foundation in 2016 as a member of the Electoral Integrity Initiative’s Core Team. Previously, Mr. Pokharel served the government of Nepal as a permanent secretary in various ministries including Home Affairs. He holds a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Master of Arts in Economics from Tribhuwan University, Nepal. His (co-authored) book “Nepal Votes for Peace,” a publication by Cambridge University Press – India, highlights the challenges of managing a post-conflict election. He will discuss the challenges and opportunities in post conflict constitution writing process, with a focus on his experience from Nepal.  Non-pizza lunch will be served.

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