Will Africa be inclusive? SID Washington Chapter Event
Moderated discussion offering diverse perspectives on whether the rapid GDP growth rates being experienced in a number of African countries will lead to an inclusive society and shared growth or further polarization between rich and poor.
Panel members will explore how/whether those African countries that have gained a place in the top rank of global GDP growth over the past five years can sustain high growth and at the same time avoid a worsening split between, on the one hand, a progressively more prosperous, well-educated middle class and business community, and, on the other hand, a large mass of rural and, increasingly, urban poor who do not participate in this growth process, remain marginalized, and are trapped in poverty. Can Africa's top performers extend the benefits of growth in a way that includes the poor, creates jobs for their rapidly growing population, and delivers opportunity as well as basic needs for everyone? What are the key requirements to chart and pursue this path?
Following a welcome from DAI President Jim Boomgard, a short powerpoint presentation by DAI staff will set the stage by highlighting key facts and figures on growth and inclusion in the 'New Africa' top performers. The moderator will then lead the panel in a discussion organized around a set of guiding questions. This 'armchair style' discussion will be followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine-and-cheese reception.
When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. (including a wine-and-cheese reception)
Where: DAI Board Room, 7600 Wisconsin Avenue, 2nd Fl. Bethesda one block north of Bethesda Red Line metro stop)
Video Message from Ali Hersi, Associate Director and Head of Office, Society for International Development
Moderator: Kristi Ragan, Chief of Party, USAID Grand Challenges for Development Project
NGO Representative: Gawain Krepke, Oxfam
Economist: David Robinson, Deputy Director, African Department, International Monetary Fund
For more information:
Contact: Cristina Busbee
Phone: (202) 331-1317