Meet The Chairman of GDN
What's Next for Researching Aid Effectiveness in Africa?
GDN's Network of Excellence
The Benefits of Rural Electrification
Policy Lab in Ghana for UN World Press Day
Closing the Knowledge Gap on Climate Change
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In this interview,  François Bourguignon – Chairman of the Board at the Global  Development Network, former Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank – talks about his belief in the power of capacity building for researchers from developing countries. Watch him explain why research should be done locally in order to reap the most benefits. Bourguignon is also Professor Emeritus at the Paris School of Economics, and founder director of Delta, Joint Research Unit CNRS, Ehess et Ens. Watch him speak on the subject of Science, Technology & Innovation for Development. More GDN videos.

May 2018 marked the closing of the Aid Effectiveness in Africa program, funded by USAID and jointly implemented by GDN and African Economics Research Consortium. In an event hosted by the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative in Washington, DC and attended by representatives from the World Bank, International Development Research Centre, USAID, Hewlett and Gates Foundation, closing reflections focused on the progress made in the capacity of Sub-Saharan African researchers to study key development issues, the need to strengthen institutions that can support local research, as well as the opportunity presented by the data revolution to boost research on development.
Fifteen former winners from the Global Development Awards Competition convened in New Delhi in conjunction with the 2018 Global Development Conference on STI4D to brainstorm fresh ideas on how to boost GDN's network of excellence comprising researchers and practitioners alumni from past grants and competitions. Key ideas included building greater interaction between researchers and policy-makers, identifying and addressing local development challenges, supporting visibility and promotion of local research aimed at policy impact, generating local ownership of research findings, and accessing the skills and competencies of the group to work and publish together. Join Friends of GDN and add to the discussion.

GDN's Global Research Competition grantees, Sambhu Singh Rathi and Claire Vermaak, recently published a paper in the prestigious World Development journal focusing on the effect of household electrification on labor market outcomes for rural individuals in India and South Africa -- two developing countries that have implemented large-scale rural electrification schemes in recent decades. Their findings suggest that the benefits of electrification depend on gender roles, supporting policies and the labor absorptive capacity of the economy. Read more on the Global Research Competition.
GDN, in partnership with UNESCO, held a Policy Lab for the UN World Press Freedom Day in Accra, Ghana this month. The objective of the policy lab was to share our knowledge on how best to connect the demand for research, on a specific topic, with supply. Teasing out the relevance of the research with regard to current policies and practices is crucial, especially at the time of developing research questions. The event received positive feedback from participants who were able to refine their questions, revise their initial assumptions and identify challenges related to methodology, implementation, and ethics.

GDN attended the Bonn Climate Change Conference 2018, organized by the UNFCCC, which hosted the 48th Session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA). The event provided GDN with the opportunity to follow up on program development work focused on climate change adaptation and development. During the event, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change acknowledged GDN’s efforts in closing the knowledge gaps on agriculture, water, and energy within the framework of the Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative.
On GlobalDev, a new blog supported by GDN, the Gates Foundation and the International Monetary Fund that features the voices of Northern and Southern academics on development policy challenges, read Prof. Eeva Furman's – the director of Environment Policy Centre at the Finnish Environmental Institute – article on why it is important to have an urban planning process that takes into account the aspirations of the various stakeholders as well as prevalent ecological concerns. Read about GDN's Natural Resource Management program. 
World Bank presents their quarterly research publication, focused on fragility, conflict and violence, housing high quality, path-breaking and policy-relevant research useful for policymakers and the development community.

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SANEM in association with World Bank will be hosting The Second SANEM-World Bank North America Discussion Forum on September 7, 2018, at Washington, DC on Quality of Economic Growth in South Asia. Abstracts by 25 June 2018. The Partnership for Economic Policy has announced a call for Early Career Women Scientists fellowships. Deadline: 31 August 2018. North Eastern Universities Development Consortium’s annual conference will be held in Ithaca, New York. Papers by July 31, 2018. LACEA has extended the call for papers to members of LACEA or the Econometric Society from March 5, 2018, to June 4, 2018. Know more. iTech Mission has launched a customizable, cloud-based and open source interactive dashboard that can be used by governments to track their UN-aligned Sustainable Development Goals.
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