On April 11th and 12th, 2014, Emily LeRoux-Rutledge, HCD PhD student, attended the 20th annual International Development Conference at Harvard University. The theme for the conference was: “The Wrong Way? Forging New Paths for Development.” Speakers at the conference included his Excellency Frederick Tluway Sumaye, former Prime Minister of Tanzania, and Esther Duflo, Co-Founder and Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab and Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT.
Emily particularly enjoyed the opening plenary, which saw a panel of experts debate the meaning of ‘successful development’, and the goals underlying development work. Panelists included Lant Pritchett (Professor, Practice of International Development, Harvard Kennedy School); Jane Wales (CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum and President and CEO, World Affairs Council); John McArthur (Senior Fellow, UN Foundation and Former CEO, Millennium Promise); and Michael Woolcock (Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank).
You can read Emily’s tweets from the conference. She is on Twitter as @LeRouxRutledge.
While in town, Emily also lectured to undergraduates and postgraduates taking a course on Global Health Perspectives at the University of Massachusetts Boston.