HCD’S ABROAD: Harvard Conference on International Development

Former PM TanzaniaOn 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.