Joining Forces in the Fight Against Global PovertyTuesday, May 1, 2012
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Gad Cohen, Partner, eleQtra Ltd.; Manager, InfraCo Africa
John Morton, Vice President, Office of Investment Policy, Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Kathy Rock, Chief Risk Officer and Chief Financial Officer, Calvert Foundation
Nancy Roman, Director of Public Policy, Communications and Private Partnerships, U.N. World Food Programme
The aid-versus-investment debate has been retired: It's clear they're complementary strategies for lifting up the poorest regions of the world. When aid improves basic health and infrastructure, school enrollment and worker productivity soar, setting the stage for developing nations to attract foreign investment and launch a virtuous cycle of growth. But with Western governments gripped by deficit fears, can NGOs make the case for protecting foreign aid from budget cuts? Can public-private partnerships bridge the gap and help sustainable economic growth take root? This panel will explore what's working in global development, including new models for governments, NGOs, investors and multinational companies to collaborate more effectively.