Defense, Diplomacy and Development: Making International Aid More Effective

The World Policy Institute and the Political Salon invite you to join us on Wednesday, February 4, for an evening discussion with Karin Christiansen on “Defense, Diplomacy and Development:  Making International Aid More Effective.”

Whether in Afghanistan or Liberia, international aid is not always delivering the impact it should. If foreign donors were better coordinated and more accountable, would their impact be more positive?  Karin Christiansen, the Director of Publish What You Fund, a new global aid transparency campaign, thinks so.  At the Political Salon, Karin will explore how a major improvement in aid transparency is key to making progress in fragile countries and the strategies that the international donor community could use to get there.
Karin previously served as European Policy Manager at ONE, and as a Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, the UK’s leading international development think tank.  She also has worked as an Economist at the Rwandan Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Agriculture; and for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and Catholic Relief Services in Croatia. She studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics as an undergraduate, and hasMasters Degrees in Development Economics and in Social and Political Thought. She also has worked in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Yemen, and Pakistan. Her policy and research specialties include external intervention, aid effectiveness and reform particularly from a ‘recipient country’ perspective; national policy, public finance and accountability, particularly in low income and post conflict environments; fragile states and the development-security-humanitarian nexus; and growth, agriculture/natural resources and food security in Africa.
Wednesday, February 4
6:30 – 8 pm
220 Fifth Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets)
5th Floor
To ensure that everyone present has a chance to actively engage in the discussion, we are intentionally limiting the number of participants, so you must RSVP to reserve a place.
The Political Salon, organized by Steve Sokol in 2003 to promote dialogue among the next generation of leaders in business, policy, and the media, regularly convenes a diverse group of young professionals to discuss a range of foreign policy issues and global affairs. Attendees are diverse in terms of nationality, profession, and political persuasion. 
The World Policy Institute, a non-partisan source of progressive global policy analysis and thought leadership for more than four decades, focuses on complex challenges that demand cooperative policy solutions to achieve in an increasingly interdependent world: an inclusive and sustainable global market economy, engaged global civic participation and effective governance, and collaborative approaches to national and global security. 

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