Development Assistance and Governance Initiative

The Brookings Blum Roundtable

For the past 12 years, the Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty has explored various facets of global poverty, with themes ranging from the role of conflict and insecurity in causing and exacerbating poverty, to how technology and innovation can be harnessed to tackle some of the world’s most pressing development challenges.

To find out more about past roundtable forums—including agendas, participants’ lists, conference reports and other resources—please explore each year’s theme below.

Duncan Onyango, a game design developer at Planet Rackus works on MA3Racer, a 2D mobile game inside his studio in Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 15, 2014.

Disrupting Development with Digital Technologies 

On August 5-7, the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings will host its twelfth annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty. This year participants will discuss how the emergence of a new digital economy is changing the ways in which businesses and development organizations engage in emerging and developing countries.

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Farmers plant rice saplings in a field in Shamli, in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh July 19, 2014.

Jump-Starting Inclusive Growth in the Most Difficult Environments

On August 7-9, 2014, Brookings Global Economy and Development is hosting the eleventh annual Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty. This year’s roundtable theme, “Jump-Starting Inclusive Growth in the Most Difficult Environment,” brings together development experts to discuss what strategies exist for promoting inclusive economic growth in the world's most least-developed economies.

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Oil workers walk through pipe installations on a tanker at Bonga off-shore oil field outside Lagos (REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye).

The Private Sector in the New Global Development Agenda 

On August 4-6, global leaders, entrepreneurs and practitioners will gather in Aspen, Colorado for the 10th anniversary of the Brookings Blum Roundtable on Poverty. This year participants will discuss and debate the role of the private sector in the post-2015 development agenda and how private sector investment may help solve the financing gap that confronts many development challenges.

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Innovation and Technology for Development

The 2012 Brookings Blum Roundtable examined how technology and innovation can be seized to help solve some of the world's most pressing global development challenges. Discussions focused on the roles of recent innovations, new media, and private/public sector development in advancing policy debates, forging global efforts and identifying the most promising pathways for reform.

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From Aid to Development Cooperation

At the 2011 Brookings Blum Roundtable, experts explored how best to reframe and modernize global development cooperation. They discussed the need for investment, rigorous evaluation and collaboration on achieving technological breakthroughs — from mobile to green growth — and the G-20’s role in reshaping the global development agenda.

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Development Assistance Reform for the 21st Century

The 2010 Brookings Blum Roundtable explored the relationship between efforts to promote aid effectiveness and the anticipated shape of the global development agenda over the next decade. The roundtable discussions provided an opportunity to look beyond questions of increased resources for anti-poverty services to the effectiveness of different approaches and to systemic issues associated with the delivery of development outcomes.

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Climate Crisis, Credit Crisis - Overcoming Obstacles to Build a Climate Resilient World

The 2009 Brookings Blum Roundtable addressed efforts to restore sustainable and balanced global economic growth and reduce the risks of climate change. The roundtable discussions forged sustainable solutions to solve the climate crisis in a way that revitalizes the global economy and lifts the lives of the poor.

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Development in the Balance - How Will the World's Poor Cope with Climate Change?

At the 2008 annual gathering, Brookings Blum Roundtable participants examined the common challenges between climate change and development. The roundtable established a solid foundation for collaboration among the climate change and development communities and fostered ideas for policy action.

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Development's Changing Face - New Players, Old Challenges, Fresh Opportunities

The 2007 meeting of the Brookings Blum Roundtable explored development’s changing face, drawing on the perspectives of some of the leading new players as well as those with experience in the official sector and those engaged in cross-cutting analysis. Participants evaluated both the immense potential of these new players and the challenges they face in achieving sustained and effective solutions to poverty and fundamental insecurity.

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The Tangled Web - The Poverty-Insecurity Nexus

In 2006, the Brookings Blum Roundtable explored the complicated connections between poverty and insecurity. The roundtable examined the practical implications for public and private organizations operating in developing countries, identified areas of greatest need and highlighted best practices.

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The Private Sector in the Fight Against Global Poverty

While the public agenda for global poverty alleviation has generally focused on boosting official aid assistance and canceling debt, the role of the private sector is also critical to economic development efforts. In 2005, the Brookings Blum Roundtable centered on the private sector’s role in global development, noting opportunities for further synergy, collaboration and impact, as well as challenges.

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America's Role in the Fight Against Global Poverty

America’s role in the fight against global poverty was the focus of the first annual Brookings Blum Roundtable in 2004. Discussion centered on the imperative of political will, using foreign assistance, trade and financing for development, and how best to reinforce commitment and sustain development efforts.

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