13th annual Municipal Finance Conference


13th annual Municipal Finance Conference



Past Event

2007 Brookings Blum Roundtable: Development’s Changing Face – New Players, Old Challenges, Fresh Opportunities

Wednesday, August 01 - Friday, August 03, 2007

From a bureaucratic backwater in the waning days of the Cold War, the fight against global poverty has become one of the hottest tickets on the global agenda. The cozy, all-of-a-kind club of rich country officials who for decades dominated the development agenda has given way to a profusion of mega philanthropists, new bilaterals such as China, “celanthropists” and super-charged advocacy networks vying to solve the world’s toughest problems. While philanthropic foundations and celebrity goodwill ambassadors have been part of the charitable landscape for many years, the explosion in the givers’ wealth, the messaging leverage associated with new media and social networking, and the new flows of assistance from developing country donors and diasporas together herald a new era of global action on poverty. The new scale and dynamism of these entrants offer hopeful prospects for this continuing fight, even as the new entrants confront some of the same conundrums that official aid donors have grappled with in the past.

On August 1-3, 2007, the Brookings Blum Roundtable gathered representatives reflective of this dynamic landscape to discuss these trends. Through robust discussion and continuing cross-sector partnerships, the conference hopes to foster lasting and widespread improvements in this new field of development.

2007 Brookings Blum Roundtable: Related Materials

2007 Brookings Blum Roundtable Agenda:

  1. Fighting Global Poverty: Who’ll Be Relevant In 2020?
  2. Angelina, Bono, And Me: New Vehicles To Engage The Public
  3. Leveraging Knowledge For Development
  4. Social Enterprise And Private Enterprise
    Chaired by: Mary Robinson, Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative
  5. Africa’s Economic Successes: What’s Worked And What’s Next
    Moderated by: Paul Martin, former Prime Minister of Canada
    • Panelists
    • Donald Kaberuka, African Development Bank
    • Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, The Brookings Institution
  6. Effecting Change Through Accountable Channels
  7. Global Impact: Philanthropy Changing Development
  8. Keynote Address
    • Former Vice President Al Gore, Generation Investment Management