Hello friends! For those of you in Boston/Cambridge area, I’m organizing an exciting Symposium on behalf of the Harvard Law and International Development Society, focused on Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Rebuilding from Emergency to Development!
Date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC (2nd floor)
Evening Reception at 4:30 pm at the Hark South Dining Room
On Friday, October 31st, experts, practitioners, and academics working on issues of development and reconstruction in post-conflict countries will convene at Harvard Law School to discuss strategies to best promote growth, stability, and long-term development in countries arising from violent conflict. In light of recent conflicts in countries such as Syria and Iraq, and keeping in mind the long, expensive, challenging – and in many cases, still ongoing – efforts to rebuild and develop in countries such as Afghanistan, Rwanda, and Cambodia, it is a particularly critical inquiry that will shed light on how we can help countries move forward from ongoing conflicts. Countries arising from conflict have often had basic infrastructure and institutions destroyed, poor prospects for economic growth, and face lack of security and rule of law. The Symposium’s speakers will highlight barriers that countries from Rwanda to Afghanistan have faced in the process of transition, as well as the best practices employed in moving forward — including in promoting economic growth and development, institutionalizing the rule of law, and implementing justice and security sector reform.
Lunch will begin at 12pm with the Keynote Speaker, Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, and former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning in Rwanda. Other notable panelists hail from the UN, World Bank, USAID, The Asia Foundation, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, and Namati. The two panels will be followed by an evening reception with speakers in the Hark.
12 – 1 pm: Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Donald Kaberuka, President, African Development Bank
Dr. Kaberuka is currently serving his second five-year term as President of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB). A national of Rwanda, he was the country’s Minister of Finance and Economic Planning between 1997 and 2005. During this period, he oversaw Rwanda’s successful economic reconstruction after the end of the civil war there. In Rwanda, he initiated and implemented major economic reforms and introduced new systems of structural, monetary and fiscal governance, laying special emphasis on the independence of Rwanda’s central bank. These reforms led to the widely-recognized revival of Rwanda’s economy, and to the sustained economic growth that enabled Rwanda to obtain debt cancellation under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative in April 2005.
1:15 – 2:45 pm: Panel 1: Driving Economic Growth and Building Institutions After Conflict
Catherine Anderson, Justice and Conflict Advisor, World Bank Justice Reform Practice Group
Sarah Cliffe, Special Adviser for East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank
Robert Jenkins, Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA); Executive Director, USAID Task Force on Syria
Barbara Smith, Senior Director for Governance and Law, Asia Foundation
Michael Woolcock, Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank Development Research Group; Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government
3:00 – 4:30 pm: Panel 2: Developing Stability and Security: Post-Conflict Security Sector and Justice Reform
Angela Conway, Director of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Division, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
David Marshall, Senior Rule of Law Advisor, New York Office, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Vivek Maru, Founder and CEO, Namati
Christina Murtaugh, Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace, Rule of Law Center
4:30 – 6:30 pm: Evening reception (Hark South)
Come to our reception to mix and mingle with speakers, faculty, staff and students interested in law, development, and post-conflict reconstruction! Refreshments will be served.
Please register to let us know you’re coming! http://bit.ly/1qE6Dlq (RSVP not required, but helpful). Join the Facebook page for regular updates. And come say hi to me!