Peer-Review Workshop & Round Table

CAF-GDN Regional Research Competition 2013-14

‘Financial Inclusion in Latin American and Caribbean Nations’
17 November, 2014
Washington DC

Does financial inclusion matter? What are the determinants for access to financial services and products? To what extent does a personal contact or technical training influence the decision of taking a loan? Can more information and better awareness shift perceptions about credits or loans? A GDN-CAF Research project is investigating the status, scope, strategies and role of financial inclusion in the welfare and development of low to middle income Latin American societies by addressing some of these key questions.

Research teams were invited to a peer-review workshop and a roundtable on December 17, 2014 to Washington DC to deliberate onthe research findings of various aspects of financial inclusion through cases studies conducted in the relevant societies of Bolivia, Chile and Uruguay. The discussions included experiences and insights shared by regional and global experts of the field on the theme while the research teams debated on their chosen methodologies, sample survey design and data collection process among other issues. Each team is currently building on these discussions to develop the final reports for submission in the coming few months.

For full information on agenda: click here
List of Speakers:

  • Alvarez, Fernando: CAF Economics Research Department (View PPT)
  • Ayyagari, Meghana: George Washington University (View PPT)
  • Bell, Simon: The World Bank
  • Beck, Thorsten: Cass Business School (VIew PPT)
  • Squire, Lyn: Non-Resident Fellow, GDN
  • Borda , Andrés Cuba: Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo (View PPT)
  • Lafortune, Jeanne: Ponticia Universidad Catolica de Chile (View PPT)
  • Rossel, Cecilia: Universidad Católica del Uruguay (View PPT)
  • Ribera, Sharim: Universidad Católica Boliviana San Pablo

Regional Policy Dialogue

"Macroeconomic Volatility and Regional Fiscal and Monetary Policies in the Pacific”

ICT Multipurpose Lecture Theatre at 4pm on Thursday 24th July, 2014
Programme Funded by Global Development Network and Hosted by Oceania Development Network and School of Economics,the University of the South Pacific

In light of the growing challenges faced by the Pacific Island countries from external shocks and resulting internal volatilities, there is a policy dilemma in the region on how to tackle macroeconomic instability and corresponding shocks to these vulnerable economies and societies. The Macroeconomic volatility policy dialogue will provide a timely platform for high-level policy makers, academics, eminent experts and stakeholders within the region to address challenges of macroeconomic volatility and take a fresh look at how macroeconomic policy tool could better address macroeconomic volatility. The event is supported by GDN as part of its project initiative Cross-Regional Dialogue on Macroeconomic Volatility and Regional Monetary and Fiscal Policies. The key objective of the policy dialogue is to identify the key sources of macroeconomic volatility in the region and identify appropriate macroeconomic policy measures to improve resilience of these economies to external shocks and resulting internal volatility.

Workshop on Inclusive Growth

May 12, Paris

There is a growing debate on the relationship between growth and inequalities, as well as a growing consensus that the two issues should be considered jointly. High growth rates are often accompanied by rising inequalities, as opportunities to take part in the growth process and its corresponding benefits are not shared widely. This poses a danger to socio-political stability, equitable human development and well-being and threatens the political, social and economic sustainability of the growth process itself. The term ‘inclusive growth’ is increasingly being used in the development policy discourse, where many have argued for its significance in achieving rapid and sustained economic growth and poverty reduction.

In this context, GDN has decided to launch a Global Research Project (GRP) on Inclusive growth. As a first step, GDN has developed a concept note on the issue in partnership with Prof. Jean-Pierre Cling (Special Advisor to the Deputy Director General, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

On 12 May, GDN organized a one-day workshop (in Paris, France) to share the concept note with experts, academia, potential partners and donors to solicit support in identify the salient researchable questions that may be pursued through a GRP, that can both lead to new and useful development knowledge and provide an opportunity for research capacity building in the South. The workshop, titled Inclusive Growth-Shaping a new Global Research Project at GDN, was hosted by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The discussions centered on four main issues:

  • Persistent gaps in the literature and the most relevant and useful researchable questions to consider from a development perspective;  
  • Possible methodologies to consider in order to address the above questions and to build substantial research capacity for the developing country research teams that will be selected;
  • Interesting country case studies to consider; and;
  • The niche for the GDN-GRP in the global development context with multiple initiatives on this broad theme.

Open deliberations were held around the measurement of inequality; trends in different regions; sustainability of growth; social policies to promote inclusiveness, particularly through equality of opportunities and the political economy of inclusive institutions. These discussions will feed into a comprehensive GRP proposal to be drafted by GDN.

Watch this space for further information on the Inclusive Growth GRP.

List of participants:

  • Awortwi, Nicholas, Partnership for African Social and Governance Research
  • Besnainou, Denis, UNESCO
  • Bourguignon, Francois, Paris School of Economics
  • Chakraborty, Lekha S., National Institute of Public Finance and Policy
  • Chapus, Quentin, Concept Note on Inclusive Growth
  • Chatterjee, Bipul, Consumer Unity & Trust Society
  • Cling, Jean‐Pierre, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Fall, Falilou, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Giovannetti, Giorgia, University of Firenze
  • Holzner, Mario, The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies
  • Klasen, Stefan, University of Göttingen
  • Kumar, Utsav, Asian Development Bank
  • Lucci, Paula, Overseas Development Institute
  • Maleki, Manuel, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Mckay, Andy, University of Sussex
  • Meisel, Nicolas, French Development Agency
  • Mello, Luiz, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Orbeta, Aniceto, Philippine Institute for Development Studies
  • Pande, Varad, Ministry for Rural Development, Government of India
  • Pereira, Claudiney, Tulane University
  • Perry, Guillermo, Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia
  • Pezzini, Mario, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Platteau, Jeans-Philippe, University of Namur
  • Roubaud, Francois, Development, Institutions and Globalization
  • Sanguinetti, Pablo, Corporacion Andina de Fomento
  • Serres, Alain de, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Seth, Anuradha, UNDP
  • Shimeles, Abebe, African Development Bank
  • Tilakaratna, Ganga, Institute of Policy Studies
  • Verdu, Rodrigo Garcia, International Monetary Fund

GDN Participants:

  • Chaudhari, Anindya, Global Development Network
  • Jacquet, Pierre, Global Development Network
  • Naqvi, Ramona, Global Development Network
  • Sandhu, Tanvir, Global Development Network

Workshop Doing Research

April 3, New Delhi

Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency and the French government

“What constitutes an enabling research environment and how can developing countries in particular foster one? 35 participants from around the world and with expertise cutting across disciplines and areas, from university management to capacity building and science and technology policy debated in a one day workshop organized by GDN in New Delhi on April 3rd. The workshop marked the launch of the pilot of a new innovative project called Doing Research that GDN will carry out over the next couple of years with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency and the French government.
The workshop centered on four main issues:

  • The main pillars of the research environment and adequate research questions to study it, including incentives at the individual, organizational and national level, funding for research, multiple accountabilities and demand for research
  • The methodology to study the research environment comparatively across countries
  • Interesting case studies to consider – Ghana, Indonesia, China, Senegal among those discussed
  • Terms of reference for the case studies – scope, coverage, nature of the research teams involved

Participants agreed that the methods in place to assess research productivity and quality are in need of critical re-examination and that the common bibliometrics on the output side or the science, technology and innovation indicators on the input side are no longer appropriate, even more so in the context of developing country researchers. While most agreed that the social utility of research is also important to include in the analysis, further work needs to be done on how best to do so and how to weight it against the other criteria: quantity, quality etc.

A useful classification of the types of issues to be covered was presented by Jo Hoffman, Executive Director at the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research: How research is created? How it is used? and How researchers and users of research are formed? Challenging questions posed by Ian Carter of Sussex University to the group will be further examined by the case studies in the pilot of this  “how to stimulate research but not control it and undermine the independence of researchers?
On the methodology front, operationalizing research culture and integrating objective and subjective indicators were at the top of the list of concerns widely shared by the group. Also the pros and cons of using an Index to rank the research environment across countries. Like many other Indeces, it would raise visibility and most likely attract the attention of policy-makers yet at the same time be imperfect from a methodological standpoint and hence open to criticism. The advice from the workshop participants pointed towards a disintegrated approach where different indicators are put forth periodically as well as the summary ranking.
Watch this space for further information on the Doing Research project and the Call for Proposals for the country case studies to be launched in the coming months.”


  • Allam Ahmed Senior Lecturer- Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex
  • Ben Hillman Senior Advisor, Knowledge Sector Initiative, Indonesia
  • David Roodman Independent Consultant  
  • Deepa Narayan Independent International Poverty, Gender and Development Advisor
  • Denis Besnainou Expert, Sector for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO
  • Dhruv Raina Professor, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Emmanuella Delva Higher Education Science and Technology Advisor, US Agency for International Development/Indonesia
  • Endang Dewayanti Program Manager for the Knowledge Sector Initiative, Indonesia
  • Geraldine Richmond President Elect, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS);Professor of Chemistry, University of Oregon
  • Guillermo A. Lemarchand Science Policy Consultant, Division of Science Policy and Capacity Building, UNESCO
  • Ian Carter Director of Research and Enterprise, University of Sussex
  • Ian Thornton Deputy Director, UKCDS – Making science work for development
  • Indraneel Ghose Senior Thematic Advisor for Education, Research and Innovation Jenny Lah Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Joseph Hoffman Interim Executive Director, Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)
  • Jyotsna Puri Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation, 3ie
  • Kiru Naidoo Academic Programmes Manager, SANTRUST, South Africa
  • Kobena Hanson Head, Knowledge and Learning, The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF)
  • ani Nepal Research Program Manager, SANDEE
  • Maureen Ane Rosellon Supervising Research Specialist, Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS)
  • Nidhi S. Sabharwal Research Fellow, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies (IIDS)
  • Nupur Barua Head, South Asia Research Hub, Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Parthasarathi Banerjee Director, National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies (NISTADS)
  • R.S. Deshpande National Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), ISEC, Bangalore
  • Rachel Parker Program Manager at USAID; Adjunct Professor at George Washington University;
  • Rajeev Ahuja Senior Program Officer, , Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Reena Marwah Senior Academic Consultant, Indian Council for Social Science Research (ICSSR)
  • Saumen Chattopadhyay Associate Professor, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Sheila Desai Senior Science and Technology Advisor, USAID
  • Sue Corbett Executive Director, International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP)

“Toward a Resilient Society”, Project Research review workshop
Manila, The Philippines on February 25, 2014
Under the Global Research Capacity Building Program

GDN-EADN RRC 2013 on “Toward a More Resilient Society” held its mid-term Research Review workshop to showcase, discuss and seek comments on four project case study report findings in Manila on 25 February, 2014.

One of GDN’s activity under GRCBP called Regional Research competition 2013 on the theme of “Toward a Resilient Society”, fully funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency-Research Institute (JICA-RI) conducted jointly with East Asian Development Network and Philippines Institute for Development Studies, supports four winning research teams (selected through competitive call for proposals) one each from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam to conduct research on issues of disaster and risk resilience building in local communities, households and individuals. The research papers will help inform policymakers to orient better strategies equipped for building resilience for vulnerable societies of their region.

GDN Event in Focus:
Post-2015 MDG Consultation, 2013

High Level Policy Dialogue
at GDN's 'Beyond the MDGs: What Development
Framework after 2015?' consultation held in New Delhi, 19 March, 2013

GDN's Post-2015 MDG Consultation aimed at providing the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons appointed by the UN with the academic perspective from the South. The deliberations delved on the current scenario "Where we are now? What has been achieved under the current MDG framework? What is still missing?" as well as formulated forward-looking concrete proposals on "Where do we go from here? Setting the post-2015 development agenda."