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InterAction Forum 2015, June 22, 2015
DRI co-director Bill Easterly delivered an impassioned keynote speech about joining the moral debate on the forgotten rights on the poor.

Festival of Economics 2015, June 1, 2015
At the 2015 Trento Economics Festival, DRI co-director Bill Easterly presented his book “The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor”, underlining the issue of the right to mobility.

ForumAfrica 2030: An Enterprise-Led Future, May 11, 2015
The age of technology has enabled an enterprise-led future for Africa. Entrepreneurship and enterprise are becoming major forces in driving growth in the world’s fastest-growing continent. This conference, co-sponsored by DRI and the Africa 2.0 Foundation, and hosted by The Avant-Garde Network and the Gobee Group, offers attendees with an interest in Africa an opportunity to engage in a leadership discourse on these issues and more.

Human Rights Conference – Development without Freedom? Justice, Human Rights, and Foreign Aid in Africa, April 16, 2015
What are the consequences of these rights abuses for long-term development in Africa? What is the role of development agencies and foreign investors in ensuring that recepient governments make progress on human rights and justice? The conference explored research findings on these questions and feature dissenting voices that do not often receive a hearing in international development forums.


2014 Annual Conference – Cities and Development: Urban Determinants of Success, November 18, 2014
DRI co-director Bill Easterly, research scholar Laura Freschi, and speakers Paul Romer, Edward Glaeser, Alain Bertaud, and Nassim Taleb presented and discussed studies of cities as a non-national unit of development, the balance between urban planning and spontaneous order, and antifragility of city-states.

Seminar – Wilderness to Brothels to Apple Store: The History of Development on One City Block, October 23, 2014
DRI co-director Bill Easterly and research scholar Laura Freschi presented and discussed their research on one New York City block’s economic development at NYU Stern Urbanization Project Brown Bag series.

Seminar – How Much Can We Generalize from Impact Evaluation Results?, April 22, 2014
DRI post-doc Eva Vivalt discussed her research on meta-analysis of impact evaluations.

Debate with Owen Barder by William Easterly, April 9, 2014
DRI co-director Bill Easterly took on a debate with Owen Barder from Center for Global Development on why poverty persists despite billions of dollars in international aid and the efforts of development professionals.

Global Poverty and Development Day, April 7, 2014
On United Nations International School’s “Global Poverty and Development Day”, Bill Easterly and Thomas Pogge shared thoughts on issues relating to global poverty, including the Millennium Development Goals, the progress gap between the most wealthy and most impoverished in our world, realistic targets for decreasing poverty and undernourishment, and more.

Seminar – Promoting Transparency in Social Science Research, April 4, 2014
Edward Miguel, Professor of Economics at UC-Berkeley and Faculty Director of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA), discussed research transparency, accountability, and biases in social sciences. He argued for existing and possible solutions for improved researcher integrity.

Book Launch with Author – The Tyranny of Experts by William Easterly, March 3, 2014
DRI co-director Bill Easterly gave a talk and answered questions about his latest book, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Pooron the eve of the book’s US release.


2013 Annual Conference – Beyond the Nation: Pioneering Studies in How Development SpreadsNovember 15, 2013
DRI co-directors Bill Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, speakers Ross Levine, Jonathan Morduch, and Steven Pennings presented and discussed new studies of non-national development under DRI’s research initiative the Success Project.

Book Launch with Author – The Great Escape by Angus Deaton, October 24, 2013
Author Angus Deaton gave a lecture and answered questions on his latest book, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality.


A Conversation with Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin – Setting up a commodity exchange and doing business in Africa, April 25, 2012
DRI partner Africa House hosted Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin,  Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, who discussed her experience setting up the exchange and current business trends in Africa.

2012 Annual Conference – Debates in Development: The Search for Answers, March 22, 2012
DRI co-directors Bill Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, speakers Abhijit Banerjee, Andrew Rugasira, Angus Deaton, Bernadette Wanjala, Michael Clemens, and Stewart Paperin debated different approaches to development at Cooper Union.

Public Forum with Steve Forbes, February 23, 2012
Bill Easterly moderated as Steve Forbes defended the free market at its moment of crisis.

Enhancing Economic Development through Technology: Focus on Africa and Other Developing RegionsFebruary 12 and 13, 2012
The annual conference of the Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), in Abu Dhabi.


Luncheon on Africa’s Entrepreneurial Networks with Mellena HaileAugust 15, 2011
Mellena Haile discussed E-Pulse, a  program used by the Kauffman Foundation to map the evolution of Africa’s entrepreneurial networks with mobile phones, at a DRI and Africa House luncheon.

2011 Annual Conference – New Directions in DevelopmentMarch 4, 2011
DRI co-directors Bill Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, Yale’s Chris Blattman, NYU Economics’ Raquel Fernandez and NYU Law’s Kevin Davis presented and discussed new directions in development at the Cooper Union.


2010 Annual Conference – Best and Worst of Aid, March 5, 2010
DRI co-directors Bill Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, CEO of the Institute for State Effectiveness Claire Lockhart, Vice President of the South East Region in the World Bank Isabel Guerrero, Founder of The Independent Andrew Mwenda, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Lant Pritchett presented new findings, discussions and debates on the best and worst of what happened in aid.


How to Get Rich without Knowing How: The Paradox of Development Economics, October 6, 2009
Development economists have had a long series of failures in attempts to raise growth and promote rapid development. Yet economic development in the past half century happened anyway. This lecture given by DRI co-director Bill Easterly discussed how some of the basic principles of economics help us understand this paradox and provide useful guidance on how to achieve economic development. Click to read the slides.

Templeton Book Forum: A conversation between Dambisa Moyo, March 26, 2009
DRI co-director Bill Easterly talked with author of Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa.

2009 Annual Conference – What Would the Poor Say? Debates in Aid Evaluation, February 6, 2009
DRI co-directors Bill Easterly and Yaw Nyarko, and over a dozen speakers include Esther Duflo, Laura Freschi, Andrew Mwenda, Lant Pritchett , Nancy Birdsall, June Arunga, Dennis Whittle, Ross Levine, Leonard Wantchekon, Karin Christiansen, and William Duggan criticized aid agencies for their lack of accountability and transparency, and suggested new ideas.