Title The Imperative of Development
Subtitle The Wolfensohn Center at Brookings
Author Geoffrey Gertz, Homi Kharas
ISBN 9780815732556
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No of pages 304
Book size 159 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2017
Original publisher Brookings Institution Press
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The achievements and legacy of the Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings

The Imperative of Development highlights the research and policy analysis produced by the Wolfensohn Center for Development at Brookings. The Center, which operated from 2006 to 2011, was the first home at Brookings for research on international development. It sought to help identify effective solutions to key development challenges in order to create a more prosperous and stable world.

Founded by James and Elaine Wolfensohn, the Center’s mission was to “to create knowledge that leads to action with real, scaled-up, and lasting development impact.” This volume reviews the Center’s achievements and lasting legacy, combining highlights of its most important research with new essays that examine the context and impact of that research.

Six primary research streams of the Wolfensohn Center’s work are highlighted in The Imperative of Development: the shifting structure of the world economy in the twenty-first century; the challenge of scaling up the impact of development interventions; the effectiveness of development assistance; how to promote economic and social inclusion for Middle Eastern youth; the case for investing in early child development; and the need for global governance reform. In each chapter, a scholar associated with the particular research topic provides an overview of the issue and its broader context, then describes the Center’s work on the topic and the subsequent influence and impact of these efforts.

The Imperative of Development chronicles the growth and expansion of the first center for development research in Brookings’s 100-year history and traces how the seeds of this initiative continue to bear fruit.




Chapter 1: Introduction (Geoffrey Gertz and Johannes F. Linn)

Chapter 2: Meeting the Challenge of Development (Homi Kharas) • The Imperative of Development (James D. Wolfensohn) • Farewell to Development’s Old Divides (James D. Wolfensohn)

Chapter 3: Scaling Up Development Impact (Johannes F. Linn) • The Challenge of Reaching Scale (Laurence Chandy, Akio Hosono, Homi Kharas, and Johannes Linn)

Chapter 4: The Effectiveness of Development Assistance (Homi Kharas) • Measuring the Quality of Aid (Nancy Birdsall, Homi Kharas, and Rita Perakis) • An Agenda for the Busan High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (Homi Kharas, Koji Makino, and Woojin Jung)

Chapter 5: Youth Inclusion in the Middle East (Raj M. Desai) • Generation in Waiting (Navtej Dhillon and Tarik Yousef) • Why Young Syrians Prefer Public Sector Jobs (Nader Kabbani)

Chapter 6: Investing in Early Child Development (Jacques Van Der Gaag) • Scaling Up Early Childhood Development in South Africa (Linda Biersteker)

Chapter 7: Global Governance for Development (Johannes F. Linn and Colin I. Bradford Jr.) • Global Governance Reform (Colin I. Bradford Jr. and Johannes F. Linn) • This Summit’s Promise
(James D. Wolfensohn) • Is the G-20 Summit a Step Toward a New Global Economic Order?
(Colin I. Bradford Jr. and Johannes F. Linn)

Epilogue (Homi Kharas and Geoffrey Gertz)

About the Contributors

Wolfensohn Center for Development Publications



About the Editors:

Geoffrey Gertz is a post-doctoral fellow in the Global Economy and Development program. His research focuses on the political economy of foreign investment.

Homi Kharas is a senior fellow and deputy director for the Global Economy and Development program. Formerly a chief economist in the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, Kharas currently studies policies and trends influencing developing countries, including aid to poor countries, the emergence of a middle class, the food crisis and global governance and the G20. His most recent co-authored/edited books are The Last Mile in Ending Extreme Poverty (Brookings Press, 2015), Getting to Scale (Brookings Press, 2013), After the Spring: Economic Transitions in the Arab World (Oxford University Press, 2012), and Catalyzing Development: A New Vision for Aid (Brookings Press, 2011).

A former World Bank vice president for Europe and Central Asia, Johannes Linn was the director of the Wolfensohn Center for Development from 2005-2010. His research focuses on international development and global governance issues.

Target Audience:

People interested in Development Studies.


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