Development History Lecture Series (FY22)

Covering a wide range of topics, decades and speakers, the Development History Lecture Series connects you to the past to improve future development work. Topics focus on World Bank Group history, but they also include sessions dealing with global development history research. For more information, please contact: .


1. The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes
Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 11:00 am | 1 hour | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time

The Price of Peace revives a forgotten set of ideas about democracy, money, and the good life with transformative implications for today’s debates over inequality and the power politics that shape the global order. Speakers: Zachary D. Carter, Author and Thomas Blinkhorn, Moderator

2. Policymaker's Journal: From New Delhi to Washington DC
Wednesday, Dec 1, 2021 10:00 am | 1 hour | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Former Chief Economist , Kaushik Basu, has written a delightfully entertaining diary covering two periods of his policymaking experience: his tour as Chief Economic Adviser for the Ministry of Finance in India from 2009-2012, and then his experience as WB Chief Economist from 2012-2016. Speaker: Kaushik Basu

3. Cecil Rhodes and Other Statues: Dealing Plainly with the Past
Wednesday, Dec 8, 2021 11:00 am | 1 hour 30 minutes | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time

While acknowledging many of Rhodes’s misdeeds, former WBG staffer Robert Calderisi argues that the famous imperialist was neither a white supremacist nor a warmonger. Instead, he writes that Rhodes’s vision of cooperation among powerful nations was to promote prosperity and “permanent peace”. Speaker: Robert Calderisi , Author

4. Ahead of their Time: The Legacies of Mohammad Mosaddegh in Iran and Zviad Gamsakhurdia in Georgia
Tuesday, Jan 11, 2022 11:00 am | 1 hour 30 minutes | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time

Iran’s Mohammad Mosaddegh and Georgia’s Zviad Gamsakhurdia were two of the most consequential national leaders of the twentieth century. Nicolas Gorjestani examines, in two separate volumes, each leader’s life story, resistance strategy, governance, reform record, and overthrow. Speaker: Nicolas Gorjestani

5. Food for All: International Organizations and the Transformation of Agriculture
Thursday, Jan 20, 2022 9:00 am | 1 hour 30 minutes | (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time

Food for All tells the history of international assistance to food and agriculture with a focus on the "Big Five" international organizations: World Bank/IDA, FAO, WFP, CGIAR, and IFAD. A variety of issues since the establishment of each organization will be discussed, including their progress on structural transformation from agriculture to manufacturing and service sectors. Speakers: Uma Lele, Manmohan Agarwal, Brian Baldwin, and Sambuddha Goswami

More lectures coming Spring 2022 !