Public Event

OECD report presentation: Perspectives on Global Development 2019

The OECD Report, "Perspectives on Global Development 2019: Rethinking Development Strategies" reveals that economic growth in emerging economies is not necessarily yielding lasting improvements in well-being for their citizens.  It calls for a change in how we measure development, new development strategies that are fit-for-purpose, as well as for a different approach to international co-operation, knowledge-sharing and the protection of global public goods.  The OECD report looks at what China’s transformation has meant for global development perspectives, and how shifting wealth has affected countries beyond economic terms.  It also analyses and draws lessons from development paradigms over the past 70 years, showing that developing nations in the 21st century have to invent their own, original pathways to greater well-being and sustainability.

Join us for a presentation of the report by Federico Bonaglia, Deputy Director, OECD Development Centre, followed by a discussion with contributing authors and chaired by Inge Kaul, Adjunct, Hertie School.

Federico Bonaglia is Deputy Director of the OECD Development Centre (DEV). He supports the Director in establishing the strategic directions and implementing the Programme of Work of the Development Centre, ensuring that the Centre’s analysis and advice remain at the forefront of policy thinking and produce results. He provides leadership to strengthen the Development Centre’s engagement and impact with Africa, Latin America and global governance processes, as well as in several thematic areas such as migration and development, natural resources or territorial development. He manages the Centre’s Governing Board and engagement  with the Centre’s member countries.

He previously served as Senior Counsellor to the Director and led the Centre’s Policy Dialogue Division. In this capacity, he was responsible for strengthening the Development Centre’s engagement with governments and non-state actors, to raise its impact on policy making, and represented the OECD in the G20 Development Working Group.

He started his career at the OECD in 1999, when he first joined the Development Centre as an economist. At the OECD he has been involved and led several projects on the economic and institutional consequences of globalisation for developing countries in Africa, South-East Asia, Central America, the Black Sea and Central Asia regions. His research interests focus on international trade and investment, as well as structural reforms, private sector development and agriculture.


Harald Fuhr is Professor of International Politics at the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Potsdam. His research focuses on international climate change policies and carbon governance, public sector reforms, decentralization and local governance in developing countries. His courses at the University of Potsdam cover global governance, development politics, international political economy and theories of international relations.

Helmut Reisen is Professor of Economics at the University Basel and Head of ShiftingWealth Consulting.


Inge Kaul is Adjunct at the Hertie School and served as the first director of the Human Development Report office of UNDP, New York, between 1989 and 1995 and later as director of UNDP’s Office of Development Studies. Her publications include Global Public Goods (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2016), Providing Global Public Goods; Managing Globalization (New York: OUP, 2003) and The New Public Finance; Responding to Global Challenges (New York: OUP, 2006).

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