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What's the Recipe for Sausage? How to Make Global Development Policy


April 3, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 285
Where does good global development policy come from? Who is responsible for bad policy decisions and what are the consequences? On April 3rd, Ruth Levine will describe the various ways that policy initiatives take shape, illustrating points with the cases of the Mexico City Policy ("Global Gag Rule"), the Open Government Partnership, and the Advance Market Commitments for Vaccines. She will highlight the roles of evidence, civil society involvement and political timing. About Ruth Levine: Ruth Levine, a development economist and expert in international development, global health, and education, serves as the director of the Foundation's Global Development and Population Program. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Levine was a deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In that role, she led the development of the Agency's evaluation policy. Previously, Ms. Levine spent nearly a decade at the Center for Global Development, an international policy research institute in Washington, D.C. There, she served as a Senior Fellow and vice president for programs and operations. Ms. Levine is the author of scores of books and professional publications, including a recent pair of influential reports from the Center for Global Development on development and adolescent girls: Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda and Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health. She also is co-author of the highly regarded report When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives through Impact Evaluation. Ms. Levine holds a B.S. in biochemistry from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in economic demography from The Johns Hopkins University.