The International Development Speaker Series (IDSS)

Calestous Juma and the IDSS Team

Calestous Juma and members of the IDSS team

The International Development Speaker Series (IDSS) aims to stimulate, motivate, and support RAND researchers in bringing their talents to the pressing problems of the developing world. The series, founded and run by PRGS students, engages the PRGS and greater RAND community in an intellectual dialogue to grow RAND's role in international development research and supports a community of RAND researchers interested in these topics.

Upcoming and Recent Events

  • IDSS Considers What the New "Science" of Happiness can Contribute to Economics and to Policy

    Oct 17, 2014

    Carol Graham will explore what we know about the determinants of happiness, then present both the promise and the potential pitfalls of injecting the "economics of happiness" into public policymaking.

  • Hake Discusses New Model of Private Development Assistance at IDSS Talk

    May 27, 2014

    One new model of providing private development assistance in direct support of U.S. national security objectives is based on decentralization, private-public collaboration and not-neutral assistance. Jim Hake will discuss how this differs from approaches based on “universal humanitarian principles” and will examine lessons from the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and conflict prevention missions in Africa and South America.

  • Easterly Discusses "The Tyranny of Experts" at IDSS Talk

    Apr 15, 2014

    In his new book, William Easterly argues that development has long suppressed the vital debate on the individual rights of people in developing countries. He will present his findings as part of the International Development Speaker Series.

  • IDSS Speaker Discusses "Rebooting Africa"

    Mar 7, 2014

    The International Development Speaker Series welcomed Harvard's Calestous Juma, who discussed strategies for enabling Africa to harness the power of platform technologies for the technological catch-up and leapfrogging needed to spur economic development and prosperity.

  • World Bank Senior Recruitment Officer Speaks at IDSS

    Jan 22, 2014

    The International Development Speaker Series, in conjunction with the Pardee RAND Graduate School Career Services team, welcomed Roberto Amorosino to RAND to discuss career opportunities at the Bank.

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