International Development Lecture Series (Spring 2017)

Description

This semester-long series of lectures addressed important topics concerning international development, drawing on ADB’s experience with DMCs in Asia, primarily in the PRC. The PRC’s extraordinary progress over the past 30 years, along with ADB’s evolving partnership with the PRC, offers important lessons for other developing countries. The series emphasized challenges, approaches, and case studies based on development projects, featuring guest lecturers from the management team of ADB’s EARD. The series, currently in its second year, began in 2016 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the ADB–PRC partnership, and is a part of Asia–Pacific Finance and Development Institute’s international postgraduate program.

This semester-long lecture series will address important topics concerning international development, drawing on ADB’s experience with developing member countries in Asia, primarily in the PRC. The PRC’s extraordinary progress over the past thirty years and ADB’s evolving partnership with the PRC offers important experiences and lessons for other developing countries. The lecture series will emphasize challenges, approaches, and case studies based on development projects, featuring guest lecturers from the management team of the East Asia Department, Asian Development Bank (ADB). 2017 topics will include:

  • Role of Multilateral Development Banks in a Developing Country’s Growth Process-A Case Study of ADB-PRC Partnership
  • China's Energy Sector Development 1987-2017
  • Green Urban Development and Green Financing
  • Transport: Connecting People, Places, and Markets in the PRC
  • Healthy Rivers and Ecosystem Restoration: the Role of ADB
  • Water Supply, Flood Risk Management and Disaster Prevention
  • Promoting Economic Diversification and Employment Creation in Mongolia through Regional Cooperation
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Inclusion and Gender Equality in China
  • Fiscal Management in Resource Rich Economies
  • ADB's Operations and Portfolio in the PRC
  • Growth Opportunities in Asia: Role of Global Production Networks and Economic Corridors

At the end of the course students are expected to have gained familiarity with: (i) the institutional arrangement concerning international development and cooperation; (ii) the approaches and processes that development assistance is delivered by multi-lateral development banks; (iii) current thinking and best practices in key sectors that ADB is engaged in, especially current and future cooperation priorities with the government of the People’s Republic of China. The course also provides a forum for interaction with ADB senior development practitioners.