The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) invites media to cover its CIGI Global Policy Forum, “Development: More than a Foreign Affair,” on May 1, 2014, at the Rideau Club in Ottawa, Canada.

CIGI President Rohinton Medhora will deliver a keynote address on shifts in international development. The event will draw on Medhora’s new co-edited book, International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects (Oxford University Press, 2014).

As Medhora notes, “Nations rise and nations fade; and this is one way to think about development.  Development assistance, as conceived in the post-WWII period, plays a lesser, at the very least different role, than it did in the decades following the Marshall Plan.  Awkwardly for many of us, today’s rising stars appear to owe little to liberal western approaches to growth and equity.  So development is hot, development assistance isn’t.  Where next?”

Prior to his role as CIGI president, Medhora served as vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he subsequently taught. His publications include co-edited books on development thought and practice, Canada’s relations with Africa, and Canada’s role in the international financial system.

The CIGI Global Policy Forum is an invitation-only series of talks offering authoritative analysis on policy-relevant issues affecting Canada and its place in the world. A video recording of the event will be placed online in the near future. Media wishing to cover the forum as it occurs are asked to register in advance with CIGI Communications Specialist Kevin Dias, at 519-885-2444, ext. 7238 or [email protected].

Invitation-Only Event:

CIGI Global Policy Forum: “Development: More than a Foreign Affair,” by CIGI President Rohinton Medhora


Thursday, May 1, 2014


5:30-7 p.m.


Rideau Club
99 Bank St. 15th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

About the Speaker:

Rohinton P. Medhora is President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, joining in 2012. He served on CIGI’s International Board of Directors since 2009. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC).  At IDRC, Medhora led the Micro Impacts of Macroeconomic and Adjustment Policies and Trade, Employment and Competitiveness initiatives. He is also a former director of IDRC’s social and economic policy programs. He received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he also subsequently taught for a number of years. In addition to his Ph.D., Medhora earned his B.A. and M.A. at the University of Toronto, where he majored in economics. His fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, international economic relations, aid effectiveness and development economics. He has published extensively on these issues in professional and non-technical journals, and has produced two books: Finance and Competitiveness in Developing Countries (Routledge, 2001); and Financial Reform in Developing Countries (Macmillan, 1998), which he co-edited with José Fanelli. In 2013, he was co-editor with Yiagadeesen Samy of Canada-Africa Relations: Looking Back, Looking Ahead, which is volume 27 in the highly influential Canada Among Nations book series.  In 2014, he co-edited International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects (Oxford University Press). Medhora serves on the boards of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research and the science and environment organization START International.

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]  

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