The familiar world of international organizations concerned with the advancement of development has been upended by two phenomena: the emergence of sustained economic success in the developing world, and the international financial and economic crisis that has gripped much of the industrialized world since 2008. This paper examines the history of international organizations focusing on development, including the Bretton Woods organizations, the UN system and the regional development banks, and considers the parallel emergence of foundations and the role of international development actors. The authors conclude that the prognosis for organizations caught in this transitional stage in global economic governance can only be uncertain. 

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  • Rohinton P. Medhora is president of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), joining in 2012. He served on CIGI's former International Board of Governors from 2009 to 2014. Previously, he was vice president of programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre.

  • David M. Malone joined the United Nations University (UNU) on March 1, 2013 as its sixth rector. In that role, he holds the rank of UnderSecretary-General of the United Nations. A Canadian national, Rector Malone holds a B.A.A. from l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales (Montreal); an Arabic Language Diploma from the American University (Cairo); an M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and a D.Phil. in international relations from Oxford University.