Building State Capabilities: Latest Research and Policy

Lant Pritchett, Professor of the Practice of International Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and former lead Socio-Economist in the Social Development group of the South Asia region of the World Bank, argued that the ideas which are widely shared and propagated by the international community about how to build state capabilities in developing countries are, in fact, wrong. Nada Eissa, Professor at Georgetown University and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy in the United States, concentrated her talk on labour markets. Drawing from recent research, Eissa highlighted the policy implications of the unique characteristics of labour in South Sudan.