Development efforts and the discourse that surround them often take place within a vacuum that ignores the political realities that can help or hinder their implementation. In his new book with Diane de Gramont, Development Aid Confronts Politics: The Almost Revolution, Thomas Carothers traces the rising belief in the assistance community that development is an “inherently political process and development aid must necessarily be politically informed and politically engaged to be successful.” He examines how aid actors are attempting to turn this insight into changed aid practice and whether it constitutes, as some adherents hope, a revolution in development work. Prior to joining Carnegie, Mr. Carothers practiced law at Arnold & Porter and served in the Office of Legal Adviser at the State Department. He is currently the chair of the Open Society Foundation Think Tank Fund and is an adjunct professor at Central European University in Budapest.
Development Aid Confronts Politics: the Almost Revolution
with Thomas Carothers,
Vice President for Studies
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Rome Building, Room 200
1619 Massachusetts Ave NW