Event preview: This week in development cooperation

An indigenous couple walks past a mural in Otavalor, Ecuador. The International Day of the World's Indigenous People is on August 9. Photo by: Nick Leonard / CC BY-NC-SA

The future of international development cooperation is not just hashed out in dusty field offices and ramshackle schools and hospitals, but also at a variety of events, celebrations and other gatherings. Below are some of the most noteworthy events for the week starting Aug. 5:

AGOA: Building on Today and Looking Forward Beyond 2015 – A Conversation with U.S. Trade Representative Michael FromanWashington, D.C., United StatesAug. 5

Mwangi S. Kimenyi, director of the Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, will moderate the conversation with U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, whose office plays a crucial role in negotiations about extending and expanding the African Growth and Opportunity Act. AGOA, which defines U.S.-Africa trade relations, is set to expire in 2015.

Conference on Human Development in AsiaHiroshima, JapanAug. 6-8


The theme of the conference, its first-ever, is “Change, Continuity and Diversity: Perspectives on Sustainability for Asia.” Focus areas of discussions include education, population and aging, health care and social support, politics and conflict, inequality and justice, gender and culture, migration and identity, environment and technology, and economy and sustainability.

Embrace TomorrowOnlineAug. 7

Scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, the global conversation, to be hosted by the Clinton Foundation and Nelson Mandela Center of Memory, will put the spotlight on African change makers and look at how citizen engagement can be a pillar of Africa’s progress as a continent. Submit questions and share stories using #EmbraceTmrw before, during, and after the event, which will be livestreamed via Facebook.com/BillClinton, Facebook.com/ChelseaClinton and Facebook.com/NelsonMandela.

International and other celebrations

  • Ivory Coast’s Independence Day, Aug. 7

  • International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, Aug. 9

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