Frontiers in Development kicks off today

A camel trader stands beside his herd in a livestock market in Somalia. Finding the right balance among development, diplomacy and security response in fragile states is a key topic on day 1 of Frontiers in Development. Photo by: USAID / CC BY-NC

How can the international community advance development, diplomacy and security in partnership around the world, and especially in conflict-afflicted regions and fragile states?

It’s a tough question that an impressive set of leaders will explore Monday to Wednesday this week at the Frontiers in Development conference in Washington, D.C. The event’s host, the U.S. Agency for International Development, is expected to showcase its ongoing push for innovation in development as well as USAID Forward, its administrative reform effort.

Featured speakers on the first day of the conference include:

  • Rajiv Shah, administrator, USAID.

  • Helen Clark, administrator, U.N. Development Program.

  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president, Liberia.

  • Joyce Banda, president, Malawi.

  • Atifete Jahjaga, president, Kosovo.

  • Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland.

  • Admiral James Stavridis, Supreme Allied Commander Europe, NATO.

  • Nancy Birdsall, president, Center for Global Development.

  • Mark Schneider, vice president, International Crisis Group.

The star-studded three-day event at Georgetown University will be succeeded by another USAID-led high-level forum, Child Survival: Call to Action, which will run June 14-15.

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    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.