Have IMF / World Bank policies constrained the fight against HIV/AIDS? (February 2010)

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Fri, Feb 19, 2010

Have IMF and World Bank Policies Constrained Domestic Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Developing Countries?

WHEN : Tuesday, February 23rd from 3pm to 5pm
WHERE : Building I-200 (1850 I Street, NW)

Open to the Public

Aldo Caliari
Director, Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, Center of Concern

Mr. Caliari has been staff at the Center of Concern since 2000 where he was at first responsible for advocacy and coalition-building activities around the International Conference on Financing for Development (Monterrey, Mexico, 2002) and its follow-up, as well as bringing a human rights approach to the work of the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project. Mr. Caliari has done considerable writing and public speaking on issues of global economic governance, debt and international financial architecture. In the last few years he has focused on linkages between trade and finance and policy "coherence" between financial and trade Institutions. He routinely acts as a consultant on these topics for international organizations, foundations, media and civil society groups and networks.

Rick Rowden
International Economic Development Analyst

Mr. Rowden worked in Washington DC for 9 years with advocacy NGOs engaged on foreign aid and development issues, including as Senior Policy Analyst for the US office of ActionAid. He has travelled extensively and worked with policy makers, economists and advocacy NGOs across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe to critically analyze the macroeconomic policies of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and their impact on health spending in developing countries. He is an expert in North-South relations and how the global foreign aid, trade and finance systems impact economic development. Previously, he taught Global Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay and Political Science at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. Most recently, he was an Inter-Regional Advisor with the Globalization and Development Strategies Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Brook Baker
Professor, Human Rights & the Global Economy, Northeastern University School of Law

Mr. Baker has written extensively on theories of practice-based learning, critical perspectives on legal writing and cross-cultural lawyering. He has taught and consulted extensively in South African law schools and law school clinics since 1997, particularly on issues of multiculturalism, human rights and HIV/AIDS. Mr. Baker assisted in developing the first legal skills course book for South African law schools and is coauthor of a related teachers' manual. Mr. Baker is co-chair and policy analyst for Health GAP (Global Access Project) and is actively engaged in campaigns for Universal Access to treatment, prevention, and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, especially expanded and improved medical treatment. He has written and consulted extensively on intellectual property rights, trade, health financing and access to medicines, including with the African Union, ASEAN, Venezuela, CARICOM, Thailand, DfID, the World Health Organization, the Millennium Development Goals Project and others. Finally he is active in a working group challenging IMF macroeconomic policies that restrict increased government and donor spending on health and education in developing countries.

Sanjeev Gupta
Deputy Director, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund

Mr. Gupta is Deputy Director in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He was previously Senior Advisor in the Fiscal Affairs Department, Assistant Director in the African Department; Assistant Director and Chief in the Expenditure Policy Division of the Fiscal Affairs Department; and Economist in the European Department. Mr. Gupta has led IMF missions to over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and represented the IMF in numerous international meetings and seminars. In the fiscal area, the missions have focused on public expenditure policy, pensions, fiscal decentralization, fiscal transparency, public financial management, and public-private partnerships. Mr. Gupta has published extensively on macroeconomic and fiscal issues, particularly in developing countries and transition economies. He is currently on the editorial board of the European Journal of Political Economy. His current research interests include fiscal policy in developing countries, including commodity exporters, and the interface between fiscal policy and the financial sector in the emerging markets.

Peter Berman
Lead Economist, Health and Nutrition Department, World Bank

Mr. Berman is a health economist with thirty years of experience in research, policy analysis and development, and training and education in global health. After completing a four year assignment in the World Bank’s New Delhi office as Lead Economist for Health, Nutrition, and Population (HNP), he became Lead Health Economist in the World Bank’s HNP Department in July 2008. He is also Adjunct Professor of Population and International Health at Harvard School of Public Health and Visiting Professor at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi. Mr. Berman was recently appointed the principal advisor to the China Health Economics Institute (CHEI) for health care financing. Mr. Berman has worked extensively on health system reform and health care development issues in a number of countries, including Egypt, India, Colombia, Indonesia, and Poland, including extended periods of residency and field work in Indonesia and India.
About The Civil Society Team
The Global Civil Society Team (CST) serves as the corporate and global focal point for the World Bank Group’s engagement with civil society. As such, the CST formulates institutional strategy, provides advice to senior management, coordinates civil society engagement at the global level, and provides guidance and technical assistance to program staff on how to consult and involve civil society in Bank operations. It also carries out outreach events such as policy dialogue, consultations, and training with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) at the global level, and provides information to civil society on Bank policies and programs.
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