Global Development Experiment

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The Global Development Experiment podcast brings to the forefront the two questions most of today’s generation are asking related to international development: What happened? And, did it work? We talk to leading human rights activists, women's rights activists, conflict resolution experts, and “democratic contractors” who built the current international development model to discuss the successes and failures of their efforts over the past several decades, and the implications on future work in the field. Today’s generation has a vastly different worldview than the generations that have preceded it. Most were born after the fall of the Berlin Wall; they grew up in a world absent of an ideological battle, but with an internet connection and a fluency in social media. Although more inclusive and tolerant, they remain skeptical – of institutions, of government, and their proposed solutions to global challenges. Your three eclectic hosts, who themselves represent a mix of skepticism and experience, are: Fron Nahzi, who — with an unmistakable New York accent and Balkan outlook on life — brings over 25 years of experience developing democratic projects in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Caucuses (though TBD if these countries are, in fact, more democratic); Kaleigh Schwalbe, the mid-career optimist of the group, who often uses her master’s in conflict resolution to settle disputes between her other co-hosts; and, Laura Chuckray, who brings dry humor and direct questions, and like most millennials, is still trying to figure out what she’s doing with her life.

Episode Date
Ep. 9: Vukasin Petrovic

Otpor leader reflects on how the movement brought down Milosevic. Can such a movement be replicated? What does it mean to apply strategy to international development? Can human rights become part of mainstream culture? 

Jul 31, 2019
Ep. 8: Lesley Abdela

From conflict resolutions to positions of power, how (and how many) women participate is key. When are gender quotas effective? What are the challenges the current generation of women's rights activists face? 

Jul 16, 2019
Ep. 7: Aleksander Dardeli

What assumptions did the international development field get wrong 30 years ago? What is the role of the private sector in international development?

Jul 03, 2019
Ep. 6: Fred Abrahams

Thirty years of documenting human rights violations across the globe and bringing to justice war criminals. His biggest challenge yet maybe the declining interest in human rights, especially by Western governments. What does he propose to do? 

May 24, 2019
Ep. 5: Delina Fico

Do we need to go back to the 90s -- or at least reinstate the levels of investment in civil society development of decades past? What makes the people who run civil society development projects successful?

May 24, 2019
Ep. 4: Jason Swantek

Is there a right way to enter the development field? Is it possible for massive bureaucracies to learn from mistakes and respond to priorities in the field?

May 24, 2019
Ep. 3: Sibongile Ndashe

How ought equal rights for women be pursued in the face of systematic repression? Can court systems and existing institutions be used to advance justice?

May 24, 2019
Ep. 2: Tony Borden

Journalists for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) are divided by language and borders but united by their commitment to objective reporting. What makes the IWPR model transferable from one conflict zone to another? Are we concerned or excited by the changes being driven by social media? Or both?

May 24, 2019
Ep. 1: Roelf Meyer

Can the South African transitional justice experience be exported? When should international actors step away from mediating a conflict? 

May 23, 2019
Ep. 0: Why We're Here
May 23, 2019