Seminar & Lecture Series

ADB-AFDI Lecture Series International Development Spring 2018

13 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018 Shanghai, The People's Republic of China

This semester-long lecture series will address important topics concerning international development, drawing on ADB’s experience with developing member countries in Asia, primarily in the PRC. The PRC’s extraordinary progress over the past thirty years and ADB’s evolving partnership with the PRC offers important experiences and lessons for other developing countries. The lecture series will emphasize challenges, approaches, and case studies based on development projects, featuring experts from ADB.

At the end of the course students are expected to have gained familiarity with: (i) the institutional arrangements concerning international development and cooperation; (ii) the approaches and processes that development assistance is delivered by multi-lateral development banks; (iii) current thinking and best practices in key sectors that ADB is engaged in, especially current and future cooperation priorities with the PRC government. The course also provides a forum for interaction with ADB development practitioners.

Course Outline:

Date & TimeContent
13 April 2018
ADB’s Operations and Portfolio in the PRC
Xinning Jia, Deputy Country Director, PRC Resident Mission (PRCM), ADB
16 April 2018
The Gender Dimension of Development: Theory and Practice
Hyun Son, Principal Evaluation Specialist, Independent Evaluation Department (IED), ADB

19 April 2018
The Future of Energy Systems: Challenges and Opportunities to Developing Countries in Asia
Yongping Zhai, Chief of Energy Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department (SDCC), ADB
24 April 2018
ADB’s Work in Law and Policy Reform
Fiona Connell, Principal Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, ADB
3 May 2018
ADB Climate Change Operation in the PRC
Xuedu Lu, Lead Climate Change Specialist, East Asia Department (EARD), ADB
7 May 2018
Comprehensive Transformation Approach to Revitalize the PRC’s Northeast: Supporting Non-Coal Diversification, SME Development, Environmental Cleanup from Mining Impact, and Attractive Green and Clean Cities in Eastern Heilongjiang
Stefan Rau, Senior Urban Development Specialist, EARD
15 May 2018
Role of Cross-border Economic Zones in Economic Corridor Development: ADB’s Experience
Yuebin Zhang, Principal RCI Specialist, EARD
16 May 2018
ADB’s Approach to Promoting Sustainable Food Security in Asia and the Pacific
Marzia Mongiorgi, Head of Programs, RCI and Knowledge Integration Unit, PRCM
29 May 2018
Framing Governance Reforms in Real-World Conditions
Gambhir Bhatta, Advisor and Head, Knowledge Sharing and Services Center Concurrently Chief of Governance Thematic Group, SDCC
1 June 2018
An Overview of Principles for Public Financial Management
Hans Van Rijn, Principal Public Management Specialist, EARD
5 June 2018
Middle-Income Countries in Asia and the Pacific: Challenges and Opportunities
Jose Antonio Tan III, Advisor, IED
15 June 2018
Green Urban Development and Green Financing
Jenny Hubert, Principal Infrastructure Specialist, EARD
25 June 2018
Financing Low-Carbon and Climate Resilient Development: the ADB’s approach to the Climate Change Challenge
Maria Pia Ancora, Climate Change Specialist, EARD
3 July 2018
Prospects of Decent Work in Services
Sameer Khatiwada, Economist, Economics Research and Regional Cooperation Department
3 July 2018
Wrap Up
Amy Leung, Director General, EARD

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