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Upcoming Events

 V Annual CAF LSE ConferenceLeadership, Resilience and Development in an Era of Instability

This is the fifth installment of a high-level conference series that brings together top policy-makers and researchers from around the world.

When: 19 January 2018, from 9 am to 1.30 pm

Where:Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE.

Get your tickets here!

 

Past Events

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Discussion panel

China and Africa: building peace and security on the continent

Join us for a discussion panel with Prof Chris Alden, Dr Laura Barber, Prof Abiodun Alao and Dr Zhang Chun, co-editors and co-authors of the book China and Africa: building peace and security on the continent.

This book is the first comprehensive and detailed study of the growing security links between China and the African continent. It investigates how China’s links with Africa’s continental and regional organizations, especially the African Union, connect with security links the PRC has developed with key African countries.

Drawing on leading and emerging scholars in the field, the volume uses a combination of analytical insights and case studies to unpack the complexity of security challenges confronting China and the continent. The book assesses an array of case studies of China’s involvement in country-specific Africa security contexts, and interrogates how security considerations impact upon the growing economic and social links China has developed with African states.

When: 15 November 2017, 18.00-19.30

Where: 1st floor, room 15 New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3LJ    

This event is free of charge

About the speakers

Prof Chris AldenDepartment of International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has published widely on China-Africa issues and is a research associate of the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) and Department of Political Sciences, University of Pretoria.

Prof Abiodun Alao, African Leadership Centre, School of Global Affairs, King’s College London, has published extensively on African studies. He is also holds Visiting Professorship position at the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Dr Zhang ChunDeputy Director, Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, Shanghai Institutes for International Studies, China, has published widely on China-Africa relations, African peace and security, international theory, and China's foreign policy; and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of 2 Journals namely Global Review (in Chinese) and China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies (CQISS) (in English).

Dr Laura Barber Political risk analyst based in London, previously of the LSE. She specialises in in Chinese foreign policy towards Africa with a particular focus on China-Sudan and South Sudan relations.  

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Academic discussion

Buenos Aires as a Global City

The LSE Global South Unit and the  Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the are delighted to be hosting Mr Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The event will be chaired by our co-director Dr Álvaro Méndez

Mr Rodríguez Larreta will present a talk on the city's urban environment and global vision, given that in the following months, Buenos Aires will be hosting four major global events, namely the ILO Global Conference, the WTO Ministerial Conference, the 2018 Youth Olympics and the G20. 

When: 

Where: room 4, floor 9, Tower 2 Cement's Inn Passage, WC2A 2AZ

About the Speaker: Mr Larreta was elected Mayor of Buenos Aires in December 2015 with more than 53% of the votes. He first started participating actively in politics in 2002 alongside Mauricio Macri, with whom he founded the PRO Party in 2005.

Previously, he held several positions in the public sector, such as in the office of Investment Undersecretary of the Agrentine Ministry of Economy, General Manager of the ANSES (National Administration of Social Security), Undersecretary of Social Policies of the Social Development Secretary, in the Internal Revenue Service of PAMI (the biggest Social Care Department in Latin America), Financial Controller at the Institute for Social Security of the Province of Buenos Aires and General Director of the General Tax Office.

Mr Larreta holds a Licentiate degree in Economics from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (1988) and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University (1993).

Twitter hashtag: #LSELarreta

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LSE Global South Unit and Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre present

Armed Groups, State and Society in Myanmar

Friday 13 October 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Speakers: 

  • David Brenner,
  • John Buchanan,
  • Patrick Meehan,
  • Martin Smith.  

Chair: Jürgen Haacke 

Myanmar’s borderlands have experienced armed conflict ever since the country’s independence in 1948. Attempts by successive military governments to secure control over these contested areas, and the willingness to deploy military force to achieve this ambition, have fuelled longstanding grievances against central state authority. 

Against this backdrop of decades-long ethno-national conflict, the country’s borderland regions have given birth to a dazzling array of non-state armed groups, including insurgencies, militias, vigilantes, and criminal networks.  They are part of a fragmented and multi-layered landscape of political order, which also includes semi-autonomous army commands, transnational business actors and other informal institutions. Based on years of extensive field work in the border areas of Myanmar, the speakers will discuss the dynamics of armed politics, social orders and state formation in light of the country's peace process and wider transition. 

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required.

Please note that registration does not guarantee a seat, and ticket holders should therefore arrive in plenty of time to ensure that they get in the venue.  

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23-24 September 2017

Second International symposium on development and governance in BRICS: International Development Aid in the BRICS

This event aims to explore the varied dimensions of international development aid in the BRICS and to analyse their theoretical and practical implications for public administration and development. To that end, the symposium has a central focus on the governance and performance of development aid in the context of the emergence of BRICS.

Host and Venue: Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Deadline for submission of abstract: 15 April 2017

Find the call for papers here

 

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LSE Global South Unit Public Lecture

12 July 2017

Globalisation in crisis - the role of development banks in a globalised world

Speaker: President Enrique García

Chair: Prof. Chris Alden

NAB.1.04

18:30-20:00

 

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Universidad de la Habana Cuba

6-7 July 2017,

LSE Global South Unit, LSE Latin American and Caribbean Centre, Universidad de la Habana joint event

‘Experiencias internacionales de crecimiento y desarrollo: retos y opportunidades para cuba en el nuevo escenario internacional’  

The Global South Unit and the Latin America and Caribbean Centre in collaboration with the University of Havana are organising an academic workshop on Cuba’s re-positioning in the international arena. The workshop will take place on 6-7 July 2017 at the University of La Havana, Cuba, and it is hoped to be the first of a series of events with a follow-up in London next year.

Host and Venue: Universidad de la Habana, Havana, Cuba.

 

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LSE Global South Unit public lecture

3 May,18:30 - 20:00 Thai theatre

Skills for the future: The challenges of human capital formation in Latin America

Speaker: Dr Lucila Berniell
Chair:   Prof. Chris Alden

Dr. Lucila Berniell is a Research/Principal Economist in the Socio-economic Research Department at CAF.  In her research, she seeks to understand the formation of human capital in developing countries, with the aim to help design and evaluate public policies to foster skills development. She has worked on education, health, entrepreneurship, and labor programs for the youth, and has co-authored several academic articles and books on her fields of specialization. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). She is currently teaching at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina).  

Read the report More Skills for Work and Life: The Contribution of Families, Schools, Jobs, and the Social Environment

 

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Global South Unit, Stop Ivory and Mishcon de Reya LLP joint event

APRIL 27  18:15 - 19:30

HONG KONG THEATRE

Global Britain, Global Challenges: Africa and international partners are banning the Ivory trade. Should Britain follow suit?

The announcement by China of its intention to close its domestic ivory markets by the end of  2017, following the lead of the majority of  African governments, India and the US, is a potential game-changer in global efforts to ensure   elephant survival.  With over 20,000 African elephants slaughtered for their tusks since 2008 – a rate unsustainable for the survival of the species - the need for bold action is imperative.  The commitments by the US in 2016  and China in 2017 to ban ivory sales  are crucial steps in bringing the wanton destruction of elephants and their habitats to a halt, offering a dramatic example of the innovative co-operative partnerships necessary to build sustainable development in the 21st century.

A panel of distinguished diplomats and experts will discuss why many governments are joining forces to bring  an end to the ivory trade, what challenges they face in implementing their commitments and what Britain can do to support this growing international consensus.  

Speakers:

HE Lazarus Amayo,  High Commission of the Republic of Kenya

HE. Aichatou Sanni Aoudou, Gabon Ambassador to the UK 

Ambassador Shu Zhan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, People's Republic of China

Dan Ashe, President of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (former Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service)

Chair: Professor Chris AldenDirector of the Global South Unit; Professor in International Relations, LSE

THIS IS A FREE EVENT, PLEASE REGISTER HERE.

 

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Friday, 13 January 2017     

IV ANNUAL CAF- LSE CONFERENCE Globalization in Crisis: Implications for the Global South

See the Conference Programme

Venue: Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE Campus

You can watch videos of the Conference here.

You can see photos of the Conference here.

 

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Thursday 8 December 2016

A Global South Unit and LSESU Latin American Society Public Lecture

A more effective State: Public sector compensation and the quality of the bureaucracy in Latin America

Speaker: Dr. Pablo Brassiolo

Discussant: Dr. Alvaro Mendez

Chair: Dr. Caroline Varin

You can access the report A more effective State Capacities for designing, implementing and evaluating public policies in English and Spanish.

Time: 6:30-8pm  

Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE Campus

 

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

GSU PUBLIC LECTURE

Mexico and China: Socioeconomic and Policy Challenges in 2016

Speaker: Prof. Enrique Dussel Peters, Graduate School of Economics at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Chair: Dr Alvaro Mendez, co-founder of LSE Global South Unit; Senior Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, LSE

Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE CampusTime: 6.30PM

 

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

GSU PUBLIC LECTURE

Sustainable Development or Exploitation: Lessons from China in Latin America

Speakers:  Isabel Hilton, journalist and broadcaster
Jin Jiaman, Executive Director of the Beijing-based Global Environmental Institute (GEI)

Chair: Dr Alvaro Mendez, co-founder of LSE Global South Unit; Senior Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, LSE

Listen to the podcast

Venue: CLM.2.02, Clement House, Aldwych, LSE Campus
Time: 6.30PM

 

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Monday, 12 September 2016

LSE and UTDT joint conference
The Chinese Connection: Argentinian Foreign Policy in the 21st Century

Venue: Aula 102, Universidad Torcuato di Tella Campus Alcorta
Time: 08.00 - 17.30

 

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Thursday, 21 July 2016

GSU PUBLIC LECTURE (Summer School)
China and Latin America: The case of Peru

Speaker: Professor Cynthia Sanborn, Director of the Research Center at the Universidad del Pacífico (CIUP); Professor of Political Science, CIUP
Chair: Dr. Alvaro Mendez, co-founder of LSE Global South Unit; Senior Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, LSE

Listen to the podcast

Venue:  NAB.1.04
Time: 18.20-20.00

 

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

GSU PUBLIC LECTURE (Summer School)
Rooted versus Mechanical Dependency: China in Latin America's Extractive Sector

Speaker: Professor Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Instituto Igarapé Fellow
Chair: Professor Chris Alden, Director of the Global South Unit; Professor in International Relations, LSE

Listen to the podcast

Time:  18.30- 20.00
Venue:  CLM.7.02

 

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

GSU PUBLIC LECTURE

Inclusive sustainable development when the Global South's economies 'head south': Lessons from Bolivia

Speakers: Luis Alberto Arce Catacora, Head of the Ministry of Economy and Public Finances from the Plurinational State of Bolivia;
Rene Orellana Halkyer, Minister of Development Planning from the Plurinational State of Bolivia
Chair: Dr. Alvaro Mendez, co-founder of LSE Global South Unit; Senior Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, LSE

Time:  18.30 - 20.00 
Venue:  Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE Campus

Twitter: #LSEBolivia

Click here to listen to the podcast from the event
(Start - 
 09:10 mins. End - 01:37:11 mins)

 

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Friday, 29 April 2016

WORKSHOP 
"Leadership in times of uncertainty: The role of regional development banks in Latin America”

With Enrique Garcia, President of CAF; Professor of Practice, LSE

Time:  5-7pm 

Venue:  Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE campus

 

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

PUBLIC LECTURE: GSU & DEPT INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS 
From Tailwinds to Headwinds. Can Latin America Weather the Storm?

Speaker: Enrique Garcia, President of CAF; Professor of Practice, LSE
Chair: Professor Chris Alden, Director of the Global South Unit; Professor in International Relations, LSE

Time:  6.30-8pm 
Venue:  Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE campus

President Garcia explored the role of development banks in meeting the current challenges that Latin America faces in the 21st century.

Listen to the podcast here.

 

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Wednesday 2 March 2016

LSE GSU PUBLIC LECTURE
Panama: consolidating democracy, growth and human development

SpeakerIsabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice-President and Foreign Minister of Panama
ChairDr Alvaro Mendez, co-founder of LSE Global South Unit; Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, LSE

Time: 1-2pm
Venue: LSE Campus, TBC to ticketholders

 

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Friday, 22 January 2016

II ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Latin America's Challenges in the Public Sector and Multilaterals


SpeakerVerónica Zavala, General Manager of Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the Inter-American Development Bank
ChairDr Alvaro Mendez, Senior Research Fellow, Global South Unit

Time: 17.00 - 19.00
Venue: OLD 4.01, Old Building, LSE Campus

 

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Friday, 15 January 2016

III ANNUAL CAF- LSE CONFERENCE 
Global Governance in an Era of Uncertainty

Speakers:

Enrique García, President of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America;
Leonel Fernández, Former President of the Dominican Republic;
Michel Camdessus,Former Managing Director of the IMF and Governor of the Bank of France;
Enrique Iglesias, Former Secretary General of SEGIB, President of the Inter-AmericanDevelopment Bank, and Executive Secretary of ECLAC
Celso Amorim, Former Minister of Foreign Relations and Minister of Defense of Brazil

For all of the speakers see the full conference programme here.

One of the most important developments of the contemporary century is the emergence of the global south onto the stage of world politics. However, these new rising states do not have a track record in international leadership in a globalized world. The challenges and uncertainties of the twenty-first century require a multilateral approach to global governance. The third annual CAF-LSE conference was held on Friday 15th January 2016 at the London School of Economics. This conference contributed to understanding the rise of the global south by focusing on key international actors from Asia, Africa and Latin America and their perspectives on global governance in an era of uncertainty.

Conference Programme
Venue
: Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE Campus

 Time: 09.00 - 18.15

 

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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

GSU PUBLIC LECTURE
For a Safer Latin America: a new perspective to prevent and control crime


SpeakerDr Daniel Ortega, CAF Senior Research Economist; Adjunct Professor at IESA Business School, Caracas
ChairDr Alvaro Mendez, co-founder of LSE Global South Unit; Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, LSE


Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE Campus
Time: 18.30-20:00
Co-hosted with LSE Latin American Society - Poster

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14-15 December 2014, Ankara, Turkey

Responsibility to Protect and Humanitarian Intervention – the role of the Global South

 A conference co-hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Uluslararasi Stratejik Arastirmalar Kurumu (USAK) 

This conference critically examined the changing dynamics of ‘responsibility to protect’ and its application in the context of a rising Global South. Aiming to bridge the gap between academics, policy makers and practitioners, the conference unpacked the evolving conceptual landscape on humanitarian intervention and its application as seen from the South. Comparative case studies helped to highlight the varied approaches and experiences from the South. Participants included the former Turkish Foreign Minister, the Honourable Hikmet Cetin, and leading academics and policy makers.

 

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Wednesday 29 October 2014 

Rethinking a new development agenda for Latin America

Time: 6.30 - 8.00pm

Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: President Enrique Garcia; Chair: Professor Stuart Corbridge

Enrique Garcia has been the Executive President of CAF since December 1991. He was Bolivia's Minister of Planning and Coordination and Head of the Economic and Social Cabinet between 1989 and 1991. In addition, he acted as Bolivia's Governor at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the River Plate Basin Development Fund. He is the Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Latin America, Vice President of Canning House, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Dialogue, member of the Advisory of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Harvard Kennedy School Dean's Council, among others.  

The podcast for this event is now available here

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Latin America in the 21st Century

2 October 2014: Latin America in the 21st Century

Time:  18:00-19:30

Venue: Tuke Common Room, Regent's University

Speaker: Dr. Arturo Valenzuela                       

Chair: Dr. Alvaro Mendez

 

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Brazilian Strategies in Global Order: Domestic Politics and Geopolitical Ambition in an Emerging Democracy

21 July 2014: CAF-LSE Visiting Fellow

Time: 18:30-20:00 
Venue: CLM.2.02
Speaker: Prof. Matias Spektor
Chair: Dr. Alvaro Mendez
Discussant: Prof. Chris Alden

 

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Entrepreneurship in Latin America: RED Report Lecture

 30th to 31st May 2014: Challenges to Emerging and Established Powers: Brazil and the United Kingdom in the Contemporary Global Order

Time: Friday 09:00am- Saturday 16:00pm
Venue: Edgbaston campus, Nicolson Building, University of Birmingham
Chair: Dr. Marco Vieira

The questions of how emerging powers will affect the global order, and the international regimes and norms that sustain it, is fast becoming one of the most pressing of the twenty-first century. Brazil and the United Kingdom are prime examples of new and old powers which are trying to adapt their foreign policies to the fast-changing context of global politics and governance. Set over two days at the University of Birmingham, this workshop critically examined the prospects of either cooperation or competition between Brazil and the United Kingdom in several dimensions of contemporary global order.

 

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Shanghai University Business School

2nd May, 2014Shanghai University Business School  official visit by a delegation of students and faculty. 

Time:  10:00-1:00pm
Venue: 
 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields--32L.LG.04
Chair: Dr. Alvaro Mendez

The LSE Global South unit is delighted to welcome an official delegation from the prestigious MBA Programme at Shanghai University. The visit is intended to foster collaboration between the Global South Unit and Shanghai University. Students were given a short talk by Dr. Alvaro Mendez and then enjoyed a tour of the LSE. This was followed by an important lecture by Enrique Garcia (President of the Development Bank of Latin America) and Daniel E. Ortega (Senior Economist at CAF).

 

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Brazil's Economic Outlook

27th January, 2014: Brazil's Economic Outlook  

The LSE Global South Unit is delighted to invite its members to attend a Public Lecture by the Governor of Banco Central do Brasil.

In this lecture, Governor Alexandre Tombini will discuss the current state of the Brazilian economy and perspectives on the future, with a focus on monetary policy.

This important event was chaired by LSE Director Professor Craig Calhoun.  

 

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First Annual CAF-LSE Conference, The Rise of the Global South: Towards an Agenda for a New Century

17th January, 2014: First Annual CAF-LSE Conference, The Rise of the Global South: Towards an Agenda for a New Century   Perhaps the most important development of the contemporary century is the emergence of the global South onto the stage of world politics. The first annual CAF-LSE conference will be held on Friday 17th January 2014 at the London School of Economics. 

This conference will contribute to understanding the rise of the global South by focusing on key international actors from the regions, their perspective on global issues, the role of South-South cooperation as a development paradigm, and their current impact on a changing global environment.  

International speakers will present their perspectives on this emerging phenomena through empirical investigation, case studies and panel discussions which will address the actual strategic aims of actors from the global South. They will also explore the structural problems the South is facing, with a view to advancing the conceptualisation of a clear and effectual foreign policy for these emerging powers. 

A video stream of the conference can be found on the LSE website 

 

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UNDP Human Development Report Consultation

11th July, 2013:  UNDP Human Development Report Consultation     

The LSE Global South Unit in cooperation with the UNDP hosted an important  Consultation to discuss the 2014 Human Development Report. The Consultation took place at the London School of Economics, and was by invitation only. Leading academics and representatives of civil society were invited to offer their expertise on the topic Reducing Vulnerabilities and Deepening Progress. From the beginning, the Report has been a pioneer of methodological innovation and development thinking. Often provocative, the Report was launched in 1990 with the goal of putting people at the centre of development, going beyond income to assess people’s long-term well- being.

 

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The Rise of the Global South: Human Progress in a Diverse World

10th July, 2013:  The Rise of the Global South: Human Progress in a Diverse World   The LSE Global South Unit hosted Director Khalid Malik. As the lead author of the 2013 UNDP Human Development Report, Mr Malik shared the important findings of the report and highlighted the unprecedented speed and scale of the rise of the Global South.

 

A podcast of this event is available to download here.

 

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The Challenges of Latin America and the New Global

12th February, 2013:  The Challenges of Latin America and the New Global South  Addressing a crowded audience at the Hong Kong Theatre, Enrique Garcia, President of the Development Bank of Latin America, delivered a powerful message about the new challenges and opportunities faced by Latin American countries and the New Global South in the 21st Century. 

 

A podcast of this event is available to download  here .