Folk and the Formula: Pathways to Capable States


  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•09•27    15:00 - 17:00

    WIDER Annual Lecture: “Folk and the Formula — Pathways to Capable States”

    After fifty years of development efforts, 80 percent of states are still at low, stagnating or failing levels of capabilities. Why? What could be done better?

    The reality is that success in building state capability typically comes from replacing bad institutions with good (“folk practices”), based on learning from experience, and not from imposing a rigid formula unsuited to local conditions.

    The 16th WIDER Annual Lecture will be delivered by Lant Pritchett, Professor of the Practice of International Development and Faculty Chair of the Masters in Public Policy in International Development (MPA/ID) program at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to returning to the Kennedy School in 2007, he was Lead Socio-Economist in the Social Development group of the South Asia region of the World Bank, resident in Delhi, 2004–07.

    In 2011, Prof. Pritchett was featured on the Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers.

    This year’s Annual Lecture can be attended in person or via a live webcast.

    For more information, or to register, please see the event page on the UNU-WIDER website.