In his speech, Dr Kharas addresses the future of development in an uncertain world through five lenses: (i) people living in poverty in fragile states, which he describes as the new development frontier; (ii) the shrinking size of the overall investment needed to close the poverty gap; (iii) cooperation of middle-income countries in tackling global challenges such as climate change and migration; (iv) competitive engagement with China; (v) and the realistic expectations for private sector mobilisation for development. Dr Kharas will also argue that aid agencies need to adapt to the changing world and that the old narrative of celebrating the huge gains in poverty reduction will not long hold up to the public scrutiny of how taxes are used for international development.

Opening statements by Ruairi De Burca, Director General of Irish Aid

Filmed on the 21st of February 2018