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Our Predecessors Built a World of Winners and Losers. It’s Time for Something Different.

Our international rules-based order through which the world’s nations pursue global peace and development is crashing into the limits of its founding vision. What our predecessors built some eight decades ago, after the Second World War — from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to the United Nations — is in desperate need of repair. But it remains essential, and salvageable.

For billions of people, the stakes could not be higher. This is painfully true for the people of Ukraine, where Vladimir Putin continues his malevolent invasion of a sovereign nation and subversion of international law. It’s also true across the Global South, where I believe our global development finance system has proved outdated, outmoded and outmatched.

20 Sept 2022 | Putting People, Agency and Leadership First: Developing Collective Leadership as a Path to Sustainable Development

Please join our livestream for a conversation featuring Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Former President of Liberia and Founder, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation; and Anne Marie Burgoyne, Managing Director, Emerson Collective. These panelists will explore how greater prioritization of the development of local leadership can advance our shared vision for a more sustainable and equitable world. Wendy Kopp, CEO & Co-founder of Teach For All, will moderate the discussion.


Education Reimagined: Leadership for a new era

This WISE ALL-IN special publication bears witness to the critical role of leadership in promoting and enabling student and system-deep learning. The collection reveals the centrality of education leadership in the life of communities, for individual and collective wellbeing, and for a sustainable future, locally and globally.

12 May 2022 | Catalyzing Change Week: Investing in leadership and management to catalyze progress against the SDGs

We believe that a better world is possible, a world with universal access to essential healthcare, reduced inequality, more sustainable food supplies, transformed educational systems, and a greater emphasis on the long-term health of our planet. To achieve this, we need visionary and effective teams to guide government institutions and their partners as they navigate constant change, and we need to invest in leadership at the local level. Cultivating leaders and managers requires consistent collective action, prioritisation, and investment. And doing so is our best hope of re-energizing and achieving the SDGs. In this session, senior leaders in education, health, and the environment will discuss a new report by the High-Level Council on Leadership & Management for Development, and present practical examples about how to build the next generation of leaders across sectors.

Locally Driven Development

Locally led development is a complex process that the development community, in the United States and around the world, has spent several decades trying to get right. Yet, despite all the experience and lessons learned, it feels like we are barely beyond the starting line. This publication aims to contribute to the ongoing dialogue on locally led development, especially as to how the United States can address the obstacles posed by U.S. law, regulation, policy, and practice.