How do geopolitics and economic inequalities influence the relationship between rich and poor countries?
Historically, high-income countries have intervened in lower-income countries in a wide variety of ways, from foreign aid and disaster relief, to military support for a preferred government. How can such acts be justified? By the goal to drive international development and poverty reduction, to protect human rights, or to advance the interests of the donor country?
Recent structural changes at the international development agencies of both the US and UK mark shifts in priorities. What lessons might history offer as these agencies change their structure in pursuit of new priorities?
The fifth Yale Development Dialogue will look at foreign interventions of the past – their stated intentions and real-world effects – from the perspectives of data science, historical analysis, and frontline policymaking. The discussion will ask what a renewed emphasis on human rights might mean for poverty reduction in a world of extreme inequality.