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Alan Harding

Alan Harding is an independent development economist and evaluation expert working for governments andinternational development agencies in Africa, Middle East, Asia/ Pacific and the Balkans.Former Economic Advisor and Senior Economic Advisor at the Department for InternationalDevelopment (DfID).



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11:50 am

Opening Markets

Is economic liberalisation a force for development?

The session will evaluate the impact that economic liberalisation can have on development and seek to understand both the opportunities and challenges involved in market-led development initiatives including trade policy. How effective have these programs been in the past and what can be done to improve them in the future? How can we ensure good governance on the part of national governments to help drive more profound and equitable impact in developing societies? How can we the public and private sectors collaborate and ensure accountability? Beyond the economic impacts, this panel will also consider the broader political and social ramifications of liberalisation.