6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center, at the Ronald Reagan Building: 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., NW (“Federal Triangle” stop on Blue/Orange Line)
Note: Due to heightened security, entrance to the building will be restricted and photo identification is required. Please allow additional time to pass through security.
J. Timmons Roberts, College of William and Mary
Michael J. Tierney, College of William and Mary
Bradley C. Parks, Millennium Challenge Corporation
Robert Goodland, Environmental Advisor (retired), World Bank Group (discussant)
Manish Bapna, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, World Resources Institute (opening remarks)
Greening Aid analyzes trends in development assistance during the pre- and post-Rio Earth Summit period. The authors have compiled one of the largest datasets of foreign aid ever assembled. By evaluating the likely environmental impacts of more than 400,000 development projects by more than 50 donors to over 170 recipient countries between 1970 and 2001, they seek to answer three central research questions: Which donor governments spend the most on foreign assistance for the environment and why? Why do some donor governments delegate the allocation and implementation of environmental aid to multilateral agencies when they could simply allocate it themselves? And why do some recipient countries receive more environmental aid than others? Greening Aid explains major trends and shifts over the past two decades, ranks donors according to their performance, and offers case studies that compare and contrast donors and types of environmental aid.
Greening Aid, published by Oxford University Press, is currently available for purchase online. It will also be available at a 20 percent discount at the June 11 event.
J. Timmons Roberts is Chancellor Professor of Sociology and acting director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program at the College of William and Mary. Roberts received his Ph.D. in the sociology of comparative international development from Johns Hopkins University in 1992. He is author and editor of six books and more than 50 articles, and his research interests include globalization, development and social change, environmental sociology, and urban and community sociology.
Michael J. Tierney is an associate professor of government and director of the international relations program at the College of William and Mary. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, San Diego, in 2003. He is author or editor of two books and several articles on international organizations, political economy, international relations theory, and development.
Bradley C. Parks is a research fellow at the College of William and Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations and associate director in the Department of Policy and International Relations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He holds an M.Sc. in development management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has written and contributed to several books and articles on global environmental politics, international political economy, and development theory and practice. The views expressed at this event will be the author’s own and will not necessarily reflect the official views of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.
Robert Goodland served the World Bank Group as an environmental advisor from 1978 to 2001, during which time he authored and “sold” to the Bank many of its still-extant social and environmental policies. He is currently finishing a book for the Philippines Bishops’ Conference on the impacts of the mining sector on rice production and indigenous peoples. His latest book, Utkal Bauxite & Alumina Project: Human Rights and Environmental Impacts (2007), is on human rights and the environment at Alcan’s bauxite mines in India (Orissa), and his next book on how to “green” Libya is nearing completion.
Manish Bapna joined World Resources Institute as its managing director in 2007. Most recently, Bapna served as executive director of the nonprofit Bank Information Center (BIC). Bapna previously served as senior economist and task team leader at the World Bank. He also advised several nonprofit development groups, including Seva Mandir (a leading grassroots nonprofit in India) and Women’s World Banking (a microfinance support organization). He has also worked as a strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company in the financial services and technology industries.