Annual Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM)

CID's flagship event brings together leaders and thinkers from development, government, business, and philanthropy. Each year the group engages around the major development problems in the world today and explores cutting-edge ideas to solve them. This year we will address questions such as:

  • How can state capacity help us understand the current state of development?
  • What factors influence the evolution of state functions, political order, policy priorities, and power?
  • What are the biggest challenges to enhancing state capacity on the ground?
  • How do policymakers navigate the restrictions imposed by the political order and existing state capacity to push forward reforms?

Keynote speakers include Francis Fukuyama, political scientist, professor and bestselling author of The End of History and the Last Man; and James Robinson, economist, professor and director of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts; Andres Velasco, former presidential candidate and Finance Minister of Chile, economist and Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.