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Thursday, June 19, 2014
Lecture "Managing Windfall Wealth: How Oil Resources Can Generate Development Rather Than Decay". Prof. Larry Diamond
INVITATION TO A PUBLIC LECTURE ON THE TOPIC "MANAGING WINDFALL WEALTH: HOW OIL RESOURCES CAN GENERATE DEVELOPMENT RATHER THAN DECAY" FEATURING PROFESSOR LARRY DIAMOND OF STANFORD UNIVERSITY
The Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), in collaboration with the Africa Center for Energy Policy (ACEP), is pleased to invite you to a public lecture on the topic "Managing Windfall Wealth: How Oil Resources Can Generate Development Rather Than Decay". The lecture will feature Professor Larry Diamond of Hoover Institution, Stanford University (USA) and Dr. Mohammed Amin of ACEP as discussant. The event, which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 10:00am, will take place at the Coconut Grove Hotel, Accra.
Professor Diamond's lecture will analyze the opportunities and challenges oil, gas and other "windfall" wealth present to late developing nations, and review strategies for ensuring that such resources are managed accountably and "developmentally. (Please see below a short synopsis on the topic and a bio of the speaker)
Participants invited for the public lecture include government representatives, industry players, researchers, academics, policymakers, business leaders, civil society activists, and political party representatives. CDD-Ghana and ACEP will be very grateful if you can join us for this discussion.
CDD-Ghana/ACEP Public Lecture on the Theme:
"Managing Windfall Wealth: How Oil Resources Can Generate Development Rather Than Decay".
Guest Lecturer: Prof. Larry Diamond
Date: Wednesday June 25, 2014
A massive wave of new oil and gas discoveries has the potential to generate substantial growth and development in Africa over the next decade. However, if the "resource curse" plays out as it usually does, this new oil boom will only serve to distort development, entrench authoritarian rule and inhibit democracy. Professor Diamond's lecture will analyze the opportunities and challenges presented to developing nations by oil, gas and other "windfall" wealth, and explore strategic options for securing accountable and "developmental" governance of such resources.
Bio of Speaker
Professor Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, where he also directs the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. During 2002–3, he served as a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and was a contributing author of its report Foreign Aid in the National Interest. He has also advised and lectured to the World Bank, the United Nations, the US State Department, and other governmental and nongovernmental agencies dealing with governance and development.
At Stanford University, Prof. Larry Diamond is also professor by courtesy of political science and sociology. He teaches courses on comparative democratic development and democracy promotion, and advises many Stanford students. In May 2007, he was named "Teacher of the Year" by the Associated Students of Stanford University for teaching that "transcends political and ideological barriers." At the June 2007 Commencement ceremony, Prof. Diamond was honored by Stanford University with the Dinkelspiel Award for Distinctive Contributions to Undergraduate Education. He was cited, inter alia, for fostering dialogue between Jewish and Muslim students; for "his inspired teaching and commitment to undergraduate education; for the example he sets as a scholar and public intellectual, sharing his passion for democratization, peaceful transitions, and the idea that each of us can contribute to making the world a better place; and for helping make Stanford an ideal place for undergraduates."
Professor Diamond has published widely on the problems and conditions of democratic development around the world. Among his books are The Spirit of Democracy: the Struggle to Build Free Societies throughout the World (2008), Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation (1999), Promoting Democracy in the 1990s (1995), and Class, Ethnicity, and Democracy in Nigeria (1989). He edited the 1989-90 series Democracy in Developing Countries, with Juan Linz and Seymour Martin Lipset. He has also edited or co-edited some 40 other books on democracy, including the recent titles Democratization and Authoritarianism in the Arab World; Clientelism, Social Policy, and the Quality of Democracy; Liberation Technology: Social Media and the Struggle for Democracy; and Democratization in Africa.
Prof. Diamond is a longstanding associate of the Ghana Center for Democratic (CDD-Ghana). He delivered CDD-Ghana's maiden Kronti ne Akwamu (Democracy and Governance) Lecture in 2005 on the topic: "Democracy and Development: The Inseparable Links".