Let’s Put it on the Table, ep. 1: Where the Idea Was Born

Introducing a new podcast series by the Macro-Development Research Initiative, from the Graduate Institute in Geneva. “Let’s put it on the table” will discuss development-related topics that are not receiving enough attention.

Our guest for this episode is Alejandro Castro, one of the founding members of Club Macro, the Club de Macroeconomía UCV, the student analysis group of macroeconomic policy at Universidad Central de Venezuela. Club Macro was the seed that later shaped the idea for our international initiative: The Macro-Development Research Initiative.

Subscribe to the series on Spotify for more episodes and follow the initiative on social media as @The_MDRI on Twitter and Instagram

Featuring: Clara Danbakli and Manuel Leon, with Michelle Olguin
Guest: Alejandro Castro
Music: Showcase me by Ahjay Stellino 
Illustration: MDRI

Big shout out to Geneva International, the Podcast initiative at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, for their help and support.

Note: This pilot was recorded via Zoom, so please forgive us for the audio quality and internet related problems.

Book of the week: “Transforming multilateral diplomacy: the inside story of the Sustainable Development Goals”, by Macharia Kamau, Pamela Chasek and David O’Connor

Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy provides the inside view of the negotiations that produced the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Not only did this process mark a sea change in how the UN conducts multilateral diplomacy, it changed the way the UN does its business. This book tells the story of the people, issues, negotiations, and paradigm shifts that unfolded through the Open Working Group (OWG) on SDGs and the subsequent negotiations on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, from the unique point of view of Ambassador Macharia Kamau, and other key participants from governments, the UN Secretariat, and civil society.”

Publisher: London, Routledge, 2018
Call number: 327(004) HEIA 121548

Book of the week: “Poor economics: a radical rethinking of the way to fight global poverty”, by Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee

The new recipients of the Nobel Prize in Economics upend the most common assumptions about how economics works in this gripping and disruptive portrait of how poor people actually live.

“Why do the poor borrow to save? Why do they miss out on free life-saving immunizations, but pay for unnecessary drugs? In Poor Economics, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo answer these questions based on years of field research from around the world. This book offers a radical rethinking of the economics of poverty and an intimate view of life on 99 cents a day. Poor Economics shows that creating a world without poverty begins with understanding the daily decisions facing the poor.”

Publisher: Noida: Random House India, 2011
Call Number: 337.2 HEIA 84548

Publisher: New York: PublicAffairs, 2011
Call Number: 337.2 HEIA 75424

French translation: Repenser la pauvreté
Editions du Seuil, 2012
Call Number: 337.2 HEIA 84811


Original illustration (cropped): Esther Duflo, Pop!Tech 2009, Camden, ME, by Kris Krüg, CC-By-SA 2.0

Book of the Week: “Earth at risk: natural capital and the quest for sustainability” by Claude Henry and Laurence Tubiana

We are squandering our planet’s natural capital – its biodiversity, water and soil, and climate stability – at a blistering pace. Major changes must be made to steer our planet and people away from our current, doomed course.

Though technology has been one of the drivers of the current trend of unsustainable development, it is also one of the essential tools for remedying it.

Earth at Risk maps out the necessary transition to sustainability, detailing the innovations in science and technology, along with law, institutional design, and economics, that can and must be put to use to avert environmental catastrophe.

Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, 2018
Call Number: 577 HEIA 121248