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Professor Lant Pritchett is a development economist and director of RISE, Research on Improving Systems of Education, at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Previously, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and Professor of the Practice of International Development at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. See his bio here.

Lant will be in conversation with Ann Bernstein, CDE’s executive director. The conversation will focus on Schooling ain’t learning, the current crisis facing countries where millions of children spend years in school without learning much at all. Lant has also done pioneering work on the World Bank “Doing Business” indicators and we will discuss those as well.

Reverend Frank Chikane, chairperson, Kagiso Trust and senior vice president, South African Council of Churches will give opening remarks.

For 25 years CDE has influenced policy in South Africa’s democracy. We have established ourselves as a unique policy think tank and prominent public ‘voice’ promoting enterprise and development in South Africa and emerging markets. We have built a wide network throughout the country and with leading global experts and think tanks, especially in democratic developing countries.

CDE would like to open up this lecture series widely. Please share this invitation with your networks.

Date:                 Thursday 27 May 2021

Time:                 5 to 6 pm SAST

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