During her year at CASBS as a policy fellow, Ruth Levine will be working on a series of essays focused on how global institutions, including multilateral and bilateral agencies, non-governmental organizations, and philanthropies, can reorient themselves to better address current and future problems in global development. The essays, targeted toward a range of audiences and drawing on bodies of research in political science, economics, sociology, demography, and anthropology, will outline the nature of contemporary problems, with a focus on three types: those that connect countries and can be solved only through mutual action; those that appear in one form or another in every country and can best be addressed through particular types of knowledge-sharing and solidarity among affected communities; and those that result from weak institutions in conflict-affected states and require particular forms of international and regional action. She will argue for a reconceptualization of the field of global development as a project of mutual support, exchange, and negotiation among all regions of the world.
Most recently, Levine was director of the global development and population program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Earlier, she held senior positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Center for Global Development; she also worked for the World Bank and the InterAmerican Development Bank.
See more about Levine’s work at www.linkedin.com/in/ruth-levine