GHD is dedicated to breakthrough thinking– new paradigms and new interventions that are game changers in health and development. So we were excited to help launch the annual Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Lecture honoring an individual whose breakthrough thinking has changed the field of international development. This year’s Lecture, hosted by the Brookings Institution, the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), and us (GHD) on Wednesday August 1st, 2012, honored Administrator Rajiv Shah of USAID.
A select audience of influential change-makers attended the Lecture, which was held at the Institute’s campus in Aspen, Colorado. In addition to the speech delivered by Administrator Shah, audience members also heard remarks from Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State; Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute; Richard Blum, Chairman of Blum Capital Partners; and Peggy Clark, Vice President of Policy Programs at the Aspen Institute and Director of Aspen Global Health and Development.
The theme of Administrator Shah’s speech—innovation and “open source” development—is one that resonates deeply across all of GHD’s initiatives. With projects in the areas of reproductive, maternal and child health, health worker migration, and food security, GHD is all about bringing new actors and new perspectives to bear on long-standing development challenges.