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On 5 October, we celebrated our 25th anniversary at the Bibliothèque Solvay with a panel discussion on "Economic governance: the key to development?"

We enjoyed this memorable moment and would like to share it with you!

Slide show:

- PPT 25 years English (click here)

- PPT 25 ans Français (cliquez ici)

Full text:

- PDF 25 years English (click here)

- PDF 25 ans Français (cliquez ici)

Watch the videos on Youtube:

- Short version (click here)

- Long version Part1 (click here)

- Long version Part2 (click here)


Patrick Chaussepied
Economist - ADE expert


François Bourguignon
Emeritus chair, Paris School of Economics World Bank Chief Economist and Senior Vice President from 2003 to 2007
Jean-Philippe Platteau
Emeritus Professor of the University of Namur Centre for Research in Economic Development (CRED)
Tanguy de Biolley
President of the Board of ADE
Former Maître de Conférence at the University of Namur

Book celebrating the 20th anniversary of ADE.

On 2010 ADE celebrated its 20th anniversary. To this occasion a book has been edited.(click here)

Economic governance: the key to development (Videos)

Short version: (double click for full screen)

Long version: Part1 Intro + Presentation ; Part2 Debate + Q&A

Over the past 25 years, economic governance has been understood by many to be the motor of the development process. Under this approach, international aid focuses on reinforcing the institutions of economic governance, in order to encourage, through this intermediary, growth and poverty reduction.

Our panel discussion seeked to analyze this approach to international development. How have donors been supporting these institutions and to what extent does this approach contribute to the international aid architecture? Do the results meet our expectations? Is it wise to support international development aid through these institutions, and should they be a privileged entry point for the future?

Through these types of questions we wish to examine our common experience with development aid, and reflect together on ways to better address the challenges of the future.