The Global Development Network (GDN) held its Fifth Annual Global Development Conference from January 28-30, 2004 in New Delhi, India. The conference was attended by over 700 participants from 93 countries.
Since the third wave of democratization began in the 1970s, many regions of the world have experienced significant economic and political reforms as policymakers have sought to provide the citizens of their countries with a better life. Yet, little systematic effort has been undertaken to understand the cumulative results of these reforms on a global scale, the extent to which outcomes have matched expectations, the effect of regional contexts on reform, and the ways in which reforms have affected the target populations.
The Fifth Annual Global Development Conference, with the theme of “Understanding Reform” and held January 27–30, 2004 in New Delhi, addressed these critical questions, premised on the belief that a better understanding of past reforms—including their initiation, implementation, and outcome—should inform the design, introduction, and execution of future reforms throughout the developing and transition worlds.
Bringing together almost seven hundred researchers and policymakers from around the world for three days of plenary sessions and breakout meetings, the multidisciplinary conference was hosted by the Government of India and organized by the Global Development Network (GDN)—a worldwide association of research and policy institutes with the mission of building research capacity in the developing world.