Development programs typically begin by identifying gaps that development programs will be able to fill. Much of the model depends on building up the machinery of state so that governments can make policies, deliver services, and collect revenue. At the same time, however, those processes are likely to take a long time, time that communities recovering from a conflict or natural disaster do not have.
An alternative model begins from looking at a country’s assets rather than its gaps, and by thinking about local-level partnerships rather than community “targets” for the delivery of services. Dr. Scott Guggenheim will describe his experience using such an approach for community development and recovery in Indonesia and Afghanistan to explore how to deepen and extend this model to other aspects of development. Dr. Guggenheim is a Centennial Fellow at Georgetown University through February 2019, former Senior Advisor to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, and former Lead Social Specialist at the World Bank in Indonesia. The event will be moderated by Dr. Yuhki Tajima, Associate Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and core faculty member of the Asian Studies Program.