Aims & Objectives

The Origins and the Background to the Growth Dialogue

The Growth Dialogue is a venture supported by the governments of Canada, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Korea that is being generously housed by George Washington University’s School of Business. While it has the support of the World Bank, which was instrumental in its inception, it receives no funding or support from the World Bank, and is an independent entity. It is governed by an Executive Board of donors and guided by an International Advisory Board. Its founding Managing Director is Dr. Danny Leipziger, Professor of International Business at GWSB and former Vice Chair of the Commission on Growth and Development.

Similar to the Growth Commission, that was led by Nobel laureate Michael Spence, the Growth Dialogue seeks to be an independent voice on economic growth and a platform for policy dialogue among those entrusted with producing it in developing and emerging market economies. The Dialogue is in many ways a successor to the Growth Commission that worked between 2006 and 2009 to produce the Growth Report in 2008 as well as a Special Report in 2009 and many background papers by distinguished academics, former political leaders, and economic observers on the major challenges of growth. The Growth Dialogue will not focus on research, since there are many others ably doing this; nor is it a technical assistance activity. It is simply a network to bring growth thinkers, practitioners and policymakers together to share and promulgate views and experience.


Our Goals and Aspirations

The niche that the Growth Dialogue aims to fill is a platform for high level peer to peer conversations facing similar challenges, a network for policymakers whose experience can be harnessed and shared, a place for latest thinking of economic growth to be highlighted, and a site for exchanges of views about current policy dilemmas affected growth. The supporters of the Dialogue hope that it will enable more practical and independent conversations to take place and that when appropriate, on a demand basis, policymakers with specific experience may be asked to share their knowledge with peers facing policy choices in the developing world. Regional events will be organized to facilitate dialogue, and on occasion, global events may also be sponsored. Links with other independent think-tanks, universities, and entities will be explored to find synergies and common interests in the field of economic growth and economic development.