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UNCTAD Summer School 2018

Money, finance and debt: Old debates and new challenges


Geneva, 3-7 September 2018


Organized with the support of:

the Division of Globalization and Development Strategies, UNCTAD

and the Young Scholars Initiative, Institute for New Economic Thinking


Updated version of the programme 


UNCTAD and the Young Scholars Initiative have the honour to invite member States to UNCTAD Summer School 2018. The activity will be held from 3 to 7 September 2018, and aims to bring together academics, policy experts and young policymakers and scholars, to participate in an international debate on globalization and the management of its consequences for developing countries.

The theme of UNCTAD Summer School 2018 is: Money, finance and debt – Old debates and new challenges. Daily activities will include the following:

- Lectures by UNCTAD staff, senior academics and policymakers

- Presentations by young scholars

- Interactive debates between academics, policy experts and young policymakers and scholars

The school is jointly organized by the UNCTAD Division on Globalization and Development Strategies and the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking. It is planned as an interdisciplinary academic forum that aims to provide participants with insights regarding current policy debates with regard to developing countries in which UNCTAD is engaged. The interdisciplinary approach aims to deliver an integral theoretical, historical, economic and policymaking perspective on the topics covered.

Lecturers include: Richard Kozul-Wright (UNCTAD), Stephanie Blankenburg (UNCTAD), Gary Dimsky (University of Leeds), Penelope Hawkins (UNCTAD), Daniela Gabor (UWE Bristol), Mary Everett (Central Bank of Ireland), among others.



Guide to UNCTAD's Summer School 2018

The summer school will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 3 – 7 of September 2018. Each day will focus on one of the topics covered by the school.

The activities will include a mix of lectures by senior scholars and policy experts, presentations by young scholars and practicioner-oriented policy debates. 

- The lectures will provide the participants with an interdisciplinary background on the topic of the day, including, among others, theoretical, historical, economic and policy making perspectives. Lecturers include UNCTAD senior staff, senior academics and policy makers.

- Presentations by Young Scholars are meant to provide additional insights on a scheduled topic. Each presentation is expected to last 30 minutes with the participation of 3 young scholars per session. 

- The policy debate section will provide a space for practicioner-oriented debate between participants based on the materials and salient issues discussed throughout the day. The format will be that of an open forum with short interventions from participants, guided and moderated by a policy expert.

The topics to be discussed at the school include

Money, finance and hyper-globalization

Perspectives on financialization

Financing for development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Illicit Financial Flows and Cryptocurrencies: Tackling evasion

Sovereign debt and development: UNCTAD contributions to the debate


The activity will address the interrelation between money, finance, and debt, along with their respective and collective effects on trade and development in developing countries. Each of the components refers to one of the elements of the long-standing research agenda on finance and development of UNCTAD throughout the last five decades. Money refers to issues related to the international monetary system. This topic includes matters concerning the international hierarchy of money and credit and its implications for developing countries. Finance refers to issues related to the international financial system. This topic includes matters concerning the volume, terms and conditions of financial flows, as well as policies to manage them. Debt refers to issues related to the sovereign debt of developing countries. This topic includes matters concerning the developmental implications of debt sustainability analysis, as well as debt management and relief.

Organizers information

The school is jointly organized by the Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD and the Young Scholars Initiative.


UNCTAD is a permanent intergovernmental body established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1964. The organization is governed by its 194 member States and is the United Nations focal point for the integrated treatment of trade and development and the interrelated issues in the areas of finance, investment, technology and sustainable development. It helps developing countries to participate equitably in the global economy. UNCTAD carries out economic research, produces innovative policy analyses, supports intergovernamental processes in these areas and provides technical assistance programmes. 

Division on Globalization and Development Strategies at UNCTAD

The Division promotes policies at the national, regional and international level that are conducive to stable economic growth and sustainable development. It regularly examines the trends and prospects in the world economy, undertakes studies on the macroeconomic and global governance requirements for successful development strategies, including on developing countries current debt vulnerabilities, the financing of development and the international monetary and financial system. It also provides technical assistance and capacity-building support to developing countries in their efforts to improve their debt magament.

Young Scholars Initiative (YSI) - INET

YSI is an international community comprised of students, young professionals, and researchers. It provides a home to students, young professionals, or others who embrace new and critical ways of thinking about the economy. YSI fosters conversation between like-minded peers and connects young scholars to the Institute's vast network of economists. YSI provides a platform for pursuing your interests in new economic thinking and a lively and stimulating intellectual environment for collaborating on furthering our understanding of the economy. The goal is for every member to be able to follow their curiosity and find resources and support for their specific intellectual pursuits in the overall community effort.

Venue information

The summer school will be held at the historic building of the Palais of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The Palais has served as the home of the United Nations Office in Geneva since 1946 and is one of the most active centers for multilateral diplomacy in the world. The building is situated in a beautiful park overlooking Lake Geneva, with a splendid view of the alps.

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