CIFE: Master in Global Governance May 2020

On May 8, 2020 in Nice took place the CIFE online workshop “Fragile states, weak institutions and governance - Strategy and policy challenges to stem mass (e)migration, brain drain and capital flight! “ led by Prof. Michel-Henry Bouchet, former senior economist at the World Bank and the Institute of International Finance in Washington, D.C and Arnaud Leconte, CIFE Programme Director,  and the following lecturers:

  • Prof. Thierry Apoteker, Chairman & Chief Economist, TAC Consulting
  • Prof. Jean-Louis Arcand, Professor of International Economics and Head of International Economics, Department, Graduate Institute Geneva
  • Cynthia Rocamora, Fundraiser, Transparency International 
  • Sara Brimbeuf, Advocacy Officer Restitution of Stolen Assets, Transparency International

During his introduction to the issue of failed states and institutional weaknesses Prof. Bouchet insisted on the importance of good governance in transforming growth into inclusive and sustainable development to stem the turbulences of the global pandemic crisis. Cynthia Rocamora from Transparency International revealed how to measure the perception of corruption across countries and across time thanks to the pioneering work of Transparency International since the late 1990s. Her colleague, Sara Brimbeuf,  insisted on the criticality of the legal fight and citizens’ mobilisation against Corruption, capital flight, and stolen national assets for fragile states. Thierry Apoteker tackled data challenges to identify reliable early warning signals, and demonstrated how gathering and analyzing data can transform information into robust economic intelligence regarding institutional strength. Finally, Jean-Louis Arcand gave the long run perspective of  governance and multinational development programs for sustainable development and inclusive growth. He illustrated his discourse with the case of World Bank ‘s programmes in Maghreb and sub-Saharan African countries. Arnaud Leconte concluded the session about the opportunity to address and discover the warning signs of state collapse, assess the causes and consequences of institutional weakness as well as analyse the wide range of suitable policy responses.