Inclusive Economies: A Multi-Dimensional Framework for Understanding, Measuring and Promoting Inclusive Economies
March 12-16, 2018

Meeting Purpose and Goals

Promoting inclusive economies has become an important theme in international policy discussions, but there remain major gaps in our understanding of the components and determinants of greater economic inclusion. Thus, the purpose of this meeting is to help contribute to the development of a multi-dimensional framework for understanding, measuring and promoting inclusive economies. Discussions will center on issues raised in the Creating More Inclusive Economies: Conceptual, Measurement and Process Dimensions report summarizing two years of detailed research and convenings with stakeholders designed to develop a robust method for measuring progress in five key dimensions: equity, growth, participation, stability and sustainability. This work has included developing national indicators as well as detailed sub-national analysis in three contexts (cities in Colombia, rural states in India, and metropolitan regions in South Africa) but will also incorporate detailed work on inclusive development in the United States. Participants will bring their own experiences and perspectives to bear in helping us all better answer the following questions: What do we mean by the term inclusive economy? How can we better measure an inclusive economy? How can we get a more inclusive economy?


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March 12, 2018March 13, 2018March 14, 2018March 15, 2018March 16, 2018

1:00 – 2:00 pm Lunch (on-site)
6:00 – 7:00 pm Setting the Stage – Why We’re Here: after a welcome and introductions, we will review meeting goals and intended outcomes
7:00 pm Reception
7:30 pm Dinner at Bellagio Conference Center


9:00 – 10:30 am What is an inclusive economy? The meeting kicks off with a discussion about the Inclusive Economy concept and framing

Chris Benner and Manuel Pastor: Evolution of approach to inclusive economies and this project

Gordon McGranahan: Inclusive cities and inclusive economies

Emily Garr Pacetti: Evolution of thinking about inclusive economies in The Rockefeller Foundation

Veronica Olazabal: Measurement, evaluation and organizational performance in the Rockefeller Foundation

10:45 – 11:00 am Chris Benner: Measuring Inclusive Economies: Summary of methodology

11:00 – 5:00 pm (with lunch and breaks) Lessons learned from South Africa

Ivan Turok and Justin Visagie: Inclusive urban development in South Africa: What does it mean and how can it be measured?

Geci Karuri-Sebina:  South African Cities Network

Andrew Boraine:  Western Cape Economic Development Partnership


9:00 am – 12:30 pm (with breaks) Lessons learned from Colombia

Manuel Pastor and Gabriela Giusta: Post-conflict Colombia: Inclusive Economies and urban development

Juan Camilo Cardenas: Inclusion across Colombia

Vivian Argueta: Territories of inclusion and opportunity in Cali

Santiago Uribe: Resilience and inclusion in Medellin

2:00 – 5:00 pm (after lunch with breaks) Lessons learned from India

Chris Benner: Background on India case study

Bidisha Chaudhuri: Inclusive Economies and Rural Development in India: A Focus on Bihar and Rajasthan

Shashanka Bhide: Poverty reduction and economic growth

Ravi Srivastava: Rural development and inclusion


9:00 am – 1:00 pm (with breaks) Lessons learned from the United States

Angela Glover-Blackwell: Economy, equity and organizing: PolicyLink’s experience.

Sarah Burd-Sharps: Measure of America

Emily Garr-Pacetti: Community Affairs and community development in the Federal Reserve System

2:00 – 4:30 pm (after lunch) Lake Como boat tour

4:30 – 6:00 pm Building more inclusive economies: Insights and Future Steps

Nancy MacPherson: Ideas for next steps in inclusion and international development


8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast (optional)

AM Ground transportation to Milan airports for return flights


Chris Benner • Bio

Executive Director
The Everett Program

Gabriela GiustaBio

Research Specialist
The Everett Program

Manuel PastorBio

Executive Director
Program for Environmental and Regional Equity

Gordon McGranahanBio

Research Fellow
Institute for Development Studies


From Colombia

Vivian Argueta • Bio

Chief Resilience Officer
100 Resilient Cities Cali

Santiago Uribe • Bio

Chief Resilience Officer
100 Resilient Cities Medellín

Juan Camilo Cardenas • Bio

Dean and Associate Professor of Economics
Universidad de los Andes

From India

Ravi Srivastava • Bio

Professor of Economics
Centre for the Study of Regional Development, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Shashanka BhideBio

Executive Director
Madras Institute of Development Studies

Bidisha ChaudhuriBio

Assistant Professor
International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore

From South Africa

Geci Karuri-SebinaBio

Executive Director of Programmes
South African Cities Network

Justin Visagie • Bio

Research Specialist
Human Sciences Research Council

Ivan TurokBio

Executive Director
Human Sciences Research Council

Andrew Boraine • Bio

Western Cape Economic Dev Partnership

From United States

Sarah Burd-Sharps • Bio

Measure of America

Emily Garr Pacetti • Bio

VP and Community Affairs Officer
The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

Veronica Olazabal • Bio

Director of Measurement, Evaluation and Organizational Performance
Rockefeller Foundation

Angela Glover Blackwell • Bio


Nancy MacPherson • Bio

Independent International Development Consultant



The conference will be held at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Bellagio, Italy