Social science techniques key to international aid, says IoD Annual Convention speaker David Miliband
The president and ceo of the International Rescue Committee David Milband has advocated the employment of social science techniques and scientific evidence when it comes to international aid policy and practice.
International aid and social science
“If you think about the change that’s happened in international development since the inauguration of the Millennium Development Goals 15 years ago, the revolution there has been the application of top-grade social science,” said Mr Miliband, who will address the IoD’s 65th Annual Convention in October.
“Two-and-a-half thousand randomised control trials or equivalent studies in stable, poor contexts that have taught us best practice in vaccination, in education, in water and sanitation,” he continued, in a conversation with American journal Foreign Affairs. “In conflict settings, there’s been less than 100 of those randomised control trials or equivalent. It’s obviously tougher in some ways in emergency settings, but in a way, it’s even more important to figure out what’s really making the greatest impact for the greatest number of people.”
Mr Miliband’s knowledge on international aid, as well as his international credentials will come under the spotlight at the IoD Annual Convention, which takes place at the Albert Hall, London, on Tuesday 6th October and is themed ‘Taking Business Beyond Boundaries’.
The Annual Convention
Other speakers already announced include explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes; fashion designer and entrepreneur Anya Hindmarch; CEO of the National Health Service Simon Stevens; Google’s European boss Matt Brittin; and Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. Panellists, meanwhile, include TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady, John Lewis chairman Sir Charlie Mayfield and MAE Systems chairman Sir Roger Carr, while Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London, Ken Olisa, will occupy the chair. Political heavyweights Nigel Lawson and Peter Mandelson will also go toe-to-toe in a live debate on Britain’s membership of the European Union.