Bettina Boekle

Bettina Boekle

Adjunct Lecturer, Latin American Studies Program
Latin American Studies

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  • Latin America
  • Economic Development
  • Sustainable Development
  • International Development
  • International Economics
  • Privatization and Private Sector Development
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Background and Education

 Dr. Bettina Boekle-Giuffrida is an international social development specialist with 10 years of technical expertise in the public and private sectors of Latin America and the Caribbean. She has seven years of project management experience at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) with market leaders in sustainability and innovation, including Odebrecht, Nestle, Marriott, Hilton, Enel Green Power, and Vale. In addition to her experience at the IDB, Dr. Boekle spent three years as a Research Associate at the German Development Institute (GDI), where she co-led a comparative study on Pro-Poor Growth Policies in Brazil and India as part of the Institute’s Operationalizing Pro-Poor Growth Initiative (OPPG).

Dr. Boekle holds a PhD in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin, and an MA from Johns Hopkins SAIS.

2017-08-14 00:00:00 
Fall 2017 
What would deve...
What would development be without the private sector? Companies produce consumer goods, provide vital infrastructure, clean energy, enable access to finance, and, most importantly, offer employment. This course aims to broaden students’ perspective on development and take a critical look at the social and environmental contribution of large private sector companies in Latin America and the Caribbean (or Latin American companies investing globally). Private sector participation in the extractive industries, agribusiness, manufacturing, and (renewable) infrastructure can do both harm and good. Companies invest in social impact for business reasons, because of international labor, social and environmental risks and related standards (safeguards), or because they see the need to invest sustainably in the communities where they operate. In this six-week, two-credit course, students will learn to critically analyze the risks and opportunities of private sector engagement in development, both through class lectures and from private sector guest speakers. Different methodologies used in corporate reporting and impact measurement will also be covered. As the main course output, students will choose a project case of an existing large corporate investment in Latin America and the Caribbean (or LAC global investment) and assess in a group assignment its social and/or environmental footprint reaching beyond Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).