Last updated 3 November, 2002
Development Redux
On 23 October, 1962 the OECD Council created the Development Centre. To mark the  40th anniversary, a  book titled Development is Back (DiB) was launched on 23 October, 2002 in the presence of the Secretary General, who made the opening remarks, his deputy in charge of development, the president of the Advisory Board, who closed with a memorable speech titled "Integrity and change" available on the Development Centre website, the president of the DAC and many more. Mehria took pictures of this culmination of the Redux project. Two featuring Ambassador Bourgois are available here and here.
Four authors spoke at the book launch: Angus Maddison, David O´Connor, Charles Oman and Henri-Bernard Solignac-Lecomte. There were a few questions from journalists, in particular Laurence Caramel, who wrote a piece in Le Monde of 29 October.

On 12 September, 2002 a new development architecture was approved whereby the position would be replaced by one of director in May 2003 and I was reappointed until then, as explained in the postscriptum to DiB (pp. 285-286). Also on 12 September, I presented a paper at the conference on "Development Co-operation: challenge for emerging donors" held by CzechAid in Prague. The paper titled Development Redux is available here. This was also the original title of DiB but, as explained in the preface to DiB (pp. 7-8), it was seen as too technical by the publisher and this translation was found as an alternative.

As mentioned in Newsletter no 9, a seminar was held on 13 June in memory of  Friedrich Kahnert, the Development Centre's research director from 1964 to 1977 and former president of the staff association, who died on 13 March.
People who worked with Kahnert at the Centre and in the OECD spoke about his work and personality in the context of the Centre's history and changes in thinking about development, topics that will feature in Development Redux. Angus Maddison talked about one of his chapters in the book, dealing with the early years of the Centre, which sprang from a suggestion by US President John Kennedy.