Oral history interview with Gerald Karl Helleiner, 2000


Helleiner, Gerald K (Interviewee)
Weiss, Thomas G. (Thomas George), 1946- (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Gerald Karl Helleiner, 2000
Childhood: Born in Vienna, 1936, Refugee, 1939; Education: University of Toronto Political Science and Economics, Yale University, PhD Economics; Career: Ottawa Department of Labor, Economics and Research Branch, Professor, Yale University, Yale Economic Growth Center, Economist in Nigeria, Director Economics Research Bureau, Development work in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, Professor of Political Econo my, University of Toronto, Research Director Group of 24 (G-24), Centre for International Studies, Founder and Chairman of North-South Institute, Member of UN Committee for Development Planning (CDP), Author of "Underutilized Potential," UNCTAD, Leader of International Development Research Centre in post-apartheid South Africa, Brandt Commission, and Author of "Africa and the Global Economy" (1997). International Economics, influence of Jim Tobin and Dudley Seers, development, United Nations (UN), involvement in New International Economic Order (NIEO) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), development economics, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Canada and development assistance, impact of Cold War on development assistance, UNCTAD intellectual environment and culture, relationship between UNCTAD and Bretton Woods Conference, Group of 77 (G-77), World Institute of Development Economics and Research (WIDER), neoliberalism, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank criticism, global governance, lack of G-20 transparency, relationship between private business, nongovernmental institutions (NGOs), and UN, UN global conferences, instability in Africa, threats to human security
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United Nations intellectual history project (UNIHP)
International economic relations; Development economics; Economic development; Economic assistance--Developing countries; Cold War; Non-governmental organizations; Congresses and conventions; Political stability--Africa; Helleiner, Gerald K; United Nations Officials and employees; United Nations. Department of Economic and Social Affairs; United Nations. Advisory Group on Financial Flows for Africa; United Nations Conference on Trade and Development; African Capacity Building Foundation; United Nations History; North-South Institute (Ottawa, Ont.); Group of Twenty; Group of 77; Commission on International Development; World Institute for Development Economics Research; International Monetary Fund; World Bank
oral histories; sound recordings
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United Nations -- Committee for Development Planning; Secretary-General's Advisory Group on Financial Flows for Africa; African Capacity-Building Foundation in Zimbabwe
Interviewed by Thomas G. Weiss on December 4 and December 5, 2000
Note (Provenance)
Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, Gift, 2009
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Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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