Jonathan M. White
Jonathan M. White joined the Economic Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund in 2006. He developed and launched the International Development project at GMF. This project facilitates knowledge exchanges between Americans, Europeans and Africans in order to strengthen development cooperation and leverage public and private resources for economic growth. As a Transatlantic Fellow, he manages initiatives in areas such as food security, aid effectiveness, private sector development, and fragile states. He also oversees grant-making and research on U.S. foreign assistance reform, public private partnerships and innovative approaches to SME finance and development.
At GMF, Mr. White directed the Transatlantic Experts Group on Food Security in Africa, which consisted of more than 40 government, NGO and business leaders. He has organized over 60 roundtables, workshops, and briefings annually to foster learning in development policy. He has led fact-finding missions to Africa, Asia and Europe to generate research and advance policy dialogues on a range of development topics. This involved field-based evaluations of development partnerships, agriculture supply chains, regional trade initiatives, financial markets, and business climate factors impacting investment potential. He is also a founding member of the European Union Commissioner for Development‘s Scientific Advisory Broad.
Previously, Mr. White advised governments on investment promotion and competitiveness strategies for the consulting firm A.T. Kearney. In this capacity, he assisted the governments of Brazil, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, and the United Kingdom and formulated economic, business climate, and industry-specific assessments that helped guide policy. He also ran a survey of global executives from the world's largest companies, the Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, a forward-looking barometer of FDI flows. He has also conducted policy research for the Council on Competitiveness, the Centre for European Policy Studies, the U.S.-Russia Business Council, and the British American Security Information Council. Mr. White began his career supporting the emerging market fixed income trading desk of LGT Asset Management.
Mr. White's research has been presented at the World Trade Organization, the OECD, the World Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank. He’s written papers on a number economic development issues and has published in the Wall Street Journal. Mr. White holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University and received his B.A. from Allegheny College. He also completed course work at the London School of Economics and Harvard University.
Mr. White holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University and received his B.A. from Allegheny College. He also completed course work at the London School of Economics and Harvard University.
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News ArticlesFood crisis: a new normal?July 26, 2012Food shortages are a chronic problem in many parts of the world. Over a billion people worldwide suffer from chronic hunger. Jonathan M. White Appointed Founding Member of EU Development BoardFebruary 01, 2012
GMF Senior Program Officer Jonathan M. White has been appointed a founding member of the Scientific Advisory Board on EU development policy by European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs.Opinion: Europe needs more than a bailoutMay 17, 2010The sovereign debt crisis has cast doubt over the future of the European project. Europe needs more than an aid package. It needs an aggressive growth agenda coupled with effective tools to manage economic divergence.Don’t Blame the Unit of AccountFebruary 05, 2007
On Jan. 1, the fifth anniversary of the introduction of euro notes and coins, Slovenia became the currency club's 13th member. Recent opinion polls, though, show that a majority of citizens in the larger euro-zone countries don't feel like celebrating.
PublicationsThe New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition: Pushing the Frontier of Enlightened CapitalismApril 09, 2013
This policy paper examines one way to encourage agricultural development in Africa.The Roadmap for a Grand BargainJuly 22, 2010
The U.S. government must have a global, unified, straightforward, powerful, and measurable development assistance strategy to attain the elusive “Grand Bargain” among stakeholders.Strengthening Transatlantic Policy Coherence in Fragile States: Afghanistan as a Laboratory for SolutionsAugust 19, 2009
Afghanistan currently represents one of the main challenges of transatlantic cooperation in support of peace, security, and economic growth in fragile states. Results so far have been mixed, and arguably become worse. Leaders in the United States and Europe recognize that a policy shift is required, but change is slow to materialize. This brief identifies ten concrete ways to improve the efficiency of international involvement in Afghanistan.The Impact of U.S. and U.K. Legislatures on Aid DeliveryJuly 06, 2009
This study explores the extent to which the relationships between legislatures and executives impact donor effectiveness and progress toward the Paris Declaration's targets.No Development without Security: The Transatlantic Donor Community Needs to Redesign Aid for Fragile StatesMarch 11, 2009
The economic crisis continues to wreak havoc globally, and it is becoming increasingly clear that the poor will suffer disproportionally. Development efforts will likely lose momentum due to growing protectionism or budgetary constraints. As global leaders are seeking to steer their countries toward recovery, they are reexamining the underlying institutions and policies behind the global economy.Development as a Strategy: A U.S.-European Business DialogueSeptember 03, 2008
Economic growth, favorable demographic trends, and lower costs have driven companies to invest in the developing world. Although some firms have made advances in formulating core-business-aligned strategies for tackling the development challenges that these countries often face, there is a lack of widely agreed and disseminated best practices for business in support of development and efforts to date have mostly occurred in isolation.Transatlantic Innovations in Affordable Capital for Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises: Prospects for Market-Based Development FinanceOctober 25, 2007
Traditional state and donor-driven approaches to economic development in the SME sector have largely failed. Macroeconomic, institutional, and financial weaknesses prevail in many developing countries, hindering SME financial access and development. This report aims to invigorate a thoughtful debate on how to leverage SME potential in support of economic development, entrepreneurship, and poverty alleviation.