CGD Podcast

Rajesh Mirchandani, CGD senior director of communications and policy outreach, interviews development experts in this weekly podcast. The blog offers a short text summary.


Who Should Lead the EBRD? – Podcast with the Presidential Candidates

It has operations in more than 30 countries worth around $9 billion. And now the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is searching for its next leader. Current president Sir Suma Chakrabarti is seeking a second four-year term as EBRD president, and he faces the challenge of Marek Belka, a former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland and currently president of the country’s National Bank. Recently both candidates recorded interviews with me, which we have edited together into this edition of the CGD Podcast.

A Quarter of Aid Is Transparent – What About the Rest? Podcast with Rupert Simons of Publish What You Fund

“Transparency has the potential to transform the effectiveness of aid spending,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark at a recent CGD event co-hosted with Publish What You Fund to launch its 2016 Aid Transparency Index. For the second year running, UNDP comes out at the top of the index – and in this week's CGD Podcast, Publish What You Fund’s CEO Rupert Simons says that generally, we understand more clearly who gives what to whom and why.

We Can Stop the Spread of AIDS, and Sooner Than You Think – Podcast with Amb. Deborah Birx

For global health workers focused on treating and preventing HIV/AIDS, the future is brighter than ever before.

PEPFAR — the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, begun in 2004 by George W. Bush — has made huge progress scaling up efforts and resources. One review found that in less than five years, PEPFAR averted 1.1 million deaths in Africa and reduced the death rate from AIDS to 10 percent in countries where it was operating.