CGD Podcast

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

 

Getting Beyond Aid in Addis – Charles kenny

With the third international Financing for Development conference taking place only a week from now in Addis Ababa, I sit down with Charles Kenny to take stock of this marquee event. We discuss its importance and what one might reasonably hope is achieved there.

Sir Suma Chakrabarti on the EBRD, Ukraine, and the SDGs

He oversaw implementation of the MDGs, so what does Sir Suma Chakrabarti think of the SDGs that will replace them? Now President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Chakrabarti is a former Permanent Secretary of the UK’s Department for International Development. He gave me his thoughts on the upcoming Addis Ababa Financing for Development Conference, the future role of multilateral development banks in development financing, as well as EBRD’s work amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

The Little Agency That Could

Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, sits down with me to discuss the agency's success in leading the transition from aid to private finance (despite its modest size), as well as what it has in store for the remainder of the Obama presidency.

The Upside of Accepting Refugees

The media often characterize immigrants and refugees as a burden, according to my guest this week, CGD board member and former deputy secretary-general of the UN Mark Malloch Brown. Lord Malloch-Brown says that past experience shows that refugees not only land on their feet after fleeing their circumstances, but are a “shot in the arm” to the economies of countries they arrive in.

Defying the Resource Curse

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do with the money? Whatever difficulty you have in arriving at an answer, imagine the dilemma an entire nation might face. Several countries have struck gold and squandered it. In this podcast, Todd Moss explains how countries can make the best use of their natural resource revenues: by giving it to the people. By providing a portion of natural resource revenue to citizens, countries can build a tax base and strengthen the pact between citizens and their governments. 

Why Adesina Won the AfDB Presidency and What He Should Do First

The African Development Bank has just elected its new President, Akenwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria. My guest this week Bobby Pittman watched the multi-stage election process unfold in Abidjan. Pittman, a former Vice President at the AfDB and, before that a senior adviser to President Bush on Africa, now runs Kupanda Capital, an investment firm focused on Africa. Bobby shares his thoughts on Adesina's winning qualities and what his focus should be for the bank.

The Tobacco Epidemic – Bill Savedoff

Tobacco related diseases cut short the lives of 100 million people last century, a number expected to surge to 1 billion this century, according to CGD senior fellow Bill Savedoff. Tobacco use has the makings of a staggering epidemic, one taking an increasing toll on low- and middle-income countries. Bill and I discuss the health costs imposed on those countries and tax policies for curbing tobacco usage. 

We Need ‘Far Fewer’ SDGs Says Leading Development Thinker John Norris

The Sustainable Development Goals should be “ambitious but not ludicrous” says John Norris, a member of the President’s Global Development Council, set up in 2012 to advise the administration on US development policy.

Norris, a former staffer at the UN and USAID, and now at the Center for American Progress, told the CGD Podcast there should be “far fewer goals” than the current 17 and “far fewer targets” (right now there are 169).

Putting the Emphasis on Infrastructure – Dana Hyde on MCC's Next Decade

Poverty reduction through economic growth: that is the guiding principle of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and one it has adhered to through its first decade of operations. I sat down with MCC CEO Dana Hyde to reflect on the MCC’s first ten years and get her outlook on its next ten years.

Listen to the audio or watch the full interview below.

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