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India brings anti-fraud biometrics to a new scale with a system tracking attendance of 50,000 public employees. More uses—and privacy concerns—to come.
Jonah Busch summarizes work on the the science, economics, and politics of tropical forests, which have undervalued effects on both climate stability and development.
Ebola-battered WHO seeks its next regional director for Africa, but the job is filled behind closed doors. Amanda Glassman urges a transparent and merit-based process.
Nancy Birdsall and Rita Perakis detail the work of the Social Impact Investment Taskforce and explain how to put private money to good use.
Liliana Rojas-Suarez explains why access to financial services in Latin America is lower than in equally prosperous countries.
Mead Over unpacks his and World Bank economists' assessment of the economic impact of Ebola. The costs go far beyond those of treatment and lost labor.
Charles Kenny and Sarah Dykstra discuss global responses to violence against women in one of a series of posts addressing the many guises of gender discrimination.
Service performance guarantees could help African countries attract investors much as malls lure tenants with good services. Vij Ramachandran and Alan Gelb explain.
Casey Dunning recaps USAID’s two-day conference doggedly focused on ending extreme poverty — and on Africa. That’s a good thing, she says.
CGD’s Hospitals for Health working group seeks feedback on its draft report outlining how to improve hospitals in developing countries while investing in primary care.