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Millions Saved 3

Global health advances save millions of lives. Amanda Glassman gives a sneak peak of the success stories to be featured in the third edition of CGD’s most popular book. 

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Scraping the Bank

Justin Sandefur and Sarah Dykstra recently scraped the World Bank’s PovcalNet data set and made it publicly available. Listen to them explain how the story unfolded.

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Businesses Back REDD+

Hundreds of companies pledge support for REDD+ and urge governments to act. Read Frances Seymour's take on the Consumer Goods Forum's announcement.

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Summer Reading List

Arvind Subramanian shares an eclectic selection of his favorite fiction and nonfiction titles on economic development.

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End the Evaluation Wars

As partisans in the debate over randomized control trials dig in, Bill Savedoff urges a truce: evaluation methods can only be compared in context.

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Exit the Dragon?

A Chinese slowdown could mean hard times for Latin America, warn former top financial officials. Liliana Rojas-Suarez explains in a blog and Wonkcast.

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Has Fairtrade Failed?

Recent reports say yes, but there’s more to the story according to Matt Collin and Theo Talbot.

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Slashing Subsidies to Save Lives

Kim Elliott applauds legislation that could help US food aid save more lives by replacing special-interest subsidies with greater flexibility and efficiency.

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ODA Count in Crisis

David Roodman says the sytem of counting official development assistance is in crisis, with profitable lending qualifying as aid. New blog and policy paper.

Pictured: OECD Secretary-General José Ángel Gurría and former DAC Chair J. Brian Atwood

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Stopping Deforestation

Jonah Busch and Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon’s meta-analysis of 117 spacially explicit studies shows what drives deforestation and what stops it. Lessons for REDD+.

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