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About CGD Europe


CGD Europe was established October 2011 as a branch of CGD, as part of CGD’s effort to broaden and deepen engagement with the European development community. CGD Europe is a company limited by guarantee in the UK and a UK registered charity (1157318). Whilst CGD Europe is a separate organisation with a separate board of Trustees, it continues to be a part of the CGD family, and complements CGD’s work by conducting its own high-quality empirical research and analysis on a range of development issues related to how the policies and practices of the rich and powerful impact on the world’s poor and most vulnerable.

CGD Europe is based in London, United Kingdom, and works under the leadership of Owen Barder, supervised by its board of Trustees who oversee and are responsible for CGD Europe’s activities. Details of CGD Europe’s Trustees can be found here.

CGD Europe is independent and non-party in its approach. We do not provide consulting services for the benefit of private companies.


CGD Europe works by carrying out rigorous, evidence-based research into a topic or idea, bringing together experts and stakeholders in a particular area to facilitate discussions and analysis, producing detailed reports and analysis, and disseminating the products of our work. CGD Europe’s research is carried out by a mixture of our own staff and external consultations, often academics based at universities and other educational institutions who have experience and qualifications in the particular field of research, and in collaboration with other experts in that field.

CGD Europe’s research is centred around the theme of reducing global poverty and inequality, and currently focuses on (a) illicit financial flows and effective taxation for development; (b) broader work on transparency, accountability and openness; (c) Europe’s development policies beyond aid; (d) innovative finance and private sector engagement in development, including Development Impact Bonds; (e) the Commitment to Development Index, a yearly ranking of rich countries according to whether their policies tend to promote or hinder development; (f) new measures of inequality; (g) modelling a new approach to reaching international agreement on climate change; and (h) the adoption and impact of property rights in developing countries as well as the role of property rights in large scale land consolidation.

We will continue to expand our portfolio of research and to provide practical policy recommendations as opportunities arise and as resources permit.


Nancy Birdsall announces CGD Europe
Nancy Birdsall, founding President of CGD, announces plans for greater engagement in Europe.

Global Prosperity Wonkcast: CGD Europe
Owen Barder speaks with Lawrence MacDonald about his intentions for CGD Europe