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CGD at 15
CGD is celebrating our 15th anniversary with a host of special blogs, podcasts, events, and more. Join us as we look ahead to the next decade and a half of independent research...
The World Bank’s founding purpose, lending to countries that cannot get market loans, is no longer paramount. Michael Clemens and Michael Kremer say we still need it but...
Feed the Future
Kim Elliott, Casey Dunning, and Janeen Madan commend Feed the Future's concrete, targeted approach, but call for greater transparency, local ownership, and evaluation.
International Women's Day
CGD heads to the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will highlight why achieving gender equality is essential for achieving other global goals –...
Global Goals for Sustainable Development
The indicators to monitor progress on the Sustainable Development Goals are in, but some lack sound methodology and some use metrics that aren’t available in all countries....
Cash on Delivery is a new approach to foreign aid that focuses on results, encourages innovation, and strengthens government accountability to citizens rather than donors. Under...
QuODA assesses the official development assistance (ODA) of 35 donor countries and more than 100 aid agencies on four dimensions of what constitutes high-quality aid: maximizing...
The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world’s richest countries on policies that affect the more than five billion people living in poorer nations. Those...
DIBs provide development programs with upfront funding from private investors, who are remunerated by donors or host-country governments — and earn a return — if...
Rethinking US Development Policy seeks to broaden the US government’s approach to development while strengthening existing foreign assistance tools. It is backed by rigorous...
Rich countries and emerging powers can help developing countries reap the developmental benefits of trade by offering them preferential market access. Some do, but their programs...
CGD’s work in food, agriculture, and biofuels focuses on how rich countries’ agricultural policies and practices impact people and economic development in the poor...
Center for Global Development experts present concrete, practical policy proposals that will promote growth and reduce poverty abroad. Each can make a difference at virtually no...
The Beyond the Fence Study Group generates rigorous new research to explore how policy decisions on one side of the US-Mexico border ripple to the other side through illicit...
Every year natural disasters take a heavy toll on poor people in the developing world. High-income countries could do more to help, at very low cost, by admitting a limited number...
Greater access for the poor to financial services such as payments, deposits, credits, insurance and risk-management services can improve their opportunities and welfare. This CGD...
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The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) is the US government’s development finance institution. It is a leading agency in implementing President Obama’s...
CGD’s Girls Count initiative examined ways to improve the welfare of girls and young women in developing countries. Its influential 2008 report was re-released in 2009 as...
Despite great progress around the world in getting more kids into schools, too many leave without even the most basic skills. In this book, Lant Pritchett shows that the solution...
Millions Saved chronicles the global health revolution from the ground up, showcasing 22 of the local, national, and regional health programs that have been part of this global...
Many countries rely on Global Fund monies to finance their respective disease responses. For their citizens, the efficient and effective use of Global Fund monies can be the...
Hospitals are central to building and maintaining healthy populations, but many in low- and middle-income countries have failed to evolve and modernize as primary care facilities...
Under Advance Market Commitments, proposed by a CGD working group, donors promise to buy a vaccine against a specific disease when and if such a vaccine is developed. Five...
Improving health in many large federal or decentralized countries, where the majority of public spending on health is executed by state and district governments, depends on...
The annual Birdsall House Conference on Women identifies and brings attention to leading research and scholarly findings on women’s empowerment in the field of development...
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A growing number of developing countries are using biometric technologies to create national identification programs or for more specific needs including cash transfers, voter...
The use of basic economic and demographic data to inform policy across Africa has significant room for improvement. CGD and the African Population and Health Research teamed up on...
The CGD-convened high level panel on the future of multilateral development banking, with distinguished member from academia and the public and private sectors, aims to provide...
The Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the UN in September 2015, define the development agenda for the next 15 years. CGD contributed to the debate about the post-2015...
US leadership in multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and regional development banks is flagging. This “White House and the World” policy brief provides...
The Center’s work on the World Bank offers new ideas and practical suggestions for making the World Bank more effective, accountable, and legitimate in a rapidly changing...
CGD’s work on the International Monetary Fund investigates the effects of its policies on developing countries. Recent work centers on leadership succession and other issues...
By supporting the most cost-effective interventions, global health funders could save more lives without spending more money. CGD’s Value for Money initiative seeks to help...
Banks under pressure from anti–money laundering and counterterrorism efforts are exiting entire sectors and regions in a process known as “de-risking.” That has...
Oil to Cash explores one option to help countries with new oil revenue avoid the so-called resource curse: just give the money directly to citizens. A universal, transparent, and...
Publishing government contracts can bring many benefits. CGD’s Publish What You Buy work provides a practical outline for reaping those benefits while addressing legitimate...
Avoiding irreversible catastrophic events due to climate change will not be possible without reducing emissions from forest loss. CGD’s works on tropical forests is...
Energy poverty is an endemic and crippling problem.  Nearly 1.4 billion people, including 600 million in Africa, have no access to any electricity, and millions more find...
Poor people in developing countries will feel the impacts first and worst (and already are) because of vulnerable geography and lesser ability to cope with damage from severe...
With at least a billion people worldwide living without electricity, and many millions more held back by blackouts and high costs, improving energy access is increasingly a top...
Americans on average use three times the electricity than what the typical South African uses and 100 times the average Nigerian. A new single-family fridge uses more power per...
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One of the loudest criticisms of the Overseas Private Investment Corp. is that it’s public welfare for big business. Armed with a new dataset, Ben Leo puts that argument to...
The Commitment to Equity, directed by CGD non-resident fellow Nora Lustig, offers research and analysis to support governments, multilateral institutions, and nongovernmental...
CGD ideas, advice, and research have helped reduce huge debt burdens in Nigeria (by $30 billion), in South Sudan ($35 billion), and in Liberia, where we advised the president on...
After Ebola was first reported in Guinea in March 2014, major outbreaks spread quickly to Sierra Leone and Liberia, and then to Nigeria by August. 
Using the 1986 Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act as a model, our proposal encourages US firms based abroad to mitigate the impact of discriminatory laws, and in doing so allow...
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Humanitarian aid budgets can't keep pace with the growing scale of the refugee crisis. What if the aid currently spent on refugees over many years was turned into an endowment...
RISE Event
RISE –Research on Improving Systems of Education– is a new, multi-year program to build understanding of the design and implementation of successful education...
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Mobile phones have been one of the most rapidly adopted technologies ever introduced in the developing world. With multiple uses such as voice, SMS, and access to the internet,...
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Much of the health spending in developing countries is not made on the basis of evidence of what is most efficient and effective. CGD’s Priority-Setting Institutions for...
Based on the analysis of CGD’s substantial in-house expertise in Latin America, the initiative goal is to advance recommendations to policymakers in Latin America as well as...
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The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is the world’s largest bilateral development agency. CGD’s work focuses on strengthening USAID’s position as...
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The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is an independent US foreign assistance agency with a focused mission of reducing poverty through economic growth. MCC’s model of...
Interagency Development Initiatives
The US government often coordinates the work of various agencies through initiatives aimed at particular development challenges. CGD’s work looks at the impact of these...
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Recent US administrations have sought to incorporate key principles of aid effectiveness into their foreign assistance architecture while proposing reforms to boost operational...
State Department
As the lead agency on foreign affairs, the Department of State takes the lead in a number of areas of development policy, particularly at the nexus of development and democracy....
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US Treasury leads the Administration’s engagement in multilateral development assistance, participates in bilateral policy dialogue with developing countries, and provides...
On the Asian Development Bank's 50th anniversary, CGD hosted a distinguished panel of finance experts to examine the Bank's adaptation to and future role in an evolving...
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A growing middle class can play a crucial role in a country’s development both through spurring (consumption-led) economic growth and through making governments more...
Amanda Glassman analyzes the 10 performance benchmarks the UK issued last week to enhance accountability at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
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Lawrence H Summers, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Andres Velasco and Nancy Birdsall discuss how to reinvent the MDBs for the 21st century. 
The humanitarian landscape is changing rapidly, with record numbers displaced worldwide over longer periods of time, fewer living in settled camps, and large funding shortfalls.
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The next administration should allocate at least $1 billion to advancing gender equality in developing countries, with a specific focus on improving women’s and...
COP22
As the Paris Climate Agreement enters into effect, Frances Seymour urges greater attention on forest preservation—the only climate change intervention that can produce...
The presidential race hinged on core CGD policy issues. Amanda Glassman advocates focusing on how we tell our data stories, and continuing to bring today's leaders the best...