Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity


Each year the Center for Global Development hosts more than 80 public and invitation-only events. These events range from private roundtables to small seminars to book launches and other large public forums. The Center continues to host two popular on-going event series, the CGD Invited Research Forum (formerly the Massachusetts Avenue Development Seminars) and Global Development Matters, our summer movie night series. If you would like more information about CGD events or are interested in renting our conference space, please send us an e-mail. You can subscribe to an RSS feed of upcoming events, and view our event photo archives on flickr.

Webinar: What Drives Deforestation and What Stops It?


In this session, Jonah Busch, research fellow with the Center for Global Development, will discuss a recent publication, What Drives Deforestation and What Stops It? A Meta-Analysis of Spatially Explicit Econometric Studies , co-authored with Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon. While some findings from the research confirm conventional wisdom, for example, that building roads worsens deforestation, the analysis also shows that contrary to popular belief, factors such as poverty, rising incomes from economic development, and strengthening land tenure, do not necessarily have the expected impacts on deforestation. Jonah will discuss how these findings have important implications for REDD+ and how deliberate policies coupled with financial incentives can slow, halt, and eventually reverse the loss of the world’s remaining tropical forests.

A Q+A session will follow the presentation.

Film Screening: Fatal Assistance


CGD is pleased to announce a screening of Fatal Assistance, part of our film series, Global Development Matters.

Haitian born filmmaker Raoul Peck takes us on a 2-year journey inside the challenging, contradictory and colossal rebuilding efforts in post-earthquake Haiti. Through its provocative and radical point of view, Fatal Assistance offers a devastating indictment of the international community's post-disaster idealism. The film dives headlong into the complexity of the reconstruction process and the practices and impact of worldwide humanitarian and development aid, revealing the disturbing extent of a general failure. We learn that a major portion of the money pledged to Haiti was never disbursed, nor made it into the actual reconstruction. Fatal Assistance leads us to one clear conclusion: current aid policies and practice in Haiti need to stop immediately.

Following the screening of the film, CGD Senior Fellows Vijaya Ramachandran and Michael Clemens will provide commentary, before opening the floor to questions from the audience.

Paying for Performance in Health Care: Empirical Evidence from Rwanda's National Program


Pay-for-performance (PFP) has emerged as a popular prescription to improve the performance of health systems in low and middle-income countries. However, there is limited economic and empirical evidence to support the effective design and implementation of such programs.

We analyze impacts of Rwanda’s national PFP program using two waves of data from the Rwanda Demographic and Health Surveys collected before and after the randomized roll-out. We focus on two concerns with PFP in health care, joint production (a common input or process affecting multiple outputs) and multitasking (the reallocation of effort toward rewarded tasks). The findings suggest that Rwanda’s program improved some rewarded and unrewarded services, but had no detectable impact on health outcomes. We find no evidence of multitasking, and find mixed effects of the program by baseline levels of facility quality, with most improvements in the medium quality tier.

The Golden Hour Launch Party


Please join us on Wednesday, September 3rd at 5:00 p.m. for a reception to celebrate the release of the debut thriller by Todd Moss, The Golden Hour, about an American diplomat in Africa. The novel is the first in the Judd Ryker series about a college professor working inside the State Department to hasten America’s responses to international crises. In The Golden Hour, Ryker finds himself with just 100 hours to reverse a coup in Mali, rescue a kidnapped Peace Corps volunteer, and stop a terrorist attack on the U.S. Embassy. But first, he must uncover the real enemy!

Hospital Collaborative for Emerging Markets: Consultation Session


Despite their centrality to health systems, hospital policy and performance in low- and middle-income countries has largely been neglected by health policymakers and the development community. This session will introduce for the first time a proposed Collaborative for Hospital Performance in Emerging Economies, which aims to improve the performance of hospitals in emerging markets and promote their integration in the broader health delivery system. Discussants will briefly explain the concept and underlying research, and solicit input from participants. The session welcomes a diverse audience including researchers, private sector stakeholders, hospital managers, practitioners and policy makers, particularly from low- and middle-income countries.

Generating Accountability for People-Centered Health Systems: Strategies and Lessons from Think Tanks


Independent policy research organizations – or think tanks – play a potentially important role in translating evidence to action, lending both technical expertise and an objective evidence base to help strengthen policy behind people-centered health systems in the developing world. This panel will highlight successful and less successful efforts by think tanks around the world to bridge the gap between health systems research and policy impact, with emphasis on tried and tested strategies as well as “bloopers” that unite researchers, activists, practitioners and policy-makers and can be utilized in a variety of settings. Panelists will describe a specific experience and debate the issues related to driving a research agenda from concept to conclusion to policy impact, highlighting what worked – and what didn’t – along the way.