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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, please send us an e-mail. You can subscribe to an RSS feed of upcoming events, and view our event photo archives on flickr.

Girl Summit DC 2014


On July 22 in London, British Prime Minister David Cameron is hosting the Girl Summit with UNICEF which will bring together community leaders, governments, international organizations and the private sector to build on current efforts and rally a global movement to end Female Genital Mutilation and Child, Early and Forced Marriage in a generation.

In conjunction with British Embassy, the Center for Global Development will host a Washington satellite event that day with US-based experts and advocates and US government representation discussing the two Summit themes – “Sharing What Works” and “Agreeing an Agenda for Change.” The CGD event will also feature video excerpts from the London Summit, including the speech by USAID administrator Raj Shah on US commitments. I will be kicking off and chairing the event. I do hope you can join us!

Greening India's Growth: Costs, Valuations, and Tradeoffs


India’s rapid economic growth offers an opportunity to lift millions out of poverty. But this may come at a steep cost to its environment and natural resources. Muthukumara Mani will speak on his recent book Greening India's Growth: Costs, Valuations and Tradeoffs, which analyses India’s growth from an economic perspective and assesses whether India can grow in a “green” and sustainable manner.

Muthukumara will address the physical and monetary costs and losses of environmental health and natural resources driven by economic growth, estimate the value of ecosystem services from the major biomes in India, with a view to preserving them for the future, and explore trade-offs between economic growth and environmental sustainability, with particular attention to air pollution. His presentation focuses on the way forward in terms of policies, measures, and instruments as India attempts to balance the challenges of maintaining economic prosperity while managing its environmental resources.