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.

Challenges and Opportunities in the Fight against Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Lessons from IOM Workshops


The increasing burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis introduces new challenges to traditional TB control and treatment programs, and calls upon the global health community to collaborate in new and different ways. From 2008 to 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened six public workshops on the science and policy surrounding drug-resistant tuberculosis. The issues discussed ranged from biology, epidemiology, and surveillance to diagnosis, treatment, and infection control as well as the drug supply chain and needs of vulnerable populations. Dr. Gail Cassell, chair of the planning committee convening the IOM workshops, will present the themes, challenges, and opportunities emerging from the IOM initiative and discuss potential global actions and next steps to combat DR TB.

2014 Commitment to Development Award Reception


On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the Center for Global Development will honor the Open Government Partnership with the 2014 Commitment to Development "Ideas in Action" Award.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency and accountability, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Since its inception in 2011, OGP has grown from eight founding governments to 65 countries, representing one-third of the world’s population, and secured more than 2,000 commitments from participating governments to be more open and accountable to their citizens. Many of those commitments have already brought real changes for citizens in both developing and developed countries.

CGD's Commitment to Development Award, given annually since 2003, honors an individual or organization for making a significant contribution to changing attitudes and policies of the rich and powerful toward the developing world. Previous recipients include Unilever chief executive officer Paul Polman (2013), US Senator Richard Lugar (2012), the ONE Campaign (2008), and Gordon Brown (2005). More information about the Award and a full list of previous winners is available here.

Call Me Educated: Mobile Phone Monitoring of Adult Education in West Africa Raises Test Scores


Education programs in rural areas of developing countries are often implemented through local agents, such as community teachers. With this knowledge, Jenny Aker and co-author Christopher Ksoll tested mobile phone monitoring systems to see if they could improve learning outcomes as part of an adult education program. Using a randomized control trial in 140 villages in Niger, Aker and Ksoll implemented a mobile phone monitoring system in half the villages, whereby teachers, student representatives, and the village chief were called on a weekly basis. There was no explicit financial incentive to the monitoring program.

Aker will discuss testing methodology and conclusions, which indicate that mobile monitoring did affect student performance. During the first year of the program, reading and math test scores were 0.15–0.20 standard deviations higher in monitoring villages than in non-monitoring villages, with relatively stronger effects in the region where monitoring was weakest.

*The CIRF series is an academic research seminar that brings some of the world's leading development scholars to discuss their new research and ideas. The presentations are at times technical, but retain a focus on a mixed audience of researchers and policymakers. There’s more about the series here.


Educating Mothers, Saving Lives: Effects of Maternal Secondary Schooling on Child Mortality in Zimbabwe


Studies around the world have generally shown that more educated people live longer and healthier lives and give birth to fewer but healthier children. However, only a few of these studies have been successful in identifying the causal impact of education, and very few of these studies have been conducted in the developing world. Even fewer studies have attempted to investigate how education affects health.

Access to secondary schools expanded rapidly for black Zimbabweans after independence in 1980. Karen Grépin and co-author Prashant Bharadwaj use that change as a natural experiment to estimate the impact of increased maternal secondary education on child mortality. They find that children of more educated mothers are much more likely to survive. Furthermore, increased education leads to delayed age at marriage, sexual intercourse, and first birth, as well as better economic opportunities for women.