Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:30pm
The roundtable event, to be held in Brussels, Belgium, and organised by ECDPM with the Center for Global Development in Europe, will bring together analysts, development finance practitioners, stakeholders from a spectrum of development finance institutions, and policymakers with a durable public and private finance experience for a series of brief, focused presentations and a constructive, curated discussion.
Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 4:00pm
Join us for a special event marking CGD’s 15th anniversary and EBRD’s 25th. EBRD president Sir Suma Chakrabarti will give a major policy speech on the future of multilateral development banking in a changing world, and then discuss the challenges and opportunities for MDBS with CGD president Nancy Birdsall. Directly afterwards, you are also invited to a reception from 5:15 - 7:00 p.m., hosted by EBRD to celebrate the opening of its new office in Washington DC.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:00am
Every major donor organization has committed to open their books in terms of how aid is being spent and delivered. The deadline for delivering on these political commitments was December 2015. This joint CGD and Publish What You Fund event will reveal who has delivered on these promises and who has not, with the unveiling of the results of Publish What You Fund’s 2016 Aid Transparency Index, the leading global measure on the state of aid transparency.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:00pm
How much energy do the world’s poor need? The current commonly-used definition is a mere 100 kilowatts hours per person per year—or enough to power a single lightbulb for five hours per day and charge a mobile phone. Such a low bar can have profound implications for national targets, for international goals, and on a wide range of critical investment decisions with long-term effects on development. CGD convened the Energy Access Targets Working Group in response to the growing attention to the energy needs of the poor, to the severe gaps in access, and a concern about the specific indicators being used to measure progress. In this report, the Working Group presents five recommendations for a new standard of energy access that would signify meaningful transformation in households and national economies.
Friday, April 8, 2016 - 8:30am
The Washington Area Development Economics Symposium (WADES) is an annual research conference which highlights academic work from researchers at leading economics institutions in development economics in the Washington DC area. Researchers from George Washington University, University of Maryland, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Virginia, the World Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), American University, George Mason University, and the Center for Global Development are all participants in the symposium.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 4:00pm
Over the past 15 years, people in low- and middle-income countries have experienced a health revolution—one that has created new opportunities and brought new challenges. It is a revolution that keeps mothers and babies alive, helps children grow, and enables adults to thrive. Millions Saved, authored by Amanda Glassman and Miriam Temin with the Millions Saved team, chronicles this global health revolution from the ground up. It showcases 18 remarkable cases in which large-scale efforts to improve health in developing countries succeeded and 4 cases in which promising interventions fell short of their health targets when scaled-up. Each case demonstrates how much effort is required to fight illness and sustain good health.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:30am
The new government in Buenos Aires has taken quick steps that send a strong message to the world: Argentina wants to open its markets. President Mauricio Macri’s moves to ease market distortions caused by currency controls, trade taxes, and a lack of international financing, have greatly improved local and international expectations about the country's future. However, history shows that the road to a more market-friendly economy can be rocky. Moreover, the challenges can be monumental under small fiscal space, as the recent experience in Brazil demonstrates.
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 4:00pm
The rise of digital technology has nurtured a growing industry in financial services that benefit the poor, from mobile payments and money transfers to micro-savings and mobile-based crop insurance. But as the financial landscape evolves to include these disruptive innovations, new players and new business models could bring fresh risks to individual users and to financial systems. So how should policymakers respond?
Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 12:30pm
Stitches to Riches is motivated by South Asia’s urgent need to create more and better jobs for a growing population. This book investigates the region’s potential for expanding and improving jobs in the labor-intensive apparel sector. It estimates the effects of rising wages in China on apparel exports, employment, and wages in South Asia, and provides policy recommendations to leverage the sector for greater job creation.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 1:00pm
Neglected diseases continue to affect over a billion people worldwide and effective treatments and diagnostics are scarce. Yet research and development (R&D) for products to prevent and treat these diseases tend to be underfunded. A major barrier, particularly for pharmaceutical companies, is a lack of economic incentives to justify R&D. So how can we make the investment case and incentives for industry engagement stronger?
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 1:15pm
How can development practitioners best contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? What approaches are most effective in promoting gender equality and social inclusion? The adoption of the SDGs is an opportune time to discuss lessons learned and promising pathways forward. The event will discuss SDG 5 (focused on gender equality) and how gender equality objectives impact the achievement of other critical SDGs.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 12:30pm
Tobacco taxes are widely regarded as one of the most effective policy tools available for limiting the accessibility and availability of tobacco. Raising tobacco taxes has also been deemed the single most cost-effective way to save lives in developing countries. For China, which is home to roughly one-third of the world’s 820 million male smokers, the need for such a mechanism is dire. But do the gains in health and revenues raised from tobacco taxes outweigh the costs to households, especially poor ones?
Friday, March 4, 2016 - 9:00am
In March, the United Nations Statistical Committee is expected to decide on the final piece of the Sustainable Development Goals: the indicators. More than 200 indicators will be proposed to measure the 17 goals and 169 targets. Meanwhile, the new Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, which aims to help countries fill data gaps, improve their use of data, expand their data capacity, and increase the openness of their data, is also getting off the ground. It will now be up to countries to determine how they will build up their statistical capacity and improve their statistical systems to measure the SDG indicators and show progress against the goals. But are the kinds of data needed to monitor progress against the SDGs and the kinds of data that will drive change on the ground at odds?
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:30am
The private sector accounts for the considerable majority of well-paying jobs worldwide. Without the engagement of private companies, global goals for gender equality in the workplace and women’s economic empowerment will never be accomplished. How can companies move beyond traditional corporate social responsibility to combine profits with gender progress?
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 3:30pm
The Institute for Disease Modeling conducts quantitative research aimed at disease eradication through the application of tools such as statistical and individual-based modeling. This talk will provide an overview of the Institute, and then focus on several vignettes that highlight how modeling can be used to support public health and policy recommendations. Individual topics will include malaria RTS, S vaccine evaluation, polio risk mapping for vaccine targeting, male circumcision impact for HIV prevention, and more.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 12:00pm
The Kapuscinski Development Lecture will be delivered by Nancy Birdsall, Founding President at the Center for Global Development. The lecture is a joint initiative of the European Commission, the United Nations Development Programme and the Hertie School of Governance. This is a non-CGD event and will be live-streamed.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 11:00am
In this paper Patricia Navarro-Palau studies the effects of an increase in school choice by examining a 2008 reform that made the value of Chile's (previously flat, universal) school voucher a step function of student income. This policy increased the proportion of private schools that low income, eligible children could access free of charge from 0.5 to 0.7. She identifies the impact of the policy by combining its introduction with variation from a date of birth enrollment cutoff for 1st grade. She shows that the differentiated voucher lowered the probability that students used public schools by a small fraction and that these students shifted out of low achievement public schools to enroll in low achievement private schools.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 4:00pm
The global health community has made great strides in addressing AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria: fewer people are contracting these diseases, fewer people are dying from them, and far more people are enrolled in life-saving treatments. Yet to sustain this progress and defeat these three diseases, the global community must find more efficient ways to allocate and structure funding.