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, 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, Girls Not Brides USA, and the Coalition for Adolescent Girls, 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; panel participants in Washington will then offer comments on Shah’s remarks. Nancy Birdsall will be kicking off and chairing the event. We hope you can join us!

CGD Europe: Should Direct Cash Transfers to the Poor Be a Benchmark for Traditional Aid?


Should direct cash transfers to the poor be a benchmar for traditional aid? Cash transfer programs have shown mostly consistent success at improving conditions that matter for development; smoothing consumption, increasing school attendance and health care, sometimes improving nutritional status and helping with the accumulation of productive assets, among others. Moreover, our ability to deliver cash securely to the extreme poor is improving rapidly with the spead of modern payments infrastructure. Michael Faye and Paul Niehaus will discuss their work as co-founders of GiveDirectly and the role of cash transfers in development more broadly.

Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice


Previous IMF studies set forth the basic principle that getting energy prices right means setting taxes at a level that reflects health and environmental costs. A new, path-breaking study will be presented by Managing Director Christine Lagarde shows what this would mean in practical terms for 150 developed and developing countries across the four most widely used fossil fuels: coal, natural gas, diesel and gasoline. The new study finds that fossil fuels are widely and substantially underpriced, and that correcting these market failures in a manner that balances environmental benefits with economic costs offers large health, environmental and fiscal benefits.

Following the presentation of the key findings, NYT columnist Thomas Friedman will discuss the difficult political challenges of taxing fossil fuels; World Resources Institute president Andrew Steer will describe how the new IMF study may change the international debate on policy responses to climate change. The event will conclude with questions from the floor.

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.

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.