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.

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.

India’s Achilles' Heel: Failure to Deliver Public Services


India's inability to deliver public services remains its Achilles’ heel. Without a solution to this critical weakness, India's aspiration to be a global economic power will remain unrealized. Why is this problem so particularly acute in India? Is it political interference and corruption, poorly designed programs, weak administration, and over-centralization, or is it a much deeper cultural problem of aversion to collective action?

What does the empirical evidence tell us? What are the examples of successful experiments within India of effective service delivery and what lessons can be drawn from these? What can India learn from other countries? Ajay Chhibber will draw on these questions to explore directions for change so that India can deliver.

Publish What You Fund’s 2014 Aid Transparency Index Launch


The Aid Transparency Index (ATI) is the only independent measure of transparency among the world’s leading aid organizations. Donors promised to fully implement a common standard for publishing aid information – the International Aid Transparency Initiative – by December 2015. This year’s ATI therefore comes at a critical time in the push for open aid data. The ATI findings highlight which donors are on- or off-track as we approach the agreed deadline. With just over a year to go, the clock is ticking.

This global launch event will present the latest ATI ranking and include a keynote address by Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank Group. There will also be a panel discussion with global representatives from the transparency and development sector. After the formal agenda, we will host an interactive session to explore innovative data portals that illustrate the power of open information. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., a light breakfast will be available.

Data session demonstrations will be held by: AidData, Development Initiatives, the Foreign Assistance Dashboard, InterAction, MCC, PEPFAR, Publish What You Fund, SIDA, UNDP and the World Bank Open Aid Partnership.


Delivering on the Data Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa


Since the term “data revolution” was brandished in the High-Level Panel report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, there has been a great deal of activity to define, develop, and drive an agenda that could transform the way development statistics are collected and used throughout the world. But nowhere is the need for better data more urgent than in sub-Saharan Africa. Despite a decade of rapid economic growth in most countries, the accuracy of many types of basic data remains low, and improvements have been sluggish.

Country action should drive the data revolution from the bottom up, but high-level activities surrounding the post-2015 development agenda can and must help catalyze progress on national statistics. This event will highlight the need for more timely, accurate, and open data in Africa, and discuss strategies to help national governments, donors, technical agencies, and the producers and users of statistics to drive a data revolution that can be led and sustained in the region.

The event will mark the launch of the Data for African Development Working Group report, Delivering on the Data Revolution in Sub-Saharan Africa, co-chaired by Amanda Glassman from the Center for Global Development and Alex Ezeh from the African Population Health and Research Center in Nairobi, Kenya.

Development Co-operation Report 2014 and Why Forests? Why Now?


The Center for Global Development (CGD) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will hold two thematically-linked, consecutive events.

We will begin with the release of the 2014 OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) annual flagship publication, the Development Co-operation Report (DCR), at 9:45 a.m. This year’s DCR focuses on the challenges and opportunities for Mobilising Resources for Sustainable Development. A presentation of the report’s key findings and recommendations will be followed by a discussion and questions from the floor.

Following a coffee break, CGD fellows Frances Seymour and Jonah Busch will present a preview of the findings from a forthcoming CGD book, Why Forests? Why Now? at 11:15 a.m. The book draws upon science, economics, and politics to show that tropical forests are essential for climate stability and sustainable development, that now is the time for action, and that payment-for-performance finance is a course of action with great potential for success.

The first part of the program will provide a valuable overview of the available resources and options for mobilising financing for sustainable development. The second will allow a deeper look at how to apply the ideas in the OECD-DAC report to the specific and urgent challenge of protecting the climate and promoting development by slowing tropical deforestation.