Non-CGD Event
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 2:00pm
Public Event
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 5:30pm


Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:00am

Follow #CGDchat to hear from @CGDev and @JonahBusch

Most people don’t know that chopping down one square mile of tropical forest emits as much carbon as driving your car to the sun and back – twice. On August 27, follow #CGDchat to join the Center for Global Development on Twitter for a discussion about the future of forests and climate change with environmental economist & CGD research fellow Jonah Busch, PhD.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 12:30pm

Achieving rapid economic growth in terms of GDP is a limited measure of a country’s development success. Numerous groups from UNDP to OECD to national statistical offices and civil society organizations have proposed or developed broader measures of development. Boston Consulting Group's Sustainable Economic Development Assessment (SEDA) is one such measure that can be used to benchmark countries against the rest of the world and against their most relevant peers.

Public Event
Monday, July 20, 2015 - 3:00pm

Why development matters more than ever in US foreign policy and what the next administration can do about it. The panel discussion marked the launch of CGD’s 2016 presidential campaign briefing book The White House and the World: Practical Proposals on Global Development for the Next US President.

Development Matters
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 5:30pm

In the second of our Summer Film Series, we’ll be showing the Nigerian oil documentary Big Men. After the screening Todd Moss will host a Q&A with filmmaker Rachel Boynton and George Owusu, who features in the film.

Big Men takes is a fast-paced tour through the high-powered world of African oil deals, eavesdropping on billion-dollar meetings, and watching as heavily armed militants preparing to strike. It’s a quest for money, power and influence that affects us all.

Public Event
Monday, July 13, 2015 - 6:15pm

This event took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The SDGs offer a blueprint for innovative, inclusive development. How the world finances them must be innovative and inclusive too. That means thinking beyond aid - to more and different sources of development finance.

Non-CGD Event
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 3:00pm

This event was held at The Brookings Institution and featured CGD president Nancy Birsdsall as a discussant.

On July 8, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings hosted IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde for keynote remarks and a subsequent panel discussion led by Brookings Vice President Kemal Dervis. Afterward, questions were taken from the audience.

Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 11:00am

As part of a broad effort to tackle subsidy reform, the Government of India introduced one of the largest direct benefit transfer programs in the world. Designed to support consumer access to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) through cash transfers, PaHal (Pratyaksha Hastaantarit Laabh) has delivered a total of $2 billion to bank accounts belonging to 130 million households across India. The program aimed to transfer money in an inclusive, secure, and efficient manner, employing what is referred to as the JAM trinity -- Janadhan (Key to financial inclusion), Aadhaar (Key to identity) and Mobile (Key to delivery). Early studies suggest the program has achieved dramatic cost savings compared to the previous subsidy system.

Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s Minister for Petroleum joined us to speak to the program’s goals and success to date. His remarks were followed by a discussion of the potential for similar cash transfers to reduce poverty and foster economic growth, and what lessons might be learned from PaHaL.



CGD Invited Research Forum
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

Since the 1990s, a great deal of attention has been paid to giving local communities control over their own developmental destinies through community development programs. But such programs are not new. In his new book titled Thinking Small, Historian Daniel Immerwahr has uncovered a largely forgotten global experiment in grassroots development in the 1950s and 1960s, one that touched dozens of nations and gained the support of powerful backers. Sifting through the evidence, Immerwahr offers a cautionary tale about how attempts to empower local communities have gone astray.

Book Launch
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 2:00pm

In Epic Measures: One Doctor, Seven Billion Patients, journalist Jeremy Smith chronicles how the Global Burden of Disease study came into being—and what it can tell us already.

In this talk, Smith shared highlights from the true story of the 20-year, 500-scientist, $100-million moonshot attempt to track and quantify every illness, injury, and death for everyone on Earth: the biggest of Big Data ever. He also discussed how Murray’s project is beginning to change how the world addresses issues of health and wellness, sets policy, and distributes funding.

Public Event
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:30am

This two-day conference, organized in partnership with RISE–Research on Improving Systems of Education– provided an opportunity to explore and exchange ideas related to education systems research. RISE is an exciting new multi-country program that aims to build understanding of education systems and how they can transform to significantly improve learning.

Conference speakers include RISE Research Director Lant Pritchett, Felipe Barrera-Osorio, Vicky Colbert, Jishnu Das, Annie Duflo, James Habyarimana, Kara Hanson, Elizabeth King, Michael Kremer, Karthik Muralidharan, Derek Neal, Pauline Rose, Norbert Schady, and Leonard Wantchekon.

Development Matters
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 6:00pm

Rajesh Mirchandani moderated a discussion and Q&A with RYOT co-founder David Darg following the screening of three short films: Body Team 12Baseball in the Time of Cholera, and Nepal Virtual Reality.

Darg spent the last decade as a first responder and frontline contributor for Reuters, the BBC and CNN, covering some of the world's largest natural disasters and wars. As a filmmaker, Darg has won numerous awards including Best Documentary Short at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and MountainFilm Festival for Body Team 12, and a Special Jury Mention at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival for Baseball in the Time of Cholera.


Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:30pm

In this seminar, Sandra Sequeira (LSE) examined the long-run impact of migration on economic development. Along with her co-authors Nathan Nunn and Nancy Quian, she showed that the settlement of European migrants in the United States during the Age of Mass Migration (1860-1920) has had a persistent effect on income patterns today. 

Public Event
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 9:30am

Increasingly, policies and programs that seek to ‘empower women economically’ are part of public and private sector agencies’ agendas; however, few have been rigorously evaluated. This event was in response to these agencies’ expressed need to learn which measures and evaluation designs are best suited to monitor and accurately capture the results of these programs.

The forum included remarks by Melanne Verveer, former US Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues and current Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace & Security, and by Deborah Birx, Ambassador-at-Large, US Global AIDS Coordinator and US Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. Top academics, experienced practitioners, and senior representatives from public and private donor organizations discussed the design of effective M&E systems, when and how to conduct impact evaluations, and how to measure economic empowerment. The event looked at lessons learned from recent measurement and impact evaluation work.

Book Launch
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 4:00pm

Oil to Cash: Fighting the Resource Curse with Cash Transfers proposes a radical new policy option for countries facing the daunting challenges of natural resource windfalls: citizen dividends. Authors Todd Moss, Caroline Lambert, and Stephanie Majerowicz make the case for every citizen to receive a share of their nation’s resource wealth through a regular, universal, and rules-based cash payment. Oil-to-Cash would benefit both citizens and governments by transferring cash directly into the hands of the people while creating incentives to restore the social contract built on taxation and accountability. They also address delivery options, common objections, and the most promising country cases.


Monday, June 8, 2015 - 8:30am

This event was held at the World Bank.

The 8th annual migration conference investigated how international migration affects economic and social change in developing countries. Topics included the effects of migration on poverty, inequality, and human capital formation; social networks and migration; diaspora externalities; remittances; brain drain; migration and institutional/technological change.

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 12:30pm

Determining which health interventions represent good value for money and are therefore good investments is an ongoing challenge for policymakers. A common approach to making these decisions has involved the use of thresholds based on per capita GDP. Specifically, many countries follow the World Health Organization’s Choosing Interventions that are Cost-Effective (WHO-CHOICE) project’s recommendation: an intervention that, per disability-adjusted life year (DALY) averted, costs less than three times the national annual GDP per capita is considered cost-effective.

Elliot Marseille and James Kahn, however, say this approach has major shortcomings. During this session, they made the case that the WHO-CHOICE thresholds are not useful for most decision-making in public health because they set the bar for cost-effectiveness too low, omit any consideration of what is truly affordable, and skirt the difficult but necessary ranking of the relative values of locally-applicable interventions. Marseille and Kahn offered alternative approaches for applying cost-effectiveness criteria to choices in the allocation of health-care resources.

Book Launch
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 10:00am

The information overflow that occurs in the wake of a disaster can paralyze humanitarian response efforts. Computers, mobile phones, social media, mainstream news, earth-based sensors, humanitarian drones, and orbiting satellites generate vast volumes of data during major disasters. Making sense of this flash flood of information, or "Big Data" is proving a perplexing challenge for traditional humanitarian organizations. Aid groups are more adept at dealing with information scarcity than overflow.

To address this problem many organizations are turning to Digital Humanitarians: tech-savvy volunteers who craft and leverage ingenious crowdsourcing solutions with trail-blazing insights from artificial intelligence. This talk discussed the rise of Digital Humanitarians and described how their humanity coupled with innovative solutions to Big Data is changing humanitarian response forever.

CGD Invited Research Forum
Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

An elaborate global Anti Money Laundering system has been constructed over last 25 years. Originally aimed at reducing the drug trade and expanded to target a variety of crimes, it is now more driven by the goal of cutting off terrorist finance and imposing sanctions on countries suspected of acquiring nuclear weapons. The system is sufficiently established that it has received little criticism except at the margins, primarily with respect to how well it is implemented. Yet it is so unevenly implemented across nations, so widely flouted by major banks and with so little claim to either substantive or procedural legitimacy that this silence is hard to understand. A spate of aggressive actions by US prosecutors and regulators has generated a troubling response from the banking industry as it scrambles to reduce risk. Sending remittances to “high risk countries” such as Somalia and Pakistan is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive. Some developing countries are being cut off from the international financial system by denial of correspondent banking privileges with North American and European banks.


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