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.

Mexico’s Conditional Cash Transfer Program: Progresa/Oportunidades


Human capital and its relation to poverty are central areas of study in development economics. The Mexican conditional cash transfer (CCT) program Progresa/Oportunidades is a particularly innovative human capital development program that was rigorously evaluated using a randomized design. In a time when randomized evaluations of social policy were still rare, a large-scale randomized evaluation was carried out that demonstrated important effects of the program on human capital accumulation and on poverty alleviation.

The program’s novelty and the finding of positive initial impacts contributed to both a large scaling up within Mexico and an impressive spreading of the program’s key features to new programs around the world. Susan Parker will review the academic literature on the development, evaluation and findings of the Progresa/Oportunidades program from her work with co-author Petra E. Todd.

Predicting Partnerships: Which Countries Will the Millennium Challenge Corporation Select This Year?


CGD senior policy analyst Sarah Rose will forecast which countries the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s board of directors is likely to select for FY2015 compact and threshold program eligibility at its December 10th board meeting. Drawing on a new MCC Monitor Analysis released earlier in the week, the presentation will highlight current issues affecting the MCC’s selection process, including the need to prioritize picks in a tight budget environment, evaluate multiple contenders for possible second compacts, consider countries that do not “pass” MCC’s scorecards, and determine whether any candidates are the right fit for the new model of the threshold program.

Roadblocks, Recovery, and Relapse: A Conversation with Tendai Biti, Former Finance Minister of Zimbabwe


Please join us for a conversation with Tendai Biti about his experience as the finance minister of Zimbabwe from 2009 to 2013. He will talk about the successes, challenges, and frustrations of trying to turn his country’s economy around in the face of hyperinflation, collapsing public institutions, and a precarious political coalition. This is a must-attend event for those interested in democracy, fragile states, and political courage.