Events

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.

CGD Europe Research Seminar: What Happens When a Woman Wins a Close Election? Evidence from Brazil

10/31/14

What happens when a woman wins an election in an environment dominated by male politicians? In a recent paper with her co-author Ugo Troiano, Dr. Fernanda Brollo studies the different policies that female mayors choose when governing Brazilian Municipalities. To isolate precisely the differences in mayoral candidates, Brollo focuses on municipalities with very close elections between male and female candidates, comparing those where a man barely won to those where a women barely won. 

Using this approach, Brollo finds that municipalities with female mayors receive more discretionary transfers from the federal government, and that female mayors perform better on both health outcomes and corruption. Despite the apparent benefits of having women win elections, female mayors are substantially less likely to win re-election, and evidence suggests that their male counter-parts are more likely to use political patronage to win again.

The CGD Europe Research Seminars are a series that brings some of the world'¬Ěs leading development scholars to discuss their new research and ideas. The presentations aim to meet an academic standard of quality and are at times technical, and retain a focus on a mixed audience of researchers and policy-makers. A light lunch will be provided.

2014 Commitment to Development Award Reception

11/5/14

On the afternoon of Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the Center for Global Development will honor the Open Government Partnership with the 2014 Commitment to Development "Ideas in Action" Award.

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency and accountability, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. Since its inception in 2011, OGP has grown from eight founding governments to 65 countries, representing one-third of the world’s population, and secured more than 2,000 commitments from participating governments to be more open and accountable to their citizens. Many of those commitments have already brought real changes for citizens in both developing and developed countries.

CGD's Commitment to Development Award, given annually since 2003, honors an individual or organization for making a significant contribution to changing attitudes and policies of the rich and powerful toward the developing world. Previous recipients include Unilever chief executive officer Paul Polman (2013), US Senator Richard Lugar (2012), the ONE Campaign (2008), and Gordon Brown (2005). More information about the Award and a full list of previous winners is available here.

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