CGD in the News

What Would Hillary Clinton's US Aid Agenda Look Like? (Devex)


“As president she would be more fully immersed in development policy issues than we’ve ever seen from an American president on day one,” said Scott Morris, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development.

Aid and Policy Leaving No One (Apart from Migrants and Refugees) Behind (IRIN)


‘Migratory status’ is at least one of these categories in the SDG indicators, stressed Casey Dunning, a senior policy analyst at the Centre for Global Development. Unless refugees and other displaced people are identified and counted they won’t be able to access services.

But in Dunning’s view, the interest for collecting this detailed disaggregated information is “just not there at the moment”. Not only, she said, are countries intent on looking inward and putting up fences, they are more focused on their own economic growth than on ensuring that no one is left behind.

The U.N.'s Rundown Of Some Of The World's Biggest Problems (NPR)


What are the biggest social and economic problems the world faces today? And how close are we to ending them?

Casey Dunning, senior policy analyst for aid effectiveness at the Center for Global Development, a think tank for international issues, thinks the data does an "admirable job of laying out the challenges that face us. "But," she says, "it doesn't tell us how to make progress on those challenges."

At a Glance: This Week’s Brexit Briefing (The Wall Street Journal)


This week Theresa May took her first foreign trip as Britain’s new prime minister, to reassure the continentals that they weren’t being cut off. The size of the task involved in reshaping British trade relations after exiting Europe became clearer. A major takeover showed either that Britain was open for business or that its assets just became a lot cheaper with the post-Brexit devaluation.

Kimberley Ann Elliott at the Center for Global Development looks at the question of bringing the U.K.’s membership of the World Trade Organization up to date. One complication is agriculture: the WTO’s 162-strong membership gets a say on British subsidies.

The Future Delivery of Emergency Aid (The Guardian)


The challenges faced by organisations charged with responding to humanitarian crises have never been greater. While a growing number of people around the world are affected by conflict, disease and natural disasters, the funding to provide emergency aid to them has never been so stretched. The financial deficit for humanitarian action is now believed to be $15bn.

The agreement was flawed from the outset, argued Owen Barder, vice-president and Europe director of the Centre for Global Development. “We want a humanitarian system whose primary response and accountability is to affected populations, but they are the people whose voice was least present in this bargain,” he said. “The idea we should be doing a bargain with old, wasteful, ineffective incumbents, who are heavily invested in the current way of doing business is insane – it is a bargain with the wrong people.”

India Hopes to Break Tree-Planting Record. Will It Help? (Christian Science Monitor)


Volunteers in India’s most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, may have set records on Monday through their effort to plant a massive 50 million trees in 24 hours. Uttar Pradesh leadership was upfront about its desire to break a Guinness World Record with the feat. 

More than 800,000 volunteers took part in the planting project this year. A similar project in Uttar Pradesh saw 10,000 trees planted last year, according to Anit Mukherjee, a policy fellow with the Center for Global Development, in a phone interview with the Monitor.

Análisis de la situación económica mundial (Canal N)


In this interview, Liliana Rojas-Suarez analyzes the economic impact of Brexit on the European Union and Latin America, including the possibility of an interest rate hike by the Fed, as well as the effect on Peru's economy of the recent election of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK).