CGD in the News

How the Decline of Arranged Marriages Helps the Fight against Poverty (Bloomberg Businessweek)


Among the most wonderful advances in global development over the past few decades is the growing acceptance of a basic human right: the idea that marriage is a covenant made between consenting adults in love, rather than coerced children in fear. Around the world, the age of marriage is getting older, which means the number of child brides is dropping. This is fostering the happiness of married couples. It also suggests that millions of children can look forward to better futures. 

Australia a Leader on Trade but Lags on Environment in Development Index (The Guardian)


Australia has come 12th on an index that ranks wealthy nations according to how their policies affect poorer countries, performing strongly on trade but placed second to last on its stance on the environment.

The World in 2030 (Politico Magazine)


Bill Gates predicts we’ll end polio and cut child mortality in half by 2030. We asked 15 of the smartest people we know for their most out-there predictions.

Nancy Birdsall and Charles Kenny weigh-in.

Indonesia's Moratorium Not Enough to Achieve Emissions Reduction Target (Mongabay)


"The current moratorium policy has probably had a modest effect on reducing emissions below what they would have been otherwise," Jonah Busch, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development and lead author on the report, told "But if Indonesia is to meet its climate targets, a much stronger policy response is needed."


How the Collapse of Oil Hurts Poor Countries (Bloomberg Businessweek)


Unfortunately, the chances that low oil prices will spur a wave of democratic change in the developing world are slim at best. That’s because the vaunted resource curse may not be all it’s cracked up to be.

Is Ebola Response Repeating Mistakes in Haiti? (Devex)


“Comparing Haiti five years on and [the Ebola] response, there is a similar magnitude financially,” she told Devex, “I fear we’re going to be the ‘republic of NGOs’ Haiti-style all over again.”

Taking the stated “zero cases” approach literally could make matters worse. With aid organizations too focused on eliminating the disease, Glassman explained, they could lose sight of other issues and opportunities to make Liberia more aid-independent.

How Optimism Strengthens Economies (Bloomberg Businessweek)


As Americans size up a new year, optimism appears to be in short supply. Despite strong economic growth and a falling unemployment rate, gloom about the country’s long-term prospects remains pervasive. Hopes for the next generation are particularly fragile. 

In Haiti, US Rectifies Missed Opportunity to Help (The Hill)


The United States has been one of the biggest donors to Haiti since the earthquake five years ago, but it missed a big chance to do much more, at little cost.

Casting a Wide Net (The Economist)


Alan Gelb and Caroline Decker of CGD estimate that switching to biometrics for a typical cash-transfer scheme that gives a million people $20 a month would pay for itself in a year. After five years the savings would reach $64m.

Eight Months until New Development Goals Are Agreed. Then What? (The Guardian)


What is the evidence that the sustainable development goals will make the world a better place? A former World Bank economist considers the theory of change