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Todd Moss on From Washington Al Mundo

In this interview, Senior Fellow and VP of Programs Todd Moss speaks with Mauricio Claver-Carone about the Zimbabwe elections, the state of Zimbabwe, and US foreign policy towards the region.

A New Liquidity Fund for Latin America

In the context of ongoing volatility in international capital markets, including from the expected increase in interest rates by the Fed,  Senior Fellow Liliana Rojas-Suarez highlighted  Latin America’s vulnerabilities to external financial shocks and presented a proposal to mitigate the effects of these shocks. 

Impact Evaluation: Can We Learn More? Better?

The following presentations are from a conference hosted by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and co-sponsored by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) on July 17, 2013.

Does Aid Cause Growth?

In this video, CGD senior fellow Michael Clemens discusses the age old-question: does foreign aid help poor countries grow out of poverty? It’s a question he examines closely in the paper Counting Chickens When They Hatch which Clemens co-wrote with Steven Radelet, Rhikil Bhavani, and Samuel Bazzi.

Seeing Africa as Business Partner, Not Charity: Todd Moss and Scott Morris on Obama’s Trip to Africa

To get a sense of what this trip means for Obama’s African legacy and the expectations of his hosts, I invited CGD vice president Todd Moss and visiting fellow Scott Morris to be my guests on this week’s Wonkcast. Todd and Scott served as deputy assistant secretaries in the George Walker Bush and Obama administrations, respectively, Todd in the State Department (where he was oversaw US relations with west Africa) and Scott at Treasury (where he was responsible for the US role in multilateral institutions, including the African Development Bank). I’m eager to hear whether or not their views differ on how Obama can best build a stronger relationship with Africa.

Dashboard for a Dashboard? Sarah Jane Staats on CGD’s New Foreign Assistance Dashboard Tracker

In response to a global movement for increased aid transparency, and a domestic US push for greater government transparency in general, the US government has promised to disclose much more information about US foreign assistance. The main result is a new US Foreign Assistance Dashboard, managed by the State Department, that is designated as a public data repository for 22 US agencies that fund or deliver foreign assistance.

To learn how it’s working, I invited Sarah Jane Staats, who directs CGD’s Rethinking US Foreign Assistance Program to join me on this week’s Wonkcast.

Overcoming Myopia Before It Kills Us – Ian Goldin

Is it possible to alter national governments and global institutions so that decision makers can focus on the vitally important longer term challenges, while still dealing with the urgent considerations which crowd their daily agenda? That’s the important and difficult question set before the The Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations. My guest on this week’s Wonkcast is Ian Goldin, director of the Oxford Martin School and the driving force behind the commission.

On Journalism and Global Development--Nicholas Kristof

My guest on the Wonkcast this week is New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof. Nick’s incisive reporting on the lives of poor and vulnerable people has led millions of his readers to empathize with people facing difficulties they could otherwise hardly imagine.

Schooling Is Not Education: Using Assessment to Change the Politics of Non-Learning (Event Video)

The last decade has seen considerable progress enrolling children in schools worldwide: today most people live in countries on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of 100% primary completion by 2015. Sadly, enrollment doesn’t necessarily equal learning. A new report by the CGD Study Group on Measuring Learning Outcomes shows a shockingly wide gap between education inputs and learning outcomes. The report, Schooling is Not Education: Using Assessment to Change the Politics of Non-Learning, finds the learning crisis reflects systemic issues in education sectors worldwide.

How to Avoid Another Bangladesh Factory Disaster -- Kimberly Elliott

The recent collapse of a factory building in Bangladesh that killed hundreds of people making clothing for export has shined a harsh spotlight on the lack of worker protection in such low-income developing countries. My guest on this week’s show, CGD senior fellow Kimberly Elliott, says that the disaster is unusual only in its magnitude.

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