Development in 2016 – CGD Podcast

December 20, 2016

In 2016 on the CGD Podcast, we have discussed some of development's biggest questions: How do we pay for development? How do we measure the sustainable development goals (SDGs)? What should we do about refugees and migrants? And is there life yet in the notion of globalism?

And we have heard from some major international figures, including two former presidents—Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and Joyce Banda of Malawi—Jim Kim, Christine Lagarde, Lawrence Summers, and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as well as several major development organization heads, private sector representatives, government officials from around the world, and leading academics and thinkers—including, of course, many of CGD’s own experts.

The links to all the full podcasts featured and the work they reference are included here, but in this edition of the podcast, we bring you highlights of some of those conversations: Lagarde, Summers, Zedillo and Birdsall on moving beyond this year’s fractured politics; David Miliband and Jim Kim on how to bridge the gap between humanitarian assistance and long-term support for the millions forcibly displaced; Michael Clemens on the economics of migration; and Casey Dunning on the problems of measuring the SDGs.

We also recap some of CGD’s major work this year: Frances Seymour on her and Jonah Busch’s new book Why Forests? Why Now? explaining why tropical forests are critical for both climate and development; Amanda Glassman on Millions Saved, our latest compendium of global health success stories, with a foreword by Bill Gates; Liliana Rojas-Suarez on why there is no trade-off between financial stability and financial inclusion; and our report, authored by Nancy Birdsall and Scott Morris, on how multilateral development banks, particularly the World Bank, should adapt to better meet the transnational development challenges of today.

In early 2017, the CGD podcast will discuss how best to conduct impact evaluations with Rachel Glenerster of J-PAL and our own Bill Savedoff; we will think about how digital technology impacts development with Raj Kumar of Devex; and we will ask if development finance institutions like the US’ OPIC and the UK’s CDC are the best way to pay for development, with their respective heads Elizabeth Littlefield and Diana Noble. Look out also for podcasts about major CGD work, including new ideas to better help refugees in long-running emergencies; the problems of trying to measure corruption; how biometric identification can help achieve several of the SDGs; and how Britain’s trade policy can make the most of Brexit.

I do hope you will stay tuned in 2017—and please share the podcasts and encourage your friends and colleagues to subscribe here or on iTunes. As ever, I welcome your thoughts and feedback. Thanks to Stephanie Brown, who produces all our podcasts—and to you for listening.



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