With rigorous economic research and practical policy solutions, we focus on the issues and institutions that are critical to global development. Explore our core themes and topics to learn more about our work.
In timely and incisive analysis, our experts parse the latest development news and devise practical solutions to new and emerging challenges. Our events convene the top thinkers and doers in global development.
How can we make humanitarian aid better? Give refugees cash. That’s the main recommendation of a high level panel convened by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and chaired by CGD’s Owen Barder. You can read his blog on the Panel’s report here.
The report is very timely, as tragic images from Europe remind us of the scale and urgency of the global humanitarian crisis. But while European governments agonize over how to deal with the thousands of mainly Syrian refugees seeking safe haven and a better life, we must remember that many more refugees are not on the move – but stuck in refugee camps or informal settlements around the world.
New results from a famous experiment in Kenya have sparked heated debate over whether lump-sum cash transfers have any long-term benefits for those who get them, or even do harm to neighbors who don’t.