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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.

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In a joint Milken Institute & CGD event, Ken Ofori-Atta will discuss the Ghanaian experience in trying to move beyond aid and the lessons for other African countries and their development partners. Check out this event and more during Spring Meetings Week at CGD!

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On the sidelines of the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings 2019, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Bretton Woods Committee (BWC) will co-host this expert panel to discuss the future of the World Bank under its new president, David Malpass. What should top his agenda? What are the most important and urgent issues in the development landscape and what is the role of the World Bank in addressing these challenges? Join us to hear from this panel of global thought leaders offering recommendations for the future of the multilateral system.

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Join the Center for Global Development for this exciting networking event celebrating women trailblazers in finance and development economics. The conversation will explore the profiled women’s pathways to success and help women leaders make connections in the field. We hope to contribute to the dialogue challenging the scarcity of women’s voices in economics, and the movement to shed light on and transform the systemic barriers that perpetuate this gender disparity. 

CGD’s chief operating officer and senior fellow, Amanda Glassman will host, and we will hear from fellow women trailblazers on how they became who they are, how they navigate their careers, and how they use their positions of power to make an impact. The profiled women will share lessons from their professional journeys and their advice for the next generation of women leaders. 

We hope you’ll join us and be part of this important conversation, meet your peers, and enjoy some drinks and small bites.

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The infrastructure gap in the developing world needs to be addressed if the global community aims to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. The development community has increasingly focused on financing from the private sector as a source of funding for these infrastructure projects and other development needs. This may make sense in middle-income countries, where regulatory regimes are well-established, international capital can be channeled through sound financial systems, and the logistical and supply needs can be met. However, in lower-income countries, particularly in Africa, mobilizing private capital may be more difficult.

What lessons can be learned from middle-income countries? What capacity building is needed for governments to be able to select the right projects, monitor their construction, and implement them post-construction? How can public-private partnerships be used to mobilize new financing, without subsidizing private sector activities and generating unsustainable debt liabilities for the government? This panel will explore these questions and discuss what is needed to mobilize effective private finance in developing countries.