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Graphic illustrating some of the themes of CGD's annual meetings week events
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It’s Annual Meetings week, which means the Center for Global Development is the place to be as the development community comes together to consider today’s most pressing questions.

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Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer just won the Nobel Prize in economics. Pamela Jakiela explains why that's a big deal.

Philippe Le Houérou at the WEF. Photo by World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek
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Today the IFC announced a step forward in its transparency around the use of aid resources to finance private companies. That’s right and proper: When scarce aid, and scarce tax resources, are used to support private firms, citizens of donor countries and recipient countries alike have a right to know where the money is going to and how generous the terms. A number of us at CGD had been calling for greater transparency around subsidies to the private sector from the IFC and other development finance institutions, so this is a welcome first step. However, a few aspects have might be cause for concern.

A cargo ship being loaded at a port. Adobe Stock
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The World Development Report 2020 released on Wednesday highlights the economic benefits from GVCs and reminds us that protectionism and policy uncertainty around the world is now putting many of these benefits at significant risk.