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Yesela Javier Inglés, a food vendor at the Mercado Bolívar in Lima, poses in her stall
Blog Post

September 18 marks the world’s first International Equal Pay Day. To that end, CGD and colleagues have prepared a joint policy memo that identifies roles for government and the private sector in closing gender pay gaps. Explore the recs >>

An image of the World Bank exterior in Washington DC
Blog Post

The World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group has begun an evaluation of one of the Bank’s flagship products—Doing Business. Here, I present four issues that I believe must underpin all aspects of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) evaluation.

A skyline at dusk of Maputo, Mozambique
Blog Post

We see six major benefits of these investments for both Mozambique and the new US agency that cut across development, economic, and security interests, outlined below.

COVID-19 3D Rendering

Much of the discussion around society’s ability to return to “normality” after the COVID-19 pandemic has centered on the development of a vaccine. This has led to unprecedented collaboration and investment. Vaccine candidate development for COVID-19 is progressing faster than for any other pathogen in history. However, the questions of how long it will take to discover a vaccine, how useful that vaccine will be, and whether the risk has been diversified sufficiently, require research themselves.