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Fighting Corruption: Dangerous but Necessary

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala's new book on fighting corruption is part field guide, part memoir, drawing on her years of experience as Nigeria's Finance Minister. Masood Ahmed shares four main takeaways from the book's launch event.

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Bravo, Power Africa

Todd Moss explains how Power Africa's new focus on higher-powered energy solutions can help build more prosperous economies.

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Can Technology Close the Financial Services Gap?

A panel of development experts and tech leaders discuss what works, according to the evidence, to empower women economically.

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A Year at CGD in Review

Read about CGD's impacts in our latest annual report—from injecting evidence into migration debates to devising a mechanism to increase the number of women in UN peacekeeping.

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Can Cash Transfers Cure Poverty?

Amid renewed debate about the effects of cash transfers on recipients and neighbors, Justin Sandefur digs into the data to explore what works and what doesn't for these programs.

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Trump’s Treasury Delivers at the World Bank

The Trump administration has announced support for a $7.5 billion capital increase for the World Bank and signed on to a new policy framework for the money. Scott Morris takes us through the highlights.

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Another Debt Crisis for Poor Countries?

Almost 20 years after the success of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries initiative, Masood Ahmed sounds the alarm that many low-income countries are in another debt crisis or at risk. 

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