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SkyShares: An Idea to Stop Climate Change Effectively, Efficiently, and Equitably

At COP25 this week, parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will determine a path forward for emission reductions. In 2020, countries are expected to make big changes to their emission reduction strategies. And four years ago, ahead of COP21, CGD’s Owen Barder, Alex Evans, and Alice Lépissier laid out a framework called “SkyShares” that would lock in emissions reductions at the lowest possible cost, and support developing countries’ efforts to eradicate poverty.

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Fostering Development Cooperation: A Development Leaders Conference

How can the development community truly harness the power of this cooperation and come together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals? Last month, the Center for Global Development again hosted the Development Leaders Conference, this time in Beijing in partnership with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).

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Introducing the "Stretch Fund"

When the world adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), policymakers knew that aid alone would never meet the financing needs. In a new paper, we are proposing the Stretch Fund, to partner with DFIs. The Stretch Fund would “stretch” the capital of existing DFIs in two ways: by expanding the spectrum of investments in which DFIs can participate; and by taking on high-risk tranches to open up more DFI investment opportunities.

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The Debate about Headship in Poverty and Gender Studies

Disagreement exists over the usefulness of the concept of headship in household surveys, and of the use of female headship in the analysis of poverty. Some researchers even argue for getting rid of the headship concept altogether and for organizing the household roster instead around a chosen “primary respondent,” whatever her status in the household.

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Beneficial Policies Towards the Venezuela Crisis Depend on Development Finance

The political and economic crisis in Venezuela has caused the biggest population movement in recent Latin American history. Support from the international community has predominantly focused on short-term humanitarian assistance, which will remain important for the most vulnerable Venezuelans. However, in what has become a protracted displacement crisis, it is also essential to shift to a longer-term vision and approach underpinned by development finance.

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A New Policy to Better Integrate Refugees into Host-Country Labor Markets

Many actual or potential host countries for refugees face serious challenges in integrating the refugees into the domestic labor markets. A primary concern is resistance from citizens in the host countries. Integrating refugees into host-country labor markets will continue to prove difficult if citizens do not see the benefits, or do not feel that they are adequately compensated for the expected costs.