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A New Home at USAID

Ruth LevineOn Monday, I will join USAID as Director of Evaluation, Policy Analysis & Learning. In this position, I'll be supporting initiatives that are already underway to apply the best available evidence to decisions at many levels, and to generate new knowledge as an integral part of the agency’s work.

A Green Fund: From the IMF, George Soros, and the Government of Mexico

On January 30 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the Managing Director of the IMF, announced a possible new initiative – a multi-billion dollar Green Fund (that name is popular – see below) that would help developing countries finance the measures needed to tackle climate change – possibly with partial funding through issuance by the IMF of new Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).

Post-Davos: Reflections on Key Development Issues

Financial regulation – what to do about the banks – dominated the headlines from Davos.  But this year development issues were also prominent in one form or another. 

First, climate change. A cloud analysis of topics of the day at Davos would include in big prominent letters Copenhagen/Climate.  I sat in on: