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China, Twenty Years After

”LawrenceTwenty years ago this month I left China under less than ideal circumstances: I was one of a handful of reporters expelled during a crackdown on the incipient student democracy movement. After a dozen years of close involvement with China, first as a student, then as a tour guide, and finally as a journalist, I was suddenly cut off from the country, unable to return.

The Gates Foundation & Policy Coherence

The ongoing series of reports in the LA Times about whether the investment practices of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation conflict with its grantmaking goals rings some familiar bells: It is the private philanthropy version of the "policy coherence" debates that regularly make an appearance at the OECD/DAC, among development advocacy groups and - yes - in our own research and analysis here at the Center for Global Development.

The Gates Foundation & Policy Coherence

The ongoing series of reports in the LA Times about whether the investment practices of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation conflict with its grantmaking goals rings some familiar bells: It is the private philanthropy version of the "policy coherence" debates that regularly make an appearance at the OECD/DAC, among development advocacy groups and - yes - in our own research and analysis here at the Center for Global Development.

Picturing Global Inequality: Some Preliminary Figures

Thanks to our friend Nick Seaver for posting on the Huffington Post one of the figures we created after playing around with some of the available stats on global income inequality. The idea was to get a very rough sense of what global income distribution looks like: Is it a bell curve? Where might an average American fit?

Two More Challenges for Mr. Wolfowitz

In Tuesday's editorial on "Mr. Wolfowitz and the Bank", The New York Times referred to three issues that need his leadership:

"giv[ing] more of a voice to less wealthy and poor countries;…find[ing] new ways to mobilize private sector financing; [and] addressing global challenges like epidemics, sustainable energy and post-conflict reconstruction."

Did the West Aid Niyazov's Destruction of Turkmenistan? Will it be Different Now That He is Gone?

”The passing last week of Saparmurat Niyazov, better know as Turkmanbashi, Father of the Turkmen, has brought his unfortunate country briefly into the limelight. Niyazov was the dictatorial leader of Turkmenistan for more than 20 years, maintaining his hold on power even as the Soviet Union dissolved. It is no secret that Niyazov oversaw the steady destruction of his country.

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