Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity

About CGD

The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and improve lives through innovative economic research that drives better policy and practice by the world's top decision makers.

Mission and Values

We strive for excellence and intellectual rigor. We believe global prosperity starts with smart policy based on evidence. Our work is nonpartisan and our recommendations are not influenced by our funders. We are willing to challenge powerful institutions and the status quo to promote better, evidence-based practice.

We are committed to transparency, diversity, and professional and personal integrity. We value mutual respect, a collegial work place and a healthy sense of humor.

CGD’s Impact and Influence

CGD has helped to change the policies and practices of the world’s most powerful decision makers, and has made a real difference in the lives of people in the developing world. Click here to read more about how we’ve done it.

Our Leadership

Learn more about our President Masood Ahmed, our Chief Operating Officer Amanda Glassman, and our management team. You can find our staff directory here.

Our Board

CGD’s Board, led by Lawrence H. Summers, includes influential leaders from the worlds of development, policy, finance, and academia.

Our Funding

We are committed to transparency and accountability. We publish funding sources on our website, and we do not accept funding that seeks to impose limits or restrictions on our independence. You can also check out our Annual Reports here.

Work with CGD

Learn about careers, fellowships, and internships at CGD.

Support CGD

Our impact depends in large part on our robust and growing networks of supporters and partners. Get involved today!

CGD's History

CGD was founded in November 2001 by Edward Scott Jr.C. Fred Bergsten, and Nancy Birdsall. A technology entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former US government official, Ed Scott provided the vision and financial commitment that made CGD possible. Fred Bergsten, director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, lent his formidable reputation in academic and policy circles and provided CGD a temporary home within the Peterson Institute. Nancy Birdsall, a former head of the World Bank research department and executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank, became CGD’s first president. Her intellectual leadership attracted a cadre of researchers deeply dedicated to CGD’s mission.