Mission and Impact

CGD's mission

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.

We generate new ideas, actionable policy proposals, and independent research, and spark critical global development conversations.

We focus on the intersection of developing countries and the governments, institutions, and corporations that can help them deliver the greatest progress.

Our scholars conduct rigorous, impartial analysis, informed by evidence and experts from around the world, to design practical policy solutions and spur intellectual debate.


CGD's values

We strive for excellence and intellectual rigor. We believe global prosperity starts with smart policy based on evidence. Our work is non-partisan and our recommendations are not influenced by our funders. As a team, we are champions of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We value a workplace built around respect and collaboration where we hold ourselves to the highest standards of personal and professional integrity. We are committed to the elimination of harassment, discrimination, bullying, and other non-inclusive behavior in all its forms. We recognize the inherent dignity of all persons and pledge ourselves to creating and maintaining an environment that recognizes and respects diverse groups of individuals and their experiences. Each of us assumes a responsibility for our collective community and for one another, always striving toward empathy, understanding, and a safe, comfortable work environment.


CGD's impacts

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 see how we've done it.


CGD: Ideas to Action