Ideas to Action:

Independent research for global prosperity

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 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.

You can read our gender diversity policy here.


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