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Strengthening Multilateral Development Banks: A Response to Critics
November 22, 2023
Under the Indian Presidency, the G20 tasked N.K. Singh and Larry Summers to convene an independent expert group (IEG) to recommend how to strengthen multilateral development banks and address the shared global challenges of the 21st century (disclosure: we were both part of the Secretariat supportin...
Measuring and Improving the Impact of US Foreign Aid—A Look at Two Key Statutes
November 14, 2023
Over the years, US lawmakers of many stripes have embraced the value proposition of foreign assistance. While their precise motivations have varied, ensuring US international aid is transparent, accountable, and effective has been vital to this long-running bipartisan support.
What’s the Latest Research in Development Economics? A Roundup from NEUDC 2023
November 09, 2023
There are so many studies regarding so many aspects of development economics that it can be difficult to keep up. Last week was the North East Universities Development Consortium annual conference, often called NEUDC. Researchers presented more than 130 papers across a wide range of topics, from agr...
Neglecting the Impact of Wage Inequality Can Compromise the Design of Anti-corruption Policies
May 02, 2023
In an attempt to curtail corruption countries have implemented public sector reforms to increase the wages of government officials. However, the evidence on the effectiveness of such interventions on corruption is mixed. In a recent paper, we find that differences in public sector wage inequality pl...
Effects of Public Sector Wages on Corruption: Wage Inequality Matters
May 02, 2023
Wage inequality in the public sector is an important determinant of the effectiveness of anti-corruption policies. Increasing the wages of public officials could help reduce corruption in countries with low public sector wage inequality, but in countries where public sector wages are highly unequal,...
Remembering Dana Hyde, MCC’s Fourth CEO
March 09, 2023
Dana Hyde showed tremendous leadership and wisdom as the fourth head of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), serving for nearly three years during President Obama’s second term. These brief notes on her leadership are our way of providing a tribute to her major contributions to MCC’s effectiv...
CGD Podcast: Preparing for Nigeria’s Elections with Amaka Anku
February 22, 2023
When Nigerian voters head to the polls on Saturday to elect the country’s next president, all of Africa—and beyond—will be watching. CGD's Gyude Moore sits down with Amaka Anku, head of the Eurasia Group's Africa practice, to discuss the advantages and challenges of the leading candidates, the role ...
Perceived Corruption Isn’t a Great Measure of Financial Crime Risk. So Why Do Banks Still Use It?
February 14, 2023
Last month Transparency International released the latest version of its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), the most widely adopted measure of public sector corruption currently available. But as many have pointed out before, the CPI only attempts to measure corruption that originates at home, not ...
Transparency and World Bank Evolution
January 09, 2023
Late last year, the World Bank Group issued a roadmap on its potential evolution in response to shareholder pressure at this year’s Bank-Fund annual meetings. The roadmap document has been widely shared with member governments. As reported by Reuters and Devex on the basis of leaked copies, it propo...
The Political Economy of Pakistan’s Economic Recovery
December 13, 2022
The unprecedented turnout at rallies across Pakistan protesting corruption and poor job prospects underscores the frustration among the rapidly growing middle class with governance failures. Pakistan’s economic growth exceeded India’s for over four decades after its independence in 1947, but since t...