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Underwriting an Ambitious IFAD Replenishment
December 04, 2023
Food insecurity is again a major topic of global concern. Decades of progress are under threat from the effects of climate change on agriculture along with supply chain dislocations linked to the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. An estimated 333 million people worldwide are now experiencin...
Three Messages on School Meals for the Global Food Security Summit
November 20, 2023
As the Global Food Security Summit gets underway, we propose three messages for leading stakeholders to pay heed to.
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...
Macroeconomic Impact of the War in Ukraine and of High Commodity Prices across Countries
August 29, 2023
The war in Ukraine was associated with large changes in the prices of key food and fuel commodities in 2022 which produced macroeconomic gains for exporters and losses as import costs increased. Across 49 countries benefitting, these gains averaged about 8 percent of GDP and reach up to 36 percent o...
Lagos to Mombasa: How Can Smallholder Farmers Prepare for Climate Change?
August 17, 2023
Gillian Pais of McKinsey & Company returns to Lagos to Mombasa to discuss the importance of localizing climate solutions, strategies to promote the uptake of climate-smart agriculture, and the role of regional organizations in sharing best practices.
Lessons from Two Years of “The Future of Development”
December 20, 2022
After two years, and nine sessions, it feels like a good time to reflect on the Future of Development series, what we’ve learned and what we still hope to achieve with it.
What’s the Latest Research in Development Economics? A Roundup from NEUDC 2022
November 07, 2022
What’s the latest in international economic development research? Last weekend was the North East Universities Development Consortium annual conference, often called NEUDC. With more than 135 papers presented (and almost all of them available for download), it’s a great way to see recent trends in t...
How the Global Debt Crisis Could Make the Hunger Crisis Worse
October 17, 2022
Not every country at risk of debt distress is at risk of a famine, and vice-versa. But for the handful of countries that are vulnerable to both, the interplay between the two crises could exact a devastating human toll.
The Unaddressed Health Security Risks in Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
August 25, 2022
The Russian invasion of Ukraine has created a historic lacuna for European security. A neglected dimension of the wider security conversation is the war’s consequences for global health security. We map these emerging threats from food insecurity to radiation risks, and call for the immediate develo...
Message to Donors: The African Development Fund Replenishment Needs Ambition
May 19, 2022
On the heels of last year’s landmark $93 billion replenishment of the World Bank’s IDA—and with the international community preoccupied with responding to Ukraine—the replenishment of the African Development Fund cannot be an afterthought.