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Haiti’s Failed Quest for Stability and Development after the 2010 Earthquake: Why Did It Go Wrong?
November 08, 2023
Haiti is once more experiencing a crisis of instability and political unrest. The devastating 2010 earthquake was seen as a chance to break with the past and steer the nation in a new direction, but although some progress was made, it was short-lived, insufficient to establish a path for growth, une...
Who Failed Haiti?
November 08, 2023
Koldo Echebarria’s fascinating paper explores the long and tragic story of Haiti’s struggle to achieve both political stability and economic prosperity. Despite mostly good intentions—at least in recent decades—and periodic surges in aid, one would have to conclude that the international community h...
Aid to Afghanistan: An Insider’s Take on the Lessons to be Learnt
March 07, 2023
Here, we look at five lessons which can be drawn from this experience for the UK and other donors for providing aid in fragile contexts, and argue that an alternative approach could have been more successful—and remains a viable option for re-engaging with Afghanistan in the future.
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 ...
Crafting the International Response in Afghanistan: Options to Enable Financial Flows and Promote “Beyond-Humanitarian” Aid
May 24, 2022
The first section of this note examines the causes and consequences of Afghanistan’s financial crisis and lays out policy options the international community can support to enable urgent financial flows and restore the basic functioning of the Afghan financial system. The next section examines prosp...
Relief Chief: A Manifesto for Saving Lives in Dire Times
May 17, 2022
Relief Chief: A Manifesto for Saving Lives in Dire Times is Mark Lowcock's behind-the-scenes account of his experience as the world's most senior humanitarian official—the UN Relief Chief. In his four years on the job, Lowcock coordinated the work of UN agencies, the Red Cross, and countless nationa...
Responding to Afghanistan’s Humanitarian Crisis: The Potential Role of Digital Payments
May 03, 2022
Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis continues to worsen, with the World Food Programme (WFP) reporting that 22.8 million people—more than half the country’s population—are projected to be acutely food insecure in 2022, including 8.7 million at risk of famine-like conditions. Even before the Taliban t...
War in Ukraine Is Adding to Humanitarian Needs Elsewhere. Diverting Aid to Ukraine Will Make That Worse.
April 07, 2022
Heightened food and energy prices are exacerbating humanitarian crises around the world. Resources and attention are being diverted to Ukraine, rather than expanded. Here, we identify existing and new countries at risk, and look at the major donors’ resources to respond to those needs. Policymakers...
Aid Alone Will Not Solve the Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan: Exploring “All Options Available”
January 21, 2022
Aid alone will not resolve the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Without a functioning financial system, many Afghans will remain unable to buy essential goods, including food and medicine. Humanitarian actors seeking to relieve the effects of these shortages will struggle to move money into and w...
On the Brink: Enabling Urgent Financial Flows to Afghanistan
October 25, 2021
As Afghanistan enters its harsh winter season, a massive humanitarian disaster appears increasingly likely. Facing food shortages, rising prices, and a breakdown in public services, millions of ordinary Afghans need immediate assistance as their country veers toward economic collapse.