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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...
Annual Meetings, Perennial Challenges
October 16, 2023
The real test after the meetings will be how to identify sources of concessional financing for middle-income countries while still delivering on IDA. Donors have leaned heavily on capital adequacy reforms and private sector mobilization as sources of finance, but there is no escaping the fact that t...
The Triple Agenda: A Roadmap for Better, Bolder and Bigger MDBs
October 13, 2023
A world on fire requires the multilateral development banks to be at center stage in creating an effective response and bringing diverse actors to support a shared agenda of transformative development. MDBs have a distinctive comparative advantage in playing a catalytic role in fostering government ...
The African Union in the G20: Implications for Health Financing in Africa
September 19, 2023
Health systems in Africa are under considerable strain: rapid demographic change, rising non-communicable diseases, and emerging and re-emerging threats such as COVID-19 and Ebola are increasing demands on limited health services. The African Union’s admission to the G20 provides an opportunity for ...
MDBs Can Drive Transformative Change—Now the G20 Must Inject Urgency and Sustain its Support
September 19, 2023
G20 leaders recognise the pivotal role the multilateral development banks (MDBs) play in tackling global challenges and supporting sustainable development. Now they must more clearly define and carry forward the agenda with urgency and at scale.
A Call to Action on Gender Equality: Looking Beyond the G20 New Delhi Summit
September 18, 2023
Among the many achievements, the G20 leaders’ commitment to gender equality was remarkable for their focus and breadth of coverage. The declaration focused on women-led development and women’s economic empowerment, recognizing the wide gaps in male and female employment and labor force participation...
The G20 and the MDBs: Diss and Dissonance
September 11, 2023
It is standard fare for the G20 to issue lofty statements without any real muscle behind them, but the discordance in this year’s declaration is especially grating because explicitly and implicitly, the G20 have heaped exceptionally large burdens on the MDBs all in the context of what the leaders ac...
Don’t Ignore Social Norms when Designing Parental Leave Policies
September 08, 2023
As the G20 India Summit approaches, India is taking a central seat on the global stage. While much attention will focus on India’s positive economic accomplishments, some of the spotlight will inevitably be on the country’s slow advances on women’s economic empowerment. On paper, India’s family-frie...
The Urgent Need to Reform Research Publishing: A Call to the G20
September 05, 2023
This blog highlights that research publishing is an important issue for global development, and summarises a new CGD Policy Paper: Research Publishing is an Under-Recognised Global Challenge: Opportunities for the G20 to Act.
Research Publishing Is an Under-Recognised Global Challenge: Opportunities for the G20 to Act
September 05, 2023
The G20 is well placed to provide the leadership needed to ensure that research is a global public good by elevating the discourse on research publishing reform and acknowledging that this is not merely a niche concern for researchers but an important global challenge that underpins human progress.