Ideas to action: independent research for global prosperity
Center for Global Development Keynote Address
November 08, 2019
This is the text of a speech given by president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at an event hosted at the Center for Global Development on November 4, 2019.
Emerging Africa and the Private Sector: A Liberian Perspective (Event Video)
June 27, 2011
President Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected head of state in Africa, provides her perspective on the role the private sector can play in Liberia and in emerging Africa more broadly. Todd Moss moderates a question and answer session after the president’s speech.
Liberia on the Move (Interview)
September 24, 2008
Senior fellow Steve Radelet introduces CGD's event on Friday April 11, 2008: "Liberia on the Move: Economic Growth, Debt Relief, and Poverty Reduction."
The Good News Out of Africa: Democracy, Stability, and the Renewal of Growth and Development
February 19, 2008
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who will host President Bush on Thursday in the final stop of his five-country Africa tour, has news that may surprise some people: despite the problems in some African countries, things are clearly improving in much of the continent. In a new CGD essay co-a...
Reviving Economic Growth in Liberia - Working Paper 133
November 26, 2007
In this new CGD working paper, CGD senior fellow Steve Radelet explores the challenges Liberia faces in revitalizing economic growth after 25 years of gross economic mismanagement and 14 years of brutal civil war. He examines the new government's progress, including the major steps it has taken in i...
Liberia's External Debt: Moving Towards Comprehensive Debt Relief
April 16, 2007
In this essay, CGD senior fellow Steve Radelet describes Liberia's debt situation and the key issues in moving forward on debt relief with the IMF, World Bank, African Development Bank and bilateral creditors. He explains why it is important for Liberia's recovery that the international community ac...
Do No Harm: Aid, Weak Institutions, and the Missing Middle in Africa - Working Paper 113
March 08, 2007
Does aid to Africa undermine the emergence of a robust African middle class? If so, what can be done about it? In this new working paper, CGD president Nancy Birdsall argues that high and unpredictable aid flows could be making life harder for Africa's small and medium-sized businesses by, for examp...
African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors
March 05, 2007
Bill Easterly calls Moss's new introduction to Africa "compulsively readable and accessible" and "a masterpiece of clear thinking." Each chapter is organized around three fundamental questions: Where are we now? How did we get to this point? What are the current debates?
Freetown to Hollywood: The Kimberley Process Takes on Africa's 'Blood Diamonds'
December 06, 2006
Diamonds, long seen as symbols of love and prosperity, are now blamed for war and corruption in some of the poorest places on earth. But do all diamonds fuel conflict and strife? In this CGD Note program associate Kaysie Brown and senior fellow Todd Moss consider the strengths and limitations of i...
Fragile States and U.S. Foreign Assistance: Show Me the Money - Working Paper 96
August 14, 2006
Analysis of the U.S. budget reveals a chasm between Washington rhetoric about the potentially large threats arising from weak and failing states and the paucity of resources devoted to engaging with these troubled countries. The authors argue that the U.S. should think creatively about how and when ...