CGD in the News

The Other Kind of Immigration (The Economist)


Yet that pressure will not necessarily find an outlet, says Michael Clemens of the Centre for Global Development, a think-tank. European voters are not keen even on current levels of immigration and will be still less enthused by a doubling or even a tripling of their immigrant populations. So there will be an enormous number of potential African migrants and not enough places for them in the West. They are highly likely to head for other African countries, for the Middle East and perhaps even for Asia. Countries such as China and South Korea have resisted mass immigration, but they badly need more young people. In short, says Mr Clemens, south-south migration is likely to grow a lot.

Will Trump Embrace the Funding of Overseas Aid? (BBC)


Scott Morris from the Centre for Global Development in Washington says he is troubled already by these early signs, and by Trump's general attitude towards engaging with multilateral bodies. He also thinks sizeable cuts in this area cannot be discounted. "Trump could go for the foreign aid budget as a sacrificial lamb very early on - even though the dollars aren't huge," Mr Morris says. "He could try to deliver something symbolic to show his supporters that he is getting tough and putting America first."

Remarks by Administrator Gayle Smith at the Center for Global Development (Foreign Affairs)


Over the last 8 years, President Obama’s signature development initiatives have reduced poverty, malnutrition, and mortality, all while spurring entrepreneurship and innovation, empowering women and girls, and helping to build more stable, accountable, and inclusive partners for the United States. Whether it’s combating hunger, preventing the spread of deadly diseases, or increasing access to education and clean energy, USAID is achieving real results that change people’s lives for the better – despite the often harsh realities of the sharp-edged world we live in.

World Bank Healthcare Social Impact Bond Fundraising Targets Africa Malaria (Financial Times)


“I count seven social impact bonds for health that have been discussed but none of them has happened,” says Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy at the Center for Global Development, a US think-tank. “There is so much uncertainty over whether they can do the job that no one wants to put the money in.”

What Trump's Presidency Could Mean for Refugees, Foreign Aid and Women's Rights Abroad (LA Times)


“President George W. Bush had no record of being pro-Africa or pro-foreign assistance and he left an absolutely stellar record,” said Todd Moss, chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, who served in the State Department during the Bush administration.

“We have a long tradition of American leadership on national security, and development is a foundation for all of the human progress we’ve seen over the last half-century,” Moss said. “There are obviously disputes over what’s the best way to do that and we will soon see what ideas are to come out of [Trump’s] administration. It’s too early to say anything with certainty.”

Zimbabwe’s Currency Hail Mary (Foreign Policy)


“After the destruction of the Zimbabwe dollar, anyone who believes that funny money bond notes will hold their value is delusional,” said Todd Moss, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. “If the bond notes are truly backed by U.S. dollars, there’s no reason not to just put those dollars into the economy. Obviously, the goal is to reintroduce a local currency that can be manipulated for political purposes.”

UK Aid Money: Generosity or Wasted Spending? (BBC)


Owen Barder, from the Centre for Global Development think tank, says: "The US and in the past the EU shipped a lot of food aid from our own countries.

"It was in the national interest to buy it from our farmers and ship it there, but it was much more expensive.

"Our aid saved many fewer lives, and we drove local farmers and local suppliers out of business." 

Trump Takes Office At A Pivotal Moment For Foreign Aid (NPR)


Plenty of obstacles remain: the unprecedented migration crisis, the threat of global disease pandemics, and the long-term consequences of climate change, to name a few. Still, "the last decade has probably been the best in the history of mankind in terms of welfare benefits and reductions of poverty," says Todd Moss, chief operating officer at the Center for Global Development, a Washington think tank.

Development Aid to Deter Migration Will Do Nothing of the Kind (Refugees Deeply)


In response to the migrant crisis, wealthy countries are preparing huge new development aid packages for many poor countries. The most likely effect of this aid will be to raise overall migration.

You read that right. The politicians who now promise to alleviate the migration crisis with development aid do not just speak without evidence, they speak against the evidence.

Advocates Laud U.S. Decision to Ban LGBT Discrimination in Foreign Aid (Thomson Reuters)


Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Washington D.C.-based Center for Global Development, said that although the order was "more of a symbolic act" it was "sending an important signal".

Organizations delivering U.S. aid would particularly feel pressure in countries where USAID spends large sums of money but where discriminatory laws or policies against LGBT persons exist, Kenny said. He gave Afghanistan, Uganda and Ethiopia as examples.