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A Conversation with Thomas Wieser on European Development Finance Architecture

Mikaela Gavas (CGD) and San Bilal (ECDPM) sit down with Thomas Wieser, Chair of the 2019 Wise Persons Group report on the European Financial Architecture to discuss the process, politics and scenarios put forward to solve Europe’s perennial problem of fragmentation, duplication, and competition in its development finance architecture and the contest between Europe’s two multilateral banks, the European Investment Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, as to which would be most capable of fulfilling the role of a dedicated EU development banking institution.

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Including Women in COVID-19 Digital Transfer Programs

Due to COVID-19, many governments are transferring emergency funds to people in need. However, women face unique challenges in accessing these funds. By understanding and addressing these challenges, we can make sure that women are included in and benefit equally from digital transfer programs. 

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Latin America: Preventing a Second Lost Decade

While COVID-19 has sparked a global crisis, the developing countries hit hardest are in Latin America. If conditions worsen, Latin America could face a severe financial crisis. To stop this from happening, policymakers, donors, researchers, and multilateral organizations must cooperate to find and enact solutions.

Aid Transparency During COVID-19: Henry Asor Nkang and Gary Forster

Henry Asor Nkang from Nigeria's Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning and Publish What You Fund CEO Gary Forster join CGD's Sarah Rose on the podcast to discuss the current state of aid data transparency, the impacts of the pandemic, and how countries and donors can use data to improve development efforts.

The International Decision Support Initiative

With limited budgets, how can countries provide the best health care for the most people? The International Decision Support Initiative (iDSI) is a global network of experts helping countries set their own priorities for health spending.

Citizens and States

The clock is ticking on the SDGs. Integrating digital tools—like mobile phones, states IDs, and financial services—can help us meet them. 

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COVID-19 Education Policy Tracker

CGD’s COVID-19 Education Policy Tracker provides information on school closures and reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coordinating Country Aid: Bella Bird, Sharmarke Farah, and Jonathan Papoulidis

CGD's Sarah Rose, Bella Bird of the World Bank, Sharmarke Farah of the government of Somalia, and Jonathan Papoulidis of World Vision discuss the potential of country platforms for aid coordination—specifically the history and progress of Somalia's platform, the importance of country ownership, and how to make the best use of lessons learned.

Consent in Development – Stephanie Kimou and Angela Bruce-Raeburn

CGD's Megan O'Donnell, Stephanie Kimou of PopWorks Africa, and Angela Bruce-Raeburn of Global Health Advocacy Incubator discuss the impact of the colonization of Africa on development culture, the economic and social impacts of aid workers flooding a struggling country, and a future where development is led by the so-called "beneficiaries" themselves, not by well-meaning foreigners.