New Study: Social Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians Rapidly Changing in Developing World


Washington – Today, Center for Global Development senior fellow Charles Kenny and researcher Dev Patel released a new study that finds that just as social attitudes toward gays and lesbians have changed rapidly in the developed world, these attitudes are also changing in the developing world. The study also suggests that the changes in social attitudes often follow and are caused by changes in government policy toward gays and lesbians.

New President Named for Center for Global Development


After an extensive international search, the Center for Global Development (CGD) is delighted to announce that Masood Ahmed is to become its new president, succeeding founding president Nancy Birdsall, who is stepping down after 15 years.

From Haiti to Vietnam, Millions Saved Book Details Global Health Success in Some of the World’s Poorest Places


April 5 marks the launch of Millions Saved, a collection of case studies by the Center for Global Development (CGD) detailing 18 remarkable global health successes and four crushing disappointments to determine what works – and what doesn’t – in global health. 

Nancy Birdsall to Step Down as CGD President


The Center for Global Development today announced that Nancy Birdsall is to step down as president in 2016, once a successor is in place. Birdsall, CGD’s founding president, will stay with the Center as a senior fellow.

CGD Releases Policy Recommendations for Next US President’s Global Development Agenda


WASHINGTON – Today marks the launch of White House and the World, the Center for Global Development’s latest initiative aiming to chart a path for the next U.S. President’s global development agenda.

Turning Oil into Cash: How Developing Countries Can Win the Resource Lottery and Avoid the Curse


At first glance, winning the lottery seems like a momentous stroke of good fortune. Money is often what people — especially poor people — need to get back on their feet and make a new start. Unfortunately, it’s often the people who need the money most who, even with the best intentions, end up mismanaging their newfound wealth until they end up worse off than they were before.

CGD’s Take on Britain’s Landmark Global Development Report


The UK House of Commons International Development Committee issued a report today, which concluded that foreign aid to poor countries is no longer a sufficient policy to address shared global challenges. The report says the focus should move away from aid and towards an approach that focuses on policy coherence. To do this, the UK government will need work with DFID to have more influence in Whitehall and in developing countries, and it will need to work more closely the multilateral system. Taking these steps will allow the government to maximize the impact of all of the UK’s actions on development.

Study Estimates Indonesia’s Climate Policy Reduced Emissions from Deforestation; Experts Call for Expanded Policy


In May 2010, the Indonesian government announced a moratorium prohibiting district governments from granting new palm oil, timber and logging concession licenses in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation. In a new study, researchers revealed this climate policy has likely lowered Indonesia’s emissions since its inception in 2011, but Indonesia will need to expand the policy to reach its reduction targets. This is the first study to quantify the effectiveness of this policy.