Ideas to Action:

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June 1, 2011

History of U.S. Aid and Reimbursements to Pakistan (Data Set)

An accompaniment to the report Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Fixing the U.S. Approach to Development in Pakistan, this data set describes budgeted levels of U.S. military and economic assistance to Pakistan for the period from 1948 to 2010.

May 19, 2011

Declining Inequality in Latin America: Some Economics, Some Politics - Working Paper 251

New research shows that inequality in Latin America is falling. In this paper, the authors summarize recent findings, analyze the affect of different regimes, and investigate the relationship between inequality and changes in the size of the middle class in the region. They conclude with some questions about whether and how changes in income distribution and in middle-class economic power will affect the politics of distribution in the future.

May 10, 2011

The Future of Development Finance - Working Paper 250

Shafik highlights a key issue for aid practitioners: donors and recipients need the freedom to take risks, to experiment with new approaches, and to learn from failure as well as success. She emphasizes that evaluation and learning depend on transparency to allow citizens of recipient countries to hold their governments accountable.

Nemat Shafik
April 18, 2011

Toward Results-Based Social Policy Design and Implementation - Working Paper 249

This paper analyzes some of the elements that cause the perception in the realm of social policy that too little evidence is produced and used on the impact of specific policies and programs on human development. They propose we develop Results-Based Social Policy Design and Implementation systems that focus public attention on better outcomes.

Miguel Székely
April 11, 2011

Focus UNFPA: Four Recommendations for Action

The time is right to reinvigorate UNFPA. Seventeen years after the groundbreaking ICPD meeting, UNFPA needs to make itself the lead agency for population, sexual and reproductive health, and reproductive rights in the UN system, as well as be more visible externally.

The CGD Working Group on UNFPA’s Leadership Transition
April 4, 2011

The Peace Corps in a Smaller World: A New Model for the Next 50 Years

Charles Kenny takes a look at the Peace Corps, fifty years after its founding. Demand from developing countries for volunteers outstrips the Peace Corps’ capacity to respond. Nonetheless, he argues, the agency operates on a model designed for a very different world, and an evolutionary change in that model from a government-operated program to a grant-making system closer to the Fulbright scholarships could result in a higher effectiveness in meeting the Peace Corps’ fundamental goals over its next fifty years of life.