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Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Phonics and Foreign Aid: Can America Teach the World to Read?
November 20, 2023
Over two decades and dozens of countries, the United States Agency for International Development has refined a package of support for early-grade reading, often referred to as “structured pedagogy”, which includes textbooks, teacher training, coaching, and lesson plans.
Breaking Financing Barriers for a Just Climate Transition in Africa
November 17, 2023
Breaking barriers to climate financing requires bold interventions at a systemic level. The goal should be a just and equitable climate transition that spans across Africa; not one that is restricted to just a handful of countries deemed "investable." Achieving this transformative agenda requires co...
An Agenda to Enhance the Efficacy of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act
November 08, 2023
The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is due to expire in 2025, a quarter of a century after it was first enacted. AGOA provides qualifying sub-Saharan African countries with duty-free access to the US market for most agricultural and manufactured products. Its architects and supporters point...
The Future of Natural Resources and Development: Whither Low and Middle-Income Countries?
November 07, 2023
A global economy moving towards low-carbon production is going to dramatically shift demand for subsoil resources, from fossil fuels toward metals and minerals. Which countries may be winners and losers from the process?
Preprimary Education and Early Childhood Development: Evidence from Government Schools in Rural Kenya
October 25, 2023
Enrolling in preschool at age three has large positive impacts on vocabulary in children’s mother tongue, which is the primary language of instruction in preprimary in Kenya. However, these short-term gains do not necessarily translate into persistent advantages in vocabulary or other measures of c...
A Call to Action to End Childhood Lead Poisoning Worldwide: A Neglected, Top-Tier Development Challenge
October 17, 2023
Final Statement of the Working Group on Understanding and Mitigating the Global Burden of Lead Poisoning.
Investing in Human Capital to Attract Private Investment in Infrastructure
August 23, 2023
Across several African countries, there has been a troubling trend of infrastructure being stripped to sell as scrap metal. People have been arrested for ripping out and selling rail sleepers in South Africa and Ghana, pylon and copper wires in Uganda, and streetlamp meters in Liberia. That strippin...