Ideas to action: independent research for global prosperity
Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Creating a Better Candidate Pool for the Millennium Challenge Corporation
April 27, 2016
The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) was established to provide large-scale grant funding to poor, well-governed countries to support their efforts to reduce poverty and generate economic growth. However, the statutory definition of which countries are “poor” for the purposes...
The Indonesia-Norway REDD+ Agreement: A Glass Half-Full
February 26, 2015
In 2010, Norway and Indonesia signed a US$1 billion performance agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emission from deforestation. The experience holds lessons for international cooperation in addressing climate change and other global challenges.
The World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank: Fit for 21st Century Purpose?
April 22, 2014
In this paper I discuss the ownership and financial structure and related governance arrangements, including leadership selection, of the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.
The Development Space Goes Global: A New Role for Global Citizens
September 05, 2013
In this speech delivered at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, Nancy Birdsall shares her observations about the changing development space and offers three proposals to help the development community tap the potential for informed and...
The United States: From Multilateral Champion to Handicapped Donor…and Back Again?
August 12, 2013
In this paper we argue that the United States cannot afford not to revisit and reemphasize cooperation with other countries, or multilateralism, in its approach to development. That is true for aid itself because the United States is politically and bureaucratically handicapped compared to other don...
Adaptation Finance: How to Get Out from between a Rock and a Hard Place
February 16, 2012
Nancy Birdsall and Michele de Nevers propose a system for climate adaptation finance that builds off the lessons learned in development assistance.