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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
Taking Stock of Organizations with Impact Evaluation Capacity Headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa: A New Database and Landscaping Analysis
August 07, 2023
CGD conducted a landscaping exercise to better understand the current landscape of organizations headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa that boast impact evaluation capacity. The resulting database is intended as a resource for funders looking to advance locally led development; to help facilitate coor...
Models of Social Payments through Inua Jamii
January 19, 2023
This study surveys Kenya's electronic payment system for social benefits, Inua Jamii, from the perspective of recipients, including their views on convenience and the benefits from competition. It also considers whether these digital G2P payments programs have increased financial inclusion more gene...
Understanding the Costs and Benefits of Investing in Laboratory Systems in African Countries
November 10, 2022
Laboratories are fundamental components of health systems, but investments in strengthening laboratory systems are often inconsistent and inadequate in African countries. This paper qualitatively establishes the complex costs and benefits of strengthening laboratory capacity and systems within and a...
The IMF, Africa, and Climate Change—Making Sense of an Implausible Trilogy
June 30, 2022
Evidence suggests that Africa is the most vulnerable continent to climate change. While African countries contribute relatively little to global emissions, they remain significantly vulnerable to the devastating economic effects of this phenomenon. This paper reviews IMF activities and explores how ...
Opportunities for US–Africa Space Cooperation and Development
March 31, 2022
The United States has a unique opportunity to establish enduring diplomatic, commercial, and security ties with African nations through space cooperation, with the potential to yield substantial development benefits. The African Union is preparing to open the African Space Agency. African nations ar...
Stuck Near Ten Billion: Public-Private Infrastructure Finance in Sub-Saharan Africa
February 09, 2022
Many stress the critical role of the private sector in filling yawning sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) infrastructure finance gaps, only widened by the pandemic. Our paper looks in detail at financially closed (construction-ready) transactions with private participation in SSA from 2007-2020. Despite the “...
Convergence, Development, and Energy-Intensive Infrastructure: Getting Africa to High-Income Status
October 13, 2021
The structural changes in an economy that accompany its growth to high-income status have been predictable in Europe, the United States, and Asia, characterized by declining employment in agriculture and rising levels of urbanization driven by jobs in the modern industrial sector. As agricultural pr...