Ideas to action: independent research for global prosperity
Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
The Perils of Partial Attribution: Let’s All Play for Team Development
October 26, 2017
The debate about whether it is more important to have good individual statistics or be a team player that contributes to overall victory is hugely important in development today.
What the AIIB Can Do for the Multilateral System
July 19, 2017
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has enjoyed considerable success in its young life. The challenge going forward is to translate this resounding political success into operational effectiveness and sound strategy. Given the political dimensions of this new institution, it is also wort...
Of Sun Gods and Solar Energy
January 06, 2017
My family’s ancestral home in the village of Jakhan in India’s western state of Rajasthan exemplifies the challenges and opportunities of facilitating energy access in India. Though Rajasthan is perhaps the most densely populated desert on the planet, near Jakhan the population is spread...
An Agenda for Harmful Cultural Practices and Girls' Empowerment
December 12, 2016
Harmful cultural practices and norms—even the seemingly non-violent ones that consign girls to bear the brunt of household labor—have consequences for nutrition, health, educational achievement, sexual abuse, and child marriage. Accordingly, it is critical to develop a research agenda that places gi...
Old-World Humanitarianism Faces New-World Challenges
June 16, 2015
In fact refugees and victims of natural disasters account for such a small fraction of the world population, less than half a percent. There is no excuse for not providing adequate timely funding for disasters whose numbers if not locations are relatively predictable. The costs are manageable, or at...
The Aid Ring Fence: Protection or Prison?
April 28, 2015
The development landscape between now and 2030 will be look completely different from the last fifteen years. The Sustainable Development Goals which look likely to be agreed in September, including a commitment to eradicate absolute poverty by 2030, will be addressed against a very different backdr...
Can Rich Countries Be Reliable Partners for National Development?
February 03, 2015
Time and time again I have seen NGOs and politicians in rich countries advocate that the poor follow a path that they, the rich, never have followed, nor are willing to follow.