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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
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...
The Role of Identification in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
July 01, 2015
The post-2015 development agenda is being shaped as we speak. The role of identification and its importance to development outcomes places it within the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda — specifically as one of the proposed SDG targets (#16.9), but also as a key enabler of the ef...
How China and the United States Can Come to Terms on the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
January 29, 2015
With two major announcements on trade and climate at November’s APEC meetings, the United States and China have leaped into a highly productive bilateral relationship in the economic sphere. It’s all the more striking then to hear the discordant tone struck around the Asian Infrastructure Investment...
Technology in the Service of Development: The NADRA Story
November 07, 2014
Pakistan is a leader in the application of identification systems and technology to a range of development issues. The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) of Pakistan has become a central player in a number of program areas and has been internationally recognized for its expertise, ...
Overselling Broadband: A Critique of the Recommendation of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development
December 08, 2011
The Broadband Commission for Digital Development is an ITU (UN International Telecommunications Union) and UNESCO–backed body set up to advocate for greater broadband access worldwide. The commission’s Declaration of Broadband Inclusion for All and other reports call for governments to support ubiq...
Technology and USAID: Three Cheers and a Thousand Cautions
June 15, 2011
Charles Kenny investigates the complex role development agencies have in promoting technology overseas.