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Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
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Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Toward Measuring the Impact of the World Food Program's Purchase for Progress Initiative
December 12, 2008
Post-doctoral fellow Jenny C. Aker supports the innovation of the World Food Program's new Purchase-for-Progress initiative but argues that it might not be the panacea that others claim. She questions some of the assumptions of the P4P and cites some potential unintended consequences, especially for...
How Can We Avoid Another Food Crisis in Niger? (Essay)
September 16, 2008
In this essay, CGD post-doctoral fellow Jenny Aker analyzes the performance of grain markets in Niger during its 2005 food crisis, when an estimated 2.4 million people were affected by severe food shortages, to find ways to avoid future crises. She finds that local grain markets are highly responsiv...
Guatemala . . . Teetering on the Brink?
September 09, 2008
Visiting fellow Carol Lancaster reflects on how Guatemala has changed since her first visit four decades ago. A larger middle class and formal sector, more NGOs, and more women in professional life: these are among the positive changes. Yet the country is poised to either realize its great potential...
The Right Response in Latin America to Oil and Food Price Pressures: Fight Inflation Now!
August 15, 2008
CGD senior fellow Liliana Rojas-Suarez argues that the recent sharp spike in food and oil prices, above the long term upward trend, threatens Latin America’s stability and is the result of excess global liquidity and the U.S. credit mess. She says the region must fight inflation now and, going forw...
Integration in the Americas: One Idea for Plan B (Essay)
June 16, 2008
In this CGD Essay, visiting fellow Nancy Lee provides the full details and policy recommendations for a strategy of regional investment integration in the Americas. The essay, excerpted from her chapter in the forthcoming White House and the World: A Global Development Agenda for the Next U.S. Pres...
Don't Close the Golden Door: Our Noisy Debate on Immigration and Its Deathly Silence on Development
May 27, 2008
International migration has long been a central tool in the battle against global poverty and inequality, but the recent heated political debate over immigration reform has largely failed to recognize how migration shapes the development process. In this essay, research fellow Michael Clemens and co...
Power and Roads for Africa
March 31, 2008
CGD senior fellow Vijaya Ramachandran argues in this essay that the next U.S. president can play a valuable role in helping Africa to overcome two crucial barriers to poverty reduction: lack of power and lack of roads. Ramachandran urges the next president to create a $1 billion Clean Energy Fund fo...