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Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Illicit Financial Flows and the 2013 Commitment to Development Index
December 13, 2013
In recent years there has been growing recognition of the harm done to development by illicit financial flows, and the role of rich countries in providing an environment which tolerates or discourages them. To investigate whether indicators of illicit finance should be included in the CDI, the Cente...
HIV/AIDS Intervention Packages in Five Countries: A Review of Budget Data
October 22, 2013
More than ever, global health funding agencies must get better value for money from their investment portfolios; to do so, each agency must know the interventions it supports and the sub-populations targeted by those interventions in each country. In this study we examine the interventions supported...
Subsidizing Farmers and Biofuels in Rich Countries: An Incoherent Agenda for Food Security
September 05, 2013
At the beginning of the new millennium, a key development concern was the impact of agricultural policies in high-income countries on poor farmers in the rest of the world. Over the ensuing decade, the focus swung from the role of price-suppressing farm subsidies to the role biofuel policies play in...
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...
Grant Performance and Payments at the Global Fund
August 22, 2013
Performance-based financing can be used by global-health funding agencies to improve program performance and thus value for money. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was one of the first global-health funders to deploy a performance-based financing system. However, its complex, ...
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...
Moving Beyond Mines and Mobiles: How Can IFC Add Value in Fragile States?
August 07, 2013
The International Finance Corporation wants to increase its development impact in fragile states. Currently, the IFC’s fragile-state portfolio mirrors that of overall foreign direct investment stocks in such countries: focused in extractive industries and mobile telephony. That suggests potent...