This USAID Monitor Analysis focuses on the effects of the FY2011 budget agreement on the foreign assistance accounts portion of the function 150 budget. While the cuts are not as deep as many expected, they are still significant and will prove challenging for the State Department and USAID.
This paper analyzes some of the elements that cause the perception in the realm of social policy that too little evidence is produced and used on the impact of specific policies and programs on human development. They propose we develop Results-Based Social Policy Design and Implementation systems that focus public attention on better outcomes.
Desmond Bermingham recaps the consensus from a CGD discussion about what to do about a hidden crisis in global education. He offers his top-12 tasks for delivery on global commitment to give all children a good education.
Growing Business or Development Priority? Multilateral Development Banks' Direct Support to Private Firms
Private sector lending by international financial institutions (IFIs) is soaring. Guillermo Perry finds it’s a mixed bag and suggests improvements, including more support to small and medium firms and avoidance of procyclical lending.
Growing Business or Development Priority? Multilateral Development Banks’ Direct Support to Private Firms (brief)
Guillermo Perry assesses whether arguments in favor of such MDB direct support are valid and whether MDBs are living up to priorities coherent with such arguments and finds that they do so only partially.
The Center for Global Development Working Group on UNFPA’s Leadership Transition urges the UNFPA to sharpen its focus in pursuing the Programme of Action developed at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.
The time is right to reinvigorate UNFPA. Seventeen years after the groundbreaking ICPD meeting, UNFPA needs to make itself the lead agency for population, sexual and reproductive health, and reproductive rights in the UN system, as well as be more visible externally.
In this working paper, the authors examine four categories of existing resource-mobilization options and recommend which might best be used to finance global public goods.
Charles Kenny takes a look at the Peace Corps, fifty years after its founding. Demand from developing countries for volunteers outstrips the Peace Corps’ capacity to respond. Nonetheless, he argues, the agency operates on a model designed for a very different world, and an evolutionary change in that model from a government-operated program to a grant-making system closer to the Fulbright scholarships could result in a higher effectiveness in meeting the Peace Corps’ fundamental goals over its next fifty years of life.