A new focus on measuring development results would have far-reaching benefits for U.S. development strategy, for U.S. public diplomacy efforts, and for the strength of Pakistan’s democratic institutions. In this essay, Nancy Birdsall and Wren Elhai suggest five possible indicators that illustrate the type of measurable targets that could help the United State and Pakistan meet shared goals for effective and transparent development.
This brief describes a new approach, Cash on Delivery Aid, which gives recipients full responsibility and authority over funds paid in proportion to verified measures of progress.
QuODA is an assessment of the Quality of Official Development Assistance provided by 23 countries and more than 150 aid countries.
U.S. Development Assistance to Pakistan’s Education Sector (Fifth Open Letter to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke)
The fifth in a series of open letters, CGD president Nancy Birdsall outlines five recommendations on how U.S. development assistance to Pakistan’s education sector can be improved.
This essay draws on the work of the Center for Global Development's Study Group on U.S. Development Strategy in Pakistan and on the ideas in the group's open letters to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke to present five recommendations for spending aid money well in Pakistan.
Adequate Staffing of the Development Assistance Program in Pakistan (Fourth open letter to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke)
In the fourth open letter to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Nancy Birdsall conveys the recommendations of the CGD study group on a U.S. Development Strategy in Pakistan for necessary strengthening of USAID's staff capacity to better design and deploy an effective development strategy in the country.
Nancy Birdsall, Augusto de la Torre, and Felipe Valencia Caicedo analyze the Washington Consensus, from its early beginnings to failure as a reform agenda.
U.S. Development Assistance to Pakistan’s Energy Sector (Third open letter to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke)
In the third open letter to Ambassador Holbrooke, Nancy Birdsall conveys recommendations from the third meeting of the CGD Study Group on U.S. Development Strategy in Pakistan, focused energy policy.
U.S. Development Assistance to the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Second open letter to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke)
In the second open letter to Ambassador Holbrooke, Nancy Birdsall conveys recommendations from the second meeting of the CGD Study Group on U.S. Development Strategy in Pakistan, focused on the policies and programs that would be most effective in dealing with the security and development challenges in the FATA region and vulnerable neighboring states.
In an open letter to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Nancy Birdsall relays four main suggestions from the CGD Study Group on a U.S. Development Strategy in Pakistan about how U.S. assistance should be delivered to maximize development outcomes.
The (Indispensable) Middle Class in Developing Countries; or, The Rich and the Rest, Not the Poor and the Rest - Working Paper 207
Nancy Birdsall argues that the concept of inclusive growth should go beyond the traditional emphasis on the poor (and the rest) and take into account changes in the size and economic command of the group conventionally defined as neither poor nor rich, that is, the middle class.
Nancy Birdsall testifies before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade on rebuilding Haiti's competitiveness and private sector. March 16, 2010.
The U.S. Aid “Surge” to Pakistan: Repeating a Failed Experiment? Lessons for U.S. Policymakers from the World Bank’s Social-Sector Lending in the 1990s - Working Paper 205
This working paper re-releases a 2005 CGD analysis of failed World Bank aid to Pakistan in the 1990s and identifies the lessons that are relevant today, as aid to Pakistan surges again.
Cash on Delivery (COD) Aid proposes serious reform to make aid work well by forcing accountability, aligning the objectives of funders and recipients, and sharing information about what works.
With the Copenhagen climate talks finally underway, a CGD survey of 500 development and climate aficionados in 88 countries finds unexpected agreement about what should be done—and important differences between respondents from developed and developing countries about how an agreement should be financed and managed. Jan von der Goltz and CGD president Nancy Birdsall examine the survey results to shed light on some of the ingredients of a successful climate agreement.
Energy Needs and Efficiency, Not Emissions: Re-framing the Climate Change Narrative - Working Paper 187
The paper proposes a new narrative on climate equity that emphasize basic energy needs and the equality of access to energy opportunities rather than emissions. It advocates abandoning the setting of emissions targets and instead developing a framework where all countries contribute to maximizing technology creation and diffusion.
Foreign Policy Implications of U.S. Efforts to Address the International Financial Crisis: TARP, TALF, and the G-20 Plan -- Testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade
CGD president Nancy Birdsall testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade as Congress considers how best to support the spirit of the G-20 commitments and global economic recovery.
Implications of the G-20 Leaders Summit for -- Testimony for the House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade
CGD president Nancy Birdsall testifies before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on International Monetary Policy and Trade about the implications of the recent G-20 meeting in London. She reiterates the need for the United States to support the IMF and push for its reform.