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The Case for Globalization and Robust Global Value Chains
February 08, 2024
A New Vintage of Populism in Latin America
February 23, 2024
Does Mitigation ODA Reduce Emissions?
February 20, 2024
An increasing proportion of official development assistance (ODA) is being dedicated to climate, and climate mitigation in particular. Even were that spending highly effective, and despite reaching about $30 billion in 2020, it is not large enough to finance investment that would significantly slow ...
Technology and Cheap Finance in the Global Fight against Climate Change
December 06, 2023
Marginal abatement cost curves, which suggest the cheapest approaches to reducing carbon emissions, are out of favor in international climate finance discussions because they are not good tools to use when thinking about systemic and urgent change. On the other hand, international financing studies ...
If You Want Clients to Borrow from the World Bank for Net Zero Investments, Make It Easier
March 09, 2023
High-income countries trying to reach net-zero targets are confronting the fact that existing environmental regulations make it harder to build low-carbon infrastructure. Lobbying groups in the US, for example, are using regulatory tools to block geothermal, solar, and wind facilities. Providing sub...
Climate Change May Have Only Small Effects on Long-Run Global GDP. So What?
November 02, 2022
Climate change is a worldwide and potentially centuries-long event, but it is precipitating thousands of local and short-term crises that demand response. That means it is urgent to move away from thinking about climate change as “distant and unimportant” or “distant and universally existential” tow...
A Proposed UK Party Manifesto Section on Global Cooperation
September 08, 2022
At some point in the next couple of years, the UK is going to have an election. Before then, political parties are going to be working up their election manifestos. In an attempt to save them time, here's a draft section on international cooperation for them to cut-and-paste.
The Simple Math of Development Finance
July 05, 2022
Global gatherings from Addis Ababa to Glasgow are setting targets from climate through health and education to energy and transport that call for a lot of investment for sustainable development. But how much you can afford to invest depends on how much you’re paying for it. And that’s where the simp...
Space and Development: Preparing for Affordable Space-Based Telecommunications
January 19, 2022
A new generation of satellites are about to make internet access more inclusive and resilient, but are governments ready to engage?