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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
WHITE HOUSE AND THE WORLD POLICY BRIEFS
Establishing USAID as a Leader in Evidence-Based Foreign Aid
December 03, 2020
As the world’s largest bilateral donor responsible for managing around $20 billion in annual funding, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has a particular responsibility to take an evidence-informed approach to its work. It also has a congressional mandate to do so.
Horizon 2025—End of the Beginning: Development Cooperation in the Pandemic Age
November 30, 2020
COVID-19 and economic responses to it have amplified and changed the nature of development challenges in fundamental ways. Global development cooperation should adapt accordingly.
Which Countries Miss Out in Global Aid Allocation?
November 18, 2020
Countries provide aid for a variety of reasons, but if uncoordinated, the individual decisions of 30 OECD DAC donors and many more multilateral institutions can lead to wide and ineffective variations in how much aid countries receive.
How Big Are Effect Sizes in International Education Studies?
August 27, 2020
A growing literature measures the impact of education interventions in low- and middle-income countries on both access and learning outcomes. But how should one contextualize the size of impacts? This article provides the distribution of standardized effect sizes on learning and access from 234 stud...
The UK as an Effective Altruist
August 10, 2020
The prime minister’s most influential advisor, Dominic Cummings, is a champion of “effective altruism”—the use of evidence and careful reasoning to work out how to maximize the good with a given unit of resources. With the UK government in the midst of a major “Integrated Review” of its foreign, dev...
China’s Foreign Aid: A Primer for Recipient Countries, Donors, and Aid Providers
July 09, 2020
This note aims to help recipient countries understand Chinese aid management and structures by providing an overview of those structures and what they mean for the future of aid from China. The note takes into account two key shifts in Chinese aid management in recent years: the formation of CIDCA, ...
China’s Aid from the Bottom Up: Recipient Country Reporting on Chinese Development Cooperation Flows
July 09, 2020
This policy paper aims to fill this gap by shedding light on China’s global impact “from the bottom up.” The paper uses three rounds of data submitted since 2014 by countries receiving Chinese aid to a process known as the “Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.” To supplemen...