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Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
It’s Like That and That’s the Way It Is? Evaluating Education Policy
December 05, 2018
It’s tricky to evaluate government education policies. Using the examples of three rigorous studies of three different education policies, this note aims to shed some light from the perspective of someone on the policy side on how, why, and when to evaluate government-led reforms.
Are Mobile Savings the Silver Bullet to Help Women Grow Their Businesses?
November 05, 2018
Savings can help businesses expand, by enabling them to finance lumpy investments and absorb unexpected shocks. However, several barriers stand in the way of women firm owners in developing countries who want to increase their savings.
Policy Responses to De-risking: Progress Report on the CGD Working Group’s 2015 Recommendations
October 01, 2018
In November 2015, CGD published the report Unintended Consequences of Anti–Money Laundering Policies for Poor Countries, which warned that efforts to curb illicit finance were producing significant adverse side effects. This new report takes stock of what has been accomplis...
The Risks of Dangerous Dashboards in Basic Education
August 13, 2018
Many countries’ systems of basic education are in “stall” condition. A recent paper of Beatty et al. (2018) uses information from the Indonesia Family Life Survey, a representative household survey that has been carried out in several waves with the same individuals since 2000 and...
Unequal Ventures Update: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in East Java, Indonesia
June 25, 2018
Women own more than half of all micro, small, and medium enterprises in Indonesia. But of the estimated 22–33 million businesswomen in the country, most operate informal unregistered microenterprises, with significantly fewer assets and profits than men’s.
From Day One: Why Supporting Girls Aged 0 to 10 Is Critical to Change Africa’s Path
June 12, 2018
As an African woman leader who grew up on African soil, Joyce Banda has seen firsthand how young rural girls face obstacles that shape the rest of their lives. From Day One makes the case of how, if African girls are to realize their potential and become the leaders that their continent so badly nee...
Unequal Ventures: Results from a Baseline Study of Gender and Entrepreneurship in East Java, Indonesia
April 30, 2018
A study of women and men business owners in East Java offers a unique opportunity to analyze characteristics of entrepreneurs and their businesses by gender for a country where such systematic data are scarce. The study is one of two randomized controlled trials launched in 2015 to assess the power ...