Governments and Development

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The policies and programs of major country governments wield enormous influence on global development progress. CGD’s teams in Washington and Europe provide timely research and analysis to inform government policies that have implications for low- and middle-income countries. 

Policies and programs of major country governments wield enormous influence on global development. Our Washington-based experts seek to strengthen US foreign assistance tools with proposals for reform grounded in rigorous analysis and evidence. In London, CGD experts generate practical proposals for Europe and the UK to enhance their effectiveness as global development actors and their collective impact within the international development system. Our Commitment to Development Index ranks many of the world’s advanced economies by their policies’ impact on developing countries.  

Each year, we convene the heads of bilateral and multilateral development agencies at CGD's Development Leaders Conference to consider new approaches to the biggest development challenges, and including governments and development leaders from outside of OECD countries 

Our work also encompasses research on aid effectiveness, including exploring the potential for results-based financing, urging the use and generation of sound evidence in development programming and policymaking, encouraging thoughtful approaches to make development more locally-led, and promoting transparency.