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CGD maintains an active program of research and analysis of the World Bank, the world’s largest development institution and a leading source of funds, ideas, and expertise for development. The Center’s work in this area offers new ideas and practical suggestions for making the World Bank more effective, accountable, and legitimate in a rapidly changing global economy. Recent work includes the High Level Panel on Future of Multilateral Development Banking: Exploring a New Policy Agenda, building on past work on the future of the World Bank. That work focused on priorities for incoming World Bank presidents, improvements to the leadership selection process, and work on the future of IDA, the Bank’s concessional lending arm.
On October 5, 2004 the Center for Global Development presented a discussion titled, Double Standards and Debt Relief: The case for Nigerian IDA reclassification. The event was based on a working paper written by Nancy Birdsall, Todd Moss and Scott Standley. You can view the full text of the paper here.
On October 1, 2004 in the run-up to the World Bank and IMF annual meetings, CGD hosted a discussion on grants vs. loans. The event was a forum for donors and recipients to debate the merits of grants vs. loans in aiding development. It was co-sponsored by the International Finance Corporation, KfW Bankengruppe, Japan Bank for International Cooperation and Agence Francaise de Developpment.
On September 30, 2004 CGD hosted a conversation between Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby and South Africa’s Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. The discussion centered on Mallaby’s book, The World’s Banker: A Story of FailedStates, Financial Crises, and the Wealth and Poverty of Nations, with a special focus on the World Bank’s evolution in the face of NGO criticism. CGD Board Member Jessica Einhorn moderated the event.
On June 8th, the Commission on Weak States and US National Security will release the findings of a nine month study on US policy toward weak and failed states.This public meeting, which coincides with the release of the Commission report, aims to shed light on one of the most underappreciated, yet critical challenges to US national security in the 21st century.
The Initiative for Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) is an unprecedented program in both its design and in its goal of easing the crippling debt burden of some of the world's poorest countries. Despite its accomplishments, questions remain regarding whether the Initiative delved deeply enough for these nations to truly achieve a sustainable path of growth and poverty reduction. This roundtable focused on the achievements and the shortfalls of debt relief, proposals for deepening debt relief, and recent innovations for financing future development.