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CGD provides rigorous research and innovative policy approaches that enable migrants, refugees, and hosts communities to prosper.
Forced displacement is at historic levels as a result of global conflict and crises. Meanwhile economic migration—a known driver of development—has been demonized as part of the backlash against globalization. As nations work toward the Global Compacts on Migration and on Refugees, governments and international agencies are struggling to respond to the scale of need and the polarization of attitudes.
First and foremost, the impact of migration is a policy choice: With the right policies, migrants and refugees can fuel economic growth in both the countries they live in and leave behind. CGD brings rigorous research and evidence to these contentious political issues and designs policy approaches that enable migrants, refugees, and their hosts to prosper.
CGD co-sponsored a Policy Roundtable on Economic Development and Population Dynamics. The roundtable brought together leading policymakers from around the world, including many from Sub-Saharan Africa, to provide consultation on the draft Working Group report and discuss future research and policy directions.
Human capital flows from poor countries to rich countries are large and growing. A leading cause is the increasing skill-focus of immigration policy in a number of leading industrialized countries—a trend that is likely to intensify as rich countries age and competitive pressures build in knowledge-intensive sectors. The implications for development are complex and poorly understood.
A CGD best-seller, Give Us Your Best and Brightest has been praised in Foreign Affairs as "a judicious combination of facts, theory, and informed conjecture on a growing but complex phenomenon about which too little is known." Best and Brightest addresses the migration of well-educated workers from poor to rich countries, and the implications of such migration for development. "The book makes insightful contributions to the literature," says Development Policy Review.
Which rich countries do the most—and least—for development? The Commitment to Development Index shows that helping to fight poverty is about far more than giving money. The Index ranks 21 rich countries according to their policies in seven areas: aid, trade, investment, migration, security, environment, and technology. Check the rankings, view rich country report cards, graphs and maps, and post your comments. Learn more
CGD and JHU-SAIS hosted Paul Winters, Department of Economics, American University, to present "The impact of cash transfers on childbearing in developing countries: Experimental evidence from Central America." Suzanne Duryea, Research Department, Inter-American Development Bank was the discussant.
On March 17, 2005 the Center for Global Development and the International Fund for Agricultural Development sponsored an event titled, Poverty Reduction As If Rural People Mattered. The event featured presentations by Gary Howe of the International Fund for Agricultural Development and Peter Timmer of the Center for Global Development. M. Peter McPherson, President Emeritus of Michigan State University, followed the presentations as a discussant.