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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.
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.
On January 10, 2005 The Center for Global Development hosted a seminar featuring an overview of the second part of the U.N. Study by José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations. Michael Clemens, a Research Fellow with The Center for Global Development, provided discussant commentary on the study.
The Center for Global Development, The Institute for International Economics, The Washington Office of the International Labor Organization, and The Global Fairness Initiative hosted a seminar on "Doubling the Global Work Force: The Challenge of Integrating China, India, and the former Soviet Bloc into the World Economy" with Professor Richard B. Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics, Harvard University; Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics; and Director of Labor Studies, National Bureau of Economic Research.
Professor Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies, Harvard University, Non-resident Fellow, Center for Global Development, presented
“The Globalization of Household Production: Development impacts of new schemes for temporary labor migration.” L. Alan Winters, Director, Development Research Group, The World Bank, served as the discussant.
Steven Radelet, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development, presented the results of his analysis of the Global Fund, examining the Fund’s unique structure as a foreign aid institution, its progress to date, and the major challenges it faces going forward.