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New Development Realities in a Changing Global Order

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 00:27:36 +0000

Video

Nancy Birdsall, our founding president, delivers the 2016 Richard Sabot Memorial Lecture, entitled "New Development Realities in a changing Global Order," in her last public event as CGD president. The same globalization that has brought benefits to millions of people in the developing world is seen as not working for many in advanced economies. Yet, despite today’s turbulent politics, globalization is unlikely to be going away. The question for politicians as well as for development economists is how do we make globalization work for people everywhere? What new development realities should shape our approach to that question?




Why Forests? Why Now? A Best Bet for Climate and Development

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:21:49 +0000

Video

In uncertain political times, the world needs solutions that enjoy broad-based support. Drawing on more than 20 research papers commissioned over two years, Why Forests? Why Now? demonstrates the disproportionate impact tropical forests can have on climate change mitigation, how the livelihoods of millions of poor people around the world depend on the services they provide, and how consensus has been reached on a framework for international cooperation to conserve them.




A Conversation with USAID Administrator Gayle Smith

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:48:06 +0000

Video

As the Obama Administration heads into its final months, USAID Administrator Gayle Smith offers a look at how President Obama and his team chose to address the question of US leadership in global development. She shares her perspective on how USAID and its community of partners are positioned to make progress in an increasingly sharp-edged world.




What Have We Learned? Improving Development Policy Through Impact Evaluation

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:33:15 +0000

Despite a host of challenges, hundreds of millions of people across the world have benefited from programs that have been rigorously evaluated and scaled up. Impact evaluation has generated knowledge about poverty and public policy leading to better programs.

At the event, policymakers and evaluators will discuss examples of how evaluation has helped enhance effectiveness, and a panel of evaluation funders will reflect on lessons learned and the way forward. In a time of political transition, we seek to re-energize the movement for increased evidence and value for money in public and aid spending.




Why Forests? Why Now? – Frances Seymour

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:17:55 +0000

Podcasts

Preventing dangerous climate change is critical for promoting global development. And saving tropical forests is essential to doing both. CGD senior fellow Frances Seymour, coauthor of a new CGD book, joins me on this week’s podcast to explain why forests are key not only to meeting the objectives of the Paris climate agreement, but also to making progress on the sustainable development goals. 




Internationally Comparable Mathematics Scores for Fourteen African Countries - Working Paper 444

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:43:36 +0000

Publications

Internationally comparable test scores play a central role in both research and policy debates on education. However, the main international testing regimes, such as PISA, TIMSS, or PIRLS, include very few low-income countries. For instance, most countries in Southern and Eastern Africa have opted instead for a regional assessment known as SACMEQ. This paper exploits an overlap between the SACMEQ and TIMSS tests—in both country coverage, and questions asked—to assess the feasibility of constructing global learning metrics by equating regional and international scales. I find that learning levels in this sample of African countries are consistently (a) low in absolute terms; (b) significantly lower than predicted by African per capita GDP levels; and (c) converging slowly, if at all, to the rest of the world during the 2000s. Creating test scores which are truly internationally comparable would be a global public good, requiring more concerted effort at the design stage.




Reducing Energy Poverty: Money Isn’t the Problem, But Paying for Results Might be the Solution

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:52:19 +0000

Reducing Energy Poverty: Money Isn’t the Problem, But Paying for Results Might be the Solution

Blog Post

Aid agencies are investing more in energy projects than ever before, but will they succeed?




Unlocking Opportunities for Women with Smart Design

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:28:35 +0000

Unlocking Opportunities for Women with Smart Design

Blog Post

More than 30 years ago, the late development economist Mahbub Ul-Haq summarized progress on global women’s issues as a story of ‘expanding capabilities and restricted opportunities.’ This motto still applies today, with one very important difference: major advancements in research now provide the evidence to do something about it. And this something may not be as daunting a task or require as many resources as previously thought. The assumption has been that targeted investments increase women’s capabilities and then women change the world.




Fiscal Devolution and Health Financing Reform: Lessons for India from Brazil, China, and Mexico

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:19:19 +0000

Publications

In 2015, India's system of fiscal devolution underwent a radical transformation. This paper uses the experience of Brazil, China, and Mexico to draw important lessons on how India can use the opportunity of fiscal devolution to create a better system of health financing through better policy coordination between federal and local governments.




New Development Realities in a Changing Global Order

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:13:48 +0000

New Development Realities in a Changing Global Order

Event
12/15/16

CGD is delighted to announce that Nancy Birdsall, our founding president, will deliver the 2016 Richard Sabot Memorial Lecture, entitled ‘New Development Realities in a changing Global Order’. Birdsall will step down at the end of the year and this will be her last public event as CGD president.