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Stop Spreading the Myth: Zambia is Not Losing $3 Billion to Tax Avoidance

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:50:48 +0000

Stop Spreading the Myth: Zambia is Not Losing $3 Billion to Tax Avoidance

Blog Post

If transparency in debates around matters of natural resource wealth, then so too does the way that figures get translated into public debates.  Earlier this month the Lusaka Times published a claim that multinational mining companies were “robbing Zambia of an estimated $3billion annually through tax evasion and illicit financial flows.” I have written about the Zambia Copper Billions before. I don’t think the figure is at all credible, and I am not the only one. Organisations that have allowed this myth to spread have not done any favours to the people of Zambia, and they have a responsibility to put it right. 




SEWA Gitanjali Cooperative: A Social Enterprise in the Making

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 15:44:19 +0000

Publications

In 1995, India’s Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) organized women waste pickers in Ahmedabad into a cooperative to improve their working conditions and livelihoods. Over time, this informal arrangement evolved into Gitanjali—a women-owned and -run social enterprise. With support from key partners, Gitanjali has generated social value, providing its members with safe and dignified work while increasing their earnings. While Gitanjali faces challenges in becoming a fully self-sufficient social enterprise, its experience offers insights for other initiatives seeking to provide opportunities for women to transition from informal to formal work.




The IMF on Protecting the Poor during Fiscal “Consolidations”: Better Late Than Never

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 14:44:19 +0000

The IMF on Protecting the Poor during Fiscal “Consolidations”: Better Late Than Never

Blog Post

Inequality and inclusive growth were high on the agenda of the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank earlier this month. We are glad about that, but the under-reported story here is that this prominence marks a dramatic shift in the IMF over the last two decades in the IMF’s approach to the relevant challenges for the poorest countries, including on the issue of social safety nets and social expenditures.




There’s a Crack at the Heart of Global Negotiations on Migration. Here’s One Way to Move Forward.

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:55:33 +0000

There’s a Crack at the Heart of Global Negotiations on Migration. Here’s One Way to Move Forward.

Blog Post

The Global Compact on Migration (GCM) is an opportunity for all of us to make history. I join as an economist with the many other government, humanitarian, development, and international actors mobilized behind the GCM because I wish for the Compact to rise to that occasion. To do that, it must propose new mechanisms for substantial, additional, lawful, economic labor mobility.




Redesign Consensus: Advancing the Conversation on Effective US Assistance

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:27:41 +0000

Redesign Consensus: Advancing the Conversation on Effective US Assistance

Blog Post

The four main recommendations of the Redesign Consensus: A Plan for US Assistance are to empower USAID as the lead independent aid agency, to create a full-fledged development finance institution, to establish a global development and humanitarian strategy, and to upgrade systems to better manage personnel, procurement, information, and evidence. This proposal concretely advances the dialogue between Congress, the administration, and civil society on reforming the US development architecture. It captures the main conclusions of a series of robust discussions among a diverse group of leaders, experts, and practitioners—and it represents a bold and comprehensive vision for a more coherent and modern development architecture.




Aadhaar Technology Evolves: Solving Global Problems through Societal Platforms

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:00:30 +0000

Aadhaar Technology Evolves: Solving Global Problems through Societal Platforms

Blog Post

How do you give over a billion people a digital ID within five years? How do you improve learning for 200 million children in India and countless millions worldwide within a decade? How do you improve health outcomes for billions of poor people and achieve the goals of Universal Health Coverage within a generation? How do you solve the world’s most pressing challenges, not incrementally, but with the urgency they demand?




Why are Labor Costs so High in Africa? A Lively Twitter Debate

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:58:32 +0000

Why are Labor Costs so High in Africa? A Lively Twitter Debate

Blog Post

Last week we published a new paper, Can Africa Be A Manufacturing Destination?, that highlights the persistence of high labor costs in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. This led to a lively debate on Twitter, initiated by Chris Blattman at the University of Chicago.




Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians Are Changing in the Developing World Too

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:50:44 +0000

Attitudes Toward Gays and Lesbians Are Changing in the Developing World Too

Blog Post

Improving rights for gays and lesbians is a critical human rights issue. Even where it is not illegal, gays and lesbians face violence, discrimination, and social stigma. But our research makes clear that in the developing world as a whole, both laws and attitudes are changing for the better, and that legal change is not only a positive step in itself, but it can also help shift attitudes too.




Can Manufacturing Kickstart Growth in Africa? – Podcast with Vijaya Ramachandran

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:47:18 +0000

Can Manufacturing Kickstart Growth in Africa? – Podcast with Vijaya Ramachandran

Blog Post

China has long been the factory of the world. But as wages there rise, manufacturers are looking to other countries and regions. Meanwhile, African countries have a huge and burgeoning population of young people looking for jobs. So now many wonder—could Africa be the next big destination for manufacturers? And if not, then what? CGD senior fellow Vijaya Ramachandran joins the podcast to discuss a new CGD paper on that very question.




Can Manufacturing Kickstart Growth in Africa? – Vijaya Ramachandran

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 22:47:08 +0000

Podcasts

China has long been the factory of the world. But as wages there rise, manufacturers are looking to other countries and regions. Meanwhile, African countries have a huge and burgeoning population of young people looking for jobs. So now many wonder—could Africa be the next big destination for manufacturers? And if not, then what? CGD senior fellow Vijaya Ramachandran joins the podcast to discuss a new CGD paper on that very question.