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Amid a Dire Foreign Affairs Budget Request, A Quiet Vote of Confidence for MCC

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:34:44 +0000

Amid a Dire Foreign Affairs Budget Request, A Quiet Vote of Confidence for MCC

Blog Post

The Trump administration’s first budget deals a harsh blow to the international affairs budget. With a topline reduction of 32 percent, few programs avoid cuts. One that fares relatively well, however, is the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Though the $800 million request is the lowest in the agency’s 15-year history, and—if enacted—would be its lowest-ever appropriation, it represents a cut of just 12 percent over last year’s enacted level.




Five Innovations at the AIIB

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:43:23 +0000

Five Innovations at the AIIB

Blog Post

We visited the AIIB a few weeks ago, and heard more about the emerging AIIB model: What is likely to be the same—as at the five big legacy banks (the World Bank and the four regional development banks) and what is likely to be different.




Three Lessons for G7 Leaders on Refugees – IRC's David Miliband

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:14:18 +0000

Podcasts

The location for this year's G7 Summit, in the Sicilian coastal city of Taormina, is a reminder that Italy's shores are a frontline for refugees making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean from North Africa and the Middle East. For the summit dignitaries who will attend, IRC's David Miliband has some advice on how to address the refugee crisis, which he shares in this edition of the CGD Podcast.




Voices of Experience: A Conversation with Former Treasury Under Secretaries for International Affairs

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:49:27 +0000

Video

There is no more valuable time than now, in the early days of the new administration, for a bipartisan exchange among leaders of previous administrationson the formulation and execution of the international economic policies. Join CGD for a conversation with three former Treasury Under Secretaries for International Affairs who played central roles in the Bush II and Obama administrations. The panel discusses the outlook for the global economy, international structural changes and challenges that have emerged since their time in office, the critical issues that will confront the next Under Secretary for International Affairs, and the nature of the job and lessons learned. This event marks the launch of the US Development Policy Initiative’s Voices of Experience series, which will feature discussions with senior officials from past administrations of both parties who shaped international development, economic, and financial policy.




Three Lessons for G7 Leaders on Refugees – Podcast with IRC's David Miliband

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:11:52 +0000

Three Lessons for G7 Leaders on Refugees – Podcast with IRC's David Miliband

Blog Post

The location for this year's G7 Summit, in the Sicilian coastal city of Taormina, is a reminder that Italy's shores are a frontline for refugees making the perilous journey across the Mediterranean from North Africa and the Middle East. For the summit dignitaries who will attend, IRC's David Miliband has some advice on how to address the refugee crisis, which he shares in this edition of the CGD Podcast.




How USAID’s Demographic and Health Surveys Overestimate Literacy Around the World—and How to Fix That

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:09:25 +0000

How USAID’s Demographic and Health Surveys Overestimate Literacy Around the World—and How to Fix That

Blog Post

Three cheers for the DHS! However, the value of the DHS literacy data is significantly undermined by a small, easily fixable flaw in the way the survey is administered.




President Trump’s First Budget Slashes Foreign Aid

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:46:35 +0000

President Trump’s First Budget Slashes Foreign Aid

Blog Post

The full budget features a 32 percent cut to topline funding for the Department of State and Foreign Operations, leaving few programs that would completely escape the axe. It’s hard to read this as a good deal for anyone. 




The Trump Budget Is Wrong to Axe OPIC: It Doesn't Distort Markets, It Creates Them

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:10:36 +0000

The Trump Budget Is Wrong to Axe OPIC: It Doesn't Distort Markets, It Creates Them

Blog Post

The Trump Administration is making a mistake, based on a flawed premise, by putting the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) on the chopping block in its recently released budget request.




RISE Conference 2017

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:46:38 +0000

RISE Conference 2017

Event
6/15/17 to 6/16/17

RISE is a large scale, multi-country research programme developed to answer the question: “How can education systems be reformed to deliver better learning for all?” The objective of this year’s conference is to bring together high profile academics and policy makers to discuss the RISE research agenda. The conference will feature a range of invited and contributed talks and panels, as well as three sessions focused on our six Country Research Teams (CRTs), including the announcement of our two newest CRTs. The RISE Programme is a collaboration between the Center for Global Development in Washington DC, the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and Oxford Policy Management in Oxford, UK, and our CRTs include Tanzania, India, Pakistan, and Vietnam, with two further countries to be announced shortly.




There Is an Emerging Trump Philosophy for Foreign Assistance

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:41:57 +0000

There Is an Emerging Trump Philosophy for Foreign Assistance

Blog Post

The Trump administration has had very little to say about foreign assistance, apparently preferring to let the budget knife do its talking. But if we want to discern some sort of guiding philosophy to aid coming from this White House, perhaps we should look no further than aid to Israel and Egypt, the number one and number two overall US foreign aid recipients. In a budget that imposes double-digit cuts to programs aimed at disease eradication and response to humanitarian crises, military aid to these two countries has been cut not even by a whisker.