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Aid in Reverse: Facts or Fantasy?

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:26:00 +0000

Aid in Reverse: Facts or Fantasy?

Blog Post

A comment piece published in the Guardian earlier this week argued that for every $1 of aid that developing countries receive, they lose $24 in net outflows. The 1 to 24 figure is shocking and morally compelling. But it isn’t true.




Gender and the Business of Innovation

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 21:10:49 +0000

Gender and the Business of Innovation

Blog Post

Women account for just 15 percent of all listed inventors behind nine million patent applications across 182 countries. On current rates, we won’t achieve gender parity in inventors until around 2080. It would be in the interests of both innovative firms and the countries that house them were we to pick up the pace. Leveling the playing field for women innovators would be good for them, good for employers and good for productivity.




Expanding Women’s Role in Developing Technology: Increasing Productivity, Improving Lives

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:01:56 +0000

Publications

Just as the evidence suggests that a more gender-inclusive political system may lead to better policies for women and girls and integrating women into corporate boards may mean reaching new consumers, there is a case to be made for increasing women’s presence in developing technology and innovation. Incorporating more women into technology sectors is likely to 1) increase productivity, 2) offers women a source of high-quality jobs, and 3) may have knock-on benefits for female consumers of technology, whose needs are more likely to be taken into account.




To Leave No One Behind, Data Disaggregation Needs to Catch Up

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 19:53:13 +0000

To Leave No One Behind, Data Disaggregation Needs to Catch Up

Blog Post

The inaugural UN World Data Forum, which wrapped up yesterday, saw the launch of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data—a framework for governments, international organizations, and others to generate quality and timely data to measure progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Plan includes a number of actions around data disaggregation. We’re glad to see them, because the current level of disaggregation for SDG indicators is deeply inadequate.




Improving Ownership in US Foreign Assistance

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 18:54:08 +0000

Improving Ownership in US Foreign Assistance

Blog Post

To amplify the discussion on country ownership, we convened a panel of high-level policymakers from inside and outside the US government to talk about their experience applying the principle, reflect on its importance, and discuss challenges and trade-offs. Here are three key messages I heard from the expert panelists.




A New Approach to Development Finance

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:27:49 +0000

Video

The world’s development challenges are far too vast for the old way of doing things. To generate the trillions of dollars necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, international institutions, policymakers and the private sector need a new approach that unlocks the power of private investment.  IFC Executive Vice President and CEO Philippe Le Houérou will address how his institution’s new strategy of “creating markets,” especially where they are weak or nonexistent, can help redefine development finance in an uncertain global economic environment. Following Le Houérou’s remarks, he will be joined by a stellar panel for a discussion of the private sector development agenda.




Commitment to Development Index 2016: How Development-Friendly Are Your Country’s Policies? – Podcast with Owen Barder

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:31:53 +0000

Commitment to Development Index 2016: How Development-Friendly Are Your Country’s Policies? – Podcast with Owen Barder

Blog Post

Kudos to Finland in 2016 for ascending to the top spot in CGD’s annual Commitment to Development Index, our ranking of how a country’s policies help or hinder development. Other countries of note this year include France, New Zealand and Austria. We just published the latest rankings, and I discuss them, their implications, and the political landscape that could affect them in our latest CGD Podcast with Owen Barder, senior fellow and director of CGD Europe, which produces the Index.




A New Approach to Development Finance

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:29:10 +0000

A New Approach to Development Finance

Event
2/8/17
The world’s development challenges are far too vast for the old way of doing things. To generate the trillions of dollars necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, international institutions, policymakers and the private sector need a new approach that unlocks the power of private investment.  IFC Executive Vice President and CEO Philippe Le Houérou will address how his institution’s new strategy of “creating markets,” especially where they are weak or nonexistent, can help redefine development finance in an uncertain global economic environment. Following Le Houérou’s remarks, he will be joined by a stellar panel for a discussion of the private sector development agenda.
 



Stephen T Isaacs Joins CGD Board of Directors

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:46:49 +0000

Stephen T Isaacs Joins CGD Board of Directors

Blog Post

I’m very pleased to announce the addition of Stephen T Isaacs to the Center for Global Development’s Board of Directors. Steve has been a leader in the biomedical field for over 30 years, founding companies that focus on developing novel, innovative immunotherapies and vaccines for cancer and infectious diseases. He is the Chairman, Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Aduro Biotech.




The Dangers of Deal Making for Development

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 22:14:56 +0000

Publications

Private sector development has long been viewed as essential for economic growth in developing countries, and the US role in promoting it has focused mostly on how developing country governments could best set a policy environment that made it possible. But let’s consider the risks of concentrating too heavily on the private sector. What could go wrong with an agenda that is centered on “deal making for development”?