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A Step Closer to Regional Compact Authority for MCC

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:38:28 +0000

A Step Closer to Regional Compact Authority for MCC

Blog Post

This week, MCC edged one step closer to securing new authorities that would better position the agency to undertake regional programming. Similar provisions were included in fully five bills in the 114th Congress, but none made it over the finish line. Hopefully 2018 will be the year.




Davos Is an Opportunity to Talk about Migration Solutions

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 21:08:23 +0000

Davos Is an Opportunity to Talk about Migration Solutions

Blog Post

As world leaders convene in Davos this week, the global migration crisis finds itself buried in the agenda.







Opinion: We Had High Hopes For Private Finance And The SDGs. Was Our Optimism Unfounded? (Devex)

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:51:15 +0000

CGD in the News

From the article: 

Many were optimistic when the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals were launched in 2015 that the private sector — and domestic resource mobilization — would fund much of the investment needed to achieve these goals — especially as public aid flows stagnate. As 2018 begins, we would do well to reassess these optimistic projections for private finance for development, and ask are the “billions to trillions” materializing?




Rankings Published by Doing Business vs Rankings using a Fixed Set of Indicators and Sample of Countries, by Region

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:57:47 +0000

Economy Official rank 2018 Fixed methodology rank 2018 Difference in 2018 ranks (official rank - fixed methodology rank)



International Investment Agreements: Not Fit for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:47:15 +0000

International Investment Agreements: Not Fit for the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

Blog Post

In a world with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international investment policy system stands as an obsolete regime in urgent need of revision and reform. This is the main conclusion of the analysis that the think tank CIECODE conducted for CGD’s 2017 Commitment to Development Index (CDI). The analysis measures the amount of “sustainable development content” included in International Investment Agreements (IIAs) signed between developing and developed countries. Here, we look at best practices, main issues and which countries could do better.




Chart of the Week #3: Why the World Bank Should Ditch the "Doing Business" Rankings—in One Embarrassing Chart

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:09:03 +0000

Chart of the Week #3: Why the World Bank Should Ditch the "Doing Business" Rankings—in One Embarrassing Chart

Blog Post

Last week the World Bank's Chief Economist, Paul Romer, told the Wall Street Journal the Bank had manipulated its own competitiveness rankings to undermine Chile's socialist government, and hinted Chile might not be alone—then he retracted the claim. Romer's conspiracy theories probably aren't credible, but neither are the Doing Business numbers.







DHS To Bar Haiti From Temporary Agricultural, Seasonal Worker Visas (UPI)

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:04:17 +0000

CGD in the News

From the article: 

Jan. 17 (UPI) -- The Department of Homeland Security plans to block Haiti and two other countries from applying for temporary and seasonal visas.

 




Can Taxes Postpone Millions of Deaths Worldwide? A New Task Force Led by Michael Bloomberg and Lawrence Summers Inquires

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 14:00:19 +0000

Can Taxes Postpone Millions of Deaths Worldwide? A New Task Force Led by Michael Bloomberg and Lawrence Summers Inquires

Blog Post

This week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers announced a new Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health. This is the first time such a high-level group of respected economic and fiscal policy opinion leaders has convened on this issue, creating an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of taxes for promoting health and to take action to save lives.