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Global Business and Refugee Crises: A Framework for Sustainable Engagement

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:57:56 +0000


Global businesses can make unique and valuable contributions to refugee response by engaging refugees not as aid recipients, but as employees, producers, investees, and customers.

The position of global enterprises as market leaders, policy influencers, and innovators gives them distinctive capacities for engagement and advocacy that do not exist within the traditional refugee response community.

The Gitanjali Cooperative: A Social Enterprise in the Making (brief)

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:33:57 +0000


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.

Foreign Policy Is Migration Policy: Lessons from the Drivers of Central American Child Migration

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 22:26:48 +0000


From 2011 to 2016, about 179,000 unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala were apprehended entering the United States. While the crisis received ample media attention, limited data has meant little rigorous analysis of what made those children move.

Automation, AI, and the Emerging Economies

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:21:06 +0000


For the world’s middle-income countries, the changes unleashed by automation, digital technologies, and the advent of increasingly more capable AI pose major challenges. They threaten to upend the few tried and tested development strategies.

Can Outsourcing Improve Liberia’s Schools? - Working Paper 462

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:49:47 +0000


After one year, public schools managed by private contractors in Liberia raised student learning by 60 percent, compared to standard public schools.

Commitment to Development Index 2017

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 14:27:09 +0000


The Commitment to Development Index ranks 27 of the world's richest countries on policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. Because development is about more than foreign aid, the Index covers seven distinct policy areas: Aid, Finance, Technology, Environment, Trade, Security, and Migration.

The Electricity Situation in Ghana: Challenges and Opportunities

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:59:22 +0000


In the past decade, Ghana has experienced severe electricity supply challenges even though installed generation capacity has more than doubled over the period. The electricity supply challenges can be attributed to a number of factors, including a high level of losses in the distribution system as well as non-payment of revenue by consumers. Solving Ghana’s electricity challenges would require a range of measures.

Can a Public-Private Partnership Improve Liberia’s Schools?

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:41:03 +0000


After one year, public schools managed by private operators raised student learning by 60 percent compared to standard public schools. But costs were high, performance varied across operators, and contracts authorized the largest operator to push excess pupils and under-performing teachers into other government schools.

Good Quality Evaluations for Good Policy: Findings and Recommendations from Aid Agency Evaluations in Global Health

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:40:52 +0000


Evaluations are key to learning and accountability yet their usefulness depends on the quality of their evidence and analysis. This brief summarizes the key findings of a CGD Working Paper that assessed the quality of aid agency evaluations in global health. By looking at a representative sample of evaluations—both impact and performance evaluations—from major health funders, the study authors developed 10 recommendations to improve the quality of such evaluations and, consequently, increase their usefulness.

The IT Boom and Other Unintended Consequences of Chasing the American Dream - Working Paper 460

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 17:53:58 +0000


With the majority of all H-1B visas going to Indians, we study how US immigration policy coupled with the internet boom affected both the US and Indian economies, and in particular both countries’ IT sectors.