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Annual Report: 2017

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:23:58 +0000

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The Center for Global Development works to reduce global poverty and improve lives through innovative economic research that drives better policy and practice by the world's top decision makers.




A Bangladesh Compact: Beyond Aid Solutions for Rohingya Refugees and Host Communities

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:09:26 +0000

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Bangladesh is providing an immense global public good, hosting more than 688,000 Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar since August 2017.




Tackling the Realities of Protracted Displacement: Case Studies on What’s Working and Where We Can Do Better

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:07:37 +0000

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The international community has come together in new ways to address forced displacement—one of the biggest challenges of the early twenty-first century.




Atoms for Africa: Is There a Future for Civil Nuclear Energy in Sub-Saharan Africa?

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:06:04 +0000

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This paper explores the feasibility of commercial nuclear power in sub-Saharan Africa, especially in light of advanced nuclear technologies and their potential to overcome some of the challenges to deployment.




Using Supervised Learning to Select Audit Targets in Performance-Based Financing in Health: An Example from Zambia - Working Paper 481

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:19:50 +0000

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We examine alternative strategies for targeted sampling of health clinics for independent verification. Our results indicate that machine learning methods, particularly Random Forest, outperform other approaches and can increase the cost-effectiveness of verification activities.  




More Mobilizing, Less Lending: A Pragmatic Proposal for MDBs

Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:45:03 +0000

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MDB private sector operations or windows (PSWs) are essential actors in mobilizing private finance for development, but their mobilization track record to date falls far short of a meaningful contribution to annual SDG financing gaps in the trillions




Keynote Speech at Harvard University’s 9th Annual African Development Conference

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:55:48 +0000

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On March 24, 2018, Antoinette Sayeh gave the afternoon keynote speech at Harvard University’s 9th Annual African Development Conference. She highlighted four immediate economic challenges facing sub-Saharan Africa, what they mean for the long-term, and the need for action to address them.




Illicit Financial Flows, Trade Misinvoicing, and Multinational Tax Avoidance: The Same or Different?

Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:04:34 +0000

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Illicit financial flows (IFFs) connected with corruption, crime, and tax evasion are an issue of increasing concern. However, there is not yet a clear consensus on how to define illicit financial flows, and even less on how to measure them.




Does Deforestation Increase Malaria Prevalence? Evidence from Satellite Data and Health Surveys - Working Paper 480

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:25:01 +0000

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In this paper we combine fourteen years of high-resolution satellite data on forest loss with individual-level survey data on malaria in more than 60,000 rural children in 17 countries in Africa, and fever in more than 470,000 rural children in 41 countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. We did not find that deforestation increases malaria prevalence nor that intermediate levels of forest cover have higher malaria prevalence.




Mindful Saving: Exploring the Power of Savings for Women (Factsheet)

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:10:10 +0000

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Mobile savings hold great promise for empowering women entrepreneurs. Women are often disproportionately burdened by high transaction costs to access savings accounts.