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Why Are Leading Overseas Development Advocates Pushing Us Down the Greenhouse Gangplank?

Charlie Cray | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Charlie Cray

Rumors are circulating that some members of Congress are pushing OPIC to shift directions and finance more polluting gas projects in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa.

Energy Access and the True Cost of Fossil Fuel Projects in Africa

Doug Norlen | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green
Doug Norlen

Last year President Obama launched Power Africa, an initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, where more than two-thirds of the population is without electricity.

The U.S. Provides Plenty Of International Aid, But To All The Wrong Places

Posted 11.22.2013 | World

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United States has launched a thorough and concerted relief effort that flies in the face of American disengagement....

Why I Want My Daughters -- and Son -- to Read Lean In

Nancy Birdsall | Posted 05.12.2013 | Women
Nancy Birdsall

Her book puts something new on the table. Women don't need to buy into the internal obstacles that the prevailing culture imposes. They can make themselves happier by leaning in at work and speaking up about the tough choices that the external obstacles create.

Two More Reasons for Preemptive Contract Sanctions in Syria

Kimberly Ann Elliott | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Kimberly Ann Elliott

As government officials from the Friends of Syria sanctions working group prepare to meet in Tokyo on November 30, we thought we'd highlight two new developments that reinforce the case for using preemptive contract sanctions in Syria.

Center for Global Development has Announced a 'New Rich Energy Program'

Jigar Shah | Posted 09.05.2012 | Green
Jigar Shah

What our friends at CGD clearly don't understand is that decades of pouring billions into grid extension have failed Africa.

Ending Infant Mortality

Cecilia Attias | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
Cecilia Attias

Earlier this month, Africa gave the world some very good news. The Economist magazine reported that the continent as a whole had experienced some of the steepest drops in child mortality ever seen anywhere.

Aid to Pakistan: America's Headache

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 08.09.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Despite calls to 'get out of Pakistan' and 'leave them to their own devices,' this does matter to global security, and not just because of Pakistan's expanding nuclear capability.

Crowdsourcing: Putting the "Public" Back in the Public Sector

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 08.03.2011 | World
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

It won't be much longer that the IMF can select its leadership like it's still the 1940s -- in back room conversations between the Americans and Europeans.

With Success, IDA Must Begin to Reinvent Itself

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

Fast forward to the year 2025. IDA will begin negotiating its 21st Replenishment Agreement. As with every other replenishment since 1960, donor ...

Can We Get an Africa Lead at USAID Already?

Todd Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Todd Moss

It's now 26 months since the inauguration and where the #%&$ is USAID's leadership?

U.S. Budget Woes Threaten MCC Money and Model

Sarah Jane Staats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Jane Staats

The prospect of a U.S. government shutdown over the FY2011 budget still hangs over Washington.

Another Food Price Spike: Weather Again to Blame for Wheat, Corn Pushed by (Even Worse) Ethanol Policies

Kimberly Ann Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kimberly Ann Elliott

The decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year to increase the allowable level for blending ethanol with gasoline was a major factor in driving demand for ethanol -- and corn prices -- up sharply.

How Quickly Are Countries Progressing Toward the Millennium Development Goals?

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

The United Nations recently published the 2011 World Economic Situation and Prospects report. But the picture that was painted by a highly simplistic brush.

When Aid Works: RIP, Rene Le Berre

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

"René Le Berre, a French entomologist who helped inspire an international campaign that saved millions of West Africans from the parasitic disease ri...

Sudan's Bumpy Debt Road Will Run Through Where? Vienna?

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

Despite having a smaller GDP than almost every other Paris Club country (only Ireland is smaller), Austria's debt exposure to Sudan exceeds $2 billion.

Who are Sudan's Two Biggest Creditors? And Why is it Something to Worry About?

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

This is a joint post with Ross Thuotte. Two countries alone hold over 25 percent of Sudan's crippling $35 billion debt burden.  I'll give you three ...

U.S. Fiscal Commission Suggests Killing OPIC, the Government's Cash Cow

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

If you're interested in reducing the budget deficit, then the question isn't whether OPIC should be shut down. That's absolutely ludicrous.

PHOTOS: Which Nations Are The Most Generous?

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Sweden is rated as the most overall philanthropic nation on the planet, according to a new report. Prepared by the Center For Global Development, t...

CGD as Social Capital

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Unlike so many other places, people don't come to CGD only to score points or to win intellectual arguments. Instead, they come to present their arguments and listen to others and then go away and refine their own thinking.

Replenishing IDA's Coffers: Time to Get Creative

Ben Leo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Leo

How much will donor governments reach into their shrinking wallets to finance IDA's health, infrastructure, and agriculture projects?  How much financial creativity have donors and World Bank management brought to the table?  The answers are mixed.

It's 2010! Ten Actionable Ideas (Realized and Yet-to-be-realized) for a 21st-Century Global Development Agenda

Nancy Birdsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nancy Birdsall

I attended a conference convened and hosted by Jean-Michel Severino, the head of the French bilateral agency, outside Paris last week. The question p...

Haitian Recovery, Sweatshop Jobs, and the Role of Trade Preferences

Kimberly Ann Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kimberly Ann Elliott

U.S. efforts to help Haitians recover from the disaster should include further improvements in our trade preferences program to promote job growth and better working conditions in Haiti.

Yemen: An Alternative Approach to the Challenges Posed by Fragile States

Laura Liswood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Laura Liswood

Yemen remains the only country in the world to have closed less than 50% of the gender gap, a figure which is deteriorating further each year.

Can We Provide Better Financing for Food Aid in Emergencies?

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

Emergency food aid would be more effective if it were financed on a multi-year, cash basis -- rather than on a year-by-year, reactive basis -- using forward contracts, call options, or other instruments available on futures markets.