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What We're Reading — Summer Edition

Because we know you relish our weekly list of What We’re Reading, we thought you would appreciate a similarly well-curated list of suggested Summer Reading, compiled from the recommendations of our esteemed Senior Fellows and our on-the-pulse Research Assistants, communications, operations and outreach teams.

Plenty to Feast on at Addis Side Events

Addis Ababa has been alive with urgency this week. Maybe it’s the conference negotiations, establishing a consensus on how to implement the SDGs, to lift millions more out of poverty and save countless lives. But the frenzy may also be due to the sheer number and close scheduling of side events in different locations.

What Does the UK Election Result Mean for Development?

A BBC headline summed it up: ‘UK Conservatives in shock election victory’. Every opinion poll beforehand assured us of another five years of coalition government, with forecasters split on who would be Prime Minister. No-one expected the final result: that the incumbent David Cameron would lead his Conservative party to an outright win, securing a majority of seats in Parliament and a mandate in his own right.  

As the UK settles into this unexpected reality, what does a new Conservative-only government promise for development?

What Would You Like Me to Ask Raj Shah?

Next week, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will step down after five years of service. Before he goes, I will have a chance to sit down with him and record a CGD podcast reflecting on his lessons learned and aspirations for the agency in the years ahead.