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Bloomberg cites CGD's work on CO2 Emissions at County Level in a recent article about Australia's CO2 emissions.
From the article:
"Australia's coal-fueled power stations produce more greenhouse gases per capita than any other nation, a study by the Washington-based Center for Global Development found last month. Delegates, lawmakers and scientists from 187 countries are gathering this week on the Indonesian island of Bali for talks to replace a global warming treaty that expires in 2012."
The New York Times quotes CGD President Nancy Birdsall on the disparity between U.S. and European contributions to the World Bank.
From the article:
"Development experts said the loss of the top ranking was symbolically important, even if Britain has been closing in on the United States for years. More significantly, though, it shows that Europe has thrown its support behind the bank.
'The Europeans were looking for a sense of direction and some confidence in where the bank was going,' said Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development, a policy organization in Washington. 'This shows there is a renewed confidence.'"
Bloomberg quotes CGD Vice President for Special Initiatives Dennis de Tray on U.S. contributions to the World Bank.
From the article:
"'The fall in the dollar and the rise in sterling will make it even harder for the U.S. to keep its lead in international currency terms,' said Dennis de Tray, a former World Bank director and now vice-president of the Center for Global Development in Washington."
Media attention continues to surround CGD's climate change research especially in the UK and Canada. CGD's most recent working paper on climate change, "Another Inconvenient Truth: A Carbon-Intensive South Faces Environmental Disaster, No Matter What the North Does" by Senior Fellow David Wheeler, garners attentions from a number of news outlets.
The Canadian Press recently ran an article about CGD's new working paper, highlighting Dr. Wheeler's argument that rising carbon emissions from developing countries would threaten severe climate change within a single generation, even if the rich countries were to stop all of their greenhouse gas emissions tomorrow.
From the article:
"Even if the world's rich countries eliminated their carbon emissions now, developing nations would still threaten the world with severe climate change within a generation, says a new study from the Center for Global Development.
The research, based on newly available emissions data for 1850 to 2005, disputes the notion that poor countries can defer worrying about global warming while building up their economies, leaving the well-off that produce most of the carbon dioxide to solve the problem. "
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The Financial Times cites CGD on the effects of tax incentives on charitable giving.
From the article:
"Pressure is building up for change. With the growth in international migration, it is increasingly common for people to want to give money to a cause outside the country in which they are resident. Jim Myers of the European Association for Planned Giving, a cross-border network of charities, advisers and wealth managers, says: 'Charitable giving 20 years ago was very local or national. Now there is a lot more wealth and it is moving across borders. People are increasingly wanting to make gifts outside their own countries of residence.'
The problem does not stop international giving entirely. Tax incentives, broadly defined, increased charitable giving from the main industrialised countries by some $7.5bn in 2003, equivalent to 13 per cent of total net aid transfers, according to estimates published last year by the Center for Global Development, a think-tank."
The Financial Times quotes CGD co-founder and board member Ed Scott and board member Adam Waldman in an article about how applying business principles to philanthropies.
From the article:
"Adam Waldman, founder and president of the Endeavor Group, a Washington-based philanthropic consultancy, says the hallmarks of the so-called new philanthropy are: an entrepreneurial, results-oriented framework; leverage; personal engagement; and impatience.
'New philanthropists may be mavericks in their business lives but rarely are solo in their philanthropic lives -- they have an intense desire to partner with each other,' he says. “New philanthropy is also marked by the principal’s personal engagement in the work. It isn't about hiring people and saying, ‘Let me know how it works out’, it is about getting on planes, going to meetings and reading documents. For many new philanthropists, this becomes their job."
One such donor, and a client of the Endeavor Group, is technology entrepreneur Ed Scott, a former senior US government official and co-founder of BEA Systems, the software company. His philanthropy is informed not by the private sector’s thirst for instant gratification but by the laser-like focus honed building a business.
'When I was in the business world I had tunnel vision,' he says. 'I only cared about the company being successful and nothing else. A nuclear weapon could have landed in Kansas City and I wouldn’t have noticed it. Once I left the business I had to re-educate myself about the state of the world. I became interested in debt as systemic issue and I began to read more about it.'
Over the course of many discussions, Mr Scott learnt that policymakers had nowhere to turn for reliable information and what was needed was a centre staffed by people who really knew what they were talking about.
In 2001, he co-founded the Center for Global Development, an independent, non-profit think-tank that works to reduce global poverty and inequality. He chairs its board. Mr Scott also helped found, with George Soros and Bill Gates, Debt Aids Trade Africa, and Friends of the Global Fight, which works to educate, engage, and mobilise Americans in the fight against Aids, tuberculosis and malaria. He is also an active board member in Malaria No More, which is co-chaired by Peter Chernin and Ray Chambers."
Global Witness is Winner of the 2007 Commitment to Development Award
WASHINGTON,D.C.(December 10,2007) Global Witness, a small UK-based NGO that has crusaded to stop the plunder of rain forests in Cambodia and Burma and helped to bring the problem of conflict diamonds in Africa to the world's attention, is the 2007 winner of the Commitment to Development "Ideas in Action" Award, sponsored jointly by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and Foreign Policy magazine.
A distinguished international panel chose Global Witness for the honor, bestowed annually since 2003. Previous winners include Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign and Gordon Brown, then chancellor of the exchequer and now prime minister of the United Kingdom, for his efforts on behalf of the creation of an advance market commitment for vaccines to fight killer diseases in developing countries. The Commitment to Development "Ideas in Action" Award honors individuals or organizations for "raising public awareness and changing the attitudes and policies of the rich world toward developing countries."
Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development, said Global Witness, founded in 1992 by environmental activists Patrick Alley, Charmian Gooch and Simon Taylor, has repeatedly exposed "the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and the international trade system" as well as human rights and environmental abuses.
Its first investigation of illegal timber sales by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia shut down that trade in 1995. A headline-making Global Witness report in 1998 showed how rebels in Angola were financing a deadly civil war by selling diamonds. That work, along with a January 2000 report by Partnership Africa Canada, another crusading NGO, on the role of diamonds in the civil war in Sierra Leone, figured prominently in the establishment of the Kimberley Process to certify diamonds that are not mined from conflict zones.
Global Witness, which now has a staff of 35 and a £3 million budget, produces reports and videos exposing corruption and environmental wrong-doing, especially in countries awash in oil revenues, from Turkmenistan to Equatorial Guinea. It was a founder of the Publish What You Pay campaign, which seeks transparency about how resource-rich governments spend their share of mineral revenues. Funders include a dozen foundations as well as the development agencies of Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. It recently helped put a timber and arms trafficker in jail in Holland.
The award will be presented to the Global Witness founders at an event on January 31 in Washington DC, where both the Center for Global Development and Foreign Policy are based.
Birdsall and Foreign Policy editor-in-chief Moisés Naím co-chaired the selection committee. Other panel members include Evelyn Herfkens, executive coordinator of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Campaign; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, CGD board member and former Nigerian minister of finance and foreign affairs who was recently named as a managing director at the World Bank; Washington Post columnist Sebastian Mallaby, who is director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Kevin Watkins, Director, UN Human Development Report Office.
Previous winners are: the European ministers of international development who constitute the Utstein Group (2003); Oxfam's Make Trade Fair Campaign (2004); Gordon Brown (2005), and then-U.S. congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) (2006).
Q&A with Patrick Alley
Global Witness Co-Founder
The USA Today cites CGD work on CO2 Emissions in an article about how counties can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
From the article:
"Power plants and other industrial facilities in the U.S. released more than 2.7 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air this year, according to estimates compiled by the Center for Global Development, a non-profit Washington think tank."
The New York Times quotes CGD Senior Policy Analyst, Sheila Herrling, on the four-year-old Millennium Challenge Corporation.
From the article:
"Sheila Herrling, who follows the agency at the Center for Global Development, a nonprofit research group in Washington, says there are understandable reasons projects take time and suggests that the agency's current five-year timeline for each one may be too short. Poor countries, even relatively well-run ones, are not used to planning such complex developments and have needed more time than expected to get them off the ground, she said.
Also, the infrastructure projects poor countries need are prone to corruption, and putting stringent accountability systems in place has consumed more time than expected.
Development analysts have praised the agency for giving poor countries an incentive to make significant reforms to qualify for its big contracts, including improving education for girls, making it easier for individuals to operate on-the-books businesses.
But the agency itself must also shoulder some of the blame for the slow progress, Ms. Herrling said. Its decision-making has been too focused on putting together the projects, rather than on carrying them out. 'It shouldn’t have taken so long,' she said. 'The agency needs to figure it out this year. They are part of the problem.'"