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A New Liquidity Fund for Latin America

In the context of ongoing volatility in international capital markets, including from the expected increase in interest rates by the Fed,  Senior Fellow Liliana Rojas-Suarez highlighted  Latin America’s vulnerabilities to external financial shocks and presented a proposal to mitigate the effects of these shocks. 

Impact Evaluation: Can We Learn More? Better?

The following presentations are from a conference hosted by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and co-sponsored by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie) on July 17, 2013.

Does Aid Cause Growth?

In this video, CGD senior fellow Michael Clemens discusses the age old-question: does foreign aid help poor countries grow out of poverty? It’s a question he examines closely in the paper Counting Chickens When They Hatch which Clemens co-wrote with Steven Radelet, Rhikil Bhavani, and Samuel Bazzi.

Schooling Is Not Education: Using Assessment to Change the Politics of Non-Learning (Event Video)

The last decade has seen considerable progress enrolling children in schools worldwide: today most people live in countries on track to meet the Millennium Development Goal of 100% primary completion by 2015. Sadly, enrollment doesn’t necessarily equal learning. A new report by the CGD Study Group on Measuring Learning Outcomes shows a shockingly wide gap between education inputs and learning outcomes. The report, Schooling is Not Education: Using Assessment to Change the Politics of Non-Learning, finds the learning crisis reflects systemic issues in education sectors worldwide.

China's Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection (Event Video)

AidData, based at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, has compiled a database of thousands of media reports on Chinese-backed projects in Africa from 2000-2011. The CGD working paper released at this event describes the new database methodology, key findings, and possible applications and limitations of the data, which is being made publicly available for the first time.

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