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Advancing Women’s Leadership: How Can We Support Women Political Leaders in Africa and Beyond?

Evidence shows that when women have the opportunity to serve as political leaders, governments are not only more inclusive but also perform better. Women politicians are shown to champion policies improving health services and education systems, and they serve as positive role models influencing girls’ career aspirations and educational attainment. But across the world, women’s rates of political leadership remain lower than men’s. What are the obstacles standing in the way of women’s equal political participation? And what can be done to overcome these obstacles?

Refugees, Displacement, and Development: What Should the World Do?

The refugee crisis emanating from the Syrian conflict has helped to focus policymakers globally on the broader challenges of populations displaced by conflict. In part, humanitarian responses have fallen short in meeting short term crisis needs. But there is also a growing recognition that long term displacement poses challenges that call for a development-oriented response extending beyond crisis measures. As hosts to large displaced populations, developing countries like Jordan, Lebanon, and Kenya have struggled to meet the needs of these populations in a way that also promotes their national development strategies.   

Multilateral Development Banks Changing with the Times: A Conversation with EBRD President Sir Suma Chakrabarti

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was created exactly twenty five years ago to develop open and sustainable market economies in post-Cold War Europe. Now, its reach extends from Morocco to Mongolia – and its work from agribusiness to equity funds, manufacturing to natural resources, governance reform to financing the green economy. How is the EBRD changing with the times, and how should it respond to the imperatives set by the SDGs, the Paris climate agreement, and to the emergence of new players in development finance?

From Local to Global Action in the Fight Against Antimicrobial Resistance

Since the advent of penicillin in the 1920s, antimicrobial drugs have become the foundation of modern medicine. Yet growing antimicrobial resistance (AMR)—the increasing ability of pathogens to withstand and survive treatment with antimicrobial drugs—threatens to erode and reverse almost a century of health gains. The United Kingdom’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance suggests that AMR could cause 10 million deaths each year and drain over $100 trillion from the global economy by 2050. Heads of state set precedent at the G20 summit in 2015 by affirming AMR is a serious threat that will require a coordinated international response. 

More Than a Lightbulb

How much energy do the world’s poor need? The current definition of "modern energy access" sets an extremely low bar. A new CGD paper presents five recommendations for a new standard of energy access that would signify meaningful transformation in households and national economies.

Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health

Over the past 15 years, people in low- and middle-income countries have experienced a health revolution—one that has created new opportunities and brought new challenges. It is a revolution that keeps mothers and babies alive, helps children grow, and enables adults to thrive. Millions Saved, authored by Amanda Glassman and Miriam Temin with the Millions Saved team, chronicles this global health revolution from the ground up. It showcases 18 remarkable cases in which large-scale efforts to improve health in developing countries succeeded and 4 cases in which promising interventions fell short of their health targets when scaled-up. Each case demonstrates how much effort is required to fight illness and sustain good health.

Financial Regulation for Financial Inclusion: What Should Policymakers Do?

The rise of digital technology has nurtured a growing industry in financial services that benefit the poor, from mobile payments and money transfers to micro-savings and mobile-based crop insurance. But as the financial landscape evolves to include these disruptive innovations, new players and new business models could bring fresh risks to individual users and to financial systems. So how should policymakers respond?

The Private Sector and Gender Equality: Beyond Traditional Corporate Social Responsibility

The private sector accounts for the considerable majority of well-paying jobs worldwide. Without the engagement of private companies, global goals for gender equality in the workplace and women’s economic empowerment will never be accomplished. How can companies move beyond traditional corporate social responsibility to combine profits with gender progress?

Defeating AIDS, TB and Malaria: Designing Next Generation Financing Models

The global health community has made great strides in addressing AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria: fewer people are contracting these diseases, fewer people are dying from them, and far more people are enrolled in life-saving treatments. Yet to sustain this progress and defeat these three diseases, the global community must find more efficient ways to allocate and structure funding. 

Does the Past Condemn Us? A Conversation on the Future of US Foreign Assistance

Join Nancy Birdsall for a bipartisan conversation with Raj Shah and Michael Gerson on the future of US foreign assistance: what works, what doesn’t, why we should care, and what we should do to reform it.

Shah, USAID Administrator under President Obama, and Gerson, assistant to President George W. Bush for policy and strategic planning, are co-authors of “Foreign Assistance and the Revolution of Rigor” in the recently released second edition of Moneyball for Government.

The Economics of Poverty: History, Measurement, and Policy

There are fewer people living in extreme poverty in the world today than 30 years ago. While that is an achievement, continuing progress for poor people is far from assured. Inequalities in access to key resources threaten to stall growth and poverty reduction in many places. The world’s poorest have made only a small absolute gain over those 30 years. Progress has been slow against relative poverty, judged by the standards of the country and time one lives in. And a great many people in the world’s emerging middle class remain vulnerable to falling back into poverty.

Making Paris Happen: Carbon Markets, Taxes, and Other Policy Solutions for Climate Action

One month since the Paris climate agreement, it’s essential to maintain the momentum of that highpoint in global cooperation towards addressing the problems of climate change. But how can nations now turn words into action? Join us for a panel discussion on tangible policy options to spur the climate action envisioned in the Paris Agreement. How does a carbon market actually work? What is the role of carbon taxes in reducing global emissions? Why is financing tropical forest preservation the cheapest way for rich countries to cut emissions?

So That Was 2015

As the year draws to a close, CGD fellows reflect on the most important moments in development in 2015. Check out the full podcast here.

The Future of Forests

If deforestation continues on its current course, we'll have lost an area of tropical forest the size of India by 2050. This video explains why forest preservation is one of our best defenses against climate change. 

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