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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. 

Who Will Lead the African Development Bank?

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in Accra, Ghana, the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington DC, and the African School of Economics (ASE) in Cotonou, Benin, hosted a special event ‘Who Will Lead the African Development Bank?’ with candidates for the presidency of the African Development Bank on Thursday, April 16th 2015, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in Washington, DC.

Ask Arvind: India’s Economic Priorities and Global Cooperation

The Center for Global Development is proud to host Arvind Subramanian, Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India since October 2014. In an open forum event, Subramaniam will discuss and take questions on India's economic priorities and global cooperation.