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Multilateral Development Banking for This Century's Development Challenges

A new report by CGD’s High Level Panel on the Future of Multilateral Development Banking offers a frank assessment of current MDB policies and practices, situating them in the context of new development challenges. For over five decades the multilateral development banks have combined financial heft and technical knowledge to support investments in post-conflict reconstruction, growth, and poverty reduction. However, the geo-economic landscape has changed dramatically in this century. There are new banks, and also new challenges that call for global collective action and financing of the sort the MDBs are well-suited to provide but have been handicapped in doing so effectively. How should the MDBs respond?

$50 Billion In One Room: How Can Development Finance Institutions Unleash the Private Sector?

We know that private resource flows into the developing world far exceed anything governments might provide in official development assistance and that greater economic growth and jobs are needed to meet individual aspirations. How can DFIs help governments to rethink how they work with the private sector? At this co-hosted event, think tank experts quiz DFI heads about their main challenges and successes in leveraging private capital, and how they can do better.

UN Secretary-General Candidates Forum

CGD holds a public forum with Vuk Jeremić, candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations. Designed to contribute to the increased level of transparency in the selection process to succeed Ban Ki-Moon, this event offers an important opportunity for open questions to Mr. Jeremić about his candidacy, and about his vision for the role, responsibilities, challenges and opportunities of the United Nations in the years to come.

Shared Harvest

What if development cooperation didn't have to mean charity? CGD's Michael Clemens saw a way to help Haiti recover from the 2010 earthquake and benefit the US economy at the same time. Learn more.

Shared Border, Shared Future: A Blueprint to Regulate US-Mexico Labor Mobility

Mexico and the United States have lacked a bilateral agreement to regulate cross-border labor mobility since 1965. Since that time, unlawful migration from Mexico to the U.S. has exploded. Almost half of the 11.7 million Mexican-born individuals living in the U.S. do not have legal authorization. This vast black market in labor has harmed both countries. These two neighboring countries, with an indisputably shared destiny, can come together to work out a better way.

The Asian Development Bank at 50: Adapting for a New Era in Development Finance

With the 50th anniversary of ADB as a backdrop, this event will examine how the bank is adapting to the dramatic changes in Asia, and what its role in the region should be in the years ahead. Does ADB financing still matter in a region that is seemingly awash in capital? How do the bank's leading shareholders like the United States and Japan see the institution's role going forward? Are new institutions like the AIIB partners or rivals, and how are they causing the ADB to adapt?

The 4 "P"s that Get Stuff Done – ONE's Jamie Drummond

Almost a year since the adoption of the SDGs in a celebrity-endorsed fanfare, ONE cofounder Jamie Drummond and CGD's Rajesh Mirchandani discuss how the practice of advocacy has changed through time, and what organizations like ONE and CGD can learn from each other.

OPIC Commitments by Country Income Group, Percent of Total

When we took a deep dive into OPIC’s portfolio earlier this year, we found that the share of commitments going to high-income countries had increased significantly.  At the same time, the share of OPIC commitments in poorer countries had been declining over the previous 15 years. However, in 2015, there was a clear uptick in the percentage of OPIC commitments going towards lower middle-income countries.

Cat Bond Issuance Since 1996: Still Mainly for Rich Country Risks

“Cat” bonds are effectively a cheaper source of large-scale insurance coverage against clearly measured risks like earthquakes, storms, or even disease outbreaks. Generally, though, coverage hasn’t trickled down to the poorer and most at-risk countries—precisely those which are most vulnerable when aid fails to arrive or arrives piecemeal. Less than a twentieth of the total value of these products issued since 1996 covers risks in countries that the World Bank classifies as upper middle-income or below (places where income per capita is $12,475 or lower). They have mainly covered risks in the US and other high income countries (HICs).

Estimated Election Costs with Biometrics

Estimated Election Costs With Biometrics

While biometric technology can be costly—usually from $15 million to $100 million per election—its price tag seems relatively minor compared to the potential costs of post-election violence. This can run into the billions of dollars as economic growth stalls, in addition to less readily quantifiable human losses. If biometrics can make even a modest contribution to delivering more credible elections—and thus reducing the likelihood of violence—their use could be a worthwhile bet.