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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?

Tobacco: Control or Eradicate? – Podcast with David Sweanor and Bill Savedoff

A billion premature deaths this century – that’s the estimated toll of smoking. As 80% of the world’s smokers live in low- to middle-income countries, that’s a huge problem for the developing world. So what’s the solution? You’ve heard before from CGD senior fellow Bill Savedoff that increasing tobacco taxes can actually help turn people away from nicotine; on this week’s podcast, you’ll hear another idea. 

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

More people are in need and for longer; that’s the global humanitarian crisis in a nutshell. Just before the World Humanitarian Summit, World Bank president Jim Yong Kim and the IRC's David Miliband discuss the blurring of the line between development and humanitarian response.

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.   

"Emergency Development" Needed in Syrian Refugee Crisis – Podcast with UNDP’s Helen Clark

With the World Humanitarian Summit looming, and in the absence of a unified global response to the Syrian refugee crisis, the head of the United Nations Development Programme Helen Clark says in a new CGD Podcast that governments and international institutions are shifting their focus from traditional humanitarian relief to more sustainable ways to help millions of displaced people.

Who Should Lead the EBRD? – Podcast with the Presidential Candidates

It has operations in more than 30 countries worth around $9 billion. And now the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is searching for its next leader. Current president Sir Suma Chakrabarti is seeking a second four-year term as EBRD president, and he faces the challenge of Marek Belka, a former Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Poland and currently president of the country’s National Bank. Recently both candidates recorded interviews with me, which we have edited together into this edition of the CGD Podcast.

The OPIC Scraped Portfolio Dataset

Despite major improvements in OPIC’s transparency, there still is no single publicly available dataset that includes comprehensive information about the agency’s portfolio. OPIC has a searchable project dataset, but it only includes very basic information. Digging deeper requires clicking through hundreds of project descriptions (in PDF format), which very few people are willing to do. We built a better, scraped dataset, available now with as a detailed collection of nearly 1,500 OPIC projects over the past fifteen years.

A Quarter of Aid is Transparent – What About the Rest? Podcast with Rupert Simons of Publish What You Fund

“Transparency has the potential to transform the effectiveness of aid spending,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark at a recent CGD event co-hosted with Publish What You Fund to launch its 2016 Aid Transparency Index. For the second year running, UNDP comes out at the top of the index – and in this week's CGD Podcast, Publish What You Fund’s CEO Rupert Simons says that generally, we understand more clearly who gives what to whom and why.

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.

Share of Global Area under GMO Cultivation (by country)

More than three-quarters of the acreage under GMO cultivation is in just three countries: the United States, Brazil, and Argentina. And almost all of the modified crops have been designed to either resist insects or tolerate herbicides used to kill weeds, which is helpful only to farmers with access to those chemical inputs.

Area of Land under Cultivation of Genetically Modified Crops (by type)

Large multinational corporations developed most currently available GMOs with large-scale, industrial agriculture in mind. These GMOs have had clear benefits for some farmers, seed companies, and herbicide producers (the latter two are often the same), but less tangible benefits for consumers.

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