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CGD Policy Paper 48

US Support for REDD+: Reflections on the Past and Future Outlook

11/17/14
Michael Wolosin and Donna Lee
The United States, as a nation with a strong connection to its large land base, has been a supporter over many years of forest management and conservation. Because this long-held vision is shared across a broad spectrum of the US public, the United States has been a strong supporter of using foreign assistance to also help other countries protect their forests.  
Should Countries Be More Like Shopping Malls? A Proposal for Service Performance Guarantees for Africa

Should Countries Be More Like Shopping Malls? A Proposal for Service Performance Guarantees for Africa

9/17/14
Alan Gelb , Vijaya Ramachandran and Alice Rossignol

Many developing countries have made progress in political openness and economic management but lag in terms of attracting private sector investments, at least outside of narrow resource-based enclaves.These countries may have recognized potential but have not yet established the reputation needed to sustain investment through the inevitable political and policy shocks that take place in most countries. The concerns that deter investors are many but can be broadly classified into high costs that that prevent global competitiveness and high actual or perceived risks.

Birth Registration, Legal Identity, and the Post-2015 Agenda

Birth Registration, Legal Identity, and the Post-2015 Agenda

9/9/14

Universal legal identity through birth registration has consistently remained as a potential target for the post-2015 agenda through several rounds of negotiation. However, as it has been put forth, it conflates legal identity and birth registration. This policy note clarifies the differences between legal identity and birth registration and offers measurable, achievable target language for each component to ensure that this important issue remains in the post-2015 development agenda in an impactful way. 

Global Skill Partnerships: A Proposal for Technical Training in a Mobile World

5/2/14

Skilled workers emigrate from developing countries in rising numbers, raising fears of a drain on the human and financial resources of the countries they leave. This paper critiques existing policy proposals to address the development effects of skilled migration. It then proposes a new kind of policy tool to regulate skilled migration in a way that benefits origin countries, destination countries, and migrants. ‘Global skill partnerships’ are bilateral public-private agreements to link skill creation and skill mobility for mutual benefit. The paper describes how such an agreement might work in one profession (nursing) and one region (North Africa).

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