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Who Should Pay? Climate Finance Fair Shares
November 01, 2023
Central to implementation of the Paris Agreement are questions of “fair shares”: who might contribute what and whether the group of contributors should be expanded. There is a case for nontraditional donors providing 20-30 percent of any total, while developed countries continue to take primary resp...
Setting the Compass for Eliminating World Poverty: The Department for International Development 1997-2003
October 24, 2023
By 2003, DFIF was one of the world’s most influential international development organizations thanks to a combination of effective political leadership, wider government backing, clear objectives supported by rigorously deployed resources, and large numbers of capable and motivated staff.
MIGA: The Little Engine That Should
October 12, 2023
The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), which offers investors and bankers political risk insurance and guarantees against non-payment by governments and state-owned enterprises, should feature heavily in the private sector reform agenda. We offer recommendations that would enable MIGA ...
The Post-COVID Consensus
October 02, 2023
Development economics is turning a full circle with a difference. This paper addresses the circling back to the policies in vogue during the 1980s and earlier, including industrial policies, coupled with protectionism; accounts for the regression to earlier certitudes after an extended spell of glob...
UK Development Finance beyond ODA: Mapping and Assessing the UK’s Non-grant Development Finance
September 07, 2023
The UK government has significantly expanded its development finance beyond ODA. The strategic use of guarantees, export finance, and other instruments is not a substitute for grants to the poorest, but instead offers the prospect of mobilising significant lending to developing countries, which can ...
Research Publishing Is an Under-Recognised Global Challenge: Opportunities for the G20 to Act
September 05, 2023
The G20 is well placed to provide the leadership needed to ensure that research is a global public good by elevating the discourse on research publishing reform and acknowledging that this is not merely a niche concern for researchers but an important global challenge that underpins human progress.
Taking Stock of Organizations with Impact Evaluation Capacity Headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa: A New Database and Landscaping Analysis
August 07, 2023
CGD conducted a landscaping exercise to better understand the current landscape of organizations headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa that boast impact evaluation capacity. The resulting database is intended as a resource for funders looking to advance locally led development; to help facilitate coor...
The Not-So-Invisible Hand of “Stewardship,” Within and Beyond Antibiotics: Implications of Non-Monetary Pharmaceutical Controls for Access to Medicines
August 07, 2023
A main driver of antimicrobial resistance is the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials. But lack of access to antimicrobials causes a large mortality burden and contributes to the spread of resistant infections. How can learnings from the use of control policies in other areas of medicine be translat...
GPGs and Where to Fund Them: The Startling Implications of Financing Global Public Good Provision for the Multilateral Development Banks
July 26, 2023
Public and policy discourse has been imprecise in its definition of what constitutes a global public good, with implications for our understanding of how MDBs contribute to them. Once this is corrected for, it becomes apparent that, except under restrictive conditions that are unlikely to hold in th...
The JETPs of South Africa and Indonesia: A Blueprint for the Move Away from Coal?
July 25, 2023
While the Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) for South Africa and Indonesia appear to deliver a blueprint for the move away from coal, barriers, risks, and gaps call into question whether their targets can be delivered at the planned pace and scale.