CGD in the News

Trump's Proposed USAID Head Knows Aid—And Politics (NPR Goats and Soda)


From the article:

Across the development world, Green's nomination has been widely praised.

"Mark Green is a really strong choice to head USAID," says Jeremy Konyndyk, former head of USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.

It’s Time to Decide What Being Middle Class in Africa Really Means (Quartz Africa)


Nancy Birdsall, president emeritus of the Centre for Global Development, is among the most prominent advocates and protagonists of the middle class. She argues in support of a middle class rather than a pro-poor developmental orientation. But even she concedes that a sensible political economy analysis needs to differentiate between the rich with political leverage and the rest.

US Foreign Aid Cuts: What Could Impact Be? (The Christian Science Monitor)


While USAID channels most of its money through non-governmental organizations working on development goals such as boosting agricultural output, or improving health and education and governance, ESF goes mainly to recipient governments that can do pretty much what they like with it. “ESF objectives are driven by [US] strategic considerations, not poverty reduction,” says Scott Morris, an analyst at the Center for Global Development, a Washington-based think tank. It is a convenient way to keep friendly governments onside in important parts of the world.

Tying Disaster Relief to Insurance Could Speed up Aid (Thomson Reuters)


With natural disasters forecast to worsen, vulnerable countries and aid donors should look to insurance to get faster payouts to those most affected and stop disasters spiralling into costly long-term development challenges, says new research from the Center for Global Development. Insurance would allow governments to better allocate money and can spur higher investment in resilience, it argues. The CGD report, issued last week, says the poorest countries have little coverage for natural disasters which risk jeopardising development and can increase displacement, conflict and regional instability.

Farmers Fear Deportation of Workers Could Hurt Livelihood (Associated Press)


Some immigration hardliners say people who are in the U.S. illegally steal jobs from Americans. But a 2013 study by an economist at the Center for Global Development looked at farms in North Carolina and found that immigrant manual laborers had "almost zero" effect on the job prospects of native-born U.S. workers. "It appears that almost all U.S. workers prefer almost any labor-market outcome — including long periods of unemployment — to carrying out manual harvest and planting labor," Michael Clemens wrote.