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Aid Effectiveness, Innovation, Pakistan


Molly Kinder, a former CGD senior policy analyst, is a consultant supporting the design and startup of the Global Innovation Fund (GIF). GIF is a new investment vehicle in London that will pilot, rigorously test, and scale innovative development solutions. 

From 2008 to 2011, Kinder was a senior policy analyst at CGD. She directed the Center’s Study Group on the US Development Strategy in Pakistan and co-authored the report, Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Fixing the US Development Approach in Pakistan, with Nancy Birdsall and Wren Elhai. From 2002 to 2004, Kinder worked as a program assistant in CGD’s global health program. With Ruth Levine and the What Works Working Group, she co-authored the Center’s best-selling book, Millions Saved: Proven Successes in Global Health, which is required reading in more than 60 universities.

Previously, Kinder served in the Obama administration as director of special programs at USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures program. She was also director of agriculture and Europe policy at the ONE Campaign and deputy chair of the poverty track at the Clinton Global Initiative. She has worked in India, Pakistan, and Liberia with the World Bank and the government of Liberia. Kinder served as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Truman Security Fellow, and was ranked in the “Top 99 under 33” in foreign policy by Diplomatic Courier. Her media appearances include CNN, NPR, Al Jazeera, Voice of America, USA Today, Time Magazine, and the Boston Globe. Kinder has a master’s degree in public administration in international development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.

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