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Our Commitment to Gender Diversity

We know that more diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and opinions allow for greater inquiry, integrity, and understanding. The Center for Global Development is committed to promoting a workplace that is diverse, inclusive, and equitable to strengthen our organization, our people, and our policy engagement. An important part of this commitment are our efforts to enhance gender diversity at CGD.

That’s why we have undertaken efforts to:

  • Collect annual data on the distribution of women and men in entry, mid-level, and leadership roles so we can identify where women are underrepresented and work to correct it

  • Intensify efforts to hire women candidates, and candidates who represent the full spectrum of sexual orientation and gender identities, especially at the upper levels

  • Track wages to make sure men and women at CGD are paid equally for equal work

  • Conduct mandatory staff training on harassment, unconscious bias, and inclusion

  • Increase the gender diversity of our board membership

Our vision for gender diversity also extends to our public events. Every person participating in or attending a CGD event has a right to expect an environment that is welcoming and values their diverse experience. CGD is committed to ensuring that our public events reflect gender diversity. Specifically, at panel events with two or more speakers, CGD will avoid single gender panels.

Our focus on gender diversity is part of a broader belief that our mission is best served by an institutional culture that fosters diversity in all its dimensions and equally elevates voices from different backgrounds and perspectives. We will continue to monitor our progress and explore new ways to advance diversity at CGD, and work with other think tanks and organizations to share and learn from our experiences.