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Main Takeaways on Debt from the Annual Meetings
November 29, 2023
Sovereign debt issues for emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs) were a predictable subject of many conversations at the World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings in Marrakech. Here are our main takeaways on the state of play and how to make progress to address urgent needs amidst slow-moving pr...
How Much Climate Finance? An Inconvenient Truth
November 28, 2023
Recent news that developed countries may finally have delivered on their promise to mobilise $100 billion of climate finance is welcome. But it is nowhere near enough to meet the aims of the Paris Agreement, and climate finance will continue to be an extremely contentious issue at COP28 in Dubai. So...
Development Leaders Conference 2023 with Siti Nugraha Mauludiah and Bård Vegar Solhjell
November 09, 2023
CGD's Masood Ahmed speaks with Development Leaders Conference cohosts Siti Nugraha Mauludiah from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Indonesia and Bård Vegar Solhjell of Norad about the differing experiences of traditional and emerging donors, the challenges of bridging gaps between sectors and prio...
Haiti’s Failed Quest for Stability and Development after the 2010 Earthquake: Why Did It Go Wrong?
November 08, 2023
Haiti is once more experiencing a crisis of instability and political unrest. The devastating 2010 earthquake was seen as a chance to break with the past and steer the nation in a new direction, but although some progress was made, it was short-lived, insufficient to establish a path for growth, une...
Who Failed Haiti?
November 08, 2023
Koldo Echebarria’s fascinating paper explores the long and tragic story of Haiti’s struggle to achieve both political stability and economic prosperity. Despite mostly good intentions—at least in recent decades—and periodic surges in aid, one would have to conclude that the international community h...
Navigating the Precarious Development Landscape: Insights from the 2023 Development Leaders Conference
November 02, 2023
Geopolitical risks are rapidly converging, making the world more crisis-prone and precarious. Faced with a near economic collapse in some low and lower middle-income countries, the escalating devastation of climate-related disasters aggravating existing vulnerabilities, and a sharp rise in conflicts...
Is Manufacturing Destiny? On the Dynamics of Future Sectoral Shares and Development
October 30, 2023
Indicative projections of the evolution and peak of manufacturing in lower-income countries to 2050 suggest that cross-country income convergence will continue despite manufacturing peaking as a share of output.
A Call to Action to End Childhood Lead Poisoning Worldwide: A Neglected, Top-Tier Development Challenge
October 17, 2023
Final Statement of the Working Group on Understanding and Mitigating the Global Burden of Lead Poisoning.
Annual Meetings, Perennial Challenges
October 16, 2023
The real test after the meetings will be how to identify sources of concessional financing for middle-income countries while still delivering on IDA. Donors have leaned heavily on capital adequacy reforms and private sector mobilization as sources of finance, but there is no escaping the fact that t...
The US Failed the World in Morocco
October 12, 2023
As the World Bank and IMF meetings wrap up in Morocco, hopes for an imminent revolution in multilateral finance look forlorn. A dollar of capital can support five dollars of lending at the IBRD and the costs of subsidized finance for the poorest countries through IDA are shared amongst more than fif...