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The Future of Global Development and Implications for Aid
November 02, 2023
On October 30, 2023, CGD senior fellow Charles Kenny delivered remarks at the Oxford Martin School, where he is a visiting fellow. His speech, “The future of global development and implications for aid,” focused on global economic change and its impact on the development prospects of low- and middle...
The BIG Idea: How Investing in Global Talent Fuels Both Progress and Inclusion
November 01, 2023
We are often presented with a false dichotomy: you can either push for rapid progress or strive for broad-based inclusion. However, when it comes to global talent, this just isn't true. Exceptional talent can be both the jet fuel for progress and the bridge to a more inclusive world.
The Internet and Development Two Decades Later: What I Got Wrong (and Right)
September 12, 2023
I utterly didn’t foresee the revolution in mobile internet services, and the incredibly innovative ways that it would be used. Back in 2002, 11 percent of the world’s population were internet users. Today, it is 63 percent—the considerable majority using connections over cheap mobile phones. Even in...
A Japanese-African Science and Technology Partnership
May 16, 2023
The potential for emerging technology in Africa is vast. With a future population of 2.5 billion people, the continent presents a huge market opportunity for businesses to tap into. For Japanese companies, there is a massive middle class opportunity waiting to be exploited. However, simply building ...
Can Fast-Growing Unicorns Revive Productivity and Economic Performance?
May 03, 2023
The productivity drought and the unending search for GDP growth by high- and middle-income countries has drawn attention to the flagging vigor of large incumbent corporations and the need to groom a crop of "unicorns"—highly valued, entrepreneurial, superstar firms can potentially dial up competitio...
Driving Digital Transformation – Learning the Lessons from Attempts to Do So
April 06, 2023
Fourth industrial revolution rhetoric aside, many developing countries are still struggling to take full advantage of digital technology. This was one of the final challenges that Benno Ndulu—former governor of the Reserve Bank of Tanzania, visiting scholar at Oxford, and a non-resident fellow at CG...
Handbook for Space Capability Development
March 29, 2023
The Handbook for Space Capability Development is an inclusive, pragmatic, and open-access resource focused on “foundational space capability” development. Its intended audience is the planner or planning team charged with drafting a national space strategy and building a national space program. Amon...
Introducing the Handbook for Space Capability Development: A Guide to Building a National Space Program from the Ground… Up!
March 29, 2023
Space is almost too glamorous for its own good. This is understandable; for most of human existence, the nighttime sky has been unreachable, mysterious, yet strangely helpful (especially to those navigating or measuring time by the stars). Like the first ships to cross an ocean, early satellites wer...
Data Localization—a Hidden Tax on the Poor
March 27, 2023
Technology facilitates the rapid flow of vast quantities of data across the world. These cross-border flows have the potential to unlock substantial benefits for development and poverty reduction. Yet, many policymakers worry about the issues this raises, such as data protection and security, nation...
Lagos to Mombasa: What Can Space Tech Do for Africa?
March 02, 2023
To kick off Season 2 of Lagos to Mombasa, Gyude reflects on the intricacies of climate change and development in Africa and explores how space-based technologies can help. Temidayo Oniosun of Space in Africa and Rose Croshier from CGD join Gyude to discuss the intersections of space technology with ...