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How Can Labor Migration Help the US Green Transition? Takeaways From a Cross-Sector Roundtable
November 27, 2023
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), signed into law last year, will provide the United States with $370 billion in direct investments in clean energy, and possibly spur far more through tax credits. The IRA is expected to stimulate a green transition in the US. And it will turbocharge the US green l...
Measuring and Improving the Impact of US Foreign Aid—A Look at Two Key Statutes
November 14, 2023
Over the years, US lawmakers of many stripes have embraced the value proposition of foreign assistance. While their precise motivations have varied, ensuring US international aid is transparent, accountable, and effective has been vital to this long-running bipartisan support.
The World Doesn’t Need to Wait on the US for a Loss and Damage Fund
October 26, 2023
Call it a sign of the times: negotiations around the creation of a new Loss and Damage Fund for climate are breaking down, with developing nations and advanced economies at a familiar impasse. The Loss and Damage Fund—a fund meant to compensate vulnerable countries for climate impacts—is supposed to...
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 G20 and the MDBs: Diss and Dissonance
September 11, 2023
It is standard fare for the G20 to issue lofty statements without any real muscle behind them, but the discordance in this year’s declaration is especially grating because explicitly and implicitly, the G20 have heaped exceptionally large burdens on the MDBs all in the context of what the leaders ac...
DFC Project Data Drop Alert! Our Key Takeaways
August 28, 2023
We’d been eagerly awaiting an update to DFC’s downloadable project data for insight into the development finance agency’s recent investments and overarching portfolio composition. A new drop finally came earlier this month detailing transactions through FY2022 and timed with the release of DFC’s ina...
Did Economists Really Get Africa’s AIDS Epidemic “Analytically Wrong”? (A Reply)
August 22, 2023
A recent, thought-provoking blog by our colleague, Justin Sandefur, titled “How Economists got Africa’s AIDS Epidemic Wrong”, has sparked a debate about the historical role of cost-effectiveness analysis in assessing the investments of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and, imp...
The Administration’s World Bank Request: Bullish in a China Shop
August 15, 2023
On August 10, the White House submitted a $40.1 billion emergency supplemental request to Congress that includes $2.25 billion for the World Bank. The request for the Bank is well balanced: it would provide $1.25 billion to support “global challenges” (a more politically palatable term than climate ...