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Taking Stock of Organizations with Impact Evaluation Capacity Headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa: A New Database and Landscaping Analysis
August 07, 2023
CGD conducted a landscaping exercise to better understand the current landscape of organizations headquartered in sub-Saharan Africa that boast impact evaluation capacity. The resulting database is intended as a resource for funders looking to advance locally led development; to help facilitate coor...
The Brass Tacks of Fostering Evidence Use, Learning, and Transparency at the World Bank
June 05, 2023
Recent CGD events have shown several bright spots for the evidence-informed policy agenda, demonstrating leadership commitment to evidence generation and use. The new World Bank president, Ajay Banga, called for the institution to deepen its role as a knowledge bank in a recent speech at CGD. Newly ...
The World Bank Should Harness Evidence to Deliver Greater Impact
June 05, 2023
The World Bank’s lending function is important and irreplaceable. But providing countries with an important source of financing and investing in evidence do not have to be in tension. The role of evaluation should shift from an assessment function to one in which evaluation is a central tool of pro...
A New Evidence Localization Initiative at USAID
May 01, 2023
Under a new Memorandum of Understanding, USAID, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and CGD plan to partner in exploring locally led evaluation and evidence generation approaches, with an initial focus in sub-Saharan Africa. An opportunity to advance evidence-informed policymaking and locally ...
What We Saw at the 2023 Spring Meetings
April 20, 2023
Last week, leaders from around the world gathered in Washington, DC to discuss the global economic situation, a looming debt crisis, and the future of the international financial institutions. Here are some of CGD experts' takeaways on the highs and lows.
A Dual Evidence Agenda: Delivering Greater Impact for Development and Global Challenges
March 20, 2023
With global challenges high on the international agenda and financing set to increase in the coming years, a big push on evidence, backed by dedicated resources, is essential. This note makes the case for a reinvigorated evidence agenda to boost the impact of financing for development and global pub...
USAID’s Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program: A Look Back and Ahead
February 17, 2023
In November 2022, a two-day reunion was organized by seven former directors of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH). Participants reflected on USAID’s achievements and challenges in the field of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) and discussed the program’s current...
From Development by Instinct to Development by Evidence: Insights for US Development Policy
January 25, 2023
Last month, the Center for Global Development (CGD), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Office of Management and Budget co-hosted an Evidence Forum as part of the White House Year of Evidence for Action, featuring USAID Administer Samantha Power. The event celebrated pr...
Postcard from the 2022 International Conference on Family Planning
December 20, 2022
Last month, thousands of family planning policymakers, practitioners, researchers, advocates, and funders gathered in Pattaya City, Thailand for four days of learning and exchanging. The conference plenaries centered on the broad importance of family planning in achieving universal health coverage. ...