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Lagos to Mombasa

LTM: How Do We Accelerate EU-Africa Investment?

CGD’s Mikaela Gavas joins Gyude to discuss barriers to private investment in health and infrastructure projects and how a new initiative—an Accelerator Hub—could help local businesses and institutions in Africa develop financially viable proposals and connect them with investors.

LTM: How Do We Evaluate (and Rank) Commitment to Development?

CGD’s Ian Mitchell joins Gyude to discuss the newest edition of CGD’s Commitment to Development Index, which ranks 40 of the world’s most powerful countries on policies that affect more than five billion people living in poorer nations. How do Africa’s development partners rank, and where is improvement needed?

An Accelerator Hub for EU-Africa Investment

Investment from the private sector and donor countries can boost growth in Africa, and is key to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. An Accelerator Hub would act as a one stop shop to help local businesses and institutions in Africa develop financially viable proposals, and connect them with investors.

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LTM: Can Agriculture Drive Economic Growth in Africa?

This episode of Lagos to Mombasa asks: could ag policy be a means to post-COVID-19 recovery in Africa? Linda Manda of Standard Bank Group and Gillian Pais of McKinsey & Company join Gyude to discuss the true potential of the agriculture sector, not just in addressing Africa’s own food security needs but also in its global contributions.

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Lagos to Mombasa: How Does the Pandemic End in Africa?

This first episode of the new Africa-centered podcast series Lagos to Mombasa examines how African governments can shape their responses to the pandemic and prepare for the future. Dr. Patrick Tippoo of Biovac and the African Vaccine Manufacturing Initiative and Prashant Yadav from CGD join Gyude Moore to discuss options and opportunities.

Women's Economic Empowerment in India: Soumya Kapoor

Megan O'Donnell of CGD and Soumya Kapoor of IWWAGE discuss breaking down the barriers that keep Indian women from the workforce, the roles of local and international actors, and promising policy models in India.

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Coming Soon! Lagos to Mombasa: The Trans-Africa Podcast

Next week CGD will launch the new podcast series Lagos to Mombasa: The Trans-Africa Podcast. The series will focus on policies, problems, and promise across Africa. Join Gyude Moore every two weeks as he speaks to researchers and practitioners about some of the biggest development challenges facing the continent. 

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A Decision Tree for Digital Financial Inclusion

Digital financial services can help alleviate poverty and catalyze economic development. But suppose you are in a country where many people are not using these services. There are many possible causes. Which are most significant? How can you find the root of the problem? Policymakers now have a new tool to answer these questions: the Decision Tree for Improving Digital Financial Inclusion, from the Center for Global Development.

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A Conversation on the European Financial Architecture for Development with Koen Doens

Mikaela Gavas (CGD) and San Bilal (ECDPM) host Koen Doens, Director General of DG International Partnerships (DG INTPA) at the European Commission, to discuss his views on the outcome of the discussions on the European Financial Architecture for Development and what the European Commission is doing to develop a more collaborative and concerted system of European development banks.

Mikaela Gavas (CGD), San Bilal (ECDPM), Anne de Sourcy (AFD), Johannes Kannicht (KfW), Marina Piccioni (CDP), Fernando Jimenez-Ontiveros (AECID), and Laure Blanchard-Brunac (EDFI)

A Conversation on the European Financial Architecture for Development with European DFIs

Mikaela Gavas (CGD) and San Bilal (ECDPM) host representatives from the “Enhanced Partnership,” an initiative launched by some of Europe’s key national development banks—Anne de Soucy (AFD), Johannes Kannicht (KfW), Marina Piccioni (CDP), Fernando Jimenez-Ontiveros (AECID)—and Laure Blanchard-Brunac from the Association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI), who share their perspectives on how to create a more coordinated and impactful European development finance system.

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The Humanitarian Financing Model Needs More Radical Change

The international humanitarian system provides a global public service but is unpredictable and haphazard. Donors can improve efficiency and effectiveness in three ways: establishing a multi-year common replenishment model for protracted and predictable crises, rebalancing country-level pooled mechanisms, and aligning core funding to agencies with agreed core functions.

Anit Mukherjee, Pam Dixon, and Camilla Ravnbøl

Vaccine Certificates: Pam Dixon and Camilla Ravnbøl

Anit Mukherjee of CGD, Pam Dixon of World Privacy Forum, and Camilla Ravnbøl of the University of Copenhagen discuss how vaccine certificates work, what challenges they pose, and how to make sure no one gets left behind.

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A Conversation with Thomas Ostros on the European Development Finance Architecture

Mikaela Gavas (CGD) and San Bilal (ECDPM) host Thomas Östros, Vice President of the European Investment Bank to discuss the role of the bank in the debate on the European Financial Architecture for Development. Thomas emphasises the importance for the EIB to raise its development profile building on its in-house expertise on issues such as climate change and health and its close relationship with the European Commission.