CGD Policy Blogs
Last week, I attended the board meeting of 3ie (International Initiative for Impact Evaluation), which took place during the Global Development Network’s 11th annual conference. While 3ie is quite new and the Board is working on its strategy and governance, the organization is clearly off to a good start.
As many of you who closely track U.S. development policy doubtlessly already know, one of CGD's first senior fellows, Steve Radelet, joined the U.S. government this week as a senior advisor on development in the office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Sorry things have been quiet here. I have been posting on CGD's main blog about Haiti's aid and debt:
I continue to be struck by this contrast in the zeitgeist: loans to poor people are good; loans to poor countries are bad.
As the international response to Haiti’s earthquake shifts from emergency rescue to longer term reconstruction, things are inevitably going to get harder.
In a letter to newly confirmed MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes, Senators Kerry and Lugar describe themselves as "strong supporters of the MCC model and its mandate to fight global poverty though economic growth." They say the core principles of the MCC--competitive selection based on clear policy performance indicators and country ownership--have allowed the MCC to become a development leader. The predominately supportive letter from the heads of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee gives the new CEO and his management team some running room to innovate and improve upon the model, but that runn