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Why Are Development Agencies Giving up on Development?

The World Bank has decided to make this problem – the divergence of the organization’s rhetoric on “extreme poverty” and their clients’ desire for support in their national development agendas – even worse. They have announced that their goal is to “eradicate extreme poverty” (while only “monitoring” the income of the poorest 40 percent in each country—but with no goal).  

Open Ownership: UK Leads

This morning at the Open Government Partnership summit in London, David Cameron announced the result of the UK’s consultation on the beneficial ownership of companies: the information will not only be collected but be put online, for free, in a public register.

Global Health Halloween: Sick or Treat?

This is a joint post with Rachel Silverman, consultant and candidate for MPhil in Public Health at the University of Cambridge.

On Halloween, children and adults alike pay tribute to history’s most frightening fictional characters – monsters, witches, super-villains, and the list goes on. But one need not search under beds or deep in closets for spooks and scares. Many of the most terrifying Halloween archetypes have very real counterparts, with very real health consequences:

Building a Foundation for DIBs: Why Philanthropists Should Get Involved

Foundations are not primarily interested in what they can “give” to contribute to development, but how they can make targeted investments and form effective partnerships with other development actors, as CGD in Europe colleagues and I heard last week at the meetings of the OECD Global Network of Foundations Working for Development, or netFWD.  

A Sneak Preview of MCC’s Annual Country Selection Process

MCC is expected to publish its annual country eligibility scorecards next week.  I always love this time of year.  While MCC’s annual selection process isn’t exactly new anymore, each year raises new issues and questions.  The perennial question--a fundamental question--is which countries are going to pass the indicator criteria?  Not all the data are publicly available yet, but some key indicators are.  As a preview, we ran the numbers on how countries stack up on the corruption and democracy “hard hurdle” indicators.  Based on this ini