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Moving on…

Today is my last day as the vice president for communications and policy outreach at CGD. It’s been almost 10 years to the day since I joined CGD as director of communications in the modest offices at 1776 Massachusetts Ave. In that time my children have grown up and left home and CGD has moved twice, including last year’s move to our current premises at the corner of L and 21st Street. I began recording the Global Prosperity Wonkcasts in 2009, and have since done hundreds of these short policy interviews with CGD researchers and guests.  I have learned a bunch and had a blast, and I will miss my friends and colleagues here, even though my new employer, World Resources Institute (WRI), is just across town.

Unpacking WHO’s Shocking Ebola Maps–Mead Over

This Wonkcast was originally recorded on September 2, 2014. 

As the Ebola epidemic continued to spread in West Africa, with more than 3,000 cases and 1,500 deaths, I invited CGD senior fellow Mead Over, a health economist and one of the world’s top experts on the economics of HIV/AIDS, to discuss newly released maps from the World Health Organization (WHO) and measures for limiting the economic fallout from the epidemic.

What Is the Future of DFID?

Does a stand-alone Department for International Development have a long-term future? What is the role of DFID in facilitating other British government departments and other UK organizations to assist developing countries? What is its role in influencing the policies of other Whitehall departments?

Obama on Climate (and Development)

President Obama's speech at the UN Climate Summit was long on ambition and short on specifics – with the exception of a executive order on US support for climate resilient development of uncertain merit.