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

Next Thursday CGD will launch the new podcast series Lagos to Mombasa: The Trans-Africa Podcast from CGD. 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 New Global Connectivity Strategy: The EU’s Response to the BRI

Foreign ministers from the 27 European Union (EU) member states have agreed to set in motion work on a new global connectivity strategy to rival China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The Council Conclusions adopted in mid-July define a new “geostrategic and global approach to connectivity” for the EU and call on the European Commission and the High Representative to work on a joint EU global connectivity strategy by spring 2022 at the latest.

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What We're Reading in Summer 2021

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of vaccines and reopening, it was the age of the Delta variant and closing down again. For many of us, the past year and a half has been stranger than fiction, a whirlwind of emotions and uncertainties. We hope this year's summer reading list provides you with new stories, strategies, and distractions to get you through the next few socially-distanced, masked-up months.

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Does Focus Follow Money in National Security?

If your toolbox is overflowing with precision guided munitions, the problems you will focus on are ones that (arguably) can be solved with precision guided munitions. Our comparatively tepid response to the pandemic is another sign of the longstanding and excessive prioritization of potential violent over present nonviolent threats to national security.

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Better Together: Exploring the Role of Pooled Procurement in Improving Access to Medicines amid COVID-19

Access to safe, effective, and affordable essential medicines is an integral global health goal, and all the more important during a public health emergency like COVID-19. Supply chain inefficiencies, procurement capacity constraints, and financial difficulties impede access to affordable, quality medicines; crises exacerbate these issues.

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Spending Wisely and Transparently to Realize the Promise of Education for All

This week, world leaders convene in London with the aim to mobilize funds for the Global Partnership for Education to benefit at least 175 million children over the next five years. Reversing the learning losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will require substantial, well-targeted public spending. This is particularly true in the context of assisting poor and disadvantaged children who were already at a higher risk of being left behind prior to the pandemic to catch up as quickly as possible.

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The Strange Case of Low Financial Inclusion Using Digital Payment Services in Mexico

Mexico followed, in past years, what appeared to be a textbook formula for expanding access to and use of digital financial services for its citizens. And yet, less than half of its adult population reported having a bank account only two years ago, which is lower than the Latin American average of 55.1 percent, and significantly below the upper-middle-income country average of 73.1.

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