Global health campaigns should absolutely leverage prominent politicians and celebrities to promote outcomes in the public interest, but they should not be allowed to cleanse the sins of tyrants and torturers. Harvard, you can do better.
CGD Policy Blogs
Which African country is making the most progress in teaching kids to read by the time they reach third grade? Which language-of-instruction policies are most effective in early literacy teaching? Which country is getting the most children to complete primary school equipped with basic literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills? The answers? We don’t know because there is no way to know. Comparable data on learning outcomes over the past 10 years in sub-Saharan Africa simply does not exist.
Africa’s huge market potential—the new Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) makes it the world’s largest free trade area—and the strategic dynamics created by China’s deepening presence on the continent are drawing growing attention, along with big promises of new foreign investment.
Ethiopia has its sights set on becoming Africa’s next tech hub, rivalling Nairobi, Lagos, and Cape Town. But in its quest for digital supremacy, Ethiopia will need to take steps to create an enabling environment for the digital startup sector, which across Africa is driven in large part by fintech.
Chinese firms are a critical, rising force in African economies, yet many of us balk at the hype and hysteria about Chinese businesses in Africa. Using new data, a report finds that there's nothing unique about the way Chinese firms operate in Africa.
Within the field of global education, we hear repeated arguments that African research is undervalued and does not get the visibility it deserves. In response, Addis Ababa University, CGD, DFID, and the REAL Centre hosted an event aimed at elevating the evidence on African education. Here are the takeaways.
In a world of stagnating public aid, limited fiscal space, and rising public debt in low-income countries, can they realistically expect to rely more on private finance from foreigners?
Landry Signé, Aubrey Hruby, Judd Devermont, and Gyude Moore on their expectations for the new Prosper Africa initiative and the roles that infrastructure, communication, and the US Development Finance Corporation might play in its impact.
The increasing regularity and intensity of extreme weather events has drawn needed attention to incorporating resilience into planning and construction of infrastructure.
Prosper Africa Promises to Double Two-Way Trade and Investment between the US and Africa: But What’s the Starting Point?
Outlining a new vision for expanding private sector activity between the United States and Africa, the Deputy Secretary of Commerce and the USAID Administrator announce plans to double two-way trade and investment between the US and Africa.