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Anna Diofasi supported the research of Nancy Birdsall and Alan Gelb. Before joining CGD, Diofasi worked as a research assistant at the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation where she analyzed the impact of various interventions on maternal health in Kenya. Diofasi previously worked on identifying effective strategies to combat hunger and malnutrition at Humanitas Global and assisted with the implementation of youth education programs in Bolivia as a team leader at International Citizen Service. Diofasi holds a BA from the University of Warwick and a Masters in public policy from Georgetown University.
In 2013, our CGD colleagues Julia Clark and David Roodman designed a low-cost quantitative approach to rank US and international development think tanks by the strength of their public profile. Think tanks trade in ideas and ideas need to be noticed to be adopted. Thus, think tanks’ ability to garner public attention is likely to be a good marker of their influence and potential for impact.
Climate change is one of many global problems that pose risks to well-being for everybody in the world – and bigger, scarier, and harder to manage risks for poor people in poor countries. As with non-state terrorism, pandemic diseases, cybercrime, war refugees and microbial resistance to antibiotics, no one country, rich or poor, wants to act alone in dealing with these “global public goods” (in this case bads) since other countries will free-ride on its efforts. Dealing with these development challenges requires America’s leadership.