CGD Podcast with Rajesh Mirchandani
International development experts share their views about ways wealthy countries can promote prosperity in developing countries.

On this week’s CGD podcast, economist Montek Singh Ahluwalia, who also serves as Co-Chair of CGD’s new High Level Panel on the Future of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), shares his experiences of and hopes for combating poverty in India. 

Direct download: Ahluwalia_podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:40am EDT

After hearing from Tony Pipa recently about the US take on the Post-2015 process, I sat down with David Hallam, UK Envoy for the Post-2015 Development Goals, to better understand the UK’s position on the recently agreed Global Goals.

What was the Envoy most pleased to see included in the Goals? Hallam emphasized that these goals are not only targeting developing countries or trying to boost global averages, but they truly are for everyone. For example, the issue of gender equality, he told me, is one that every country needs to work on, but incorporating those targets will look different for each country.  

Direct download: David-Hallam-Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:37pm EDT

Are the Sustainable Development Goals achievable? If not, why do they matter? In this week's podcast, CGD's Nancy Birdsall and the ONE Campaign's Michael Elliott explain how creating a shared vision of the world's future is progress in itself. 

Direct download: Nancy_and_Michael_audio_podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

How can we make humanitarian aid better? Give refugees cash. That’s the main recommendation of a high level panel convened by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), and chaired by CGD’s Owen Barder. How would that work? What have trials taught us? And what are the problems? I’m joined by two members of the Panel: Degan Ali, Executive Director of African NGO Adeso, and CGD’s Owen Barder.

Direct download: DeganOwenPodcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:09am EDT

How can poor countries beat the resource curse? CGD research fellow Justin Sandefur returns to the Podcast hotseat to update us on a project that posed this question to ordinary people in Tanzania. CGD teamed up with REPOA to bring hundreds of Tanzanians to Dar es Salaam to debate what to do with that country’s newly-discovered natural gas deposits. This week, Justin is back to share the project’s results.

Direct download: Justin_Podcast_audio.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:04am EDT

If anyone understands the nuances and political realities of the American position on each of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, it is Tony Pipa. As the US Chief Negotiator for the Post-2015 Process, he helped hammer out the wording of the final document and, when he visited CGD last week, he was keen to remind me that “this was a politically inclusive process.… All countries are committing to the norms and the aspirations the goals set out.”

In this podcast, Pipa reflects on the Goals and what they mean for the world as well as US domestic policy. Podcast..

Direct download: PipaAudioPodcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:46am EDT

Unless the world acts to reduce deforestation, an area the size of India will be cleared by 2050. That is the stark finding of a new CGD paper by Jonah Busch and Jens Engleman. The amount of carbon dioxide emitted by that level of destruction is equivalent to “running 44,000 American coal-fired power plants for a year,” says Busch in this CGD Podcast.

Terrible news for the climate but also for development, as forest communities in poor countries benefit from a healthy forest ecosystem. The key is making forests worth more to them alive than dead – a win for both development and for climate.. 

Direct download: Jonah_Busch_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:47am EDT

India is a great example of what not to do, suggests Professor Karthik Muralidharan of the University of California, San Diego, a leading researcher on what works – and what does not work – in education in developing countries.

Seems strange when you consider Indians head up some of the biggest companies on the planet, including Google, Microsoft and Pepsi. But Muralidharan says these high achievers show up the weaknesses in India’s education system.

“The history of education in developing countries has not been about how to educate whole populations but how to channel those who are smart,” he told me in a CGD Podcast, recorded earlier this year.

Direct download: KM_audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Give a man a fish, the old adage runs, and he’ll eat for a day, but teach a man to fish and he will eat forever. Professor Chris Blattman doesn’t think we should do either.

In this week's podcast, Blattman explains why cash transfers may be a more effective development strategy than job creation or skills training. His conclusion is simple: “I don’t like to say training programs are hard to get right but capital-centric programs are hard to get wrong.”

Please forgive us for the audio quality, which was the result of a technical problem.

Direct download: Blattman_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:59pm EDT

When the next natural disaster strikes, Will MacAskill does not want you to donate to the relief effort. And if a relative dies from a disease, he doesn’t think you should try and raise money for that cause. Rather, he wants you to focus on the "ongoing disasters" that sicken, maim and kill thousands of people every day, mostly in the developing world.

An associate professor in philosophy at Oxford University, MacAskill has cofounded two nonprofits. His new book "Doing Good Better" explores the ideas of Effective Altruism in depth.

Direct download: MacAskill_Podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:21am EDT