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

He oversaw implementation of the MDGs, so what does Sir Suma Chakrabarti think of the SDGs that will replace them? Now President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Chakrabarti is a former Permanent Secretary of the UK’s Department for International Development. He gave me his thoughts on the upcoming Addis Ababa Financing for Development Conference, the future role of multilateral development banks in development financing, as well as EBRD’s work amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

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Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, sits down with me to discuss the agency's success in leading the transition from aid to private finance (despite its modest size), as well as what it has in store for the remainder of the Obama presidency.

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The media often characterize immigrants and refugees as a burden, according to my guest this week, CGD board member and former deputy secretary-general of the UN Mark Malloch Brown. Lord Malloch-Brown says that past experience shows that refugees not only land on their feet after fleeing their circumstances, but are a “shot in the arm” to the economies of countries they arrive in.

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If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do with the money? Whatever difficulty you have in arriving at an answer, imagine the dilemma an entire nation might face. Several countries have struck gold and squandered it. In this podcast, Todd Moss explains how countries can make the best use of their natural resource revenues: by giving it to the people. By providing a portion of natural resource revenue to citizens, countries can build a tax base and strengthen the pact between citizens and their governments. 

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The African Development Bank has just elected its new President, Akenwumi Adesina, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for Nigeria. My guest this week Bobby Pittman watched the multi-stage election process unfold in Abidjan. Pittman was a senior adviser to President Bush on Africa and now runsKupanda Capital, an investment firm focused on Africa. Bobby shares his thoughts on Adesina's winning qualities and what his focus should be for the bank.

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Tobacco related diseases cut short the lives of 100 million people last century, a number expected to surge to 1 billion this century, according to CGD senior fellow Bill Savedoff. Tobacco use has the makings of a staggering epidemic, one taking an increasing toll on low- and middle-income countries. Bill and I discuss the health costs imposed on those countries and policies for curbing tobacco usage.

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The Sustainable Development Goals should be “ambitious but not ludicrous” says John Norris, a member of the President’s Global Development Council, set up in 2012 to advise the administration on US development policy.

Norris, a former staffer at the UN and USAID, and now at the Center for American Progress, told the CGD Podcast there should be “far fewer goals” than the current 17 and “far fewer targets” (right now there are 169).

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Poverty reduction through economic growth: that is the guiding principle of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and one it has adhered to through its first decade of operations. I sat down with MCC CEO Dana Hyde to reflect on the MCC’s first ten years and get her outlook on its next ten years.

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For Anne-Marie Slaughter, architect of the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, what was most pleasing about the second one, released last week, was that there was a second one. ‘It’s hard to have a quadrennial review if it’s only one,’ she told me in the latest CGD Podcast.

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Is better good enough? When it comes to climate change, Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute, says probably not. However, he does think there are reasons to hope. He points to ambitious pledges by both developing and developed countries to reduce carbon emissions, and a landmark deal between the world’s two largest polluters, China and the US. While Steer admits there are political and financial obstacles amid all the optimism, he thinks practical policies, such as taxing carbon, will silence the skeptics in this crucial year for global cooperation on climate and development. Listen to the full podcast here. 

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