CGD Podcast with Rajesh Mirchandani
International development experts share their ideas on how wealthy countries can promote prosperity in developing countries.

The multilateral development banking (MDB) system is regarded as having been remarkably successful—but is the model still fit for purpose? CGD president Nancy Birdsall and senior fellow Scott Morris delve into a new CGD report's recommendations on how to make MDBs more effective.

Direct download: MDBsPodcast.mp3
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Lawrence H Summers, former US Treasury Secretary and the CGD Board Chair, explains why the World Bank and the regional multilateral development banks (MDBs) are well-placed to help address some of today’s urgent problems, including climate change, pandemics, and the problems of large-scale forced migration.

Direct download: Larry-Summers-MDB-podcast.mp3
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CGD's Bill Savedoff and Justin Sandefur (who leads our education research through the RISE project) discuss their contributions to and assessment of the education Commission's Learning Generation report.

Direct download: BrownEduCom_podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:15am EDT

The plight, peril, and potential of refugees and displaced people has been near the top of the political agenda around the world for many months, culminating in two large summits of world leaders during the UN General Assembly in New York. CGD experts Michael Clemens and Cindy Huang discuss what they hope comes out of the New York summits.

Direct download: Michael-Cindy-podcast.mp3
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How can we create an immigration policy that works? That's the subject of a new CGD report called "Shared Border, Shared Future." Former Mexican president and CGD working group co-chair Ernesto Zedillo joins this week's podcast to discuss the need for a cooperative solutions to unlawful migration.

Direct download: Zedillo_podcast_mixdown.mp3
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Almost a year since the adoption of the SDGs in a celebrity-endorsed fanfare, ONE cofounder Jamie Drummond and I discuss how the practice of advocacy has changed through time, and what organizations like ONE and CGD can learn from each other.

Direct download: Jamie_Drummond_podcast.mp3
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Many in the development world call themselves change agents—campaigners, organizers, development workers, even researchers here at CGD. But how does change actually happen? My guest this week is Oxfam senior strategic advisor Duncan Green, who’s about to release a book on that very question.

Direct download: Duncan_Green_Podcast.mp3
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When a disaster strikes, we are urged to send money, and many people do—but is there a better way to fund the relief effort? My guests this week, DFID chief economist Stefan Dercon and CGD senior analyst Theo Talbot, believe that insurance can help.


Direct download: DerconTalbotPodcast.mp3
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A multi-year project just came to fruition with the endorsement by the Board of the World Bank of its new set of safeguards—the social and environmental standards that govern Bank-funded projects in client countries. CGD's expert on multilateral development banks, senior fellow Scott Morris, joins me to discuss.

Direct download: ScottMorris-WorldBank-podcast.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:58am EDT

Got 27,000 Canadian dollars? If so, why not sponsor a family of refugees? In this week's CGD podcast, Senator Ratna Omidvar discusses Canada’s experience of migration and refugees, and its unique program of private sponsorship.

Direct download: RatnaOmidvarPodcast.mp3
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