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

Kudos to Finland for ascending to the top spot in CGD’s 2016 Commitment to Development Index, our ranking of how a country’s policies help or hinder development. Most of the policies that score well on the index require some sort of international cooperation—so what does the CDI tell us about the apparent retreat of globalism across the political landscape? I discuss the latest rankings, their implications, and the politics that could affect them with Owen Barder, senior fellow and director of CGD Europe, which produces the Index. 

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OPIC and CDC are among the largest bilateral development finance institutions (DFIs). They are designed to use their funds to attract more private capital into developing markets through, for example, lending or insuring projects against political risk. CEOs Elizabeth Littlefield and Diana Noble discuss why the DFIs' business model is successful and how their institutions can do more. 

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In our last podcast of the year, we look back at some of the major development conversations of 2016. Tune in to hear from two former presidents, a few major organization heads—and, of course, several CGD experts.

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As turbulent 2016 draws to a close and 2017 rolls into view, political thinking in some major economies is turning inward. In her last podcast as CGD President, Nancy Birdsall reflects on what’s changed in development over the past 15 years, and what she hopes development folks will think about in the near future. 

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Preventing dangerous climate change is critical for promoting global development, and saving tropical forests is essential to doing both. CGD senior fellow Frances Seymour, coauthor of a new CGD book, explains why forests are key not only to meeting the objectives of the Paris climate agreement, but also to making progress on the sustainable development goals.

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Today's podcast brings you highlights of an excellent discussion at CGD's offices in London which involved, among others, CGD’s Owen Barder. The discussion was organized and broadcast by BBC Radio and focused on the UK’s aid budget, including attempts to make aid more transparent, ways to tackle corruption, and how to think of international development in a political landscape where major countries seem to be turning inward.

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"Private sector" appears 18 times in the outcome document from last year’s UN Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa—exactly the same number of times as "international cooperation." One year into the SDGs, where are those ideas that bring private sector ingenuity and capital into achieving the development goals? In this podcast, we'll introduce you to one of them.

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CGD senior fellow Mayra Buvinic discusses what’s changed in the evidence base on women’s economic empowerment, and how the findings could appeal to the incoming Trump administration.

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CGD founding president Nancy Birdsall discusses three simple, specific ideas for the next US president on development policy, gender, and health, and explains why development should be a priority for the next administration. 

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:50am EST

Changing the law is a good start, but real progress requires changing minds. Former President of Malawi Joyce Banda and FGM survivor Kakenya Ntaiya explain why working with existing power structures is the most effective way to protect girls from harmful practices.

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