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

Next week, nations gather in Paris for the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) with the goal of establishing a global plan to address climate change. CGD Senior Fellow Frances Seymour discusses what's on the agenda in Paris and what success might look like.

Direct download: FrancesAudioPodcast.mp3
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At CGD's report launch event, Dr. Nathan Sheets, US Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs, called for banks and policymakers to address the problems that anti-money laundering laws create for developing countries. I sat down with him afterwards to record this interview.

Direct download: Nathan-Sheets-Podcast.mp3
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Anti–money laundering / combating the financing of terror (AML/CFT) laws are meant to prevent international flows of funds to criminal terror groups. However, they also have unintended consequences for people in developing countries. This week's podcast asks, how can we make AML/CFT laws more equitable and promote financial inclusion?

Direct download: VijClay.mp3
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Around 2 billion people have no legal form of identity. In this podcast, Alan Gelb and Mariana Dahan argue that identification is a critical part of at least 10 of the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Direct download: Alan-Mariana-Podcast.mp3
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A note of caution to policymakers on this edition of the CGD Podcast: make sure the policies you enact to reduce inequality do not end up raising poverty. That’s what my guest Nora Lustig, Professor of Latin American economics at Tulane University and Director of the Commitment to Equity Institute, found in her studies of developing countries – mainly in Latin America.

Direct download: NoraLustigAudioPodcast.mp3
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Brazil knows a thing or two about protecting forests. In a decade, it cut deforestation rates by more than 80% and is now the largest reducer of greenhouse gas emissions. In this week’s podcast, Juliana Santiago, the head of the Amazon Fund department at Brazil’s national development bank, explains how they did it and why more countries should get involved in payment-for-performance agreements to reduce deforestation.

Direct download: SantiagoAudioPodcast.mp3
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This week's podcast looks at an innovation that helped bring millions of people in Kenya into the financial system. Economist and former governor of the Central Bank of Kenya Njuguna Ndung'u discusses the changes brought to Kenyan society by the introduction of the mobile money transfer service M-Pesa.

Direct download: Ndungu-audio-podcast.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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