Center for Global Development

Basics
0 Why the Electrify Africa Act is vital to powering Africa

A woman in West Point, Monrovia, Liberia uses the dim glow of a battery-powered LED flashlight to prepare food for her family.Travis Lupick The White House stayed true to form in the establishment of its program to increase access to electricity in Africa, Power Africa. Despite the fact that members…

Podcasts
0 Charles Kenny: The bright side of America no longer being top dog

For today’s Humanosphere podcast, we talk with Charles Kenny, an expert on aid and development with the Washington, D.C.-based think tank the Center for Global Development. Kenny, a prolific writer and entertaining poverty wonk, thinks we should be celebrating two trends that most might think are contradictory. One is that,…

Basics
1 Think Tanks influence public policy, but who influences them?

Intercambio Climatico In the debate over whether the US should raise the minimum wage, the Employment Policies Institute has emerged as think tank cited in opposition to the increase. The name ‘think tank’ gives the institute some level of respect as an independent research body and has been cited by news…

Global Health
0 Back to the fuzzy future in global health

Analysis Flickr, woodleywonderworks The global health community seems at a loss these days, as indicated by two conferences yesterday I web-participated in devoted to coming up with a future game plan for the field. I’ll get to those, but first some context: I am long-in-tooth enough to remember when ‘global…

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