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Measuring Think Tank Performance: Updated with 2014 Data

3/17/15

In 2013, our CGD colleagues Julia Clark and David Roodman designed a low-cost quantitative approach to ranking think tank performance. We applied their methodology in early 2015 to produce an updated ranking of US and international development think tanks on the basis of 2014 data. The rankings aim to provide a transparent and objective method of assessing the influence of select think tanks.

Benchmarking Supply Chains for Better Performance

3/4/15
Ananth Iyer, Gemma Berenguer, Prashant Yadav, and Amanda Glassman

Donors play a significant role in funding medicines and other commodities in global health. Of the approximately US $28.2 billion spent by donors in 2010, approximately 40% went towards medicines, vaccines and other health commodities, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa. The efficiency of this spend is therefore of great concern, given the large variability in supply chain costs.

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Zimbabwe: From Hemorrhage to Stability, a Personal Journey

3/3/15

On a chilly Monday morning on February 16th, 2009, I walked into the New Government Complex in Harare’s Central Avenue. As I strode for the very first time down a poorly lit corridor, eyes strained and necks stretched behind wide open doors to catch a glimpse of the newcomer with a reputation for short temper. I was ushered into a comfortable office that was to become my home for the next four and a half years.

Evolution of Finance for REDD+ in the UK: A History and Overview of the UK Government’s Engagement with Forest Finance, with a Focus on Performance- Based Payments for REDD+

2/24/15
Kate Dooley and Charlie Parker

This paper offers a perspective on the political factors that have influenced the size, nature, and timing of UK commitments to forest finance, specifically the significant and committed finance being programmed under the International Climate Fund (ICF), during a time of austerity in the UK. 

Refocusing Gavi CGD brief

Refocusing Gavi for Greater Impact

2/9/15

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, pools donor funds to increase immunization rates in developing countries. Vaccines have saved millions of lives. Results from new research at the Center for Global Development suggest Gavi could save more lives by shifting support away from lower-cost vaccines provided to middle-income countries toward more underused vaccines and support to the poorest countries.

The Face of African Infrastructure: Service Availability and Citizens' Demands - Working Paper 393

2/5/15

The need for infrastructure improvements is a top-tier economic, political, and social issue in nearly every African country. Although the academic and policy literature is extensive in terms of estimating the impact of infrastructure deficits on economic and social indicators, very few studies have examined citizen demands for infrastructure.

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