The Center for Global Development

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(To be distinguished from the Global Dialogue Center).

The Center for Global Development, (stands) for Independent research and practical ideas for global prosperity. The CGD is an independent, not-for-profit think tank that works to reduce global poverty and inequality by encouraging policy change in the U.S. and other rich countries through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community. It was founded November 2001 by Edward W. Scott Jr., C. Fred Bergsten and Nancy Birdsall. A technology entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former senior U.S. government official, Ed provided the vision and a significant financial committment that made the creation of the Center possible. Fred, the director of the Institute for International Economics (IIE), lent his formidable reputation in academic and policy circles as well as providing the fledgling Center with a roof and logistical support within IIE for its initial months of operation.

Nancy, a former head of the World Bank research department and executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank, became CGD’s first president. Her intellectual leadership and the rare combination of being both hard-headed and soft-hearted about development attracted a cadre of researchers and other professionals who are deeply dedicated to CGD’s mission. CGD’s three founders perceived a growing need for independent research to generate practical, creative solutions to the challenges that global interdependence poses to the developing countries, starting with debt. Delivering on Debt Relief: From IMF Gold to a New Aid Architecture (April 2004), by Birdsall and John Williamson, a senior fellow at IIE, was the Center’s first book.

The U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) will soon announce which countries will be eligible to apply for funding in 2007. With funding tight, four countries with signed MCC compacts failing the indicators test but pressing for exemptions, and two countries that might be chosen for political purposes, this year’s selection round will test the MCC’s adherence to its principles. CGD’s MCA Monitor team takes a hard look at tough choices and forecasts which countries the MCC Board is likely to choose for 2007 in a new paper titled “Round Four of the MCA”. (See more on Home).

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