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China and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Toward a Beijing Consensus?

At the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in May, Chinese Finance Minister Jiwei Lou proposed the creation of a new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) by the end of this year. With an anticipated operating capital of $50 billion — half of which would come from China — the AIIB would be roughly one third the size of the ADB with the potential to grow larger over t

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This Week: Enhancing development BRIC by BRIC

Leaders of the BRICS nations, from left, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, China’s President Xi Jinping and South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, pose for a group photo during the BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, Tuesday, July 15, 2014 (Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press).

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Mapping a Trail to AidData

It started with a drought.

Back in the winter of 2007, Georgia, USA experienced one of the worst droughts on record. Lake Lanier, one of the primary water sources for the 5 million residents of the state capital, was approaching a level at which no additional water could be drawn. Fingers were pointed in every direction, politicians made long-winded speeches,

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US Private Foundation Data and the Total Resource Envelope

The development landscape is changing and the portfolio of resources that countries have to plan for their future development is more diverse than ever. Aid remains an important piece of the puzzle, but there is a need to capture a more complete picture of who is funding what, where and to what effect. In October 2013,


This week: The Succinctly Didactic Goals?

Let’s play a game. What else could the acronym SDG stand for? Super Deliberated Goals, maybe? Or how about Snowballing Data Gathering? There is a lot being said about the Strategic Development Goals that are set to replace the MDGs next year.

ActionAid spoke up about “three things to remember as the world’s new anti-poverty goals are decided” which included the need for a strong

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Taking the Health Aid Debate to the Subnational Level

Easterly opposed bed net distribution. [The World Bank] rejected Easterly's advice, and cut malaria sharply. Yes, debate's over. Aid works! —Jeffrey Sachs, 2014

The big aid debate that Sachs initiated is now really over… His idea that aid could achieve rapid development and the end of poverty was wrong,

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