We are the first generation in human history … again

Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, says that the world is moving closer to the historic goal of ending poverty by 2030: This is the best story in the world today -- these projections show us that we are the first generation in human history that can end extreme poverty ... This new forecast [...]

Transforming Humanitarian Aid with Cash Transfers: High Level Panel Report

A High Level Panel on Humanitarian Cash Transfers, which I chaired, has concluded that much more humanitarian aid should be provided as cash, rather than as vouchers or in-kind; and that this change should be used to bring about broader reforms of humanitarian aid.

Innovative financing for development: as if social returns, incentives, and value for money really mattered

There is an article by Theo Talbot and me in the latest edition of ECDPM's Great Insights Private Sector Matters. We argue that rather than subsidising inputs or reducing risk to leverage private finance for development, it would be more effective for public sector actors such as donors to provide subsidies linked to a firm’s [...]