Nancy Birdsall


Foreign Affairs Article

Middle-Class Heroes

Author: Nancy Birdsall

The two economic developments that have garnered the most attention in recent years are the concentration of massive wealth in the richest one percent of the world’s population and the tremendous, growth-driven decline in extreme poverty in the developing world, especially in China. But just as important has been the emergence of large middle classes in developing countries around the planet.

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CGD: Quality of Official Development Assitance Assessment

Authors: Nancy Birdsall and Homi Kharas

The United States may be the largest donor of foreign assistance in the world, but it ranks among the lowest in terms of quality and effectiveness of its aid, according to a report by the Center for Global Development (CGD), in cooperation with the Brookings Institution, that assesses more than 150 countries' foreign aid money.

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Combating Global Poverty

Speakers: Ben Affleck, Madeleine K. Albright, Nancy Birdsall, John J. Danilovich, Thomas A. Daschle, Hernando de Soto, Donald M. Payne, Timothy E. Wirth, James D. Wolfensohn, and Obiageli Ezekwesili
Presider: Gayle Smith

Experts discuss the challenges global poverty presents and recommend approaches that can help to overcome poverty, inequality, and the concomitant barriers to opportunity for the world's poor at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, cosponsored with the National Democratic Institute, the University of Denver's Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and the City and County of Denver's 2008 Rocky Mountain Roundtable.

This roundtable was underwritten, in part, by Chevron Corporation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


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