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Nancy Birdsall
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Nancy Birdsall
Center for Global Development
As president of the Center for Global Development, Nancy Birdsall has taken a leadership role in fostering economic development around the world.
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Nancy Birdsall is the founding president of the Center for Global Development. Prior to launching the center, Birdsall served for three years as Senior Associate and Director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her work at Carnegie focused on issues of globalization and inequality, as well as on the reform of the international financial institutions.

From 1993 to 1998, Birdsall was executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank, the largest of the regional development banks, where she oversaw a $30 billion public and private loan portfolio. Before joining the Inter-American Development Bank, Birdsall spent 14 years in research, policy, and management positions at the World Bank, most recently as director of the Policy Research Department.

Birdsall is the author, co-author, or editor of more than a dozen books and over 100 articles in scholarly journals and monographs, published in English and Spanish. Shorter pieces of her writing have appeared in dozens of U.S. and Latin American newspapers and periodicals. Education


Ph.D., Yale University, 1979; M.A., Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, 1969; B.A., Newton College of the Sacred Heart, 1967

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'Cash on Delivery' Aid
The Center for Global Development is developing a design for a new form of aid. Under “cash on delivery” aid, donors would commit ex ante to pay a specific amount for a specific measure of progress. In education, for example, donors could promise to pay $100 for each additional child who completes primary school and takes a standardized competency test.
Recent Publications/Appearances


Jan 8, 2013 Center for Global Development "Can India Defeat Poverty? (Foreign Policy)"

March 1st, 2012, Huffington Post "Next World Bank President Two NonUS Candidates for the Short List"


April 26, 2012 C-Span " Global Renewable and Sustainable Energy Development"

February 14, 2012 Center for Global Development "What to Do about U.S. Aid to Pakistan Nancy Birdsall and Arvind ..."April 16, 2012 Bloomberg "Kim Is Chosen to Head World Bank, Extending US Monopoly"

November 8, 2011 Council on Foreign Relations "Measuring the Global Middle Class"

October 18, 2011 "Get Ready for the Middle-Class Boom"

August 4, 2011 The Wall Street Journal "U.S. House Targets World Bank Funds"

May 1, 2011 The New York Times "U.S. Aid Plan for Pakistan Is Floundering"

March 14, 2011 New York Times "How to Protect Foreign Aid? Improve It"

March 7, 2011 Newsweek Pakistan "Making Aid Work"

Nov 19, 2010 Latin American Herald Tribune "Latin America's Inequality Trappings Go Global"

Sept 15, 2010 Business World Online "A Safety Net for the Poor"

Schooling Inequality, Crises, and Financial Liberalization in Latin America - Working Paper 165

03/21/2009, Jere R. Behrman, Nancy Birdsall, and Gunilla Pettersson

How to Unlock the $1 Trillion that Developing Countries Urgently Need to Cope with the Crisis

02/17/2009, Nancy Birdsall

The Age of Turbulence and Poor Countries: The Case for MDB Help with Risk Management

11/17/2008, Nancy Lee, Guillermo Perry, and Nancy Birdsall

Aid for Education: More Bang for the Buck (White House and the World Policy Brief)

11/04/2008, Kate Vyborny and Nancy Birdsall


September 21, 2011 The Guardian "Twenty Twitter users to get you started in the global development debate"


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