Center for Global Development — Malaria Reduction

Grant investigators: Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville


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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $50,000 to the Center for Global Development to support work to reduce malaria in Africa.

This falls within our work on scientific research, and specifically within our interest in advancing human health and wellbeing.

Center for Global Development — Migration Program (2020)


Grant investigators: Alexander Berger and Zachary Robinson

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $1,000,000 over three years to the Center for Global Development to support its migration program, led by Dr. Michael Clemens. We approached renewal somewhat differently than we had expected to in our 2017 grant page: this funding includes one additional year at the previous funding level and two subsequent years at a funding level that we believe may be more sustainable for the long run. This funding is intended to support Dr. Clemens’s ongoing research and policy work on immigration.

Center for Global Development — COVID-19 Net Health Impact Calculations

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Grant investigators: Jacob Trefethen

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $550,000 to the Center for Global Development (CGD) to support work to calculate the net health impacts of COVID-19 in various countries. CGD intends for the calculations to estimate the indirect effects of COVID-19 on mortality and health due to suspended health services, malnutrition, and reduced economic activity. This research could help inform measures to limit the spread of the virus and mitigate its downstream harmful effects.

This follows our March 2020 support and falls within our focus area of global health and development.

The grant amount was updated in January 2021.

Center for Global Development — COVID-19 Local Response Guidelines

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Grant investigators: Andrew Snyder-Beattie and Jacob Trefethen

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $250,000 to the Center for Global Development to support work led by Jeremy Konyndyk on developing COVID-19 response guidelines and decision support tools to disseminate to local leaders. The guidelines and tools are intended to help local leaders take appropriate measures to limit the spread of the virus. Konyndyk was formerly the director of the United States Agency for International Development’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, where he managed an annual budget of more than $1.4 billion and helped lead the U.S. response to the Ebola outbreak.

This falls within our focus area of biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.

Center for Global Development — Impact Evaluation Case Studies

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Grant investigators: Alexander Berger

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Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $100,000 over two years to the Center for Global Development (CGD) to support an evaluation of its past impact. CGD plans to use these funds to conduct case studies of past development policy victories as well as policy ideas that have not yet yielded results with the goal of better understanding causal mechanisms and limitations for achieving influence and impact through specific policy proposals.

This follows our June 2019 support and falls within our focus area of global health and development.

Center for Global Development — General Support (2019)

Christine Lagarde, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Andrew Steer, and Masood Ahmed discuss fiscal policy options to achieve the Paris climate commitments (May 2019). (Photo courtesy of CGD.)

Grant investigators: Alexander Berger and Jacob Trefethen

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $3,000,000 over three years to the Center for Global Development (CGD) for general support. CGD is a think tank that conducts research on and promotes improvements to rich-world policies that affect the global poor. This follows our February 2016 general support grant, which CGD says it used to conduct research on aid effectiveness, U.S. development policy, universal basic income in India, and taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and sugar.

Our renewal decision at this stage was based largely on our previous decision and the view that three years was too short a window on which to update for a mature but hits-based organization like CGD. We expect to undertake a more thorough evaluation of CGD’s performance approximately two years into this grant, which would be five years into our overall support.

This falls within our work on global health and development.

Center for Global Development — Labor Mobility Partnerships

Grant investigator: Alexander Berger

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $709,888 over 1.5 years to the Center for Global Development to support a working group on and incubation of a new organization aimed at enhancing international labor mobility. The new organization, called LaMP (Labor Mobility Partnerships), hopes to assist countries negotiating new legal channels for migration on terms of mutual benefit and to generate research and evidence on effective labor mobility regimes, in the ultimate service of reducing global poverty and inequality. Rebekah Smith and Lant Pritchett, who will be working together on the incubation and launch, proposed the idea for this type of organization in a 2016 CGD working paper.

This grant follows previous support to the Center for Global Development’s migration program in March 2014 and March 2017, and falls within our focus area of immigration policy.

Center for Global Development — Gene Drive Research

Grant investigator: Alexander Berger

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $348,550 to the Center for Global Development (CGD) for research on the assessment and regulation of gene drive technology. CGD plans to use this grant to identify key political and social considerations that may inform global decisions on the development and deployment of gene drive technology, particularly with respect to malaria. CGD will conduct interviews and site visits to develop a better understanding of regulatory, social, and political considerations at play in different contexts. The research will be led by Gyude Moore, CGD visiting fellow and former Minister of Public Works in Liberia.

This discretionary grant falls within our work on scientific research, and specifically within our interest in advancing human health and wellbeing.

The grant amount was updated in May 2020.

Center for Global Development — Pandemic Policy Project Led by Jeremy Konyndyk

Amy Pope, Jeremy Konyndyk, Rebecca Martin, David Smith, and Amanda Glassman discuss pandemic risk, preparedness, and prevention at a May 2017 event hosted by the Center for Global Development. (Photo courtesy of Center for Global Development)

Grant investigator: Jaime Yassif

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The Open Philanthropy Project recommended a grant of $49,942 to the Center for Global Development to support a project titled “Policymaking during the Ebola Outbreak: Implications for Future Pandemics” led by Jeremy Konyndyk. Our Program Officer for Biosecurity and Pandemic Preparedness, Jaime Yassif, is particularly interested in the project’s analysis of both the political pressures around travel restrictions that could be a major factor in disease spread during a global catastrophic biological risk event as well as the role of military response in shaping outcomes.

This is a discretionary grant, and falls within our focus area of biosecurity and pandemic preparedness.