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UC Berkeley Launches New Sustainable Development Master's Program

Feb 6, 2012 - The University of California, Berkeley, launches a new Master's of Development Practice (MDP), starting in Fall 2012. The application period closes February 17, 2012. The new multidisciplinary program is part of a global network of 23 MDP programs supported by the MacArthur Foundation.

How Will Energy Demand Develop in the Developing World?

Jan 24, 2012 - Catherine Wolfram, Orie Shelef, and Paul J. Gertler forecast the energy demand growth from the developing world. They argue that the main driver of the growth is likely increased incomes among the poor and near-poor, and that current forecasts for energy demand in the developing world may be understated because they do not accurately capture the dramatic increase in demand associated with poverty reduction. Read Catherine Wolfram’s blog post on Bloomberg.

Paving Paradise

Jan 9, 2012 - Cement roads and floors do not only increase efficiency, but also have drastic positive impacts on health and productivity. CEGA Affiliate Paul Gertler is featured in Foreign Policy's article "Paving Paradise" for his research on paving a brighter future in Latin America...literally.

Is payday lending really wrong?

Dec 9, 2011 - "About half of US states have clamped down on payday loans by capping interest rates, or restricting them in ways that make them less profitable... Faced with a hostile home market, several US companies have hit upon the same solution: to set up shop in Britain."

To Win Hearts and Minds, Focus on Small Projects, Study Finds

Nov 15, 2011 - How should the U.S. Military design its counterinsurgency strategy? CEGA Affiliate Eli Berman (UC San Diego) provides insight with his new paper "Can Hearts and Minds be Bought?" where he finds evidence that small, local projects are effective in decreasing violence on Coalition forces.

Africa Unleashed

Oct 26, 2011 - Ted Miguel, CEGA Faculty Director and author of Africa's Turn?, reviews an intriguing and accessible book on Africa's economic growth in this month's edition of Foreign Affairs. Titled Emerging Africa, by Steven Radelet, this book is a great read for specialists in the field and non-economists alike.

CEGA Awarded Global Citizens Award

Oct 23, 2011 - The United Nations Association - Easy Bay Chapter honored CEGA with their 2011 Global Citizen Award. CEGA was acknowledged for its pioneering applied research and influential advocacy and training.

Deworming makes history: From research to action in India

Oct 4, 2011 - CEGA Faculty Director, Edward Miguel, blogs about the recent news announced by the government of India that 17 million children were dewormed in the state of Bihar in the world's largest deworming program.

CEGA Launches New Monthly E-Bulletin, Impact Notes.

Sep 7, 2011 - CEGA has officially launched a new e-bulletin series to keep supporters informed about the Center's latest research, news, and impact on global development. The first issue features CEGA's impact evaluation workshop in Chennai, a new research partnership with the African Leadership Academy, and GiveDirectly - a charity founded upon rigorous evidence generated by CEGA researchers.

Sciences Still Young

Sep 2, 2011 - Harvard Economics Professor Edward Glaeser offers an engaging discussion on the evolution of social science experimental research, from its slow initial uptake through to its present prevalence across fields. In his article "Social Sciences Still Young," he features CEGA affiliate Karthik Muralidharan's Teacher Incentive study and CEGA's Deworming study as notable rigorous investigations of social trends in developing countries.

Climate Stirs Civil Conflict

Aug 29, 2011 - The Scientist magazine offers an intriguing take on the link between climate change and violence in society. CEGA Faculty Director Edward Miguel, with his important research on the impact of adverse climates on civil conflict, adds to the discussion about the 50+ years of data linking El Niño to political violence.

A Charity That Just Gives Money to Poor People

Aug 17, 2011 - GiveDirectly, a charity founded by a group of economists including CEGA affiliate Paul Niehaus, combines new mobile technology with a different type of cash transfer system -- unconditional -- thus allowing those in poverty to make personal decisions in how to best invest the money received. NPR highlights the underlying theory behind the organization, and delves deeper into its unique strategy.

Studies: HIV Meds Can Help Prevent New Infections

Jul 13, 2011 - In a new review unveiled at the International AIDS Society Conference in Rome, CEGA Affiliate Nancy Padian and colleagues analyse trends in the rapidly changing landscape of HIV prevention, and chart a new path for HIV prevention research that focuses on the implementation of effective and efficient combination prevention strategies to turn the tide on the HIV pandemic.

The World's Most Corrupt Diplomats, As Told Through Parking Tickets [Map]

Jul 12, 2011 - CEGA Faculty Director Edward Miguel's 2006 paper on the culture of corruption is featured in Forbes -- this time, in map form.

Worms could mess up your child's performance

Jul 9, 2011 - Recently, World Bank panel of experts attending a conference in Washington on school-based deworming in developing countries, revisited outcomes of the programme that was sponsored by the International Child Support Africa. According to Michael Kremer, Gates Professor of Developing Societies at the Department of Economics in Harvard University, the Kenyan initiative reduced school absenteeism in Busia by 25 per cent.

CEGA 2010-11 Annual Report

Jul 1, 2011 - In 2010-11, we conducted research that arrived at striking results, disseminated findings to policymakers, and trained future development innovators. Take a look at our annual report for this past year's successes supported by our valued donors.

Care for Kenya's Children: Ripple Effects

Jun 28, 2011 - CEGA's work in Kenya featured in Promise of Berkeley's Spring 2011 issue.

Degrees of Freedom

Jun 23, 2011 - A mixture of authoritarianism, unemployment and youth has played a big role in sparking many of the popular uprisings across the Middle East and north Africa. But was education a culprit as well? What is the link between education and democracy? Read this article from the Economist, featuring “Education as Liberation” – a new working paper by CEGA Faculty Director, Edward Miguel.