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The African Union and the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Thursday, 17 July 2014
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which have guided African development priorities for the last 14 years, are being transitioned into a post-2015 framework with which the next stage in African development will be determined. This brief examines the African Union's recent Common African Position (CAP) on the post-2015 development agenda and compares this document to other publications that detail possible post-2015 development goals.

BRICS nations reach historic accord

Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew
“Their bank is more likely to be more agile and have lending policies that are more streamlined,” says Director of CIGI's Global Economy Program Domenico Lombardi, commenting on the formation of a new BRCIS development bank.

BRICS Fight Waning Clout With $150 Billion Deal at Summit

Monday, 14 July 2014
Raymond Colitt, Arnaldo Galvao
“The measures are more symbolic, designed to show they have alternative instruments to the IMF and World Bank,” says Domenico Lombardi, Director of CIGI's Global Economy Program, commenting on the BRICS' new currency reserve fund and development bank.

The journey of a job-giver

Monday, 9 June 2014
Yunus’s own journey began in 1976. Seeing the desperation of a poor woman indebted to a loan shark, Yunus gave the woman the equivalent of $27, enough to buy her financial freedom. However, this one act was not enough to satisfy Yunus desire to help. He began lending money to more people who were unable to apply for conventional bank loans. Eventually, his passion for lending to the poor grew into the Grameen Bank, an institution now serving 8.5 million borrowers and facilitating $1.5 billion in lending in Bangladesh alone.

Time for Canada to Get Into the Business of Development

Monday, 2 June 2014
Brett House, James Haga
"Without a Canadian Development Finance Institution, we’re not just leaving profits unearned: we’re leaving lives lost and potential unrealized," say CIGI Senior Fellow Brett House and James Haga. "It’s time to build on the lessons learned by our G7 counterparts to create a Canadian DFI for the 21st century."

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus to speak at CIGI on entrepreneurs as ‘job givers’

Thursday, 29 May 2014
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus will discuss the history and future benefits of social business, at a special presentation by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Harper's kids, moms plan polarizes at home

Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Mike Blanchfield
CIGI Chair in Global Health Alan Whiteside comments on the recent maternal and child health conference, convened by Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Canada can do more on maternal health: experts

Tuesday, 27 May 2014
Annie Bergeron-Oliver
"Canada and the international community should place a greater focus on understanding the relationship between HIV/AIDS and maternal mortality," says CIGI Chair in Global Health Alan Whiteside.

New institutions to play greater role in global governance and international development, says CIGI paper

Friday, 9 May 2014
Lack of innovative reform at international organizations will lead to new alternatives in global governance and international development, according to a new paper issued by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

CIGI President Rohinton Medhora to address Ottawa audience on prospects for international development

Monday, 28 April 2014
CIGI invites media to cover its CIGI Global Policy Forum, “Development: More than a Foreign Affair,” on May 1, 2014, at the Rideau Club in Ottawa, Canada. CIGI President Rohinton Medhora will deliver a keynote address on shifts in international development.