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Why Do Poor Children Perform So Poorly?

Wednesday, 29 April 2015
publication
Elizabeth Caucutt, Lance Lochner and Youngmin Park
Substantial differences in math and reading skills by parental income are already evident by the time children enter school, and persist throughout childhood into adolescence (Carneiro and Heckman 2002; Cunha et al. 2006). Studies also show that income-based differences in adolescent achievement go a long way toward explaining later differences in educational attainment and lifetime earnings (Keane and Wolpin 1997; Carneiro and Heckman 2002). Together, these findings suggest that a generation’s fate may be largely sealed by the time it enters school. If this is true, an understanding of intergenerational mobility and its implications for economic and social policy requires an answer to the vexing question: why do poor children perform so poorly?

Addressing the global challenges of a changing (and aging) global population

Tuesday, 31 March 2015
blog
“Globalization is not the problem. It is the answer,” said Jack Goldstone during his Signature Lecture at the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

CIGI appoints Marie-Claude Martin as Senior Fellow

Monday, 1 December 2014
article
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Marie-Claude Martin as Senior Fellow, effective immediately.

World Bank Panel Discussion | International Development: Ideas, Experience, and Prospects

Thursday, 20 November 2014
video
The implementation of international development is complex, dialectic and evolving. Over the 50 years, ideas on international development have changed as the solutions proposed to address problems in poor countries have met with mixed results on the ground. Taking a comparative perspective, the panel will review the history of thinking on trade, foreign aid, growth, social protection, and inclusion, and the prospects going forward for each of these as a means of ‘achieving’ development. The launch at the World Bank follows the release by Oxford University Press in spring 2014.

JICA Research Institute Interview: The convergence of development and international governance agendas

Thursday, 16 October 2014
video
In this JICA Research Institute interview, CIGI President Rohinton Medhora comments on the topic of "the convergence of development and international governance agendas."

Dual Citizenship: Reducing Governance and Protection Gaps

Wednesday, 1 October 2014
publication
Busra Hacioglu, Alina Shams, Amy Wood, Ruiqian Zhang
On December 29, 2013, the journalists Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed were arbitrarily arrested and detained in Cairo, Egypt. This case brings to light the complex web of obligations and transnational legalities regarding dual citizenship, which come to the fore during times of conflict.

How will Harper’s majority overcome its greatest failure?

Friday, 29 August 2014
blog
Stephen Harper will almost certainly continue to ignore the growing calls for a public inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women. He has no intention of launching an expensive investigation that will lead to new demands for increased government funding. But beyond the roundtable meeting proposed by the premiers this week, there is another practical step that might yield dividends: a comparative study of how other countries grapple with aboriginal education.

Low- and middle-income countries must mobilize more domestic resources to health care, CIGI report says

Tuesday, 19 August 2014
article
Health ministers in low- and middle-income countries need to strengthen their accounting frameworks, promotion of domestic health funding and collaboration with international partners and donors, according to a new report issued by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Interchangeable BRICS

Thursday, 7 August 2014
activity
Michael Stevenson
This project seeks to determine whether or not Brazil’s current capacity to produce essential health technologies through the public health sector could be replicated in South Africa.

CIGI report highlights need for greater commitment to education in emergencies

Tuesday, 5 August 2014
article
The state of schooling in Kenya’s Dadaab refugee camps, and implications for Somalia’s future leaders living in the camps, highlights the need for humanitarian assistance to prioritize funding for education, according to a new policy brief issued by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).
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