I spent a day on Friday at the Center for Global Development (CGD), where I serve as chair of the research advisory group. Under the creative and imaginative leadership of Nancy Birdsall, the CGD has turned itself into the pre-eminent think tank on development issues in the United States in the span of a few years. Its annual Commitment to Development Index is a powerful instrument for shaming rich governments, as well as patting on the back those who do well.
I got to hear about the new work going on at the Center: Steve Radelet's work on Liberia, Ruth Levine's ongoing work in health and program evaluation, Michael Clemens' research on migration, Mead Over's work on HIV/AIDS, David Wheeler's work on climate change, among others. David Roodman, whose Stata code for running system GMM has become a staple among users (never mind if this sounds Greek to you), was not there but he is a real asset to the organization.
And here is a tip: tune to the CGD website for an important announcement on November 14th.