Global Development

Our program focuses on the political, economic, and security challenges of escaping cycles of violence and forging a path towards peaceful development. We explore how the MDGs and aid delivery should be adapted to reflect the changing geography and needs of the poor and new geopolitics of development. The team works closely with the UN, regional organizations, international financial institutions, and governments.  Signature projects include our work on UN Development at a Crossroads, negotiations and delivery of the post-2015 development agenda, implementation of the World Bank 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development, and work with the OECD/g7+ “New Deal for Engagement in Fragile States.”

Development actors are confronted by a fast-evolving global political, economic and environmental landscape. CIC believes there is no room for complacency. The development challenges and opportunities of the future will be the toughest to navigate. Yet the multilateral system, governments and private actors are only beginning to respond strategically to these ongoing shifts; and responses are rarely collective.

  • Countries that were emerging economies in 2000 have become global and regional powers and major investors. Power has become more diffuse and the geopolitics of development have transformed.
  • Official development assistance is in decline; private foreign direct investment, trade, communications and migration are all growing in scale and significance. Many low-income countries are increasingly confident to manage their own development if they can harness the benefits of globalization.
  • More and more of the world’s poor live in places where there is chronic violence and conflict.
  • Strategic risks to global public goods, from climate change to food scarcity to rapid population growth and multinational organized crime, continue to intensify. Shocks, from natural disasters to pandemics, exert global ripple effects.

New thinking and approaches are needed, to break the persistent cycles of violence and poverty that have trapped the world’s poorest people and fragile states, and to collectively manage the challenges and opportunities that accompany new patterns of global development.

CIC’s distinctive vision is to reshape the international architecture to meet the challenges of global development in the next era. Our mission is to inject intellectual leadership, creativity and momentum into global development practices. Our unique approach to delivering change in global development is to facilitate structured dialogue and new partnerships between traditional and rising global powers.

To achieve our mission, CIC:

  • Informs multilateral policy and debate, to ensure that the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals reflect the changing geography and needs of the poor;
  • Aims to forge a path toward new global partnerships and reformed international institutions for development;
  • Monitors global activities in fragile states and develops lessons on the delivery of development assistance by traditional and rising powers.

We work with the UN, regional organizations, international financial institutions and governments, and through research partnerships with the Brookings Institution, Stanford University and the South African Institute of International Affairs.

CIC’s research sets the agenda. We have shaped: the debate on options for new global partnerships; the 2013 High Level Panel of eminent persons on the post-2015 agenda; debate on reform of the UN Development System; the World Bank 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development; the OECD and g7+ group of conflict-affected countries; the 2011 UN Review of Civilian Capacities; a review of the UN Rule of Law Architecture and research on organized crime.