International Development

Saving for a Rainless Day: Microfinancing for Resilience

“The sooner you save, the better off you’ll be in life, wherever you live, at whatever age you start,” said Sophie Romana, director of community finance at Oxfam America: “Saving is the key.” Microsavings groups—informal community-based financial pools--can help vulnerable communities build resilience, said representatives from support organizations CARE International, Oxfam America, and the Grameen Foundation  at a Wilson Center event on June 29, 2017.

Observing Earth: Using Satellite Data for International Development

“Interest in earth observation—and in particular, the value to what we do in development internationally—has never been higher,” said Jenny Frankel-Reed, adaptation team lead at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Frankel-Reed spoke at the Wilson Center’s recent panel discussion of the earth observation data program known as SERVIR, which included insights from USAID’s soon-to-be-released evaluation of the program.

From Evidence to Action: How Can Policy Close the Gender Gap?

Ambassador Deborah Birx and Global Experts Discuss Data and the Gender Gap

Current policy debates highlight the need for more hard evidence to identify problems, prove results, and change lives. But what happens when there are gaps in the data, particularly a lack of sex-diaggregated data? Will the gender data gap further marginalize women and girls?