Monday, January 7th, 2013
David Roodman is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. Roodman has been the architect and manager of the Commitment to Development Index since the project’s inception in 2002. The Index ranks the world’s richest countries based on their dedication to policies that benefit the 5 billion people living in poorer nations; it is widely recognized as the most compre hensive measure of richcountry policies to wards the developing world.
Roodman’s widely praised book Due Diligence confronts questions about the impacts of microfinance and how it should be supported. he wrote the book through a pathbreaking Microfinance Open Book Blog, where he shared questions, discover ies, and draft chapters.
Roodman previously worked at the Worldwatch Institute, where he wrote three monographs on environmental is sues, and one on debt, titled ‘Still Waiting for the Jubilee: Pragmatic Solutions for the Third World Debt Crisis’. he authored the book ‘The Natural Wealth of Nations: har nessing the Market for the Environment’, and he graduated magna cum laude from harvard College with a degree in theoreti cal mathematics.
Can you please introduce us to the center for Global Development? what is the main mandate of the center? Please tell us about the recent main projects undertaken by the center.
The Center for Global Development (CGD) works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy commu nity to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for us all. CGD conducts independent, highquality research and analysis on a wide range of topics related to how rich country policies impact people in the developing world. These include: aid effectiveness, education, globalization, health, migration, and trade.