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Commitment to Development Index 2012: Interview with Mr. David Roodman

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.

North Korean Drought and Food Security

Friday, December 28th, 2012

North Korea is facing the country’s worst drought in 60 years that has impacted about 20,000 hectares of farmland in the western coastal areas. This natural calamity has resulted into severe food shortages affecting three million people in North Koreans who are look ing towards the government for food assis tance.The reservoirs have also dried up, and the prolonged dry spell has left vast tracts of agricultural fields unattended. This year the temperature in May and June was about eight degrees higher than usual, leaving all rice fields parched. Shortage in summer crops is expected to bring even more short age of food in the winter, a season which is always severe in North Korea.

Hankook to Sell One Hundred Thousand Tires in India this Year

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

South Korean tire maker Hankook – the highest brand sold in Europe and the Gulf – is eyeing the lucrative Indian market and is expanding its activities in the country. The company aims to sell one hundred thousand tires there and will double its network of dealers from the existing 250 in the current fiscal year.

India and Korea Travel and Tourism Ties Strengthen Further

Monday, September 17th, 2012

In the past year of 2011, South Korea and India have celebrated the year of ‘Korea in India’, and both nations are revisiting many of the ancient, historic cultural ties they have shared long ago. It is believed that it was a young Indi- an princess from Ayodhya who married a prince from Korea (Kim Suro), which led to the eventual first establishment of cultural, historic and finally economic ex- change between the two countries.


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