Factual Reporting: HIGH
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 2001, The Center for Global Development (CGD) is an “independent and non-partisan group that works to reduce global poverty and inequality through rigorous research and active engagement with the policy community to make the world a more prosperous, just, and safe place for us all.”
CGD was ranked the 13th most prominent think tank in the international development sphere by the University of Pennsylvania’s “2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.”
The current President is Masood Ahmed.
Funded by / Ownership
According to their funding page “The Center for Global Development is an independent, nonpartisan research institution and a 501(c)(3) organization, supported by contributions from individuals, foundations, bilateral organizations, and corporations.” The website openly lists their donors with most coming from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Open Philanthropy Project.
Analysis / Bias
In review, The Center for Global Development (CGD) promotes combating global poverty as well as reducing carbon emissions and promoting pro-science positions such as vaccination in developing countries. Further, the website reports on sustainable development as well as Gender and Equality. The website also features a blog that reports news and analysis from a left-leaning perspective. For example, this story: Russia, DFC, and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea Buried in the Spending Law. This story like most is properly sourced to credible outlets such as House.gov, Congress.gov, and the DFC. The website frequently reports on the dangers of climate change and denigrates the Trump administration such as this: Trump’s Strangest Trade Idea Yet. In general, the CGD reports factually but offers a left-leaning perspective through the promotion of liberal-leaning causes.
A factual search reveals they have not failed a fact check.
Overall, we rate the Center for Global Development Left-Center Biased based on the promotion of policy that mostly aligns with the Democratic Party. We also rate them High for factual reporting due to proper sourcing and a clean fact check record. (7/6/2016) Updated (D. Van Zandt 1/15/2020)