Project on Prosperity and Development
An Introduction to PPD
The Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) studies international development and the rapidly shifting financial and social landscape in low and middle-income countries.
In recent years, for the first time, private flows to the developing world began to outpace official development assistance (ODA) and other public financing mechanisms. While governments, including the United States, continue to provide a broad range of development assistance that supports health, security, and livelihoods, major donors are beginning to focus their efforts on catalytic efforts that can promote improved governance and economic growth.
PPD studies international development policy and develops approaches in which governments, civil society, and the private sector can work together to foster broad-based economic growth. PPD's work merges traditional development theory and practice with the innovative approaches of private actors, and influences the development debate and donor resource allocation through CSIS's unique convening power in Washington and around the world. International development is a key component of U.S. smart power, and the project engages U.S. civil and military officials, the private sector, civil society, philanthropic actors, academia, faith-based groups, diaspora, and multilateral institutions to this end. PPD provides recommendations to ensure that the United States leverages all resources at its disposal, including the American private sector, in order to achieve developmental outcomes.
Areas of Focus
PPD seeks to influence private actors in the International Community and shape Executive and legislative policy on development. PPD currently works on three priority areas:
- Private sector development
- Development finance and the role of multilateral institutions