Since 1820, global poverty has dropped from 94% of humanity to less than 10% – largely because of free trade.


Bjorn Lomborg
In a partnership with Tata Trusts, the oldest and most respected Indian philanthropic organization, we are helping set priorities for India, starting with two states: Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. The project has been underway for a year, involving more than 600 stakeholders and 30 teams of top economists. Over the coming months, we'll present a wealth of new research for both states, profiled in national and state media.

Empowerment of girls is the key in fight against child marriage

Despite significant progress against child marriage, it remains a huge challenge for India. Now, the Tata Trusts and Copenhagen Consensus are adding new data to the conversation, with research papers commissioned for India Consensus that assess child marriage prevention policies for Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

In the world's largest-circulating English language newspaper, The Times of India, Lomborg and Manorama Bakshi, Senior Adviser to India Consensus, explain that education is the key: cash transfers for girls to stay in school longer, the provision of bicycles to tackle the lack of safe transport to secondary school, and better sanitation at schools are all cost-effective policies to approach the problem, providing benefits worth between 3 and 4.5 times their cost.

How to speed up the end of Tuberculosis

New economic evidence for India Consensus shows that Indian Prime Minister Modi is entirely right to focus on tuberculosis, a disease that kills 400,000 Indians every year. Both in Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh, TB policies can yield remarkable returns, pointing the way for strong and smart action against TB across India.

Managing this killer disease means more money to tackle other priorities, because of its phenomenal cost-effectiveness. Lomborg & Bakshi write in The Hindustan Times that every rupee spent by Rajasthan and its population will generate Rs 179 of benefits, representing saved lives, fewer people being disabled, and quicker treatment initiation.

The article is also available in Hindi (Hindustan Dainik) and Telugu language (Andhra Jyothy).

A trade war on the world’s poorest

New obstacles to free trade such as the impending trade war between the U.S. and China do not just make the world less secure. Protectionism also undermines the best opportunity to transform the lives of billions of the world’s poorest people and realize benefits worth trillions of dollars every year.


Read Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate in six languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including The Jakarta Post (Indonesia, print only), The Daily Star (Lebanon), Shanghai Daily (China), Financial Tribune (Iran), Diario Expreso (Ecuador), My Republica (Nepal), Jornal de Negocios (Portugal) and Finmag (Czech Republic).

Copenhagen Consensus research inspires UK call to action for gender equality

Setting out its Vision for Gender Equality, the British government used Copenhagen Consensus findings on the benefits and costs of investment in sexual and reproductive health services in its "Call to Action for Her Potential, Our Future". The UK is pressing the Department for International Development (DFID) and its partners to deliver better results for girls and women and achieve gender equality.

Penny Mordaunt, UK Secretary of State for International Development, said: "Enabling women and girls to choose for themselves when they have children allows them to complete their education and to take up better economic opportunities. The Copenhagen Consensus estimated that achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health services by 2030, and eliminating unmet need for modern contraception by 2040, would deliver $120 of social and economic benefits for every $1 invested."

Copenhagen Consensus one of the world's top think tanks

The University of Pennsylvania every year asks nearly 4,000 journalists, policy-makers, donors and scholars to rank the world's best think tanks.

This year, Copenhagen Consensus was once again acknowledged for having launched one of the top-20 advocacy campaigns anywhere in the world, for the fifth year running. It was also named in the same rankings as one of the 70 think-tanks in the world with the most outstanding policy-oriented research programs, alongside NGOs that have more than 100-times larger budgets.

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In case you missed it...

A few weeks ago, Lomborg and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle A. Williams wrote in The Washington Post that domestic violence deserves much more of the world’s attention and resources. The costs to society are astonishing. Research for Copenhagen Consensus estimates that the annual cost of domestic violence internationally totals an astonishing $4.3 trillion.

Lomborg on social media:

An Arctic meltdown? Not so fast!

95% Fewer People Die From Climate-Related Natural Disasters

Plastic bags are best for the environment

Freer trade is coming to Africa

Impact of global warming now:  0% of GDP

Non-hydro renewables will still be most expensive power source in 2040

More global articles and interviews:

The high cost of domestic violence
Watertown Daily Times (USA)

On preventing return of a forgotten disease
Shanghai Daily (China)

Bjørn Lomborg om den globale klimaløsning: “Det kommer aldrig til at ske”
Raeson (Denmark)

EE.UU. se equivoca
El Pais (Uruguay)

El alto costo del abuso doméstico en el mundo
Milenio (Mexico)

O regresso de um assassino esquecido
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

Introduction of the Andhra Pradesh Priorities project in Telugu language
Andhra Jyothy (India)

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and the world, and has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 public intellectuals.

He is the author of several best-selling books, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School and works regularly with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was named Think Tank of the Year by Prospect Magazine, in US International Affairs. It has repeatedly been top-ranked by University of Pennsylvania in its global overview of think tanks.

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
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