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Global Health TV interviews CGD vice president for programs and operations, and senior fellow Ruth Levine about the 2008 presidential candidates' platforms on global health.
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"With the US facing a presidential election later in the year Global Health TV takes a closer look at the likely impact on Global Health from a new administration in the second of two special interviews with experts from the Center for Global Development. CGD is an independent, not-for-profit think tank that works to reduce global poverty and inequality by advocating policy change in the U.S. and other wealthy nations through research and engagement with the policy community."
The Financial Times quotes CGD vice president for programs and operations, and senior fellow Ruth Levine on advanced market commitments.
From the article:
"But the proponents of advanced market commitments (AMCs) believe the problems can be overcome. 'There’s no question that there’s going to be a way to deal with these challenges in a sensible, analytically based way,' argues Ruth Levine, vice-president of
the Center for Global Development, a think-tank based in Washington, DC, which has been a leading force in evaluating and advocating AMCs. 'By that I mean that a proposal or contract will be written that makes sense and is based on good empirical work.'
The pilot is the pneumococcal vaccine pledge, made in principle back in February 2007, and now being hammered out. It is a big deal -- a lot of money is on the table, with the potential to save many millions of lives at a low cost. Yet compared with other possible AMCs, the pneumococcal problem is relatively simple: two credible vaccines are in the late stages of development. Levine acknowledges that this example is as close to a procurement contract as to a pure innovation prize, but believes there is much to be learned from the exercise about whether donors can make a commitment together and handle the legal and accounting challenges. 'What this won’t be is a pure test of whether putting a market-like offer out a long distance into the future will give firms an incentive to do early-stage R&D,' she says."
Voice of America interviewed CGD vice president for programs and operations, and senior fellow, Ruth Levine, on her new report " Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda."
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Reuters quotes CGD research fellow David Roodman on social business and microlending.
From the article:
"David Roodman, a research fellow at the Center for Global Development, a think tank in Washington, said Yunus' genius was to do something that people thought was impossible -- providing small loans to poor people 'without losing your shirt.'
'You can look at that as a very efficient solution to a business problem and so the question is where can you apply that kind of thinking besides providing credit?' Roodman said.
But he said that while the social businesses and similar ideas would undoubtedly grow, the more powerful way to reduce poverty was through economic growth.
'What is reducing poverty so dramatically in China? It's not socially motivated businesses but good old-fashioned capitalism,' he said."
Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development and Peterson Institute, Arvind Subramanian, discusses GDP and purchasing power parity data and cites his essay co-authored with Nancy Birdsall on the World Bank in Business Standard.
From the article:
"The World Bank has just replenished its coffers by about $40 billion to keep concessional finance flowing to poor countries. Nancy Birdsall, President of the Center for Global Development and I have argued (http://www.cgdev.org/content/publications/detail/14625) that a large share of the Bank’s resources — substantially larger than currently foreseen — should be channelled to activities that produce global public goods. A great example of such goods is knowledge produced by the Bank, including the knowledge embodied in the new GDP data generated by the Bank’s statisticians. Like the efforts of the PWT in the past, this knowledge has transformed and enriched our understanding of the poorer parts of the world.
We should therefore raise a toast to these humble folk, the bean counters, who beaver away at such unsexy but invaluable tasks. But as we do so, we should not shy away from asking this question: can the loanwallahs at the World Bank (and elsewhere) make comparable claims of adding value to the world."
The Los Angeles Times quotes CGD on celebrities role in the global agenda.
From the article:
"Of course, some celebrities are more effective than others. In the 1990s, Princess Diana embraced a ban on the use of land mines. Her death became a rallying point that led to Britain's ratification of the 1997 Ottawa Convention to ban the devices. The Bono-championed Jubilee 2000 campaign to assist highly indebted poor countries resulted in 'the most successful industrial-country movement aimed at combating world poverty for many years, perhaps in all recorded history,' according to the Center for Global Development, an independent, nonprofit think tank. Bono and Bob Geldof also helped fuel the pledge at the 2005 Gleneagles G-8 summit to double aid to developing countries.
The Wall Street Journal cites CGD Non-Resident Fellow Michael Kremer on Advanced Market Commitments for vaccines to developing countries.
From the article:
"At the heart of an advanced market commitment, says Michael Kremer, the Harvard economist who came up with the idea in the 1990s, is an effort to make markets work for the world's poor."