Monday, July 11, 2016 - 2:30pm
The world was caught off-guard by recent mass movements of refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa. But this is not one brief storm to be weathered and forgotten. These mass movements will only continue in coming years as conflict, disasters, extreme poverty, and other hardships displace people from their homes. Today the recent rise in 'survival migration' is commonly cited to justify political upheaval and isolationism in both Europe and the United States.
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 12:30pm
Is there a way to improve health care services amidst the limited physical and human capital in some developing countries? In this seminar, David Evans and Mario Macis will discuss the findings from their field experiment in Nigeria, where 80 primary health centers were provided with varying degrees of management training from SafeCare, an international organization that designs quality of care standards specific to health facilities in low- and middle-income countries. Through their experiment, the authors were able to differentiate between the effects of solely providing assessments and feedback and the effects of providing assessments, feedback, and implementation support to facilities for meeting the quality standards set by SafeCare.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 3:30pm
Donor governments are increasingly utilising direct partnerships with governments and local organisations as a way to deliver sustainable results. Whether called country ownership, aid localisation, or sustainable development, the evidence base around localised approaches to foreign assistance remains slim. New research from the Center for Global Development explores how and when ownership approaches can be effective, and what tools and mechanisms development agencies have at their disposal to implement such an approach.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 12:30pm
Join us for a seminar with economist Markus Haacker, who will discuss the motivations behind and findings from his forthcoming book, The Economics of the Global Response to HIV/AIDS. As in the book, Haacker will review the global impact of and response to HIV/AIDS to date. He will also address the long-term financial liability of the HIV/AIDS response and discuss the design of HIV/AIDS programs in light of the changing health and financial consequences of the disease.
Monday, June 27, 2016 - 12:30pm
A groundbreaking new international study released by the Tent Foundation and Open Political Economy Network (OPEN) powerfully highlights how accepting refugees and empowering them to succeed in the workforce can lead to significant economic growth, increased productivity and wages, new businesses and jobs, and increased international trade and innovation, among others benefits. Specifically, the study demonstrates how investing a euro (or dollar) in welcoming refugees can yield nearly two in economic benefits within five years.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 2:30pm
Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) is a fundamental data collection system for countries and a critical enabler of access to services and participation in civic life for individuals. However, women face unique barriers to accessing CRVS systems, including distance, cost, and regulations that place demands on women for documentation not required from men.
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 9:00am
As emerging economies grapple with the practical implications of the universal health coverage agenda, governments are looking for effective ways to expand access to affordable, quality health services. Given resource constraints, one option governments are considering is working more closely with the private sector through public-private partnerships (PPPs). The PPP approach can be applied to a wide range of healthcare system needs: from construction of facilities to the provision of medical supplies to the delivery of services.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 4:00pm
Illegal disposal of toxic waste has become an issue of concern in both developing and developed countries. Recent anecdotal evidence has highlighted that hazardous waste is shipped from developed countries and illegally dumped in Africa, in particular in the area of the Horn of Africa, during road construction works. The potential health and economic consequences on the local population are devastating.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 11:30am
What should tomorrow’s aid agencies look like in a landscape where the global goal is to ensure sustainable development? In the past, the role of aid has mainly been to “finance” specific projects or services, with a strong sense of donor identity and marked projections of donor interests. A modern approach to development assistance, however, focuses on the catalytic role of institutions and their capacity to mobilize expertise and resources towards shared objectives.
Monday, June 13, 2016 - 4:00pm
Development depends on innovation. New ideas, new funding mechanisms and new technologies save and improve lives, from vaccines to solar lamps to Development Impact Bonds. But even if innovations reach a million people, they still fall short of the billion who live in poverty.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 4:00pm
Please join us for a special event marking the release of Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africaʼs First Woman President by K. Riva Levinson. The book is an insider’s account of Riva’s longtime relationship with Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, two women warriors in battle to help a nation recover from war, and a window into the strange policy trenches of Washington DC.
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 9:30am
Through its Gender and Development Program, CGD is examining donor institutions’ various approaches to promoting gender equality and tracking gender-related results. Join Senior Fellows Mayra Buvinic and Charles Kenny for the next step in this research area: an event focused on how multilateral banks (MDBs) integrate gender across their operations and measure their gender equality-related impacts.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 4:00pm
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) threatens future growth and prosperity, as well as health. Without global action, the UK's Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, led by Lord Jim O'Neill, estimates that an additional 10 million people will die every year from drug-resistant infections and the global economy will experience a loss of $100 trillion by 2050. The impact from rising drug resistance will be felt worldwide, hitting low- and middle-income countries hardest.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 4:00pm
Evidence shows that when women have the opportunity to serve as political leaders, governments are not only more inclusive but also perform better. Women politicians are shown to champion policies improving health services and education systems, and they serve as positive role models influencing girls’ career aspirations and educational attainment. But across the world, women’s rates of political leadership remain lower than men’s. What are the obstacles standing in the way of women’s equal political participation? And what can be done to overcome these obstacles?
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 12:30pm
Economic evaluations are crucial for countries to realize the benefits of universal health coverage. They are one of the best tools governments have to help determine which health technologies and interventions should be covered and which should not, and to ensure they get the most health out of their limited budgets. However, today we see numerous methodologies applied, with varying quality and consistency, making it hard for governments to know which approaches are most accurate and useful.
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:30pm
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs), which can lead to weight gain, is rising in middle-income countries (MICs) in tandem with the prevalence of obesity. Evidence from high-income countries suggests that taxing sodas may reduce consumption, and governments in many MICs are considering such taxes. In this seminar, Sharon Nakhimovsky and Andrea Feigl will present findings from a systematic review of ten observational studies from Brazil, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Peru, and South Africa that assess post-tax price increases, change in demand for SSBs and other products overall and by socio-economic groups, and the effect of SSB price change on obesity prevalence. The review indicates that price increases from a tax may result in reduced consumption of SSBs. Evidence also suggests a negative relationship between SSB prices and obesity prevalence, after accounting for substitution effects. Based on this analysis, taxes on SSBs may be a promising policy tool for MICs to address rising obesity prevalence.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 11:00am
The refugee crisis emanating from the Syrian conflict has helped to focus policymakers globally on the broader challenges of populations displaced by conflict. In part, humanitarian responses have fallen short in meeting short term crisis needs. But there is also a growing recognition that long term displacement poses challenges that call for a development-oriented response extending beyond crisis measures. As hosts to large displaced populations, developing countries like Jordan, Lebanon, and Kenya have struggled to meet the needs of these populations in a way that also promotes their national development strategies.
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 4:30pm
The rise of digital technology has nurtured a growing industry around the world in financial services that benefit the poor, from mobile payments and money transfers to micro-savings and mobile-based crop insurance. But as the financial landscape evolves to include these disruptive innovations, new players and new business models could bring fresh risks to individual users and to financial systems. So how should policymakers respond?