CGD Policy Blogs
Manila Bulletin Online reports a conference in Manila about Rotavirus:
Nearly 500,000 children or roughly one child per minute dies every year worldwide because of rotavirus infection â€“ a wheel-shaped virus that is a leading cause of severe vomiting, fever and watery diarrhea among infants and children, causing severe dehydration.
Salil Tripathi, writing in the Guardian on Friday
The moral dilemma has become acute because many think something is unseemly about a company raking in large profits when millions of people, many in agony, and many more poor, need the medicine to ward off disease and survive. ...
This week has turned out to be tough for the MCC. On Tuesday evening, House and Senate conferees approved by voice vote the FY 2006 Foreign Operations appropriations bill in the amount of $20.9 billion, nearly $2 billion less than President Bush had pushed for. Far and away the biggest loser from this affair was the MCC, which accounted for over half of the foreign ops budget reduction.
In response to Nancy Birdsall's request for comments on the upcoming Doha Trade round, we received a thoughtful comment from Jim, author of the Blog Our word is our weapon.
Jenny Lanjouw, a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Global Development, died on Tuesday.
Jenny was an inspiration and a friend. She fought poverty with passion and a brilliant mind. One of her legacies will be her ingenious proposal to increase access to drugs in developing countries.
A very nice piece out yesterday from Freedom House on the democracy hurdle for MCC funding. What to do with countries that pass the MCC's "ruling justly" indicators but have questionable democratic processes? And not the classic cases of China or Egypt, but some development darlings like Burkina Faso and Uganda. Is it time, as we proposed recently, to introduce a democracy hard hurdle similar to the existing corruption one?