Should countries be more like shopping malls and compete for investors on the global capital market? Shopping malls have strong incentives to price services efficiently and to deliver them as promised.
More than six months into the worst Ebola outbreak in history, President Obama made the welcome announcement that the US would dramatically step up efforts and lead the global response to combat the deadly disease in West Africa.
Did you know that Iran had tax revenues greater than its GDP for three years in the late 1980s? Or at least that’s the impression you’d get if you — like many researchers — were to combine tax data from the IMF’s Government Financial Statistics and the GDP series from the IMF’s International Financial Statistics.
Denizens of Climate World are gearing up for the “Climate Summit” being hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York on September 23rd. The Summit is designed to elicit “bold commitments to action” from leaders of government, business, finance and civil society in eight areas deemed critical for avoiding catastrophic climate change.
The US Government has taken action to respond to the devastating Ebola epidemic in West Africa: about 100 CDC staffers have been deployed, $100 million spent on medical supplies and training, and an additional $75 million planned for 1,000 beds and 130,000 protective suits.
Another year, another attempt at harmonizing global health data collection. This time around, the effort comes from a multiagency working group comprised of representatives from donor agencies and international organizations, in collaboration with IHP+.
The head of USAID claims that “political momentum” is building to make extreme poverty “central” to the development agenda. The question is: How does one build political momentum for a global development agenda that excludes 5 billion people and the middle class of (nearly) every large developing country?
“Death and poverty are avoidable, but not tobacco taxes.” With this challenging statement, Prabhat Jha, Founding Director of the Centre for Global Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto laid out the most simple, cost-effective, and powerful intervention for charting a healthier future.