“We know this is crazy ambitious,” Lant Pritchett says to introduce RISE: Research on Improving Systems of Education. He’s right. The RISE program plans to study education systems reform in five countries over six years; CGD directs the research agenda.
The Republican presidential primary debate season starts this Thursday evening (August 6). Although the discussion won’t center on global development policy or even foreign policy, if the questions from the 2012 debates are any indication, we should expect quite a few questions on foreign policy. This time, Rob Morello hopes to hear better answers.
With Raj Shah now departed as USAID Administrator, there has been much speculation on who might replace him. It is critical that the Obama administration nominate a new USAID Administrator quickly. But with two remaining years and much development work to do at the Agency, what characteristics should President Obama look for in his new Administrator?
The policy debate around whether foreign aid—now $138.5 billion a year—works has been polarized between the “Oh yes it does” camp and those who respond “Oh no it doesn’t.” (Christmas pantomime anyone?)
In the big federal countries where global disease burden is concentrated, most public money for health isn’t ultimately spent by the national ministry of health, the traditional counterpart for global health funders and technical agencies.
Does a stand-alone Department for International Development have a long-term future? What is the role of DFID in facilitating other British government departments and other UK organizations to assist developing countries? What is its role in influencing the policies of other Whitehall departments?