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An image of a man receiving a Corvid vaccine.
Blog Post

The US has backed a request—originally proposed by South Africa and India and now supported by over 100 countries—to temporarily waive international intellectual property protections on COVID vaccines & other health technologies.

A country map of global lawfulness of corporal punishment in schools.
Blog Post

We examine the problem of teacher violence, drawing on studies from low- and middle-income countries. Teacher-perpetrated violence is widespread and unacceptable and the education sector must do more to eliminate it from schools. We offer five strategies that we hope will be helpful for policymakers, practitioners, planning interventions, and donors funding interventions.


The program is launching a new seminar series, Building the Evidence on Forced Displacement: From Research to Policy Making, to discuss findings from the latest research on forced displacement. The first event will take place Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and can be joined at this link. It will feature a presentation of the paper, Prison or Sanctuary? An Evaluation of Camps for Syrian Refugees by Thomas Ginn, Research Fellow at the Center for Global Development. Other presenters will include: Ewen Macleod, Former Director, Division of Resilience and Solutions, UNHCR; Chinedu Obi, Young Fellow in Forced Displacement, FCDO-UNHCR-WB forced displacement research program; Marine Casalis, Senior Research and Partnerships Manager, ETH Zürich, Immigration Policy Lab; and Haneen Ismail Sayed, World Bank Lead Operations Officer, Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice. The event will be moderated by Paolo Verme, Lead Economist and Program Manager, World Bank.

A small clear globe atop a pile of different national currencies
Blog Post

The DAC should consider whether alternative ways of measuring loans would strike a better balance between accurately measuring donor effort and incentivising lending to poorer countries, or if the latter is an appropriate objective for statistical rules.