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The WHO headquarters in Geneva. Photo via Adobe Stock.
Blog Post

The unilateral ultimatum issued by President Donald Trump to the World Health Organization—"reform or else” in 30 days—raises the real possibility of a WHO without funds or governance participation from the United States. What would that mean in practice?

Chart showing various risks introduced by school closures, based on how likely respondents think they are to happen.
Blog Post

One month ago, we launched a survey asking education service providers about their biggest concerns and challenges in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Thanks to their responses, we now have a better understanding of how COVID-19 is affecting education service operations—and what providers are doing in response.


African Development Bank President, Akinwumi Ayodeji Adesina, joins CGD President Masood Ahmed to discuss the impact of COVID-19 across Africa. They will discuss the economic impact of lockdowns in Africa and how response policies need to be adjusted for low income countries.

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