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Mariam Claeson, Director, Global Financing Facility
Isaac Adewole, Minister of Health, Nigeria (tbc)
Kevin Watkins, CEO, Save the Children UK
Joe Cerrell, Managing Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Claire Moran, Head of Human Development, Department for International Development UK
Kalipso Chalkidou, Director Global Health Policy & Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Every year, in 50 countries across the world, more than 5 million mothers and children die from preventable conditions and their economies lose billions of dollars to poor health and nutrition. Inadequate funding is one of the reasons for the slow progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Launched in Addis Ababa in July 2015, the Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child (GFF) is driving new approaches to financing. It strives to recognize that countries themselves are the engines of progress and that the role of external assistance is to support countries both to get more results from the existing resources and to increase the total volume of financing. It accomplishes these goals by increasing efficiency, mobilizing public domestic resources, linking and aligning concessional financing and external resources, and leveraging the private sector.
To understand the GFF model, discuss its direction and reflect on challenges so far and ways of addressing these, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the GFF invite you to the launch of the GFF’s annual report in London. Through a series of presentations and a moderated panel discussion, we will highlight some of the report’s key findings as well as the results of a new impact assessment, offering participants an opportunity to ask questions and engage in discussion.
With the success that the GFF has already achieved, and an upcoming replenishment moment in November, the event provides an opportune time to consider past lessons learned and evaluate the GFF’s potential future impact.
Now in its 4th year, the AIDF Africa Summit returns to Nairobi, Kenya on 26-27 February 2019, once again uniting 300+ humanitarian and development leaders, decision makers and advisors committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region.
Indian agriculture remains vulnerable to the vagaries of weather, and the looming threat of climate change may expose this vulnerability further. Using district-level data on temperature, rainfall and crop production, Siddharth Hari’s paper first documents a long-term trend of rising temperatures, declining average precipitation and increase in extreme precipitation events. One key finding is that the impact of temperature and rainfall are felt only in the extreme: when temperatures are much higher, rainfall is significantly lower, and the number of “dry days” greater is than normal. He also finds that these impacts are significantly more adverse in unirrigated areas (and hence rainfed crops) compared to irrigated areas. Can policy makers react to the challenges of climate change and find ways to get “more crop for every drop?"
Estimating intergenerational mobility in developing countries is difficult because matched parent-child income records are rarely available and education is measured very coarsely. In particular, there are no established methods for comparing educational mobility for subsamples of the population when the education distribution is changing over time.
In their recent paper, Sam Asher and coauthors present new methods and new administrative data to overcome this gap, and study intergenerational mobility across groups and across space in India. They find that the intergenerational mobility for the population as a whole has remained constant since liberalization, but cross-group changes have been substantial. Rising mobility among historically marginalized "Scheduled Castes" is almost exactly offset by declining intergenerational mobility among Muslims, a comparably sized group that has few constitutional protections. These findings contest the conventional wisdom that marginalized groups in India have been catching up on average. The paper also explores heterogeneity across space, generating the first high-resolution geographic measures of intergenerational mobility across India, with results across 5600 rural subdistricts and 2300 cities and towns.
AidEx is a two day event, which encompasses a conference, exhibition, meeting areas, awards and workshops. Its fundamental aim is to engage the sector at every level and provide a forum for aid & development professionals to meet, source, supply and learn. AidEx was created to help the international aid and development community engage the private sector in a neutral setting, drive innovation and support the ever-growing need for emergency aid and development programmes.