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• Dinesh Arora, Sommer Scholar (MPH), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Former Deputy CEO, National Health Authority, India
• Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, Director of Technical Coordination, Ministry of Health, Ghana
• Hakiba Solange, Deputy Director, Rwanda Social Security Board
• Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Global Health Advisor, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand
• Amanda Glassman, Executive Vice President and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
ABOUT THE EVENT
The commitments laid out in the 2019 United Nations High Level Meeting Declaration on Universal Health Coverage are many and wide-ranging. Through this declaration, countries have recommitted to achieving UHC by 2030, yet there has been little discussion on how such an ambitious agenda can be reached given modest domestic resource mobilization gains and upcoming transitions in health and development aid. While the UHC agenda must be ambitious, there is a clear need for low and lower-middle income countries to prioritize within it in order to have the biggest impact possible. Health financing for UHC requires commitment from across government to prioritize health in the global budget, and to ensure that the money allocated across health buys the greatest impact. Considering the scope of health packages a country could invest in, it is essential to prioritize limited resources both in terms of what should be tackled first and what can be achieved in the next decade. The session will draw on the expertise of panelists from government to reflect on whether and how countries could finance the commitments made to UHC by 2030.
This event is organized by CGD’s international Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), a global network of experts and policy makers that work together to empower countries to make effective, efficient and equitable decisions for health resource allocation. We will host an informal reception following the discussion.
Governments and donors are increasingly focused on the use of evidence in evaluating human development programs and setting policy priorities. This master class will provide early career researchers with cutting-edge methodological tools for experimental and quasi-experimental evaluation of early childhood development interventions. The course is intended for current PhD students and recent graduates whose doctoral work is focused on early childhood development, education, development economics, or public policy.
Every year, the Birdsall House Conference on Women brings together leading academics and policymakers to discuss cutting-edge research focused on improving outcomes for women in low- and middle-income countries.
There are 26 million refugees worldwide, of whom half are children, and little rigorous evidence exists on what works to aid integration. Turkey is host to 1 million Syrian child refugees. Many face bullying, violence, and social exclusion in schools.
Join the Center for Global Development and PAI for a discussion with country policymakers, health financing experts, and the broader family planning community to explore how advocates and governments can work together as constructive partners in the design of UHC-oriented financing policies to ensure universal and high-quality family planning access.
In October 2018, USAID published its inaugural Journey to Self-Reliance Country Roadmaps featuring 17 third-party, publicly available metrics used to visualize progress toward self-reliance across the developing world. The release of the roadmaps marked the first major, visible product of the agency’s “Journey to Self-Reliance” strategic pivot. Since then, USAID has been working to implement its Journey to Self-Reliance agenda, with its focus on data, the private sector, resource mobilization, and a range of other new tools, practices, and approaches to partnership. Please join us for an event exploring how USAID is operationalizing the Journey to Self-Reliance. What has changed about the agency’s relationships with partner countries and the way it approaches its work? What challenges has the agency encountered? We’ll tackle these questions and more with a presentation from USAID Assistant to the Administrator Chris Maloney, followed by a panel discussion examining what the Journey to Self-Reliance looks like in practice, especially at the country-level.
Two weeks ago, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel for 2019 to Michael Kremer, together with Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”
Michael Kremer, a Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development, is a pioneer in the use of randomized controlled trials to answer key development questions in low- and middle-income countries. He has used experiments to learn how to improve education, health, water, and agriculture outcomes for the poor. Beyond his experimental work, Kremer helped develop the advance market commitment for vaccines to stimulate private investment in vaccine research and the distribution of vaccines for diseases in the developing world. He is the founding Scientific Director of Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) at USAID, which tests and scales creative solutions to development challenges.
In this event, Kremer will sit down with David Evans, Senior Fellow at CGD, to discuss the implications of the 2019 Nobel Prize for economics and development, as well as his wide array of initiatives. We will host an informal reception following the discussion.
For several years, Africa has gained a reputation as the next frontier for tech and social enterprises. In reality, the startup economy is growing with more and more venture capital firms making greater investments on the continent. According to Partech, more than $1 billion was raised by African tech startups in 2018. Increasing investment in startups and small businesses bodes well for countries as it often means increasing employment opportunities through job creation. For the African diaspora, participating in Africa's growth through investment in business is a critical opportunity. When Africans in the diaspora invest in their continent, they contribute to improving prosperity and empowering fellow Africans to fulfill their potential and achieve economic and social progress. At this Dialogue, Chinedu Enekwe addresses the role venture capital, and the African diaspora, can play in growing the African economy. He offers his experience and wisdom in launching your startup in Africa and securing venture capital funds.