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Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer & Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
Innovations to improve the distribution of health products are emerging in several key markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, promising (among other things) to decrease the prices and price variability of medications, improve quality, increase availability and extend the geographic reach of products. Impact for Health, with support from the Gates Foundation, recently led a study landscaping innovative companies operating in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa, which found 30 companies offering services to improve the supply of products to providers and to consumers directly. Though most companies are operating at small scale, they seek to disrupt current distribution practices through technology and promise improved visibility into the movement of products.
In conversation with CGD's ongoing work on the Future of Global Health Procurement, Mara Hansen Staples and Cynthia Eldridge will discuss the key trends in innovations in product distribution, and the potential relevance for global health programs.
The Center hosted a photo exhibit - A Broken Landscape: HIV & AIDS in Africa. The evening included a discussion with Paul Kwengwere Program Support Director, ActionAid Malawi; and Paul Ehmer, Global Bureau of Health, USAID.
The Center for Global Development and the Institute for International Economics launched the new book, Delivering on Debt Relief: From IMF Gold to a New Aid Architecture by Nancy Birdsall and John Williamson with Brian Deese.
Center for Global Development non-resident fellow and professor at the Kennedy School of Government Lant Pritchett and Harvard University Professor Michael Woolcock presented "Solutions when the Solution is the Problem: Arraying the Disarray in Development."
In the run-up to the UN Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, CGD hosted a two-part conference. Part One was Financing for Development: Regional Challenges and the Regional Development Banks. Part Two was New Proposals On Financing For Development.
CGD hosted a book presentation by William Easterly, author of The Elusive Quest for Growth: Economists' Adventures and Misadventures in the Tropics in discussion with Ricardo Hausmann, Professor of Economic Development, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.