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Amolo Ng'weno, Chief Executive Officer, BFA, and Non-Resident Fellow, Center for Global Development
Vijaya Ramachandran, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
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Amolo will talk about the demographics now shaping the future of work in Africa—where the young bulge is just starting—and middle-income Asian countries which are now facing challenges of supporting an aging population. With that in mind, she will discuss how the reality that most people in developing countries draw their incomes from the informal sector will shape the options for policy; as well as how the rise of digital commerce may provide new opportunities to create livelihoods that are suited to the country and individual circumstances.
Amolo is CEO of BFA and a Non-Resident Fellow at CGD. Her recent areas of interest include the changing nature of work in developing countries with the growth of the digital economy; harnessing technology to provide micro-enterpreneurs with the financial and technical tools for growth; and how data analysis techniques can improve regulators' interactions with customers, including for resolving disputes. She previously held a position as Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and co-founded East Africa's first internet provider.
The Ebola outbreak that the DRC has grappled with for well over a year has, once again, highlighted the critical need for the international community to refocus and prioritize investments in health security preparedness and response.
The World Health Organization has declared a need for smarter spending strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. But what does ‘spending smarter’ mean? Should we prioritize TB screening and treatment or improved coverage of basic surgical services? What happens when we care about multiple aims, like population health outcomes and patient out-of-pocket health expenditures? Rarely are the same interventions the ‘best buys’ across all dimensions of interest. In this talk, Kate Lofgren will explore how mathematical optimization can formally account for multiple objectives and inform public financing decisions. Spending smarter can mean different decisions depending on the objective(s).
In 2016, the Liberian government delegated management of 93 randomly-selected public schools to private providers. The program has become an important case study in the design and management of public-private partnerships in the developing world, and a lightning rod for controversy.
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.
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.