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Alec Morton, Professor of Management Science, University of Strathclyde
Christoph Kurowski, Global Lead, Health Financing, World Bank Group
Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
In recent years, there has been tremendous progress in improving the treatment and prevention of diseases, resulting in millions of lives saved around the world. While some of this progress is due to economic growth, aid from several bilateral, multilateral, and philanthropic donors has made important contributions to reducing the global burden of disease. In this seminar, Alec Morton will present new research focusing on decision rules to guide how donors should allocate aid money given that resources are limited.
Some have made the case that donors should prioritize interventions based on their cost-effectiveness—that is the ratio of costs to benefits. However, Morton and co-authors argue that donors should fund not the most cost-effective interventions, but rather interventions which are cost-ineffective for the recipient country. This would encourage the country to contribute its own domestic resources to the fight against disease. To this end, they propose an alternative decision rule to guide the allocation of aid money, whereby donors subsidize interventions “at the margin” from the point of view of the recipient country.
Every year, more than 5 million women, children and adolescents die from preventable conditions, due to a significant financing gap for healthcare for women, children and adolescents, and inadequate incentives for provision and use of quality health services, among other factors. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of Every Woman Every Child is a new approach to sustainable global health financing that is supporting countries’ approaches to financing and investing in the health of their people.
Many practitioners and researchers are grappling with how to better measure women’s and girls’ empowerment in impact evaluations. Which approaches to measuring a complex social outcome like decision-making power should we use, and can we improve on our existing models? When should we use internationally standardized survey questions and when is it better to develop locally tailored ones? Can non-survey instruments pick up useful information that surveys can’t, and when should we think about using them?
Five members of the Zimbabwe Working Group traveled to Harare May 20-25 to meet with the government, opposition leaders, and a wide range of business, religious, and civil society organizations to assess prospects for free and fair elections and for meaningful political and economic reform. Please join us to hear from the delegation as they share their findings and recommendations for US policy.