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Featuring Ethan Kapstein
Professor, McCain Institute, Arizona State University
Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development
With Discussants Michele de Nevers
Center for Global Development
Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy
Hosted by Lawrence MacDonald
Vice President for Communications and Policy Outreach Center for Global Development
AIDS Drugs for All: Social Movements and Market Transformations, a new book by Ethan Kapstein and Joshua Busby, describes the politics and economics of the profound transformation in the market for antiretroviral (ARV) medications from “high price, low volume” to “universal access.” How did that change occur? Are there lessons for other social campaigns, such as those addressing other global health challenges, human trafficking, and climate change?
Kapstein, a professor of political science at Arizona State University, will present the key findings from the book. Jeremy Shiffman and Michele de Nevers will offer critiques and explore whether or not it’s possible to apply lessons from the international movement for universal AIDS treatment to other issues in global health and beyond.
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.
For over a decade, Boko Haram has waged a campaign of terror across northeastern Nigeria. In 2014, the kidnapping of 276 girls in Chibok shocked the world, giving rise to the #BringBackOurGirls movement. Yet Boko Haram’s campaign of violence against women and girls goes far beyond the Chibok abductions. From its inception, the group has systematically exploited women to advance its aims. Perhaps more disturbing still, some Nigerian women have chosen to become active supporters of the group, even sacrificing their lives as suicide bombers. These events cannot be understood without first acknowledging the long-running marginalization of women in Nigerian society. Having conducted extensive fieldwork throughout the region, Matfess provides a vivid and thought-provoking account of Boko Haram’s impact on the lives of Nigerian women, as well as the wider social and political context that fuels the group’s violence.