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Lawrence H. Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University Chair, Board of Directors, Center for Global Development
Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Francisco
Vice President for Programs and Director of Global Health Policy, Center for Global Development
The slow global response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa suggests that important gaps exist in donor financing for key global functions, such as strengthening of outbreak preparedness and support for research and development (R&D) to fight the diseases of poverty. What do we know about how much health aid is devoted to such global functions?
CGD will host Lawrence H. Summers and Dean Jamison as they discuss a novel, policy-oriented approach to categorizing donor funding for health. This new approach, which combines official development assistance (ODA) for health with additional donor spending on R&D for diseases of poverty, reveals what functions aid is currently serving and where gaps may lie in the financing of key global functions in health.
After remarks, speakers will discuss the implications of these gaps for future donor financing, how a “grand convergence” in health can be achieved by 2035 and how to prevent future global health crises.
How are beliefs about gender differences formed, and how do they affect children’s aspirations and academic performance? In this talk, Alex Eble will discuss recent work (co-authored with Feng Hu of the University of Science and Technology Beijing) on perceived gender gaps in mathematics in Chinese middle schools.
In a recent paper, Kate Ambler and coauthors studied the impact of one-season cash transfers for agricultural investment in Senegal and Malawi, using data from a randomized control trial (RCT) in each country. They found evidence that transfers reduced both the number of decision makers and female decision making in Senegal in the short-run, particularly for measures directly related to agriculture. However, the effects disappeared two years after the transfers. Conversely, the authors find transfers in the Malawi program led to robust transitory increases in these measures, seeing a greater impact related to the number of decision makers in the household persisting after two year period. Join us for the latest CGD Invited Research Forum to discuss these opposing findings on the effects of cash transfers on household decision making.
Indian agriculture remains vulnerable to the vagaries of weather, and the looming threat of climate change may expose this vulnerability further. Using district-level data on temperature, rainfall and crop production, Siddharth Hari’s paper first documents a long-term trend of rising temperatures, declining average precipitation and increase in extreme precipitation events. One key finding is that the impact of temperature and rainfall are felt only in the extreme: when temperatures are much higher, rainfall is significantly lower, and the number of “dry days” greater is than normal. He also finds that these impacts are significantly more adverse in unirrigated areas (and hence rainfed crops) compared to irrigated areas. Can policy makers react to the challenges of climate change and find ways to get “more crop for every drop?"