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Keynote Address Christoph Benn
Director, External Relations, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Followed by a panel discussion with Stefano Bertozzi
Dean, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
Global Fund Board Member (Foundations Delegation)
Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator, President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief
Executive Vice President, HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis programs, Clinton Health Access Initiative
Moderated by Amanda Glassman
Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development
It is a moral imperative that money spent on global health is used as effectively as possible to save lives, prevent and treat diseases, and reduce human suffering. While achieving more health for the money is the core business of all global health funders, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is particularly well placed to lead in this area because its New Funding Model makes possible the quick and flexible adoption of value for money principles and practices.
Join CGD on September 25th when Christoph Benn, Director of External Relations for the Global Fund, will discuss the Global Fund’s efforts to achieve more value for money and highlight the progress and potential of the New Funding Model. His remarks will be followed by a high-level panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities all global health funders face as they work to get the most return on their investments in health around the world. The discussion will be informed in part by recommendations from More Health for the Money, the forthcoming report of CGD’s Value for Money Working Group.
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?"