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The private sector accounts for the considerable majority of well-paying jobs worldwide. Without the engagement of private companies, global goals for gender equality in the workplace and women’s economic empowerment will never be accomplished. How can companies move beyond traditional corporate social responsibility to combine profits with gender progress?
The Center for Global Development is currently focused on beyond-aid approaches to promoting gender equality, and in particular, how the private sector can play a more prominent, active role in improving the lives of women and girls. Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of CGD’s Gender and Development Program, is leading research on mobile savings and the role of the private sector in promoting women’s financial inclusion.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof, a long-time advocate of women’s and girls’ rights across the world, has dealt with similar issues in his writing, examining the ways in which corporations can go beyond traditional forms of corporate social responsibility (CSR) to advance development outcomes. And through its Sustainable Living approach, Unilever has served as a leader in integrating gender equality-related concerns into its day-to-day operations.
The World Bank’s Disease Control Priorities, Third Edition (DCP3) defines a model concept of essential universal health coverage (EUHC) with 218 interventions that provides a starting point for country-specific analysis of priorities. Assuming steady-state implementation by 2030, EUHC in lower-middle-income countries would reduce premature deaths by an estimated 4.2 million per year. Estimated total costs prove substantial: about 9·1% of (current) gross national income (GNI) in low-income countries and 5.2% of GNI in lower-middle-income countries.
Humanitarian relief must involve, and be accountable to, the crisis-affected people it serves.
Versions of this principle can be found in most foundational humanitarian documents, and it features prominently in recent reform commitments including the 2016 Grand Bargain. Yet the power structures that shape international humanitarian response are not driven by, or accountable to, the people that they exist to serve. They are still engaged more as passive recipients of aid than as a force shaping humanitarian priorities. Living up to the aspiration of people-driven humanitarian action will require uncomfortable – but overdue – changes to the humanitarian system’s incentive structures and power dynamics.
Household surveys typically identify a head of household and disaggregate this information by sex. Female headship is both commonly used and heavily criticized as a proxy measure for women’s poverty. Many use it as the only available gauge for women’s well-being; others recommend doing away entirely with the concept of headship in survey instruments. This conversation, co-hosted by the Center for Global Development and Data 2x, will explore the pros and cons of both views with statisticians and expert gender and development researchers. The event will begin with a presentation by Dominique van de Walle on her current research on women’s headship and poverty in Africa, and then she will join the panel to discuss headship data collection and use.
Join us for this panel discussion, co-hosted by Population Works Africa, #BlackWomenInDev, and the Center for Global Development, to explore the question “Is global development consensual?”.
All relationships have power dynamics based on our identities and experiences; but within global development, the power disparities are even more vast: between international NGOs and local partner organizations, between staff from headquarters and local staff, the CEO of an INGO and the “beneficiaries” of a program. This points to a large issue within development: are the interventions developed by iNGOs consensual? Are these organizations addressing issues in ways that make “beneficiaries” and local partners feel valued, included, and comfortable? In order to for the international development community to transform its work to allow for consensual relationships and partnerships, we must unpack and understand our own individual power, privilege, and oppression, to be able to shift towards more equitable structures and practices at the institutional level.
Breakfast and coffee will be available beginning at 9:00 am and we will provide a networking opportunity at 11:00 am, immediately following the discussion.
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.
Every year, the Birdsall House Conference on Women brings together leading academics and policymakers to discuss cutting-edge research focused on improving outcomes for women in low- and middle-income countries.
Please join the Center for Global Development for this conversation with Devex’s president & editor-in-chief, Raj Kumar, to discuss his book The Business of Changing the World, which has been called the 'go to primer' on the people, ideas and tech disrupting the aid industry. Caroline Atkinson, former head of global policy at Google, will moderate the conversation on how nontraditional models of philanthropy and aid are empowering the world's poorest people to make progress.
Quality affordable generic medicines play a vital role in health systems around the world. Healthy competition from quality generic medicines can help keep prices in check—a shared concern across high-income and low- and middle-income countries. But CGD’s Working Group on the Future of Global Health Procurement found that markets for generic medicines in many low- and middle-income countries are failing. According to the final report, weak and under-resourced regulatory and quality control systems in many countries can often lead healthcare workers and patients to opt for more expensive branded medicines as a proxy for quality.
Faced with a deepening financial crisis, the recently elected government of Imran Khan has embarked on an ambitious economic reform program, supported by a $6 billion IMF loan and $32 billion of associated financing. Pakistan has a long history of embarking on such reforms but not of seeing them through.
Join the leaders of Pakistan’s Economic Team to discuss why they believe this time will be different.
The Saving One Million Lives (SOML) program for results (PforR) aims to increase the utilization and quality of high impact reproductive, child health, and nutrition interventions in Nigeria. SOML was originally created in 2012 to address Nigeria’s slow progress on improving health status and health services. Since 2015, the initiative has received assistance from the World Bank through a “cash-on-delivery” (COD) approach in which the disbursement of funds is directly linked to the achievement of specific program results. This PforR funding mechanism by the World Bank uses country systems and processes and gives health managers substantial autonomy in achieving health results. Four years into the SOML PforR’s implementation, join us to explore lessons learned.