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Starting in the 1950s, Norman Borlaug led an international effort to develop short, fertilizer-responsive grain varieties that became the basis of the Green Revolution, more than doubling harvests and helping to avert famines in much of the developing world, especially Asia. Borlaug has also been a tireless and effective force for better food policies, better aid strategies--and for a Green Revolution in Africa, which failed to reap the benefits of the first Green Revolution. Dr. Borlaug delivered the Keynote address at this event, which was followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion focused on several dimensions of the global food economy, including the role of food aid, the agricultural policies of rich countries, and the potential of bio-technology, with a focus on what will work in Africa. The panel members were; Gawain Kripke, Senior Policy Advisor, Oxfam America; Vijaya Ramachandran, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Georgetown Public Policy Institute and Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development and Peter Timmer, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development.
*Watch Dr. Borlaug's keynote address. *(The video streams in Quicktime. If you do not have Quicktime player on your computerdownload it for free or if you are having problems streaming the video it is also available fordownload. [112 MB] )
In 2016, the Liberian government delegated management of 93 randomly-selected public schools to private providers. The program has become an important case study in the design and management of public-private partnerships in the developing world, and a lightning rod for controversy.
The World Health Organization has declared a need for smarter spending strategies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. But what does ‘spending smarter’ mean? Should we prioritize TB screening and treatment or improved coverage of basic surgical services? What happens when we care about multiple aims, like population health outcomes and patient out-of-pocket health expenditures? Rarely are the same interventions the ‘best buys’ across all dimensions of interest. In this talk, Kate Lofgren will explore how mathematical optimization can formally account for multiple objectives and inform public financing decisions. Spending smarter can mean different decisions depending on the objective(s).
The Ebola outbreak that the DRC has grappled with for well over a year has, once again, highlighted the critical need for the international community to refocus and prioritize investments in health security preparedness and response.
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.
There are 26 million refugees worldwide, of whom half are children, and little rigorous evidence exists on what works to aid integration. Turkey is host to 1 million Syrian child refugees. Many face bullying, violence, and social exclusion in schools.
Join the Center for Global Development and PAI for a discussion with country policymakers, health financing experts, and the broader family planning community to explore how advocates and governments can work together as constructive partners in the design of UHC-oriented financing policies to ensure universal and high-quality family planning access.