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Andrew Meldrum, freelance journalist for the Guardian and the Economist, Winner, 2004 Columbia University Schork Award for courageous international journalism, discussed his new book, "Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe" (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2005). Ray Choto, Voice of America, Studio 7 and formerly head writer for The Standard (Harare) gave commentary. CGD Research Fellow Todd Moss served as moderator.
About the Book: When American-born journalist Andrew Meldrum arrived in Harare in 1980, he planned to stay for only a short time.But he quickly fell in love with the country and its people and stayed. Yet over time Meldrum watched as President Robert Mugabe gradually consolidated power and the government slowly evolved into violent despotism. The last foreign journalist in Zimbabwe, Meldrum was seized and finally expelled in May 2003, forced to leave for writing "bad things" about the regime. In the book, Meldrum describes what it meant to live through this period of hope and tragedy: how hundreds of people lined up to tell him of horrific massacres; how he once hid from Mugabe's thugs in a cupboard; how he was harassed, arrested, imprisoned, and tried.
Ghanaian Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, joins CGD President Masood Ahmed to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa, the state of the continent's response, and the challenges ahead. As Chair of the joint Bank-IMF Development Committee Minister Ofori-Atta has collaborated with his South African counterpart (current Chair of the African Union) to lead a joint African response to COVID19. After two virtual meetings under their leadership, the African Finance Ministers requested $100 billion in support, as well as debt relief, to deal with the economic fallout of the pandemic. How will the Development Committee meeting in two weeks advance that agenda? What lies ahead for Africa and for international development cooperation both during and beyond this unprecedented crisis?
This web conference will gather an international panel of clinicians, academics, and policy makers to discuss the pressing priority-setting issues raised by COVID-19 around the world. We aim to learn from one another how best to navigate the ethical challenges every country faces.
While the immediate impacts of COVID-19 are already apparent, some have yet to surface, and many of them will have different effects for different genders. Health systems, schools, and entire economies will continue to present gender-differential consequences for months and years to come as a result of this ongoing crisis.
By applying a gender lens to this pandemic, researchers and policy makers can better assess differential risks and target responses to ensure already-vulnerable populations don’t fall even farther behind. Join CGD for a discussion with our own experts and external researchers, practitioners, and advocates on how a gender lens helps us better understand and respond to the threat of COVID-19.
Successful suppression of COVID-19 in the United States will require urgent and decisive action by state, local, and community leaders across the country. To support effective decision-making, top global health security leaders have released a COVID-19 Frontline Guide. Developed in response to calls from local governments for more information on how to protect their communities, the online tool features eight indicators of progress for self-assessment and seven key actions that each include checklists of decision points. The guide provides a framework to help local leaders establish effective strategies to fight the outbreak, both by reducing transmission of the disease and by supporting their communities effectively. The website and guide will be discussed at an online webinar on Tuesday, March 31 at 12:30 pm ET. Register below, and we will provide the Zoom information before the event.
Aid agencies are scrambling to adapt as the COVID-19 pandemic is felt throughout the world. Join TNH Senior Editor Ben Parker as he speaks to leading experts and practitioners from across the humanitarian sector to discuss some of the most pressing issues. How will COVID-19 impact crisis-affected and already-vulnerable communities? How is the humanitarian sector adjusting to life under the shadow of a new global pandemic? Where should priorities lie? And what does this crisis reflect about the changing face of vulnerability?
Novartis Access is a new line of mostly branded generic NCD medicines offered at a wholesale price of US$1 per treatment per month. Please join us for a seminar featuring Peter Rockers and Veronika Wirtz, who will present findings from recent and ongoing work examining Novartis Access in Kenya, the first country to receive the program. The researchers will first present evidence from a randomized controlled trial of the impact of Novartis Access on the price and availability of NCD medicines at health facilities and households. They will then present evidence from their latest analysis, which explores patient willingness-to-pay (WTP) for Novartis Access-branded generics compared to unbranded generic equivalents. The researchers will discuss their findings in light of current policy reforms in Kenya. Finally, the seminar will examine lessons learned from the RCT of Novartis Access and its potential implications for other pharmaceutical companies, along with the broader global health community, in developing and implementing programs to improve access to medicines.
In Capitalism, Alone, Branko Milanovic argues that capitalism has triumphed because it works. It delivers prosperity and gratifies human desires for autonomy. But it comes with a moral price, pushing us to treat material success as the ultimate goal. And it offers no guarantee of stability. In the West, liberal capitalism creaks under the strains of inequality and capitalist excess. That model now fights for hearts and minds with political capitalism, exemplified by China, which many claim is more efficient, but which is more vulnerable to corruption and, when growth is slow, social unrest. As for the economic problems of the Global South, Milanovic offers a creative, if controversial, plan for large-scale migration. Looking to the future, he dismisses prophets who proclaim some single outcome to be inevitable, whether worldwide prosperity or robot-driven mass unemployment. Capitalism is a risky system. But it is a human system. Our choices, and how clearly we see them, will determine how it serves us.