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This event is only open to those registered for the Global Refugee Forum, held in Geneva from December 16-18. No registration is necessary.
• Cindy Huang, Vice President of Strategic Outreach, Refugees International, and Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development
• Felipe Muñoz, Advisor to the President of Colombia for the Colombian-Venezuelan Border, Government of Colombia
• Tom Erlend Skaug, State Secretary, Ministry of Education and Research, Government of Norway
• Ahmed Skim, Director of Migration Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Residing Abroad, Government of Morocco
• Amadou Thierno Diallo, Acting Director General, Global Practices, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
• Barri Shorey, Senior Director, Economic Recovery and Development, International Rescue Committee
About the event
Refugees and forced migrants can be immense economic contributors to the host communities where they settle. However, to maximize their contributions and achieve improved well-being and self-reliance, refugees and forced migrants need to be able to access the labor market. This access allows refugees and forced migrants to be more productive employees and business owners, leading to new employment opportunities, greater consumer spending, and increased tax revenues. For refugees and forced migrants, it can lead to increased incomes, greater workplace protections, greater security and stability, and decreased rates of child labor and child marriage.
Yet refugees and forced migrants around the world currently face important legal, administrative, and practical barriers to accessing the labor market and contributing to the fullest extent. Innovative programming and financing can support refugees and forced migrants overcome these barriers, encouraging them to move from financial assistance and aid to economic empowerment. At this event, an official Global Refugee Forum spotlight session, researchers from the Center for Global Development and Refugees International will set the scene, highlighting the importance of economic inclusion and the benefits that can come from this. Speakers from the Governments of Colombia, Norway, and Morocco will then talk through their experiences integrating refugees and forced migrants into the labor market and the barriers they are seeking to overcome through innovative programming. Finally, the Islamic Development Bank will explore how innovative financing can be used to support these efforts. Overall, we hope to showcase best practices, highlight the importance of responsibility-sharing, and emphasize the need for continued political mobilization towards economic inclusion. Hashtag: #LetThemWork
The Chinese government’s Belt and Road initiative, now entering its 7th year, has generated a great deal of attention globally. The visibility of the initiative reflects its priority among China’s senior leadership, the consideration of the initiative as both opportunity and risk among potential partner governments, and the concerns raised by its critics. The discourse to date has been dominated by political and strategic considerations. The economics of BRI has received considerably less attention, partly a function of the lack of analysis and research on economic questions – but that picture is changing.
The digital transformation of the global economy can help businesses and governments provide services more efficiently and effectively. But it also creates new risks for individuals whose personal data may be used to improve products and services.
Please join us to discuss the new IDRC book Scaling Impact: Innovation for the Public Good. Co-authors, Robert McLean and John Gargani, will discuss the new and practical approach to scaling the positive impacts of research and innovation outlined in the book, based on a review of over 200 IDRC studies and 5 in-depth case explorations.
Health systems around the world can suffer from a crisis of distrust; patients may question the quality of government clinics and newspapers may expose private hospitals for peddling unnecessary procedures. These are symptoms of volume-based health systems that focus on the quantity of care delivered rather than quality or outcomes. Many countries are accelerating down this path. Hospital construction sometimes surpasses growth of primary care infrastructure. New insurance schemes sometimes expand access to inpatient treatment, without equivalent expansion of community-based prevention. These approaches create lasting structural flaws which increase costs without delivering desired results. As countries commit to universal health coverage (UHC), there is a narrow window to chart a different trajectory toward the common goal of achieving the best health outcomes for the resources invested.
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.