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This half-day CGD conference brought together leading thinkers and policy makers from developing and donor countries for detailed discussion on the future of the World Bank. The goal of the conference was to generate discussion about and help put critical reforms of the Bank on the agenda at the Bank itself and in the larger development community.
The conference opened with a high-level panel discussion chaired by CGD president, Nancy Birdsallon key tasks for the World Bank. Panelists included Kemal Dervis, Administrator, UNDP; Jessica Einhorn, Dean, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Finance, Nigeria and current Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution and Ngaire Woods, Director, Global Economic Governance Program, Oxford University.
The opening panel was followed by technical sessions on specific issues such as the role of the Bank in low-income countries; governance of the Bank and the appropriate Bank mandate for global public goods. Featured speakers and discussants included Francois Bourguignon, Director, Paris School of Economics, Dennis de Tray, Vice President, Center for Global Development; Pierre Jacquet, Chief Economist, Agence Française de Développement; Domenico Lombardi, President, The Oxford Institute for Economic Policy, Oxford; Lawrence MacDonald, Director of Communications and Policy, Center for Global Development; Trevor Manuel, Minister of Finance, South Africa; Steve Radelet, Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development and Arvind Subramanian, Joint Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development and Peterson Institute for International Economics.
World Bank president Robert Zoellick delivered closing remarks and took questions from the audience.
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.