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Sierra Leonean Junior Doctor, Marina Kamara follows up on a suspected kidney infection in one of their patients.

As the World Health Assembly Convenes, Let’s Elevate Use of Economic Evidence on the UHC Agenda

Since Monday, leading health officials from around the world have been meeting in Geneva, Switzerland for the 72nd World Health Assembly. Over the course of eight days, country delegations are reviewing, discussing, and shaping the policies, strategies, and budgets of the World Health Organization for the coming year. Among the key topics up for discussion: emergency preparedness and response; polio eradication and transition; the effects of climate change on health; and an updated strategy for achieving universal health coverage.

A community health worker conducting a survey in the Korail slum, Bangladesh

Changing Norms Around Gender and Economic Rewards

A world where risk-taking and competition weren’t considered quite so admirable or so male, and where more stereotypically “feminine” traits like cooperation were properly recognized and rewarded, would be better for both women and men.

A scatter plot comparing the relationship of temperature and math scores for students across various countries.

5 New Findings in Global Education

Every day I see a consistent flow of new research and analysis in global education. Sometimes it feels like a deluge! There are some policy areas where we already have a great deal of research, but in other cases, one or two studies from a couple of countries drive our knowledge, and new evidence can make a big difference to our understanding. Here are five recent findings that I came across this week that struck me.

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What a Railway in Laos Can Tell Us about China’s Belt and Road

The Chinese-financed effort to build a national railway through Laos is a quintessential project of the Belt and Road Initiative. It is hard to get a fix on BRI these days, as it is invoked in ever-expanding geographic contexts (Latin America) and fields (poetry!). But the Lao railway seems to be at the core of the economic program that has shaped the initiative—a regional infrastructure project that aims to connect Chinese markets to those of other countries and ports in Southeast Asia. And it is well underway. So if we want to know whether BRI makes sense, or even just answer “how’s it going?”, there’s a lot we can learn by taking a closer look at this project.

A nurse at Merawi health centre in northern Ethiopia prepares a measles vaccine for delivery.

We Asked, You Answered: Reflections on the First Round of MVAC Feedback

In March, our team at the Center for Global Development and Office of Health Economics posted a consultation draft of a policy proposal for a Market-Driven, Value-Based Advanced Commitment (MVAC). The MVAC is a new mechanism that puts middle-income country governments in the driver’s seat to accelerate R&D for diseases that affect the world’s poor—specifically, the 10 million men, women, and children who develop tuberculosis (TB) disease each year and desperately need better therapies. 

A room full of internally displaced people in Myanmar, with three women up from

Where Internally Displaced People Live & Three Ways To Support Their Economic Success

There are over 68.5 million forcibly displaced people in the world, including about 40 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who have moved because of conflict or other drivers, including disasters, economic instability, and development projects such as infrastructure construction. To support them in overcoming these challenges, policymakers should focus on helping IDPs achieve greater self-reliance. The best approach to doing so will depend in large part upon the extent to which IDP populations are based in urban or rural areas.

 
Two women buying phones at a phone store

Navigating New Frontiers for Women’s Financial Inclusion: Data and Harmonization in a Digital World

The world of digital financial services (DFS)—mobile money, mobile banking, digital payment platforms, and FinTechs—is the new frontier for financial inclusion. But what does this frontier mean for women—and how can we navigate it using harmonized gender data? Starting with the G7 gender ministerial later this week,  several high-level meetings in the next six months provide an opportunity for the international community to begin addressing that question by setting a common gender data agenda—a necessary step if DFS are to help close the financial inclusion gender gap.

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