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Randomized Test of Microcredit in Mongolia

A few years ago, Alaka Holla and Michael Kremer, the latter a leader in the randomization revolution, opened a CGD working paper with this interesting observation:

Over the past 10 to 15 years, randomized evaluations have gone from being a rarity to a standard part of the toolkit of academic development economics. We are now at a point where, at least for some issues, we can stand back and look beyond the results of a single evaluation to see whether certain common lessons emerge.

Vaccines: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Here are two pictures to help you get into the holiday spirit.  The World Health Organization has data on global incidence of various diseases that can be prevented by vaccination.  These are numbers aggregated from country reports to the organization, which are subject to considerable error.  The WHO warns that reported disease incidence data usually represent only a fraction of actual cases of the disease.  Nonetheless, the data is useful to monitor trends in prevalence, and a lot of those trend

“Stunning Progress” but OOPs! in Afghanistan

Today NPR reports on the “stunning progress” made on health in Afghanistan. A USAID-funded survey conducted in 2010 –excluding parts of the high conflict South Zone- finds that mortality and fertility have dropped and coverage of essential services increased dramatically. Male adult mortality has been halved in roughly a decade. Average life expectancy for girls and boys is now 64 years, versus 45 years old in 2001.

Top 20 Posts of 2011 from CGD’s Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog

As 2011 winds down, it’s time again to recap Rethink’s Top 20 Blogs of the year. From budget battles to AED scandals and aid reform rambles, we've sought to keep you updated with expert analysis on all things U.S. foreign assistance. Between providing super ideas for the Super Committee, analyzing our aid to Pakistan, and asking tough questions about USAID and the GHI, it’s been a busy year of blogging. As always, we thank you for your continued readership and for staying engaged with your own comments and questions.

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