Ideas to action: independent research for global prosperity
Women's Underrepresentation in IFI Leadership
November 27, 2023
EU-Africa Strategy: State of Play
November 24, 2023
The Importance of Knowledge in Uncertain Times
November 21, 2023
On October 27, 2023, Mauricio Cárdenas, distinguished non-resident fellow, delivered remarks on "the importance of knowledge in uncertain times" during the closing panel of the Inter-American Development Bank's Knowledge Week.
Forest-Based Carbon Markets: Pitfalls and Opportunities
November 13, 2023
Forest-based carbon markets could become an important source of income for countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Estimates indicate that under high carbon prices the carbon credits market could reach US$30 billion per year by 2030.
Exploring the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Low-Cost Private Schools in Nairobi, Kenya
October 19, 2022
To contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, schools in Kenya, as in many other countries, had to temporarily close. This study investigates the extent to which lockdowns and school closures affected households and low-cost private schools (LCPS) in four urban informal settlements in Nairobi. Qua...
COVID-19 in Colombia: Impact and Policy Responses
July 27, 2020
In this note, we review Colombia's handling of the COVID-19 crisis. The first line of policy response slowed down the pace of contagion and avoided excess deaths, providing additional time to strengthen the health system and increase ICU capacity. However, the challenges that remain are significant....
How to Prioritize Early Childhood? A Note on the Recent Experience in Colombia
May 27, 2020
This paper assesses Colombia’s recent expansion in comprehensive early childhood care, underscoring the importance of strong high-level political commitment, inter-institutional coordination and stable financing.
WHITE HOUSE AND THE WORLD POLICY BRIEFS
Shifting the Foreign Aid Paradigm — Paying for Outcomes
July 20, 2015
While global development is about much more than aid, US foreign assistance is, and will remain, one of the most visible tools for US development policy in many countries. The US government spends less than 1 percent of its annual budget — about $23 billion — on nonmilitary foreign assistance across...
Does Results-Based Aid Change Anything? Pecuniary Interests, Attention, Accountability and Discretion in Four Case Studies
February 06, 2015
Results-based aid (RBA) is a form of foreign assistance in which one government disburses funds to another for achieving an outcome. This paper distinguishes four different theories used to justify RBA programs and analyzes four case studies – from GAVI, the Amazon Fund, Ethiopian Secondary Ed...