Ideas to action: independent research for global prosperity
Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Reimagining the US Sovereign Loan Guarantee Program: A Cost-Effective Strategy for Supporting Developing Country Partners
June 20, 2023
Given the urgent financial needs of developing country governments, it's time to reimagine the US Sovereign Loan Guarantee (SLG) program as a means to mitigate debt vulnerabilities and support governments in dire fiscal straits.
What Counts as Climate? Preliminary Evidence from the World Bank’s Climate Portfolio
June 14, 2023
We examine the World Bank’s climate portfolio at the project level for the period 2000-2022 and find that financing is skewed towards mitigation projects. These projects lack estimates of greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and there is no standardized reporting on GHG estimates across the portfoli...
Towards Universal Health Coverage: Zambia’s Experience Developing a Roadmap to Support Heath Benefit Package Reform
June 01, 2023
For the last three decades, Zambia has implemented a series of policies to gradually work towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). This case study delves into the process followed by the government of Zambia in developing those policies, with the aim of supporting other countries embarking on the jo...
Development Finance Cooperation amidst Great Power Competition: What Role for the World Bank?
May 15, 2023
The ability of the World Bank to strike an appropriate balance between country demands and global goods depends on the institution’s shareholders. Yet, the deterioration in the bilateral relationship between the United States and China now threatens to undermine effective governance at the instituti...
Our Wish List for the World Bank’s Evolution Roadmap
November 07, 2022
The assignment is clear. During this year’s Annual Meetings of the IMF and World Bank, shareholders instructed the World Bank to develop a work program for its own evolution (“to identify gaps in the Bank’s current institutional and operational framework…”) by the end of the year. Secretary Yellen l...
Costing Healthcare Services Using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing: A Simple Step-By-Step Guide for Data Collection and Analysis
October 24, 2022
Cost information is essential for priority setting and optimized resource allocation in the healthcare sector, especially in low- and middle-income countries where resource constraints and opportunity costs are significant. Time-driven activity-based costing (TDABC) has gained prominence as a means ...
Multilateral Development Banks’ Crisis Response: What Instruments Do MDBs Offer and How Fast Do They Act?
March 14, 2022
In the face of sudden economic shocks and natural disasters that limit the ability of economies to rapidly raise revenue, MDBs have the potential to play a leading role in crisis response to minimize the damage. One key factor in their success in this role is the speed of their financing instruments...