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Refugees and the Education of Host Populations
February 08, 2024
The Responsibility of My Country in an Unjust Global System
February 02, 2024
Designing a Randomized Controlled Trial on Livelihoods for Refugees and Hosts: The Case of Re:Build in Kampala
January 30, 2024
As policymakers in protracted refugee situations shift from short-term humanitarian responses to longer-term development support, it is critical to identify effective approaches for allocating scarce resources. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent on livelihood programs for refugees annually, y...
Breaking Financing Barriers for a Just Climate Transition in Africa
November 17, 2023
Breaking barriers to climate financing requires bold interventions at a systemic level. The goal should be a just and equitable climate transition that spans across Africa; not one that is restricted to just a handful of countries deemed "investable." Achieving this transformative agenda requires co...
An Agenda to Enhance the Efficacy of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act
November 08, 2023
The Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is due to expire in 2025, a quarter of a century after it was first enacted. AGOA provides qualifying sub-Saharan African countries with duty-free access to the US market for most agricultural and manufactured products. Its architects and supporters point...
Investing in Human Capital to Attract Private Investment in Infrastructure
August 23, 2023
Across several African countries, there has been a troubling trend of infrastructure being stripped to sell as scrap metal. People have been arrested for ripping out and selling rail sleepers in South Africa and Ghana, pylon and copper wires in Uganda, and streetlamp meters in Liberia. That strippin...
The When is Less Important than the What: An Epidemic Scale as an Alternative to the World Health Organization’s Public Health Emergency of International Concern
August 18, 2023
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) for COVID-19 on May 5 and for mpox on May 11, 2023. Throughout its use, the meaning of the PHEIC has been muddled. We call for a new, objective epidemic scale that better communicates...
Improving Health System Performance in Mexico
August 09, 2023
Assessment of health system performance is a complex task, especially amid major political change, structural reforms, and a global pandemic. The Health Policy paper by Felicia Marie Knaul and colleagues in The Lancet identifies many challenges to improving the performance of the Mexican health syst...
Generating and Using Cost Evidence to Inform Provider Payment Rates: Lessons from High-Income Countries for India’s National Health Insurance Program
June 07, 2023
PM-JAY, India’s national health insurance program, is the largest publicly funded health insurance program in the world. It has reformed the way in which the poor and vulnerable access hospital care in India. The size of this program and the inclusion of private providers in delivering care has led ...