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Does SDR Recycling Impair Reserve Management?
November 14, 2023
Improving School Management of Violence in Peru
November 22, 2023
Phonics and Foreign Aid: Can America Teach the World to Read?
November 20, 2023
Over two decades and dozens of countries, the United States Agency for International Development has refined a package of support for early-grade reading, often referred to as “structured pedagogy”, which includes textbooks, teacher training, coaching, and lesson plans.
Projected Health Financing Transitions: Timeline and Magnitude - Working Paper 488
July 10, 2018
In recent years, many global health institutions have adopted eligibility and transition frameworks for the countries they support, generating questions about how these frameworks apply in practice—and whether global health progress will be put at risk through premature or poorly planned trans...
Do Mobile Phone Surveys Work in Poor Countries? - Working Paper 398
April 07, 2015
In this project, we analyzed whether mobile phone-based surveys are a feasible and cost-effective approach for gathering statistically representative information in four low-income countries (Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe).
The Face of African Infrastructure: Service Availability and Citizens' Demands - Working Paper 393
February 05, 2015
The need for infrastructure improvements is a top-tier economic, political, and social issue in nearly every African country. Although the academic and policy literature is extensive in terms of estimating the impact of infrastructure deficits on economic and social indicators, very few studies have...
Is Anyone Listening? Does US Foreign Assistance Target People’s Top Priorities? - Working Paper 348
December 02, 2013
The United States government has made repeated declarations over the last decade to align its assistance programs behind developing countries’ priorities. By utilizing public attitude surveys for 42 African and Latin American countries, this paper examines how well the US has implemented this ...
The End of ODA: Death and Rebirth of a Global Public Policy - Working Paper 167
March 25, 2009
In this paper, part of the Innovations in Aid series, Jean-Michel Severino and Olivier Ray describe shifts in the objectives of overseas development assistance (ODA) over time and conclude that it is time to put the concept itself to bed—in favor of what they propose should be called “Global Policy ...
The Pentagon and Global Development: Making Sense of the DoD's Expanding Role - Working Paper 131
November 12, 2007
The recent creation of AFRICOM, a U.S. military command for Africa, is but one manifestation of the Pentagon's growing role in development. One-in-five dollars that the U.S. spends on development assistance is now handled by the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Pentagon share of U.S. development ...