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Persistence and Emergence of Literacy Skills: Long-Term Impacts of an Effective Early Grade Reading Intervention in South Africa
December 07, 2023
Developing countries strongly emphasize enhancing foundational reading skills, with the expectation that such improvements will catalyze the development of new cognitive abilities and lead to improved life outcomes. However, the relationship between early educational gains and later-life achievement...
The Long-Term Impacts of a Foundational Literacy Program
December 07, 2023
The positive impacts of a foundational literacy program in South Africa persisted for up to seven years, leading to the emergence of new skills over time.
The Role of Regulation in Advancing African Vaccine Manufacturing: Policy Options for Gavi
November 29, 2023
Regulation plays a vital role in ensuring the quality, safety, and efficacy of vaccines—and a strong regulatory system is key to successfully expanding vaccine manufacturing. The Gavi Secretariat is currently fine-tuning the design of a new Advance Market Commitment (AMC)—a financial mechanism to su...
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...
Accelerating Vaccine Manufacturing in Africa: Three Considerations for Gavi
November 15, 2023
One of the most salient lessons from the pandemic is the need to diversify manufacturing capabilities and bolster supply resilience to avoid a repeat of the slow and inequitable vaccine roll out in African countries. To turn this lesson into action, the Gavi Secretariat is rapidly advancing plans fo...
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...
The Future of Natural Resources and Development: Whither Low and Middle-Income Countries?
November 07, 2023
A global economy moving towards low-carbon production is going to dramatically shift demand for subsoil resources, from fossil fuels toward metals and minerals. Which countries may be winners and losers from the process?
Development and Extractive Industries in a Net Zero World
November 07, 2023
For all of the well-advertised risks of overdependence on subsoil assets, they are an important source of government revenues and well-renumerated employment for a number of low- and middle-income countries. But a global economy moving towards low-carbon production is going to dramatically shift dem...
Strong Regional Coordinating Centres are Essential for a Sustainable Africa CDC
November 06, 2023
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) was founded in 2017 to address the continent’s public health challenges and strengthen the capacity of member state’s own public health institutions to prevent and respond to public health threats. Central to achieving this mission i...
From Evidence to Policy-Making: What Should Be In Kenya’s Next Education and Training Gender Policy?
November 01, 2023
In recent decades, concerted efforts to promote access, equity, and inclusivity in education have improved school enrollment for girls and marginalized and disadvantaged populations. Kenya is no exception: it has reached gender parity at the primary school level, and the Kenyan government has implem...