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Universal Health Coverage in Time of Crises: Don’t Abandon the Ship to Avoid the Storm
October 23, 2023
In times of mounting debt, the quest for universal health coverage (UHC) faces critical challenges. Rising debt has far-reaching effects, including reduced access to financing, political instability, and decreased spending on international aid. The burden of debt, coupled with high inflation, is thr...
Did Economists Really Get Africa’s AIDS Epidemic “Analytically Wrong”? (A Reply)
August 22, 2023
A recent, thought-provoking blog by our colleague, Justin Sandefur, titled “How Economists got Africa’s AIDS Epidemic Wrong”, has sparked a debate about the historical role of cost-effectiveness analysis in assessing the investments of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and, imp...
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...
How to go Local with USAID’s Government-to-Government Agreements
July 06, 2023
USAID administrator Samantha Power’s aim to advance localization—with at least a quarter of funds going directly to local partners—has been widely lauded. A recent USAID report on localization indicates progress towards this goal, but major operational and contractual directions about how to impleme...
How Economists got Africa’s AIDS Epidemic Wrong
May 31, 2023
In the 2000s, cost-effectiveness analysis said it was a bad use of money to send antiretroviral drugs to low-income countries—drugs that ended up saving millions of lives.
Pandemic Proof: Learning from COVID-19 in Taiwan
December 15, 2022
Dr. Yi-Chun Lo of Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control and National Taiwan University Hospital joins Javier Guzman to discuss Taiwan’s COVID-19 experience and broader pandemic preparedness and response efforts. Together, they discuss the lessons Taiwan learned from previous outbreaks like SARS, succ...
Cost-Effectiveness Should Be a Learning Priority, Not a Compliance Requirement
October 11, 2022
CGD’s Amanda Glassman and Julia Kaufman introduce this blog from prominent international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) in the development space. The piece builds on the findings and recommendations of a recent CGD working group.
From Battling One Disease to Strengthening Whole Health Systems: Three Recommendations for “Reimagining” PEPFAR
August 10, 2022
PEPFAR’s new strategy—to be released in final form later this year—focuses on how to accelerate progress toward epidemic control amidst continued impacts from COVID-19, while also strengthening core health system functions as well as partnership and coordination efforts; this is precisely what the c...
Pandemic Proof: A New Podcast from CGD on Pandemic Preparedness and Response
July 20, 2022
Get ready for Pandemic Proof, a new podcast from the Center for Global Development. Hosted by CGD's Amanda Glassman and Javier Guzman and featuring guests from around the world, Pandemic Proof will confront weaknesses in the global architecture for pandemic preparedness and response, and explore pol...
Breakthrough to Policy Use: Reinvigorating Impact Evaluation for Global Development (Brief)
July 19, 2022
This brief summarizes the final report of the working group. The report collates resources and insights on progress in implementing and using impact evaluations for decision making and proposes five ways to improve impact evaluation funding and practice, directed to the development community