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The Not-So-Invisible Hand of “Stewardship,” Within and Beyond Antibiotics: Implications of Non-Monetary Pharmaceutical Controls for Access to Medicines
August 07, 2023
A main driver of antimicrobial resistance is the misuse and overuse of antimicrobials. But lack of access to antimicrobials causes a large mortality burden and contributes to the spread of resistant infections. How can learnings from the use of control policies in other areas of medicine be translat...
GPGs and Where to Fund Them: The Startling Implications of Financing Global Public Good Provision for the Multilateral Development Banks
July 26, 2023
Public and policy discourse has been imprecise in its definition of what constitutes a global public good, with implications for our understanding of how MDBs contribute to them. Once this is corrected for, it becomes apparent that, except under restrictive conditions that are unlikely to hold in th...
The JETPs of South Africa and Indonesia: A Blueprint for the Move Away from Coal?
July 25, 2023
While the Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs) for South Africa and Indonesia appear to deliver a blueprint for the move away from coal, barriers, risks, and gaps call into question whether their targets can be delivered at the planned pace and scale.
The Resilience and Sustainability Trust: Early Learning and Challenges from Costa Rica and Rwanda
July 25, 2023
Demand for the IMF's Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST) is strong, and the RST is becoming the IMF’s de facto climate finance facility. At the same time, the RST faces a number of challenges, including being far too small to confront climate resilience. Early lessons from RST pilots in Costa...
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 Would the Ideal Development and Climate MDB Look Like?
June 20, 2023
If we could reinvent MDBs to respond to urgent development and climate needs and to benefit from 70 years of experience with the model, what would they look like? Countries should chart their own low-carbon climate resilient development and growth paths, with robust analytical support from MDBs that...
Strategic Investment in Surveillance for Pandemic Preparedness: Rapid Review and Roundtable Discussion
June 20, 2023
This policy paper examines the state of knowledge on investing in the “best buys” of surveillance for pandemic preparedness. We conduct a rapid literature review to assess the state of knowledge on the costs and benefits of investing in four selected types of surveillance for respiratory infections,...
Why Did Labour Create the Department for International Development?
June 19, 2023
Looking back on the run up to the creation of DFID in 1997, those involved tend now to tell two somewhat conflicting stories: first that it was simply “in Labour’s DNA” to uplift development and give it a separate voice in government, and second that the creation of DFID was very much about the circ...
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...
Adaptive Management in Refugee Programming: Lessons from Re:Build
June 07, 2023
The evidence for how to best support refugee economic self-reliance is limited; even less is known about what is effective for urban refugees specifically. Re:Build is utilizing adaptive management principles to navigate this uncertainty with the goal of achieving sustained outcomes for clients and ...