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Can Digital G2P Payments Increase Financial Inclusion and Empower Women? Evidence from PESP in Bangladesh
February 10, 2023
Bangladesh’s Primary Education Stipend Program provides stipends for 13 million primary schoolchildren to 10 million mothers. In 2017 the method of payment changed from cash to mobile money. This study considers the experience of the mothers with the shift to mobile money, and to the change in payme...
Models of Social Payments through Inua Jamii
January 19, 2023
This study surveys Kenya's electronic payment system for social benefits, Inua Jamii, from the perspective of recipients, including their views on convenience and the benefits from competition. It also considers whether these digital G2P payments programs have increased financial inclusion more gene...
MENA and the Global Energy Conundrum
January 19, 2023
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is addicted to fossil fuels, like the rest of the world. An energy transition will require a coordinated global shift in both the supply and demand for fossil fuels and cleaner energy, and multilateral institutions can play an important role. These institution...
Climate Finance Effectiveness: Six Challenging Trends
December 14, 2022
This paper identifies and explores a number of challenges in using international public climate finance effectively towards contributing to low-carbon and resilient growth in lower- and middle-income countries.
Economic Integration of Venezuelan Immigrants in Colombia: A Policy Roadmap
December 07, 2022
This paper studies the formal labor market integration and firm creation of Venezuelan immigrants and refugees in Colombia between late 2019 to late 2021. It applies a novel framework to identify segments of the Colombian economy where Venezuelan immigrants and refugees are lagging behind.
Operation Warp Speed, Encore: A Case for US Leadership to Drive Market-Based Global Health Innovation
November 28, 2022
The experience of the COVID-19 pandemic—in the US and around the world—highlights the potential feasibility and importance of biomedical R&D for global health and welfare. Drawing from this experience and momentum, this paper argues that the US should deepen its engagement and ambition in global hea...
Catalyzing Climate Results with Pull Finance
November 23, 2022
Pull financing is an underutilized tool that can drive the development and adoption of critical technologies necessary to address the globe’s climate crisis. This paper provides tangible examples by presenting two case studies that illustrate how pull climate finance can be used to deliver urgently ...
An Ambitious USG Advanced Commitment for Subscription-Based Purchasing of Novel Antimicrobials and Its Expected Return on Investment
November 15, 2022
Antimicrobial drugs form the backbone of modern medicine. Yet over time, use of these drugs selects for mutations that survive exposure to those same drugs, driving “antimicrobial resistance,” or AMR. In the absence of sufficient R&D investment for new antimicrobials, deaths from drug-resistant infe...
Understanding the Costs and Benefits of Investing in Laboratory Systems in African Countries
November 10, 2022
Laboratories are fundamental components of health systems, but investments in strengthening laboratory systems are often inconsistent and inadequate in African countries. This paper qualitatively establishes the complex costs and benefits of strengthening laboratory capacity and systems within and a...
A Global Development Paradigm for a World in Crisis
November 08, 2022
This paper explores how and whether responses to COVID-19, particularly from non-DAC actors, have deepened the transition from an “international” to a “global” development paradigm, and it considers implications for the future of development cooperation.