In the latest issue of Finance & Development, George Schieber, Lisa Fleisher and Pablo Gottret argue - correctly, in my view - that low government spending is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to financing basic health services and social protection in low-income countries: it's not just a question of "how much money," but also of who pays and how it's spent.
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A long, hard-fought battle by the House International Relations Committee to pass a compromise bill to reauthorize the Millennium Challenge Account came to an abrupt halt on Friday when it could not garner the required support of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A mixed message on why, but here's some of the buzz I heard:
The real world just refuses to cooperate with earmarks. That's the conclusion to be drawn from the article in the latest Economist highlighting the links between the natural histories of AIDS and malaria. The article drew attention to a study published in Science, by Laith Abu-Raddad and colleagues, estimating the impact on AIDS of malaria infection, and vice versa.