When New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-poverty commission recommended this week that the city pay poor people to send their kids to school and keep up-to-date on immunizations, the idea had an oddly familiar ring to it.
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The New York Review of Books' Aid: Can it Work? is a wide-ranging review of Bill Easterly's recent book The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good (Easterly discussed his book at a CGD event last March, transcript available.) M
Today began the 2nd annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York, the annual “ideas fest” sponsored by the former President and brining together a massive list of opinion-makers, business and political leaders, and of course plenty o’celebrities.
Last week, U.S. Foreign Aid Czar Randall Tobias kicked off the Society for International Development's 50-year anniversary celebrations with an update on U.S. foreign assistance reform efforts. Eight months in the works, and not much more to report than what was included in our last posting. Interestingly, attendees didn't seem too bothered by this fact. Why?
A quick read of the news coming out of Singapore (see the Financial Times on Setback for Wolfowitz on anti-graft plan) might lead one to believe that some of the World Bank's key shareholders don't like Paul Wolfowitz's tough stance on corruption. As with most of life, the issue is more complicated.
Sadly it appears so. Almost 4 in 10 Americans donâ€™t know about U.S. global spending for HIV/AIDS! The Kaiser Family Foundation updated its Public Opinion Spotlights on HIV/AIDS, among other topics. The spotlight on the public's knowledge of the current administration's efforts shows that:
The World Health Organization (WHO) has made occasional positive noises about the use of DDT for indoor residual spraying to combat the malaria vector in the recent past (see, for example, the 2005 publication "Frequently Asked Questions on DDT for Disease Vector Control" [pdf]), but it became news on Friday -- even characterized as a "U-turn" -- when Dr.
*This post is co-authored by Kaysie Brown
The World Bank's Operations Evaluation Division has just released a lengthy report documenting a rise in the world's "fragile states" and drawing a direct connection between state weakness and transnational threats. As Karen DeYoung reports in today's Washington Post,
“Fragile" countries, whose deepening poverty puts them at risk from terrorism, armed conflict and epidemic disease, have jumped to 26 from 17 since the report was last issued in 2000.
Increased attention to development and stability in fragile states by both the World Bank and the U.S. Government signals the importance of and challenges associated with providing assistance in these critical yet vulnerable states. CGD recently launched the Engaging Fragile States initiative to focus on key unanswered questions for the development community working in these tough environments. A quick read of the Bank report raises a number of issues that our work is focusing on:
This week the IFC released data from its new 2007 "Doing Business" survey. The update includes new data on the cost and time to register property, both of which are components of the new "Land Rights and Access" indicator that the MCC will use this year as supplemental information in making its selections for MCC eligibility. We provided an analysis of the new indicators earlier this week.