United Nations negotiations on climate change have opened in Nairobi with the focus, according to the BBC, on helping poorer countries adapt. This is the 12th set of U.N. climate talks since the Rio Earth Summit of 1992. A U.N.
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The Copenhagen Consensus Project recently asked a group of 24 UN ambassadors and other diplomats to prioritize a list of 40 global development interventions. The US was there. Their interesting report places heath and sanitation on top, with education and hunger somewhat lower. Trade, financial, and environmental policies received lowest priority, due in part to political infeasibility.
Well, besides what not to do. There is a new and active debate in the U.S. around whether the public sector should adopt a new method of paying health care providers, pay-for-performance, which is already being tried in the private sector to improve quality and efficiency of care. Paying providers based on performance in the U.S. system means that any provider, be they hospitals, single physicians or groups, gets reimbursed by the insurers based on process or outcome measures of performance.
Next Wednesday, the MCC Board will select countries eligible to apply for FY 2007 funding. With funding tight, four countries with signed MCC compacts failing the indicators test but pressing for exemptions, and two countries that might be chosen for political purposes, this year's selection round will test the MCC's adherence to its principles.
The Global Fund Board was unable to reach a decision on a new Executive Director after all, and has decided to extend the search until its April meeting. Steve Radelet discusses the situation and its implications over at Views from the Center.
Last night the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria admitted that it has been unable to reach a decision on its new Executive Director, and decided to extend the search until April. Apparently the Board narrowed the list of five final candidates to two front runners, but was unable to reach consensus on a final candidate.
On Monday, Salon.com's Andrew Leonard posted an enjoyable piece about my new report with Uzma Qureshi, "Microfinance as Business." The purpose of the report is to understand how it is that some microfinance institutions (MFIs) cover costs, attract capital, and scale up--in a phrase, how some manage to succeed commercially.