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You Say You Want a Data Revolution!

A couple of days ago, I posted a blog on the first ever Global Symposium on Health Systems Research, and raised the question: “Will Research Make Health System Strengthening Sexier?”   I'm not in Montreux, but I am following some of the sessions from Washington D.C., thanks to Twitter, Blogs, Webcasts!  I've seen multiple re-tweets of my post and a few references to the blog post in other blog posts.  The comment that I'd like to sha

On the Hill: Moss Says Nigeria Should Try Cash Transfers (and U.S. Should Support Multilateral Development Banks)

This is a joint post with Kaci Farrell.

During a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on the global financial crisis and Nigeria’s financial reforms, CGD vice president for programs and senior fellow Todd Moss said Nigeria’s economic and political stability are inextricably linked to each other and to U.S. national interests. He urged members to support the African Development Bank and the World Bank and proposed a new idea: Nigeria should consider using oil revenues to finance cash transfers to citizens in the Niger Delta.

The QDDR Pre-Release: Good Intent but the Devil’s in the Details

With the unofficial release of a consultation document on the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), we now have further indications of what will be in the final version scheduled for official release in December.  Until we see the final product, it is difficult to know if some of the laudable rhetoric surrounding the role of development and USAID will be matched by the concrete steps needed to turn it into reality.  As they say, the devil is in the details.