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Three Seoul Sleepers and a Damp Squib

Perhaps predictably, media coverage of the G-20 Seoul Summit focused on the currency wars, and assessments of impact of the meeting were decidedly mixed (though, interestingly, more negative in the United States than in the big emerging markets). But global imbalances were hardly the only item on the agenda. Three summit documents have the potential to become more important with the passage of time, especially if the development community seizes upon them as opportunities to press the big economies for pro-development policies and spreads the word.

Modeling What the New GOP House Means for U.S. Aid to Africa (Hint: -$900m)

This is a joint post with Stephanie Majerowicz.

Our colleagues Sarah Jane Staats and Connie Veillette have already explained how the recent election results might affect foreign aid. The 150 Account, which includes aid, is a prime target as Congress takes aim at the budget deficit. One silver lining may be that belt-tightening could also force compromise on long-overdue reforms.

But what can we learn from history?

India Dispatch

I am in India this week. The first purpose for coming was to present on my book at the Microfinance India Summit conference in New Delhi. The timing turned out to be extraordinary: after I made the plan to come, the largest crisis in the history of microcredit broke out in Andhra Pradesh. I have extended the trip to visit the state later this week.

Can Research Make Health Systems Strengthening Sexier?

Today, researchers, donors, policymakers, and advocates from around the world met in Montreux, Switzerland for the first ever Global Symposium for Health Systems Research.  The objectives of the conference, laid out in an interesting Debategraph , are to collectively establish a science-based approach to accelerate universal health coverage.  The topic of health systems failure sounds positively humdrum to many  of us who have worked in global health.

Grading the QDDR with the Five "A"s

After an 18-month process, the QDDR, laying out U.S. capabilities and the roles of the State Department and USAID, is due “soon.”  After so much anticipation and drama, I suspect the release will be an anti-climax. Nevertheless, I'm still keen to see what it says.  I’ll be judging the results based on a few broad questions: Does the QDDR move U.S.