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How Does HIV/AIDS Funding Affect a Country’s Health System?

Recently, the American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene published a paper by Shepard et al. evaluating the impact of HIV/AIDS funding on Rwanda’s health system. The headline of the press release was catchy and assertive: “Six-year Study in Rwanda Finds Influx of HIV/AIDS Funding Does Not Undermine Health Care Services for Other Diseases. Study Addresses Long-standing Debate about Funding Imbalances for Global Diseases.”

MCC Averts House Budget Cuts

Amidst the big cuts in the House State, Foreign Operations mark-up yesterday, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is one of the few agencies whose budget request remains intact.  The House subcommittee voted to keep MCC’s funding at $898.2 million, level with the President’s FY2013 request.

Worried About Teen Births? Read Our Paper

Despite declines in average fertility rates worldwide, an estimated 14 to 16 million children are born to women aged 15 to 19 each year. Over half of women in sub-Saharan Africa give birth before age 20.  As I’ve blogged previously, many of these births take place in the context of early marriage. Approximately half of girls in sub-Saharan Africa are married by age 18, while 73% of girls are married by that same age in Bangladesh.

CGD Europe Asks: Who Should Be the EBRD's Next President?

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will appoint its next president in ten days, after months of deliberation. Many in the international development community are pushing for the process to be open, transparent and merit-based--a rallying cry you'll recall from the recent World Bank presidential selection process. On behalf of CGD Europe, We've invited each of the five EBRD presidential candidates to join me for podcast interviews on their vision for the bank's future.