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Germany’s Role in Global Health After the September 2021 Election

Germany has stepped up as an important player in global health in recent years, rising to become the third largest government donor to health in 2019. Notably, Germany has played a key role in WHO reform efforts; it is the largest donor to WHO for the 2020-21 budget period, and one of the largest WHO emergency fund donors. Germany has also played a leading role politically, placing health on the agenda of the G-20 for the first time in 2017 and trying to tackle increasing global health fragmentation as co-initiator of the Global Action Plan.

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Germany’s Upcoming Election: How the Next Government Can Take on Global Leadership in Development

On September 26, Germans will be called to the polls to elect a new parliament. Its members will in turn choose a successor for Angela Merkel, whose chancellorship ends after 16 years in power. The end of this era presents a unique opportunity to reset some of Germany’s political priorities and implement new policies aiming to boost Germany’s leadership on development issues.

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How Well Has ADB Responded to Government Needs during the COVID-19 Crisis?

Among the multilateral development banks, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) stands out for its strong financial support for COVID-19 response relative to its overall lending volume. While ADB has proven to be responsive to government’s general financing needs during the crisis, has ADB’s performance matched the specific needs of the governments and populations facing the crisis in the region? Have the greater volumes of support actually targeted the people, places, and sectors that most need it? In a new policy paper, we tackle these questions.

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Contrary to Conventional Wisdom, Mining Companies Seem To Pay More Taxes in Lower-Income Countries

With pressures to lower taxes and project-based incentives, and the possibility of kickbacks in exchange for favorable deals, lower-income countries seem like the kind of place where companies get away with paying a smaller share of mining profits to host governments. Yet our open-access paper in the October 2021 issue of World Development shows exactly the opposite: in countries with higher country risk, which tend to be lower-income countries, government “take”—or share of total project returns—is actually higher.

On World Humanitarian Day: Invest in Climate Adaptation to Reduce Future Humanitarian Need

Every year on August 19, World Humanitarian Day commemorates those humanitarian workers who have lost their lives. This year, the organizers have broadened the scope of commemoration by issuing a call to action on the climate crisis, to pressure world leaders to take meaningful climate action for the world’s most vulnerable people, ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference this November.

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