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Lagos to Mombasa: Can Agriculture Drive Economic Growth in Africa?

This episode of Lagos to Mombasa asks: could ag policy be a means to post-COVID-19 recovery in Africa? Linda Manda of Standard Bank Group and Gillian Pais of McKinsey & Company join Gyude to discuss the true potential of the agriculture sector, not just in addressing Africa’s own food security needs but also in its global contributions.

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Change or Crumble! Germany Needs to Reposition its International Cooperation

As Angela Merkel’s 16 years at the helm of the German government come to a close, Germany’s international cooperation for sustainable development seems, at first sight, to be in good shape. During her tenure, German official development assistance (ODA) more than tripled, reaching $28 billion in 2020 and putting Germany second only to the United States ($34 billion) and well ahead of the United Kingdom ($19 billion) and the EU Institutions ($17 billion). 

Before Recommending the RTS,S Malaria Vaccine for Wider Use, WHO Should Address Three Key Considerations

Last month, the world woke up to promising news on malaria prevention: administering an existing malaria vaccine (RTS,S) in addition to antimalarial drugs before the rainy season reduced child hospitalizations and deaths by approximately 70 percent in Burkina Faso and Mali. These results arrived ahead of a forthcoming decision from the World Health Organization on whether to recommend RTS,S for broader use. This blog argues that WHO should consider value for money and address three key considerations before making their reccomendation.

Getting the Best We Can Buy: Three Solutions to Improve the Use of Value for Money Evidence in Global Development

The need for effective evidence-informed priority-setting in global development is more urgent than ever, with widespread global challenges and reduced funding due to both COVID-19 related public spending and economic slowdowns. This blog explores three key barriers to using value for money evidence in global development and offers three solutions to overcome these challenges.

A school in Afghanistan. Photo by UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Keeping Afghan Children in School: Five Recommendations for the International Community

Calls have been made for the international community to protect and support education for Afghan children at home and abroad. Last week Gordon Brown urged the G7 to continue funding education for girls in Afghanistan, as long as the Taliban government allows girls to attend school. We agree, but with caveats. We urge the G7 and the broader international community to step up their own hosting of Afghan refugees, to ensure that education is included in humanitarian responses, and to embrace local solutions as they move to protect education for Afghan girls and boys.

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The UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office One Year In

A year ago, the UK Government announced the integration of the Department for International Development (DFID) into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), which became the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Soon after the merger, the UK’s development budget was cut by £4.5 billion and reduced from 0.7 percent to 0.5 percent of gross national income (GNI). The cuts—which disproportionately hit bilateral spending and some UN agencies—have seen steep reductions in support for some of the world’s poorest countries.

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Four Transformative Actions to Localize International Development

How can organizations and networks in Washington, DC, London, or Paris contribute to shifting power dynamics in international development in support of researchers, advocates, and practitioners in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)? In August, Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security (WCAPS) and the Center for Global Development (CGD) convened an event moderated by Saara Bouhouche, Founder and Chair of WCAPS Race Across the Pond Initiative and Director of WCAPS France Chapter, on opportunities and barriers to increase localization in international development.

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