The World Bank’s International Development Association (IDA), the largest single source of concessional financing for development in lower-income countries, is under-utilized in the world’s fight against pandemics, and can deploy its resources and expertise to play a much more significant role in the COVID-19 response and beyond as part of its upcoming replenishment, known as IDA20.
CGD Policy Blogs
Last month, CGD hosted an event on predicting the frequency and scale of future pandemics to discuss what’s to come after the COVID-19 pandemic and the critical task of preparing for future outbreak probabilities. This blog highlights three key takeaways from the event.
UNICEF’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, recently announced that she will step down from her position. With a change in leadership imminent, we consider the organization’s dual imperative: to protect children during humanitarian crises - including the current COVID-19 crisis-, and to shift from direct service delivery towards support for systems and policies that will drive sustainable improvements in child well-being today and tomorrow.
Twenty months into the COVID-19 pandemic, there is broad agreement that more and smarter international financing is needed to respond to the current pandemic and to prepare for the next global health threat. The G20 independent panel report and this blog, among others, highlight the priorities for the uses and needed characteristics of the funding, but now to the next hard question – how to raise the money? What are the sources of revenue beyond ODA that could contribute to the proposed Global Health Threats Fund?
LAC Countries are Struggling to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccinations—Six Actions Are Needed to Turn the Tide
Historically, the Americas have been the world leader in routine vaccination, vaccine introduction, and implementation of mass vaccination campaigns against infectious diseases. It was the first region to eliminate rubella and measles, eradicate smallpox, and be declared polio-free.
In light of this current global health challenge, the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) have launched a series of events to strengthen the understanding and ties between German and US policy makers, experts, and civil society organizations. The first private rountable, “Financing Pandemic Preparedness and Response – the role of Germany and the US”, was held on July 9th 2021 under the Chatham House Rule. This blog highlights some of the main discussion points and outlines areas of cooperation.
We welcome Biden’s announcement last week that the US will purchase 500 million COVID-19 vaccine doses for distribution to lower income countries. And while no single country is responsible for vaccinating the world, there is one global institution that could be doing more.
Dear President Biden and Congress: Time for US to Lead Response to the Growing COVID-19 Global Vaccine Crisis
Today we joined colleagues from CSIS, Duke University, and the COVID Collective in an open letter to the Biden Administration and US Congress with a clear message: to hasten the end of the COVID-19 global pandemic, American leadership is required to ensure universal global access to high-quality and safe vaccines, support rapid vaccine distribution and administration, and build a sustainable global network of vaccine manufacturing capacity. Vaccines offer an exit route out of the pandemic – but only if they reach a critical mass of people in need across continents, socioeconomic strata, and marginalized populations.
In 2003, an estimated 3 million people died of HIV/AIDS globally. In May of that year, galvanized by the growing number of preventable deaths given the availability of an effective medicine, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief—PEPFAR—was signed into law.