Customary international humanitarian law includes a responsibility to protect journalists and aid workers from harm, but it does not cover interpreters and others working for allied members. As a result, it’s down to each individual country to determine how they feel they should respond. Here we outline the responses of six of the top ten contributors to the NATO-led forces: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
CGD Policy Blogs
Despite huge gains made in girls' education over the last two decades, a potentially devastating new era in Afghanistan threatens progress to date. We take a look at what is at risk for girls’ education.
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.
The recent $5 billion overnight cut in UK foreign aid highlights the importance of understanding the politics of aid spending. This blog explores the role of international travel by rich country citizens to poorer countries in determining attitudes towards aid, and the potential value of volunteer trips in shaping MPs development policy decisions.
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?
The online platform C19economics was created to support researchers and decision makers by collating the health economic literature published on the COVID-19 pandemic into an easily searchable repository. After reviewing the literature, we found three notable gaps in coverage in terms of geographical focus and topic areas.
This first episode of the new Africa-centered podcast series Lagos to Mombasa examines how African governments can shape their responses to the pandemic and prepare for the future. Patrick Tippoo of Biovac and the African Vaccine Manufacturing Initiative and Prashant Yadav from CGD join Gyude Moore to discuss options and opportunities.
The rhetoric around women’s economic empowerment (WEE) in global development is finally being translated into action. Development organizations are using this objective to guide operations and exploring ways to measure impact by integrating WEE indicators into project results frameworks.
Megan O'Donnell of CGD and Soumya Kapoor of IWWAGE discuss breaking down the barriers that keep Indian women from the workforce, the roles of local and international actors, and promising policy models in India.
How much learning did children lose whilst schools were closed in 2020? Whilst hard data is still scarce, the opinions of parents in Ghana are clear. Our survey of almost 3,700 households carried out from the 8th to 22nd of March in 2021 found that over 85 percent of parents said their children definitely or probably lost learning (Figure 1). (For more from that joint IEPA-CGD survey, see our previous blog post and stay tuned.)