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Multilateral Trade Agreements Should Constitute the Cornerstone of Biden’s US-Africa Policy

The ongoing negotiations over a US-Kenya trade agreement embody the contradictions and likely pitfalls in the Biden Administration's Africa policy. Despite assurances from its promoters, the potential agreement remains unpopular in African states. Many observers view such a deal as potentially undermining the AfCFTA and African economic unity. As the region’s population and economies continue to expand, African multilateralism is most likely going to get stronger over time. Therefore, for any trade deal to work in strengthening US-Africa ties in the long run, it must be seen by citizens in various African states to be mutually beneficial and consistent with African multilateral initiatives like the AfCFTA.

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How to Promote Young Women’s Resilience in the Face of COVID-19 Induced Economic Shocks: Lessons from Urban Mozambique

Good stories amid the devastation brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic are both rare and important to document.  So when I heard from colleagues at Technoserve in Mozambique about a success story involving young urban women neither at school nor in the workforce, and therefore highly vulnerable to the negative effects of the pandemic, I wanted to learn more to help inform CGD’s ongoing COVID-19 Gender and Development Initiative.

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The Shape of Things to Come? FCDO After the Cuts

Since the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) began implementing the steep cuts to the UK’s aid budget imposed upon it by the Treasury, much of the immediate reaction has focused on the immense human cost of reducing aid during a global pandemic. What has not been clear, however, is if the cuts are being used to realise a new vision of what UK aid is for. This blog sets out where it looks like the portfolio is going, and the next round of challenges it faces.

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To Increase Vaccine Manufacturing in LMICs, We Also Need to Strengthen Regulatory Capacity

A lot of recent discussions focus on how to expand COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The conversations highlight the importance of technology transfer and the capability of the tech transfer receiving sites (the facilities in these countries that would then produce vaccines locally), including having specialized equipment and personnel.

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More than Oxygen Supply: How to Make the Current Global Fund COVID-19 Response Mechanism a Success for Patients

The global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the pressing need to improve oxygen supplies around the world. In this blog, we highlight key objectives that countries need to consider in their funding applications for support from the CRM for the successful scale up of oxygen and critical care.

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