How to take morphine in rural Guatemala

Rosa is a 59-year-old woman dying1 of a broken heart: in her heart is a hole that surgeons cannot fix, and the irregular flow of Read More

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: An Argument For Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception

Every year, the Guttmacher Institute provides data on pregnancy incidence by intention status and outcome worldwide. In 2012, out of the 213 million pregnancies that Read More

The God of empty spaces: Thoughts on religion and civil society in neoliberal Guatemala

The other day I visited Lydia, a 56-year-old Maya woman who lives with her family in the highlands of Guatemala and has for many years Read More


Connecting Pension Funds with Emerging Market Infrastructure

It might sound improbable to hear a CFO say this, but I consider one of my roles since joining the World Bank Group to be that of matchmaker. Let me explain. As I have noted in other blogs over recent months, the world’s emerging market and developing economies—EMDEs for short—face an enormous gap in infrastructure investment. Certainly it is not the only big financing challenge that countries face as they work to reduce poverty and extend prosperity to more of their citizens. But infrastructure underpins many aspects of economic growth, getting people to jobs and schools, connecting goods to markets, reducing the isolation of the poorest areas in many countries

Strategies seek to forge the missing link between patients and diagnoses

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingIt’s one of weakest links in the health systems where limited resources and long distances separate sick people from the laboratories that could diagnose their ills: For want of a simple affordable system to get patient specimens from one place to another, infectious disease outbreaks and their impacts go undetected, untreated, and uncontrolled. It is a […](Read more…)

Can you help some firms without hurting others? Yes, in a new Kenyan business training…

There are a multitude of government programs that directly try to help particular firms to grow. Business training is one of the most common forms of such support. A key concern when thinking about the impacts of such programs is whether any gains to participating firms come at the expense of their market competitors. E.g. perhaps you train some businesses to market their products slightly better, causing customers to abandon their competitors and simply reallocate which businesses sell the product

Stop Funding Data for Superman Systems!

The data revolution is well upon us, with the total data produced doubling every two years. Organizations are processing of an over-abundance of data using a variety of collection and statistical interpretation approaches and machine learning algorithms to bring transformative insights to a range of industries. From self-driving cars, precision agriculture, and personalized marketing to proving early warning signals for global conflict, new innovations dependent on data have the power to fundamentally reshape society. This has led to a gold rush in companies finding ways to monetize the opportunity. In line with this, a wave of innovation in applying methods for local data collection in emerging and frontier markets is unfolding daily.

Weekly links March 3: financial literacy done right, e-voting, private vs public schooling, and…

IPA has a nice brief on financial literacy training, discussing the problems of traditional training courses and more promising new approaches Devex summarizes the public vs private school debate held at the World Bank last week. Jeff Bloem on the cardinal treatment of ordinal variables – and implications for happiness research. Duncan Green on how introducing electronic voting in Brazil saved lives and increased health spending Noah Smith on why it is time to move past the structural vs reduced form econometrics debates Job opportunities: DIME is recruiting several RAs

African Policymakers Urge New Investments In TB Diagnostics, Treatments, Prevention

Xinhua News: African policymakers renew call for investments in TB control “Countries in sub-Saharan Africa should prioritize new investments in diagnostic equipment, case management, and public awareness to reduce the burden of tuberculosis (TB), policymakers said Tuesday. They told a forum in Nairobi that innovative financing options were an imperative in order to revitalize the…More

Incentives to change: effects of performance-based financing on health workers in Zambia

Performance-based financing (PBF) has been implemented in a number of countries with the aim of transforming health systems and improving maternal and child health.

‘Humanitarian Financing Is In Need Of An Overhaul,’ Additional Funding To Prevent Impending…

Financial Times: The season of famine looms across Africa Editorial Board “…Emergencies bring out the best humanitarian instincts. Often the Western public responds generously … When faced with a real crisis, aid workers spring to action with war room mentality and lives are saved. Yet many more lives could be spared — and funds saved…More

Trump Administration Should Not Allow Foreign Countries To ‘Freeload’ Off U.S. Medical…

Wall Street Journal: How Other Countries Freeload on U.S. Drug Research Peter Pitts, president of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest “President Trump says American companies have been getting ‘systematically ripped off’ by foreign governments and firms. He’s right. Yet he has backed a proposal that would make the problem even worse —…More

U.S. Must Maintain Leadership Role In Global Health, Development, ‘Cement Its Legacy’ With…

The Hill: Preventing global health crises requires modest American investment Loyce Pace, president and executive director of the Global Health Council “…Amidst questions of America’s future role in the world, it is important to recognize that the U.S. has demonstrated unparalleled moral, economic, and social leadership in global health and development. Whether driven by compassion…More

Medicaid’s lasting impressions: Population health and insurance at birth

Publication date: March 2017 Source:Social Science & Medicine, Volume 177 Author(s): Heeju Sohn This article examines lasting mortality improvements associated with availability of Medicaid at time and place of birth.

Anxiety, Urgency Build Over President Trump’s Pick To Head USAID

POLITICO: Will Trump keep ‘America first’ with USAID pick? “President Donald Trump’s pledge to put ‘America first’ could spell bad news for the federal agency that helps foreign countries during times of disaster, famine, and war. But the two people believed to be the leading candidates to head the United States Agency for International Development…More

Continuing PEPFAR In Africa Important Humanitarian Effort, Critical To U.S. Interests

New York Times: America First, in Africa David Leonhardt, columnist at the New York Times “…The Chinese government is financing and subsidizing $1 trillion in spending, mostly in low-income countries around the world. … It’s a wonderful development in many ways. It’s also a reminder of China’s rising strategic challenge to the United States. ……More

More Than Half Of U.S. President Trump’s Global Development Council Resign, Devex Reports

Devex: More than half of President Trump’s Global Development Council have resigned “More than half of the president’s Global Development Council — a high-level advisory group of business, civil society, and academic leaders who offer guidance on U.S. foreign assistance — have resigned, according to a former member of the council who shared information on…More

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