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What Now for Zimbabwe? – Todd Moss

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:42:58 +0000

Podcasts

History was made in Zimbabwe this week as Robert Mugabe finally agreed to resign the presidency after almost four decades in power. How the country will be governed by new leadership is still very much unknown—yet it is not too early for the international community to start considering how it can offer help to rebuild Zimbabwe’s economy for the benefit of its people. Todd Moss, CGD senior fellow and longtime Zimbabwe watcher, shares specific things that donor governments and international institutions can do. 




What Now for Zimbabwe? – Podcast with Todd Moss

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:36:03 +0000

What Now for Zimbabwe? – Podcast with Todd Moss

Blog Post

History was made in Zimbabwe this week as Robert Mugabe finally agreed to resign the presidency after almost four decades in power. How the country will be governed by new leadership is still very much unknown—yet it is not too early for the international community to start considering how it can offer help to rebuild Zimbabwe’s economy for the benefit of its people. Todd Moss, CGD senior fellow and longtime Zimbabwe watcher, shares specific things that donor governments and international institutions can do. 




DFIs Embark on a Voyage of Rediscovery

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:33:55 +0000

DFIs Embark on a Voyage of Rediscovery

Blog Post

Development finance institutions (DFIs) have long resisted the idea that they ought to support coordinated national development strategies in the countries that they invest in, but if conversations around private roundtables at the recent World Bank/IMF meetings are anything to go by, that’s where they may be heading. And if so, it may be the private sector itself that leads them there.




Toward Better Multilateral Development Banks: Can the United States and China Lead Together?

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:14:29 +0000

Publications

The purpose of this note is to provide a realistic analysis of where MDBs have made progress in improving performance and governance, the risks and challenges they and their shareholders confront today, possible areas of US-China collaboration, and a specific recommendation for a joint effort.




More Health for the Money through Better Purchasing Decisions: The Case of Ghana

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:11:02 +0000

More Health for the Money through Better Purchasing Decisions: The Case of Ghana

Blog Post

Whether it’s called strategic purchasing, evidence-informed commissioning, or value-based insurance, the quest to squeeze better value out of existing resources is global. But lack of clarity regarding global and national healthcare investment goals, coupled with low technical capacity in ministries of health and insurance funds and multiple competing interests for attracting healthcare dollars, all make proactive evidence-informed buying hard to achieve. The global health community ought to help Ghana and countries like it strengthen their national systems for allocating resources including when selecting, negotiating prices, and procuring medicines for their populations.




Seven Ways the International Community Can Help Zimbabwe through Tough Times

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:54:19 +0000

Seven Ways the International Community Can Help Zimbabwe through Tough Times

Blog Post

Events are in tremendous flux in Zimbabwe after the non-coup committed by the military last week and the resignation of President Robert Mugabe on November 21. It’s not too early for the international community to start considering constructive steps to help the country get through the inevitable transition and back on a path to democracy and prosperity.




GAFSP’s Last Gasp? Don’t Count on It

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:59:55 +0000

GAFSP’s Last Gasp? Don’t Count on It

Blog Post

Earlier this month the US Treasury’s top international official announced at a congressional hearing that he would like to see the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) “wound down.” Scratching beneath GAFSP’s surface, there are good reasons to be concerned about the potential loss of this particular trust fund. And for those very reasons, it seems unlikely that the other GAFSP donors will be so quick to follow the US lead.




The Future of the Philippines and MCC

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:11:23 +0000

The Future of the Philippines and MCC

Blog Post

Next month, the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s board of directors will meet to select the set of countries that will be eligible for the agency’s large-scale grant programs. One of the decisions on the table will be whether to continue the partnership with the Philippines. Over the last year and a half, questions have emerged about whether the Philippines continues to meet MCC’s good governance criteria. In one month, MCC and its board will have to answer those lingering questions.




Three Lessons from the OIG’s Wambo.org Audit

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:51:26 +0000

Three Lessons from the OIG’s Wambo.org Audit

Blog Post

The Global Fund’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a new audit report on Wambo.org, its online procurement platform for drugs and other health commodities. The headline: despite high marks from its users, Wambo.org is not yet on track to deliver the projected savings. But more than the headline, a close read of the report narrative helps us understand why reality does not yet reflect the Global Fund’s optimistic assumptions—and, reading between the lines, suggests three important lessons for the Global Fund and other international funders




Leveraging the Links between Migration and Development: US Government Policy, Practice, and Potential

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:02:52 +0000

Publications

This paper reviews the positions and activities of the US government that have linked international migration with social, political and, above all, economic development in migrants’ countries of origin, through 2016. It specifies major opportunities for the government to do more for its overseas development policy goals by shaping the terms on which migration occurs, including in times of restricted immigration.