Accelerating Progress of Low-Income Countries Towards the SDGs: Balancing Realism and Ambition in a Post-COVID-19 World

“The less-than-propitious context of the pandemic makes it critical that all development partners balance realism and ambition in looking for ways to sustain the progress of low income countries towards the SDGs in the decade that lies ahead. This will require a mix of short- and longer-term actions, and a spirit of global partnership that is much deeper than has been in evidence recently.”

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Afro-European Partnerships in Health: Accelerating Better Efficiency of Health Spending

“In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, many sub-Saharan African countries will face serious economic crises and shrinking public spending. One area that may be hit hardest is the health sector, where two decades of hard-fought gains in health access and outcomes may be at risk owing to declining public financing and uncertainty in donor programming.”

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Bargaining with Beijing: A Tale of Two Borrowers

“The fact that the Republic of Congo was worse off after rescheduling its debts with Beijing underscores the importance of exposing these deals to public scrutiny before they are finalized and building borrower country capacity to negotiate more favorable deals.”

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Beyond the Numbers: Why the World Needs a More Ambitious Multilateral Development Bank Response to COVID-19

“The World Bank, and other multilateral development banks, are unlikely to pull out the stops in their response to this once-in-two-generations crisis unless they get clear guidance from their major shareholders to do just that. The evidence suggests the rich country shareholders on whom the Bank depends for financial support are not sending this message.”

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Don’t Cheer Yet – There Is Too Much at Stake on COVID-19 Vaccines

“Yesterday, Pfizer/BNTech issued a press release on the status of their COVID-19 vaccine candidate that is encouraging. But what does a vaccine being ’90 percent effective’ mean? With fewer than 100 participants across the intervention and control arms, no data on safety yet, and no peer review, caution is in order.”

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We Must Stop Flying Blind: Building on Existing Systems in Low- and Middle Income Countries To Improve The COVID-19 Response

“The pandemic has highlighted concerning gaps in data and weaknesses in surveillance systems that have long hampered public health systems globally, especially in low- and middle- income countries.”

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How should we evaluate lockdowns? Disentangling Effectiveness, Context, and Politics

“In the early stages of the pandemic, there was significant pressure and urgency to respond. Now several months into the response, we are better equipped to assess the effectiveness and necessity of lockdowns, and to determine the most appropriate package of interventions to combat COVID-19.”

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The Macroeconomics of Pandemics in Developing Countries: An Application to Uganda

“Differences in demography, comorbidities, and health systems affect mortality risk; lower incomes affect agents’ willingness to forego consumption to reduce disease risk. Optimal containment is significantly less restrictive in the latter context, a normative implication contradicted by positive findings of similarly strict lockdowns across rich and poor countries.”

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What Do Past Shocks to Education Finance Tell Us About the Choices We’ll Face After COVID-19?

“We’ve heard the consistent refrain that the education sector needs to become more resilient to this and future crises, but we’ve heard much less about what that means in practice. Inevitably, it will require identifying tradeoffs and strategizing about how to deal with them in ways that support education outcomes, especially for students and families most likely to be affected.”

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From Overall Fiscal Space to Budgetary Space for Health: Connecting Public Financial Management to Resource Mobilization in the Era of COVID-19

“In low- and middle-income countries, 70% of budgetary space for health is driven by changes in overall public expenditure, while about 30% is directly attributable to the share of the budget allocated to health. Public financial management improvements can maximize or even enlarge budgetary space for health.”

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