Ideas to action: independent research for global prosperity
Explaining Nutritional Inequality in South Asia
October 23, 2023
A Call to Action to End Childhood Lead Poisoning Worldwide
October 17, 2023
UK Development Finance beyond ODA: Mapping and Assessing the UK’s Non-grant Development Finance
September 07, 2023
The UK government has significantly expanded its development finance beyond ODA. The strategic use of guarantees, export finance, and other instruments is not a substitute for grants to the poorest, but instead offers the prospect of mobilising significant lending to developing countries, which can ...
Research Publishing Is an Under-Recognised Global Challenge: Opportunities for the G20 to Act
September 05, 2023
The G20 is well placed to provide the leadership needed to ensure that research is a global public good by elevating the discourse on research publishing reform and acknowledging that this is not merely a niche concern for researchers but an important global challenge that underpins human progress.
Public Spending and Inclusive Growth in Developing Asia
August 30, 2023
Higher levels of fiscal redistribution, through income taxes and direct transfers, increase the probability of achieving inclusive growth. To spur inclusive growth in the aftermath of the COVID pandemic, countries with limited fiscal space will need to focus on improving efficiency and reallocate ex...
Macroeconomic Impact of the War in Ukraine and of High Commodity Prices across Countries
August 29, 2023
The war in Ukraine was associated with large changes in the prices of key food and fuel commodities in 2022 which produced macroeconomic gains for exporters and losses as import costs increased. Across 49 countries benefitting, these gains averaged about 8 percent of GDP and reach up to 36 percent o...
Investing in Human Capital to Attract Private Investment in Infrastructure
August 23, 2023
Across several African countries, there has been a troubling trend of infrastructure being stripped to sell as scrap metal. People have been arrested for ripping out and selling rail sleepers in South Africa and Ghana, pylon and copper wires in Uganda, and streetlamp meters in Liberia. That strippin...
The When is Less Important than the What: An Epidemic Scale as an Alternative to the World Health Organization’s Public Health Emergency of International Concern
August 18, 2023
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the end of the Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) for COVID-19 on May 5 and for mpox on May 11, 2023. Throughout its use, the meaning of the PHEIC has been muddled. We call for a new, objective epidemic scale that better communicates...
Improving Health System Performance in Mexico
August 09, 2023
Assessment of health system performance is a complex task, especially amid major political change, structural reforms, and a global pandemic. The Health Policy paper by Felicia Marie Knaul and colleagues in The Lancet identifies many challenges to improving the performance of the Mexican health syst...