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Working Paper
Does project-level aid for water and sanitation improve child health outcomes?: Evidence from household panel data in Uganda

Empirical studies on the effectiveness of aid to the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector (WASH aid) have focused primarily on access to these services as the benchmark for evaluating the effectiveness of aid in this sector...

Aid effectiveness Public health Water
Working Paper
Residual capacity and the political economy of pandemic response in Ghana

On the whole, poor countries in Africa and elsewhere seem to have weathered the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19) pandemic better than wealthier countries with superior healthcare systems...

COVID-19 State capacity Clientelism
Research Brief
What do we need to know about social mobility in the Global South?

The volume, Social Mobility in Developing Countries: Concepts, Methods and Determinants, brings together leading scholars from several disciplines to advance research practice on social mobility...

Social mobility Inequality & Human Development Human capital
Working Paper
Dynamic impacts of lockdown on domestic violence: Evidence from multiple policy shifts in Chile

We leverage staggered implementation of lockdown across Chile’s 346 municipalities, identifying dynamic impacts on domestic violence...

Domestic violence Social protection COVID-19
Staffan Lindberg’s keynote address is a wake-up call

In introducing Staffan Lindberg’s keynote at the WIDER Development Conference, UNU-WIDER Senior Research Fellow and political scientist Rachel Gisselquist says that the COVID-19 pandemic is linked to new restrictions on rights and freedoms at a...

Democracy Democracy and human rights Autocracy
Artificial intelligence vs. COVID-19 in developing countries: Priorities and trade-offs

The rush to harness Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the fight against the pandemic may be an opportunity for developing countries to accelerate the digitalization of their economies...

COVID-19 Artificial intelligence Public health
Working Paper
Does HIV/AIDS matter for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa?

Estimating the impact of HIV/AIDS epidemic on economic growth is challenging because of endogeneity concerns...

Economic growth Human capital Macroeconomics
Working Paper
Needs versus Expediency: Poverty Reduction and Social Development in Post-conflict Countries

Conflict depletes all forms of human and social capital, as well as supporting institutions. The scale of the human damage can overwhelm public action, as there are many competing priorities and resources are often insufficient...

Economic development Education National security
Working Paper
Poor Health Reporting: Do Poor South Africans Underestimate Their Health Needs?

Researchers often rely on household survey data to investigate health disparities and the incidence and prevalence of illness. These self-reported health measures are often biased due to information asymmetry or differences in reference groups...

Equality and inequality Healthcare Public health
Why Ending Malnutrition is a Quintessential 21st Century Development Goal

In the run up to the announcement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in September every development issue is clamouring for attention...

Climate change Environment Equality and inequality
Journal Article
Non-Clinical Interventions for Acute Respiratory Infections and Diarrhoeal Diseases among Young Children in Developing Countries

To assess the effectiveness of non-clinical interventions against acute respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases among young children in developing countries...

Healthcare Public health
Working Paper
Social Spending and Aggregate Welfare in Developing and Transition Economies

Notwithstanding the unprecedented attention devoted to reducing poverty and fostering human development via scaling up social sector spending, there is surprisingly little rigorous empirical work on the question of whether social spending is effectiv...

Education Public expenditures Government spending policy
Research Brief
The Microeconomic Impact of Interventions Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

While the majority of interventions against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria had positive short-term effects, these were frequently not translated into long-term sustainable results...

Economic assistance and foreign aid Microeconomics Public health
Working Paper
Effectiveness of International Aid for Diarrheal Disease Control and Potential for Future Impact

The reduction in deaths from diarrheal diseases is one of the significant public health successes of the twentieth century...

Economic assistance and foreign aid Public health
Working Paper
Global Collective Action in Health: The WDR+20 Landscape of Core and Supportive Functions

This paper discusses shifts in development assistance for health (DAH) since 1990, analyses the nature of the current distribution of funding, and considers future implications. Based on Jamison et al...

Economic assistance and foreign aid Economic development Health expenditures
From the Editor’s Desk (October 2013)

31 October 2013 Tony Addison October finds Angle in New York, for our event on ‘Fragility and Aid–What Works?’ at the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN...

Agriculture Budget Children
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