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BlogArtificial 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 PaperDoes 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 PaperNeeds 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 PaperPoor 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
BlogWhy 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 ArticleNon-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 PaperSocial 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 BriefThe 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 PaperEffectiveness 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 PaperGlobal 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
BlogFrom 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
BlogTackling the Main Causes of Child Mortality in Developing Countries: Evidence from Non-clinical Interventions
30 October 2013 Miguel Niño-Zarazúa Children have been at the centre of recent global efforts to improve well-being conditions in developing countries...Children Economic development Health
BlogFrom the Editor's Desk (September 2013)
24 September 2013 Tony Addison As Helsinki moves into a crisp sunny autumn, Angle brings you news of two big UNU-WIDER events...Econometric models (Economic development) Children Climate change
Working PaperThe World Bank’s Health Projects in Timor-Leste: the Political Economy of Effective Aid
The World Bank’s health sector projects in Timor-Leste—the Health Sector Rehabilitation and Development Project and the Second Health Sector Rehabilitation and Development Project—have been among the few successful operations it has...Economic assistance and foreign aid Planning Public health
Working PaperWhat Do We Know About Non-Clinical Interventions for Preventable and Treatable Childhood Diseases in Developing Countries?
Preventable and treatable childhood diseases, notably acute respiratory infections and diarrhoeal diseases are the first and second leading causes of death and morbidity among young children in developing countries...Children Economic development Public health
BlogSexual Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Malokele Nanivazo Sexual violence crime (SV) in wartime is not a new phenomenon. Mass rapes have occurred in armed conflicts in Rwanda, Kosovo, Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, to give just a few examples...Crime Education Humanitarian assistance