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Raila wants school health drives back

Jun 13, 2011 - The success of one of CEGA's major research projects, The School-Based Deworming in Kenya, has shown how evidence is turned into action. Kenyan Prime Minister Odinga calls for an expansion of the program.

AIDS at 30: Time to Act

Jun 5, 2011 - CEGA Affiliate Stefano Bertozzi talks about the fight against AIDS over the past 30 years – and what we must do going forward.

Getting Smart on Aid

May 19, 2011 - By Nicholas D. Kristof
For decades we've had a lot of hot air about how best to help fight global poverty. Now we have field-tested results.

Microfinance works, even without a Hollywood ending

May 17, 2011 - Contrary to the hype, microfinance doesn't help everyone – and microfinance loans sometimes go for personal needs, not a business. But that's OK.

Independent Commission for Aid Impact publishes three year work plan

May 12, 2011 - The Independent Commission for Aid Impact has today published a work plan outlining its intended programme of activity for the next three years. This work will be led by KPMG in partnership with Agulhas Applied Knowledge, the Centre for Evaluation of Global Action (CEGA) and the Swedish Institute for Public Administration (SIPU).

Bin Laden, fugitive and failure

May 5, 2011 - Bin Laden died a fugitive and a failure on his own terms: he did not replace the regimes he so despised. Peaceful demonstrators did that without him in Tunisia and Egypt, and may yet do the same in Yemen and Syria. Trapped behind the 16-foot brick walls of his safe house, would he have noticed that the dictator of Egypt was toppled not by Jihadists wielding Mikhail Kalashnikov’s assault rifles, but by college students armed with Mark Zuckerberg’s social networking program?

Measuring How and Why Aid Works or Doesn't

Apr 29, 2011 - William Easterly reviews More Than Good Intentions: How a New Economics Is Helping to Solve Global Poverty, by Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel, and Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty.

Held Hostage: Funding for a Proven Success in Global Development on Hold in Kenya

Apr 25, 2011 - I was dismayed to learn recently that school-based deworming in Kenya — one of the most celebrated and cost-effective successes in global development in 2009 — was not repeated in 2010. The story of how that happened offers an object lesson in the gritty difficulties of translating evidence into policy.

Symposium to report positive returns from programs in Africa for girls' welfare

Apr 22, 2011 - Positive outcomes and lessons to be learned from new approaches to help girls and women struggling in developing countries will be explored in an April 28 symposium to be hosted by the Center for Evaluation of Global Action (CEGA), based at the University of California, Berkeley.

Secondary Sources: Chinese Inflation, Arrow's Other Theorem, Happiness on Tap

Apr 22, 2011 - Getting clean water to poor communities has long been a staple of development economics. Giving people a private connection to water is an important second step, economists Esther Duflo, Pascaline Dupas and others report. An experiment they ran in Tangiers showed that households were willing to pay a substantial amount of money to have a private tap in their home. Once they had a tap, there was no reduction in water borne illness.

Grameen Bank and the Public Good

Mar 24, 2011 - The question: ‘Does microfinance work?’ has been posed increasingly in recent years — sometimes in accusatory tones because microfinance, and its leading practitioner, Grameen, have received so much praise. A number of randomized studies have not substantiated the findings of poverty reduction that had been made over the years by researchers relying on less rigorous methods that did not always use comparable control groups.

The Nascent Market for "Green" Real Estate in Beijing

Mar 21, 2011 - During a period of extraordinary urban growth, China's per-capita carbon footprint could soar. A growth in households willing to go green in terms of housing choice and day to day consumption could help to offset this pollution increase as the free market will design housing and related products to cater to this group of consumers.

African Girls Getting World Bank Cash Deters Sugar Daddies

Mar 15, 2011 - African girls who sell themselves for sex to older men, known as sugar daddies, are fueling an AIDS epidemic in Sub- Saharan Africa, home to two-thirds of all people infected with the HIV virus. Young women in the region have HIV infection rates three times higher than young men: 3.4 percent of women aged 15 to 24 and 1.4 percent for men in the same age group.

Prostitution as Social Safety Net

Mar 11, 2011 - Prostitution can be a very risky business, particularly where AIDS is rampant, but in nations without a social safety net sex work can also serve as a form of insurance. That’s the paradoxical-sounding finding of a new paper by Jonathan Robinson, of UC Santa Cruz, and Ethan Yeh, of the World Bank.

Why do some women engage in transactional sex? Some unconventional economic research worth reading

Mar 8, 2011 - Why do women engage in transactional sex? While much of the explanation is that sex-for-money pays more than other jobs, we use a unique panel dataset constructed from 192 self-reported diaries of sex workers in Western Kenya to show that women who supply transactional sex develop relationships with regular clients, and that these clients send transfers in response to negative income shocks.

Radical, Religious, and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism

Mar 7, 2011 - As terrorism has evolved in the decades since it first emerged as a global issue, so too has the social science that seeks to explain it. Eli Ber­man’s Radical, Religious, and Violent: The New Economics of Terrorism is unquestionably worth reading as it joins a host of other new books emphasizing the view that terrorist actions, although wrong, are mostly rational rather than insane or fanatical. It is a remarkable study of terrorism from an authority with added expertise from economics.

Potential Contribution of Agriculture to Economic Development

Mar 5, 2011 - There are great opportunities to re-establish Georgia’s comparative advantage in agriculture, based on its proximity to major markets and rich agro-ecological endowments, despite the poor performance of the sector compared to other transitional economies.

The Impact of Experimentation

Mar 1, 2011 - Randomized evaluations are not suited for examining every issue. However, we have learned over the last fifteen years that randomized evaluations can be used to address a broad range of questions related to environmental regulation, girls’ empowerment, trust-building in post-conflict environments, anti-corruption policy, school-choice programs, decentralization and citizen participation in public services, and other issues.