The Politics of Transition & The Economics of HIV: AIDS & PEPFAR in South Africa

PEPFAR South Africa has been among the world’s most successful foreign aid efforts, taking antiretroviral treatment to scale in a time of South African government inaction. Political change in South Africa and the United States is now restructuring that relationship just as scientific advance shows the opportunity for significant incidence and mortality declines. As South […]


Governance and transparency at PEPFAR

From Lancet Global Health, January 2014. The US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has been one of the most effective foreign aid programmes in history. It reached 6·7 million people with antiretroviral therapy in 2013,1 and has also strengthened country health systems, provided billions of dollars in aid to biomedical and behavioural prevention programmes, and […]


TRIPping Up Least Developed Countries on Medicines, Green Tech, and Textbooks?

The World Trade Organization struggles for relevance in a world that embraces diversity Originally appeared on Foreign Policy In Focus As Brazilian Ambassador Roberto Azevedo won the race to head the World Trade Organization (WTO) last week, he must have been at least a little worried about taking over an organization that even leading members […]

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The Economics of Cancer: Learning From India About Innovation

Imagine a breakthrough cancer drug comes on the market that is so much better than what was previously available that it needs almost no marketing — doctors hear about it from the medical literature and start prescribing it immediately. The drug was developed by a researcher at a major public university with 90 percent of […]


Transformative . Development

The World Bank & Jim Yong Kim Since President Obama nominated Dr. Jim Yong Kim as President of the World Bank commentators have weighed in on his past writings, his nationality, his part in upholding an unjust U.S. domination of the Bank, and his qualifications. But at the heart of this presidential decision is a […]