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Saving Lives at Birth

People Involved: Fernando R. Fernholz
Partners: Partners:

Duke Global Health Institute, Duke Global Health Innovation Center

Saving Lives at Birth:  A Grand Challenge for Development seeks groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of delivery.  The effort is funded by a partnership of international development organizations including USAID, the Government of Norway (Norad), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada (funded by the Government of Canada), the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

The Duke Global Health Innovation Center, the Duke Global Health Institute’s Evidence Lab and the Duke Center for International Development will receive up to $2.8 million over five years to evaluate the impact of the Saving Lives at Birth program and innovations, including their health and economic impact. They will also analyze the program and its portfolio in real time over the course of the next three to five years. This program will be co-led by Krishna Udayakumar, MD, MBA, director of the GHIC, and Joy Noel Baumgartner, PhD, director of the DGHI Evidence Lab. At DCID, efforts will be led by Dr. Fernando Fernholz and DCID associate in research Siddharth Dixit

Faculty and staff team members: Joy Noel Baumgartner, Krishna UdayakumarAmy FinneganSowmya RajanAndrea Taylor, Blen BiruOsondu OgbuojiFernando FernholzSiddharth Dixit

Study Design

Mixed-Methods, Impact Modeling

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Transitioning from Donor Assistance for Health

People Involved: Sarah Bermeo, Osondu Ogbuoji,Gavin Yamey, Erik Wibbels

A research initiative led by several DCID faculty affiliates and the Duke Center for Policy Impact in Global Health was awarded seed funding. The study, “Transitioning from donor assistance for health: in-country perspectives, experiences, and preferences in Ghana and Sri Lanka” will be the first of its kind to examine the concerns, challenges, and opportunities facing low- and middle-income countries themselves as they relate to the withdrawal of foreign assistance for health. The study will be led by Osondu Ogbuoji and Gavin Yamey of DGHI, Sarah Bermeo of Sanford/DCID, and Erik Wibbels of Duke’s Department of Political Science, who is also a faculty affiliate of DCID.

Estimation of the Economic Opportunity Cost of Capital for Mexico

People Involved: Fernando Fernholz, Graham Glenday
Location: Mexico
Topics: Project appraisal

With the support of the World Bank, faculty developed the new estimation and recommended methods for use of the economic discount rate, which was adopted in February 2014 by the Ministry of Finance (Secretaria de Hacienda y Credito Publico).

Department of Finance

People Involved: Fernando R. Fernholz, Graham Glenday
Location: United Arab Emirates
Topics: Project appraisal, Budgeting

While providing training in project appraisal methods to Department of Finance officials in Abu Dhabi, faculty also advised on the integration of project appraisal into the budgeting systems in 2012 and 2013.