We provide an intellectual foundation for institutional change in service of a happier, healthier world:
- Equity within and between regions
- We conducted original economic research on public service delivery, human capital investment, institutional trust, and underlying social capital in rural India, as well as the ways that technological advances can alternately alleviate or exacerbate existing disparities.
- Related projects have focused on gender and vulnerable populations. In addition to equitable access and health outcomes, our work on insurance speaks to the importance of financial risk protection.
- Sustainability across administrations and generations
- In a recent article, we reimagined the education system in Kyrgyzstan to align with a changing economic landscape.
- Preparedness for systemic risks
- We led an assessment of Ebola treatment centers in Sierra Leone. More recently, we drew on those lessons for a position paper on vaccines in the context of global health security.
- Resilience against unforeseen shocks
- We have used mixed methods to evaluate the impact of health assistance on health care facilities in Syria, as well as strategy papers for refugee education programs.
- Governance as accountability
- Achieving these ideals hinges on whether households trust institutions to represent their best interests. Information transparency is a necessary but insufficient condition for accountable governance, which extends from provider incentives and regulatory oversight to larger issues of national sovereignty, citizenship, and democratic legitimacy of the global aid architecture itself.
- We have contributed to projects ranging from social accountability and human resources for health to inter-sectoral approaches to multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.
Our topical knowledge and analytical expertise are matched by adept communication skills. We are equally comfortable parsing dense academic jargon and subtle political rhetoric, as well as navigating complex dynamics between international organizations, national governments, state bureaucracies, and local implementation.