Ensuring sufficient resources for public expenditure that are needed to spur economic transition means an ambitious global agenda. To start with the tax regime.▶
Economic policy should focus on poverty reduction rather than on growth and should start in rural areas. First of two blog posts by David Woodward.▶
Economics follows politics, not the other way around. Until we have a genuine political commitment to resolve global inequality, we will not get the economics we need.▶
The assumption that each extra dollar provides the same increase in well-being at all levels of income makes no sense. Yet it is fundamental to economics.▶
There is an inevitable trade-off between global growth and climate change. Unless there is a direct causal link from faster economic growth to the development of carbon-reducing technologies, and this is strong enough to reduce the carbon intensit...▶
The global health policy landscape has changed considerably over the past decade. There is more money available to allocate to health initiatives than ever before, a large percentage of which has come from private funds and public private partners...▶
David Woodward is an independent consultant on development issues, author of Debt, Adjustment and Poverty in Developing Countries (1992) and The Next Crisis? Direct and Equity Investment in Developing Countries (2001), and is co-editor of Global Public Goods for Health (2003). He has also written numerous articles and working papers on a wide range of issues relating to the global economy, development, poverty, health and global economic governance. David’s previous positions have included economic adviser in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, technical assistant to the UK Executive Director to the IMF and World Bank, development economist in the Strategy Unit of WHO, and most recently Head of the New Global Economy programme at ‘nef’ (the new economics foundation), a London-based think tank.