Wednesday, May 30, 2007

A Ratings Agency for Global Health?

An interesting proposal bubbled up from this morning's plenary session at the annual meeting of the Global Health Council. Why not have an independent ratings agency to grade the various public-private partnerships in global health? Banks have ratings agencies. Insurance companies have ratings agencies. Even schools are rated these days.

Such an independent ratings agencies for program in global health would, for example, help businesses, foundations and governments decide which ventures to fund further, which to avoid and which could improve with help.

This idea was proposed by David de Ferranti, a senior fellow of the Brookings Institution and the United Nations Foundation.

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