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This event, hosted at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C., was held in partnership with PSI, PATH, and Devex and marks the launch of the Spring edition of PSI’s Impact Magazine, “The Best Buys Issue: Where to Invest in Global Health in 2014.” The event was also supported by a grant from Merck, through its Merck for Mothers Program.

Panel 1: The Value of an Enabling Environment – What Makes an Investment Successful?

The first panel explored the enabling elements that help health interventions succeed – such as a favorable regulatory environment, a functioning health system, political will, and donor support – and debated why interventions have succeeded in some contexts and not others.

  • Amanda Glassman, Center for Global Development (Moderator) @glassmanamanda

  • Karen Cavanaugh, Director, Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, USAID @USAIDGH
  • Karl Hofmann, CEO, PSI @KarlHofmannPSI

  • Kaakpema “KP” Yelpaala, Founder and CEO,, @kyelpaala and @accessmobileinc

Panel 2: Today’s Innovations – Where to Invest in Global Health in 2014

The second panel highlighted examples of specific global health interventions being deployed by donors and governments, and discussed why – or why not – they are a good investment based on considerations of innovation, health impact, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability.

  • Raj Kumar, President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex (Moderator) @raj_devex

  • Amie Batson, Chief Strategy Officer, PATH @PATHTweets

  • Dr. Jim Cunningham, Senior Principal Scientist, Merck Research Labs  @Merck

  • Anastasia Thatcher, Global Health Lead, Accenture Development Partners

  • Dr. Mark Grabowsky, Chief Operation Officer, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy Officer (UNSEO)


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Here’s a summary of the event conversation on Twitter: