Implementing the best solutions for maternal and child health nationally could bring India 19 places ahead in the global infant mortality ranking.


Bjorn Lomborg
In a partnership with Tata Trusts, the oldest and most respected Indian philanthropic organization, we are helping set priorities for India, starting with two states: Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan. The project has been underway for a year, involving more than 600 stakeholders and 30 teams of top economists. Over the coming months, we'll present a wealth of new research for both states, profiled in national and state media.

The world is less gloomy than most of us realize

Long, slow, positive trends don’t make it to the front page or to water-cooler conversations. So we develop peculiar misperceptions, especially the idea that a preponderance of things are going wrong.

Yet, the world has become much better, according to many important indicators. We have continued to see meaningful reductions in infant mortality and malnutrition, and there have been massive strides toward eradication of polio, measles, malaria, and illiteracy.


Read Bjorn Lomborg's new column for Project Syndicate in six languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including The Australian, The Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Clarin (Argentina), New Times (Rwanda), The Daily Star (Lebanon), New Vision (Uganda), My Republica (Nepal), La Nacion (Costa Rica), Arab News (Saudi Arabia), Tageblatt (Luxembourg), Vecer (Slovenia), Jornal de Negocios (Portugal) and Finmag (Czech Republic).

Building India’s talent base

The World Economic Forum recently ranked India 103rd of 130 nations on the preparedness of talent. With limited resources and time, it is crucial for Indian states to assess which skills policies will make the biggest impact.

New research for India Consensus helps answer that question, highlighting the strong case for Andhra Pradesh to invest more in expanding access vocational training programmes and the need to study the costs and benefits of skills policy options across India.

Read Bjorn Lomborg and Saleema Razvi's op-ed in one of India's biggest English-language newspapers, The Hindu.

A golden opportunity to transform lives

While life expectancy in India has increased almost four years in the last decade, the country still ranks 145 of 193 nations on infant mortality and 129 of 184 nations on maternal mortality, according to the World Bank.

New research for India Consensus shows that enhancing federal maternity benefit schemes that aim to decrease the neo-natal and maternal deaths happening in the country by promoting institutional delivery of babies provides benefits worth six to nine times their cost.

Another compelling case is made for expanding immunization programs in lagging districts, which can generate benefits worth more than ₹30 for every rupee spent in both Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Read Bjorn Lomborg and Manorama Bakshi's op-ed in India's biggest business newspaper, The Economic Times.

The smartest policies for Andhra Pradesh

The Andhra Pradesh Priorities project seeks to identify the smartest solutions to some of the state's most pressing development challenges.
Bjorn Lomborg, together with project managers Dr. Saleema Razvi and Dr. BM Naidu, writes about the research in one of the Indian state's leading newspapers, Andhra Jyothy (in Telugu language).

Project introduction:

On tuberculosis:

On child marriage:

On skill development:

On non-communicable diseases:

On farmer distress:

In case you missed it...

Last month, we published India Consensus research on tuberculosis (as reported in Hindustan Times) and child marriage (in The Times of India).

Bjorn Lomborg wrote in newspapers around the world about the dangers of protectionist trade policies that undermine the best opportunity to transform the lives of billions of the world’s poorest people.

And the British government used Copenhagen Consensus findings on the benefits and costs of investment in sexual and reproductive health services in its "Call to Action for Her Potential, Our Future".

Lomborg on social media:

The disparity in how the rich and poor buy groceries

Energy efficiency doesn't actually pay

Amazing: wages in Denmark up by 69x in real terms over 200 years

60,000 Sub-Saharan Africans escape poverty every day

Going 100% organic means plowing up nature equivalent to the area of Australia

The share of people who are undernourished is falling in all world regions

Since 1990 costs from weather catastrophes have *declined* by a third

2°C target is both impossible and a hindrance to better policies

We could all do with more knowledge of data and causality

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Milenio (Mexico)

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El alto costo del abuso doméstico en el mundo
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About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and the world, and has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 public intellectuals.

He is the author of several best-selling books, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School and works regularly with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was named Think Tank of the Year by Prospect Magazine, in US International Affairs. It has repeatedly been top-ranked by University of Pennsylvania in its global overview of think tanks.

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.
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