Author Archives: Tomorrow Global

How Chicago Conquered its River and its Poop

In 1854, Chicago’s growing population combined with a lack of a proper sewage system led to a cholera epidemic (the same year John Snow removed the Broad Street Pump Handle during London’s cholera outbreak). Because Chicago was so flat and low, there was no room for a gravity-based sewage system. So, over the course of […][This is the RSS feed for Tomorrow Global, written by Lorea Russell, Danielle Parsons, and Alanna Shaikh]

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3 ways to use crowd-funding for global health

Anyone can be a micro-venture capitalist these days. Crowd-funding services like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or Global Giving allow anyone to raise money from a wide audience for a wide variety of reasons and causes. What do you think of when I say crowd-funding? Do you think of high-tech gadgets (e.g. high-res 3D printer), fashion (e.g

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The Future of War: How the Developing Nations will Fight the Developed

This is what we are taught the future of war will look like. Actually it won’t need to be this sophisticated… No doubt you’ve heard about the alleged chemical warfare going on in Syria, where the richer, better funded government has been taking down the rebel groups and often its own innocent and unarmed population. […][This is the RSS feed for Tomorrow Global, written by Lorea Russell, Danielle Parsons, and Alanna Shaikh]

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Cash transfers for health – 3 questions

Conditional cash transfers (CCTs), providing cash incentives for desirable behaviors, have been around since the 1990s. There’s evidence that CCT programs can improve health and nutritional outcomes, but are we exploring the full potential of cash transfers? Below are some questions and thoughts. How can we verify health behavior? There is good evidence for the […][This is the RSS feed for Tomorrow Global, written by Lorea Russell, Danielle Parsons, and Alanna Shaikh]

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From Pastor to Investor

Below is Part II of an interview with Scott Lawson, a pastor who became an impact investor at age 48. Read on to learn more about his career change and his advice for other career changers. (See Part I for more on impact investing and Scott’s organization, SOW Asia Foundation.) You were a pastor. How […][This is the RSS feed for Tomorrow Global, written by Lorea Russell, Danielle Parsons, and Alanna Shaikh]

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Weekly News Rounds

This week, Egypt continues to experience violence, NGOs take sides on the merits of technology, World Humanitarian Day: UN marks 10th anniversary of Baghdad attack, honorus all slain aid workers, Chris Blattman discusses giving money directly to the poor people that need it, and ”Char…the No Man’s Island” won Best Documentary Film at the 2013 Social […][This is the RSS feed for Tomorrow Global, written by Lorea Russell, Danielle Parsons, and Alanna Shaikh]

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Philanthropy should be society’s risk capital

I wrote about the irony that a Wall Street banker can make a bigger impact on the world with his/her donations than an aid worker. In fact, the dichotomy between international development and the financial sector may not be so great. Below is Part I of an interview with Scott Lawson, CEO of SOW Asia […][This is the RSS feed for Tomorrow Global, written by Lorea Russell, Danielle Parsons, and Alanna Shaikh]

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The Future of Development: Labor Migration

Those of us who care about development need to think more about labor migration and its intersection with development. Many economists think and write about labor migration, but it’s largely missing from the general discourse about development. While drafting this blog post, I discovered there is also a great deal of anthropology writing about labor […][This is the RSS feed for Tomorrow Global, written by Lorea Russell, Danielle Parsons, and Alanna Shaikh]

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Achieving a pain-free world

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Last week, I wrote about the challenges to providing quality end-of-life care to everyone who needs it. One of the barriers I cited was access to pain management. The first-line drug for severe pain is morphine, which costs only pennies per dose and is listed on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) essential medicine list, which many countries use as a guide for procuring medicines. However, over 80% of the world lacks adequate access to pain relief.

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The Future of Development – It’s Not About Aid

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In the focus on aid projects, it’s easy to forget that supporting global development means a whole lot more than aid. If you look at the big picture, official development aid is swamped in impact and in sheer numbers by a lot of other things. Moving people out of poverty and improving the lives of poor people involves a whole lot more than just foreign aid. A few examples: Reforming protectionist trade policies in the wealthy world would benefit developing countries. Pushing lower income countries to allow free trade while protecting our own with tariffs can devastate economies in the developing world.

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5 Questions on Educating Tomorrow’s #GlobalHealth Professionals by @lillian_gu

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Last week, I interviewed my friend Chelsea who, after struggling to start an education nonprofit, decided to go back to school. At the time, she thought going back to school would allow her to learn the best practices and make a greater impact. A few years later, with a Master of Science in Global Health under her belt, Chelsea is successfully working in global health (although she is currently seeking opportunities). On the other hand, another recent Master of Public Health (MPH) told me, “I’m planning to apply for an accelerated Nurse Practitioner program for next year. With my MPH, I feel really limited.

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A Future Without Antibiotics – 4/7/2013

News Antibiotic-resistant E. coli studies launched – James Gallagher | BBC A UK-wide investigation into the spread of antibiotic-resistant E. coli has been launched by Public Health England. Of the 30,000 cases of E.

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Want to start a nonprofit? You are not alone…

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… and that may not be a great thing. Learn from someone who started a nonprofit that failed. Below is an interview with Chelsea Whittle, MSc, Global Health. Chelsea is a Program Specialist at the Duke University Developing World Healthcare Technology Lab. (Disclosure: Chelsea is my friend and former colleague.) What’s your advice to others who want to start a nonprofit?

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The Future of Food

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This is what starvation looks like Our planet is in the throes of a mass extinction. That extinction is not, however, limited to wild animals and plants. It will also affect many of our food crops. The two major trends in global agricultural are on a collision course for disaster. The result will mean fewer food crops for humans and animals.

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