“The fact is an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in our humanitarian services and programs.” This is Read More
Policy & Systems
Michelle Munyikwa is a MD/PhD (anthropology) candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research centers on the experiences of refugees resettling in Philadelphia, PA. In Read More
The Family Planning Youth Ambassador Program in Burkina Faso focuses on raising awareness about family planning and reproductive health services among our country’s youth. We’ve engaged a lot of young people on the topic, but, as this testimonial from a young woman named Chantal shows, we were unintentionally leaving out many young people, namely married adolescents and out-of-school youth. “We’ve been speaking more and more about the sexual lives of adolescents. A lot of societal institutions tackle the subject of unwanted pregnancy and illegal abortions with young people. But it is the students who always come to school who mostly benefit from this advice.
Here is a way to turn yourself into a hostage of fortune, in bioethics and elsewhere. It is to vigorously defend something against allegedly unfair accusations, while acknowledging you may not know all the relevant information about what you are defending. That position can, should inconvenient truths come to light, transform you into an advocate of the dubious.Case in point: back in July of this year, Douglas Sipp and Duanqing Pei wrote a comment in Nature entitled Bioethics in China: No Wild East. In it, they defended Chinese research practices (particularly in regard to genomics research involving human embryos) against accusations of being morally cavalier, loosely regulated, and prey to corruption. According to the commentary, Chinese research has been given bad press about its practices that do not match up with regulatory and laboratory reality
Myanmar is classified as critical shortage of health workforce.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Ministers of Finance champion investment in Early Years — through the Global Finance Facility Shawn K. Baker, director of nutrition at the Gates Foundation; Mariam Claeson, director of the Global Financing Facility; and Julie McLaughlin, adviser to the vice president for human development at the World Bank Group,…More
As I was writing this article I received a message from a medical friend in the Midwest regarding one of her patients: “Liz, I need Read More
Mariam caught my attention early on.She was quiet unless spoken to, her demeanor proud—almost stoic. She had a slow, shy smile that occasionally broke through when someone tried to make her laugh. She had attended our previous fistula repair campaign, accompanied by her mother, and had experienced a few episodes of severe agitation.This time Mariam was alone, because the rest of her family needed to work in the fields.The social and psychological consequences of obstetric fistula are many. The team of health workers here at the Koulikoro referral health center in Mali last month firmly believes Mariam has an undiagnosed mental health disorder, which is exacerbated by the additional stress that comes with obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury that can occur during obstructed or prolonged labor.
You arrive at the health post in Southern Province, Zambia. It’s the closest facility of any kind for 100 kilometers (or four hours by car on the rough and rutted terrain). Your bum hurts from all the bumping.Stepping out of your vehicle you see large rocks, nothing green. It’s the dry season, after all, and this year’s been especially bad as the rains started much later than usual.You find out the wells have dried up, too. That’s what the health workers—one nurse and two community health assistants—tell you
World Bank’s “Investing in Health”: What we learned about the Global Burden of Disease? Patricio V. Marquex, lead health specialist in the Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice at the World Bank, and Melanie Walker, senior adviser to the president and director of the World Bank Group’s Delivery Unit, discuss findings from the Institute of…More
This paper examines existing development effectiveness principles using the principles established in the 2011 Busan Partnership Agreement (country ownership; transparency and accountability; a focus on results; and inclusive partnerships). We’ve analysed these principles against what is known about policies, strategies and principles for blended finance. Key learnings All development effectiveness principles are conceptually reflected to some degree in blended finance approaches. However, three key barriers to delivering on the principles may exist: Lack of agreement between all stakeholders (or appropriate dialogue platforms for reaching agreement) on the role of blended finance in delivering sustainable development objectives and therefore on what ‘effectiveness’ means. Recognition that the principles are important, but lack of consensus between stakeholders on how they should be operationalised in blended finance
Event Replay Government leaders and advocates came together during the Annual Meetings to discuss a major development goal – ensuring everyone has access to affordable financial services such as a bank or mobile money account. While a lot of progress has been made on “financial inclusion,” new rules affecting the flow of funds threatens to slow or even reverse some gains.Financial Inclusion not Exclusion: Managing De-Risking brought together Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Indonesia’s Minister of Finance. Arun Jaitley, India’s Minister of Finance, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, and Juan Manuel Vega-Serrano, the president of the Financial Action Tax Force (FATF), which sets international standards for combating money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats. Some 700 million people were brought into the formal financial system between 2011 and 2014 – a major success – but 2 billion people remain cut off, said Queen Máxima, who is the United Nations Secretary-General’s special advocate for inclusive finance for development.
U.N. News Centre: Ban announces launch of new partnership platform to support financing for Sustainable Development Goals “Announcing the launch [Monday] of a new platform for scaling up innovative finance solutions to support the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the initiative can help in identifying…More