Aid & Development


Cynthia GoldsmithThis colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. See PHIL 1832 for a black and white version of this image.Where is Ebola virus found in nature?The exact origin, locations, and natural habitat (known as the "natural reservoir") of Ebola virus remain unknown. However, on the basis of available evidence and the nature of similar viruses, researchers believe that the virus is zoonotic (animal-borne) and is normally maintained in an animal host that is native to the African continent. A similar host is probably associated with Ebola-Reston which was isolated from infected cynomolgous monkeys that were imported to the United States and Italy from the Philippines. The virus is not known to be native to other continents, such as North America.

How anthropologists help medics fight Ebola in Guinea

These experts enabled front-line medical teams to get through to local people, reports Amzath Fassassi.


Cost of gathering data on new development goals could be crippling

Bjorn Lomborg | “Have we met the millennium development goals? Which targets are closest? Honestly, we don’t really know the answers yet.” Read more here: Read More


Ebola: Compromising efforts to control other diseases? | David Olson

David J. Olson | The justified fight against Ebola should not compromise the fights against other disease that kill more people. Ebola is a terrible Read More


U.N. Mission For Ebola Emergency Response Opens Headquarters In Ghana

News outlets report on the opening of the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) headquarters in Accra, Ghana. Associated Press: U.N. mission to combat Ebola opens HQ in Ghana “The U.N. mission to combat Ebola opened its headquarters on Monday in Ghana, where it will coordinate international aid to assist West Africa to combat…More

Ebola Epidemic Causing Economic, Social Crises In Liberia

News outlets report on Ebola-stricken Liberia’s collapsed health care system and failing economy. Agence France-Presse: Ebola-hit Liberia staring into the abyss, experts warn “With its collapsed health service, sick and poorly equipped security forces, and broken economy, Ebola-hit Liberia finds itself on the brink of complete societal breakdown, experts warn…” (Bastian, 9/30). Washington Post: Ebola-stricken…More

News Outlets Report On Various Aspects Of Ebola Epidemic, Including Aid Delivery, Vaccine…

News outlets report on various aspects of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: Air France flies to Ebola-hit Guinea out of ‘solidarity’: Hollande (9/29). Agence France-Presse: Ebola screening for ships’ crews in West Africa’s biggest port (9/29). Devex: How the private sector can pitch in to help combat Ebola (Tyson, 9/29).

GlobalPost Special Report Examines Role Of PPPs In Global Health

GlobalPost: Branding Health: The Rise of Public-Private Partnerships in Global Health “They are some of the world’s biggest brands: Coca-Cola. Walmart. Chevron. Starbucks. McDonald’s.

The development agency of the future

Does a stand-alone Department for International Development have a long-term future? What is the role of DFID in facilitating other British government departments and other UK organizations to assist developing countries? What is its role in influencing the policies of other Whitehall departments? These questions are being asked not by me but by the UK Parliament’s International Development Committee (terms of reference here).  The mere fact that they are raising these questions is interesting (and alarming to some people). But in all the evidence submitted to the inquiry, I haven’t yet found any that supports the idea of merging DFID back in to the Foreign Office.

Thousands Of Ebola Vaccine Doses Expected To Be Available Early 2015, WHO Says

News outlets report on efforts to develop a safe and effective vaccine for Ebola. Agence France-Presse: Experimental Ebola vaccines ready by 2015: WHO “Thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines could be ready for use in African countries badly hit by the deadly virus early next year, the World Health Organization said Friday…” (Larson, 9/26).…More

IMF Approves $130M For West African Nations’ Ebola Efforts

News outlets report on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) approval to fast-track $130 million in aid to fight Ebola in West Africa. Agence France-Presse: IMF fast-tracks $130 mn for Ebola fight in West Africa “The International Monetary Fund fast-tracked $130 million in aid Friday to fight the Ebola epidemic in the worst-hit countries in West…More

Increasing Pledges To Fight Ebola Not Translating To Aid Implementation

News outlets report pledges to assist in the West African Ebola outbreak are increasing, but aid is slow to be implemented. Inter Press Service: Despite New Pledges, Aid to Fight Ebola Lagging “Despite mounting pledges of assistance, the continuing spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is outpacing regional and international efforts to…More

Liberia’s Health Systems, Civil Society Struggle With Ebola; Lead Doctor Under Quarantine

News outlets address various issues related to the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. Associated Press: Ebola clinics fill up as Liberia awaits aid “Doctors are in short supply. So are beds for patients. Six months after the Ebola outbreak emerged for the first time in an unprepared West Africa and eventually became the worst-ever outbreak, the…More

U.N. Council Calls Upon Countries To Respect Human Rights In Ebola Efforts

Agence France-Presse: U.N. watchdog says rights must be respected in Ebola fight “The U.N.’s top watchdog on Friday said that countries must not trample over human rights during the battle against Ebola. … In a unanimous decision, the [U.N. Human Rights Council] said that it was calling upon countries to ‘respect, protect, and promote all…More

Medill-USA Today Investigation Finds Inefficiencies In U.S. Food Aid Program

USA Today: Hunger pains: U.S. food program struggles to move forward “After more than 60 years of feeding the world’s hungry overseas, the U.S. Agency for International Development is scrambling to overhaul the world’s largest government food assistance program. The U.S.

U.N. Human Rights Council Approves LGBT Anti-Discrimination Resolution

News outlets report on the U.N. Human Rights Council’s approval of an LGBT anti-discrimination resolution. Agence France-Presse: U.N. rights body calls for end to anti-gay discrimination “The U.N.’s top human rights body called on Friday for nations to protect the rights of individuals regardless of sexual orientation, in a vote that exposed global fault lines…More

Evaluating energy projects – a light-bulb moment?

I recently stumbled upon a TED talk given by Alex Laskey, the founder of Opower, a company using data to affect the behavior of energy consumers. The gist of his talk is that a small behavioral change can have large effects on overall consumption. It reminded me of the debate in impact evaluation (IE) and whether IE asks central or peripheral questions. In the case of energy, very little evidence exists regarding the impact of energy on the environment and the economy.

Volunteers stepping up in response to Ebola outbreak

Doctors and nurses are finally volunteering to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa after

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