Aid & Development


Creating Consensus on HICs’ Global Surgery Efforts in the Developing World

Today, 830 childbearing women will die from avoidable causes, mainly in the developing world, and mainly from lack of surgical intervention. (1,2) They are among Read More

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To Bear Witness

This article originally appeared on Health Initiative  by Dr. Grace Deukmedjian I lived in Los Angeles for several years and the Navajo Reservation is a Read More

Nutrition label use in Latin America

Imagine you live in a rural village in Latin America, and you have the choice to buy either an egg or potato chips to complement Read More


Leaked Budget Document Shows Trump Administration’s Intentions To Significantly Cut U.S….

Devex: Steep U.S. foreign aid cuts outlined in leaked budget document “President Donald Trump’s budget proposes eliminating funding for development assistance, according to a State Department budget document obtained by Devex on Monday. All development assistance funding is cut in the proposed budget, with significant cuts to global health programs carried out by the U.S.…More Founders Matt Damon, Gary White Speak With Media Outlets About WASH Efforts

The Guardian: Matt Damon: ‘Children are drinking water so dirty it looks like chocolate milk’ “Jetlagged after a flight from Australia, Matt Damon is wearing a smart dark suit with a crisp white shirt as he sits at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington. He is barely distinguishable from countless technocrats converging on…More

Stevenson’s Story: Starvation in Central Haiti

Photo by Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In HealthManise Darius, center, holds her 6-month-old son, Stevenson Louis, in front of their home outside Boucan Carré, Haiti. Ferlanda Louis, her 2-year-old daughter enrolled in PIH’s malnutrition program, peaks out from behind her skirt. He felt impossibly light. At 6-months-old, Stevenson Louis should have been a pudgy, smiling, playful infant. He should have been sitting on his own, or close to it.

Opinion Pieces Recognize World Malaria Day

The Conversation: What Africa still needs to do to eliminate malaria Willis Simon Akhwale, country director of I-TECH Kenya at the University of Washington “…To achieve low transmission rates and eventual elimination [of malaria], African countries need to invest in understanding the geography, evolutionary history of flora and fauna, infrastructure, and land use in Africa.…More

Investment In Women Can Help Grow Global Economy, Provide Social, Health Benefits To Families,…

Financial Times: Investment in women unleashes global gains Ivanka Trump, first daughter of the U.S., and Jim Kim, president of the World Bank Group “…Only 55 percent of women participate in the paid labor force globally and they continue to be an untapped source of growth. This is an invaluable asset with proven returns, but…More

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Is bigger better? Agriculture edition

One of the more exciting sessions I went to at the recent Centre for the Study of African Economies Conference was on the relationship between agricultural plot size and productivity.  I walked out of the session not sure of the shape of the relationship, but I was sure of the fact that there is a lot of measurement error going on.   And this is measurement error that matters a lot.    

Get transported to the Spring Meetings 2017 in Virtual Reality

The World Bank embraces innovation in many forms, including the use of Virtual Reality (VR) and 360° images to create immersive experiences that help build empathy and awareness of critical topics that affect people living in poverty. VR is impacting the way the World Bank communicates, visualizes projects,  and improves decision making to further the Bank’s goals.

ICT4Peace on ICTs and Human Rights Protection

ICT4Peace was invited by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHRs) to participate in the consultations on its Management Plan 2018-2021. The comments of ICT4Peace’s Sanjana Hattotuwa in response to the questions posed by OHCHR can be found here and are as the follows: I. From your perspective what are the challenges and opportunities for positive human rights change in the current global context?

How prepared for disasters is Kenya?

Kenya is a nation prone to conflicts, slow-onset natural disasters such as droughts and famine, and rapid-onset disasters such as floods, land or mudslides, and disease outbreaks. Its topography makes areas of the country particularly susceptible to natural disasters, with arid and semi-arid lands covering about 89% of the total land mass – home to about 36% of the population. Subnationally there are areas that are regularly affected by droughts, resulting in food insecurity, high levels of malnutrition-related illnesses and deaths, and disruption of livelihoods. Other areas with poor surface water drainage are prone to flooding, resulting in loss of life and property, and outbreaks of waterborne human and animal diseases such as cholera and Rift Valley fever. It is vital that Kenya is prepared to face these challenges to minimise the impact of disasters on people and livelihoods.

April 20 Adaptation Community Meeting Invitation: Preparing Africa for extreme climate events…

SPONSORED BY USAID ATLAS Project ABOUT THIS EVENT Please join the Adaptation Community Meeting on April 20 for a discussion on African Risk Capacity. African Risk Capacity (ARC) is a sovereign insurance pool and early disaster response mechanism owned and governed by its African Member States. ARC helps its Member States to take the lead on disaster response by bringing together three elements: early warning, contingency planning and insurance. In order to participate in ARC, Member States must customize ARC’s early warning software Africa RiskView for their country context; identify and quantify their weather risk and what to transfer through insurance; and define a pre-agreed contingency plan in the event of ARC insurance payouts.

Please RSVP Now for MERL Tech 2017 and Submit Your Session Ideas

Please sign up to present, register to attend, or reserve a demo table for MERL Tech DC 2017 on September 7-8, 2017 at FHI 360 in Washington, DC. We will engage 300 practitioners from across the development ecosystem for a two-day conference seeking to turn the theories of MERL technology into effective practice that delivers real insight and learning in our sector. MERL Tech DC 2017 Digital data and new media and information technologies are changing monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL). The past five years have seen technology-enabled MERL growing by leaps and bounds The field is in constant flux with emerging methods, tools and approaches, such as: Adaptive management and developmental evaluation Faster, higher quality data collection Remote data gathering through sensors and self-reporting by mobile Big data and social media analytics Story-triggered methodologies Alongside these new initiatives, we are seeing increasing documentation and assessment of technology-enabled MERL initiatives. Good practice guidelines are emerging and agency-level efforts are making new initiatives easier to start, build on and improve

What are the obstacles to collaboration between NGOs and Academics?

I wrote a chapter on the NGO-Academia Interface for the recent IDS publication, The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development, summarized here by James Georgalakis. It’s too long for a blog, but pulls together where I’ve got to on this thorny topic, so over the next few days, I will divvy it up into some bite-sized chunks for FP2P readers. First, why collaboration between NGOs …

What does Systems Thinking tell us about how INGOs and Academics can work together better?

Yesterday, I wrote about the obstacles to NGO-academic collaboration. In this second of three posts on the interface between practitioners and researchers, I look at the implications of systems thinking. Some of the problems that arise in the academic–INGO interface stem from overly linear approaches to what is in effect an ideas and knowledge ecosystem. In such contexts, systems thinking can help identify bottlenecks and suggest possible …

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