Aid & Development



World Bank draws a new-ish extreme-poverty line

The World Bank made recent headlines with a report showing the number of people living in extreme poverty will dip below 10 percent this year. It is a historic achievement, but one that comes alongside a very important shift in how the Bank defines extreme poverty. And it matters a lot when countries just formalized


“The #SDGs Should Stand for Senseless, Dreamy, Garbled” @ForeignPolicy

Article by William Easterly at Foreign Policy “Nothing better reflects the decline and fall of hopes for Western foreign aid than the United Nations Sustainable Read More

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Billions to trillions: Financing the global goals

Tomorrow morning, Pope Francis will kick off the UN General Assembly’s session on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and by the end of the day, the world’s leaders will have affirmed the 17 goals. This is a momentous occasion, worth celebrating, but the hard work begins Monday morning. That’s when the focus shifts from what to how. The first 16 goals cover a range of critical development needs, expanding on the Millennium Development Goals that have guided development efforts since 2000. The final SDG is qualitatively different.


HIV Researcher Françoise Barré-Sinoussi To Retire

Reuters: Science won’t stop until it beats AIDS, says HIV pioneer “More than 30 years after she identified one of the most pernicious viruses to infect humankind, Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, who shared a Nobel prize for discovering HIV, is hanging up her lab coat and retiring. She’s disappointed not to have been able to claim ultimate…More

Institute Of Human Virology To Begin Human Clinical Trial Of HIV Vaccine Using Different…

Baltimore Sun: HIV vaccine to be tested on people “After years of research, a promising HIV/AIDS vaccine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is moving into the critical human testing stage. The school’s Institute of Human Virology, headed by Dr. Robert Gallo, who helped discover the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS and…More

Congress Should Approve Reach Act To Advance Global Maternal, Child Survival

The Hill: Bill to save more lives faster needs Congressional support Steve Davis, president and CEO of PATH “…The [Reach Every Mother and Child Act (Reach Act)] is the most important piece of legislation for child and maternal survival to hit the hopper in decades. … It calls on USAID to more efficiently leverage U.S.…More

IDWeek 2015: Ebola survivors face ongoing challenges, says physician with first hand experience

Categories: IDWeek 2015Science Speaks is at IDWeek in San Diego, California this week, bringing live coverage of sessions on HIV, TB, Ebola and more. SAN DIEGO, Calif. – “It ain’t over when it’s over,” said Ian Crozier, a physician with the Infectious Diseases Institute of Kampala, Uganda, at his plenary talk kicking off this conference of infectious disease researchers and clinicians. […](Read more…)

We have no idea what countries are spending on education

Listen to some international education people and you get the impression that the education problem is mostly solved if we could just spend more money. The story goes something like “Poor countries spend X on education, if they could 1.5X then all the kids could get a good education, they can’t afford 1.5X, so we should fill the gap with aid.”The reality is, even if it was the case that just filling the gap would solve the problem (which is dubious to say the least) , we don’t really even know what the gap is.This is Silvia Montoya, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics:”governments need detailed and disaggregated data to ensure that their resources are allocated equitably and effectively within their education systems. At the same time, donors need the data to better evaluate whether the aid they provide is an incentive for governments to increase spending commitments or if they are crowding-out domestic resources.For the moment, the availability and completeness of education finance data is unfit for these purposes, with less than one-half of countries able to regularly report key information, such as total government expenditure on education” (my emphasis)Nevermind the purpose of accountability and transparency to the citizens of developing countries…Good luck to the new Commission on Financing Global Education!

SDG related humor: "The word ‘sustainable’ is unsustainable."

The pace might be a bit faster over the next few years now that the sustainable development goals are around through 2030.via XKCD

Does foreign aid harm political institutions?

Good news for reflective aid business -types who like agonising about what the point of it all is and sometimes wondering whether we’re even making things worse (err… talking about a friend… not me…). Also even good news for developing countries I suppose. A new paper in the Journal of Development Economics by Sam Jones & Finn Tarp* using new data on aid (from and institutions (from the Quality of Government Institute) finds no evidence that aid has undermined institutions on average, if anything there seems to be a positive relationship

World Bank draws a new-ish extreme-poverty line


The World Bank made recent headlines with a report showing the number of people living in extreme poverty will dip below 10 percent this year. It is a historic achievement, but one that comes alongside a very important shift in how the Bank defines extreme poverty. And it matters a lot when countries just formalized

Innovation and Commitment Needed to Turn Back the HIV Epidemic Among Girls 

Director of CDC’s Division of HIV & TB Shannon Hader on 2015 International Day of the Girl A girl leans against a tree in the village of Usoma, Kenya. Every year, an astonishing 380,000 adolescent girls and young women are infected with HIV. That’s more than 1,000 every day. These numbers are worth noting any day, but it’s especially relevant today as we recognize International Day of the Girl. Consider sub-Saharan Africa, where one in four new HIV infections occurs among young women and girls.

Ending violence against sexual and gender minority women — a critical development challenge

A version of this blog post appeared on ICRW’s Gender Lens blog on October 1, 2015, and the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations’ Equality Blog on October 5, 2015.   

TPP Likely Will Impact Several SDGs, Devex Reports

Devex: Why Obama’s legacy trade agreement matters for development “…For stakeholders in the development industry, fresh off their own pivotal week in New York, the long-sought Trans-Pacific Partnership will have substantive impact on several of the Sustainable Development Goals that government, civil society, and business leaders recently agreed to achieve in the next 15 years…”…More

International Community Must Invest In Health Workforce To Achieve 2030 Agenda

Devex: Investing in health workforces: The path toward the SDGs starts here Jim Campbell, director of health workforce at the WHO and executive director at the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) “…A strong and motivated health workforce is key to a resilient, integrated, and people-centered health system. Without a fit for purpose workforce, the world…More

WASH Resources, Education Helps Liberian Communities Prevent Ebola, Other Diseases

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition/Medium: Untouched: How 284 Liberian Communities Remained Ebola-Free Piet deVries, senior adviser for water, sanitation, and hygiene at Global Communities, discusses the how organization’s efforts to eliminate open defecation in 284 Liberian communities helped those places remain Ebola-free during the epidemic. “…[P]eople who had been exposed to the program’s education were far…More

Innovation: Finding the Problems and Solutions in the World Around Us

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