Aid & Development


Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation

Q&A with Rob Tinworth, director of The Life Equation The Life Equation is a documentary about a impossible choices. When José meets Crecencia Buch, a Read More

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

Andrew Smith

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


Loneliness, Love, Anger and Activism

Spent a morning at the Ashridge Business School Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility last week. The School is extraordinary – a Hogwarts-esque stately home full of statues and vaulted ceilings, formerly Henry VIII’s crib, set in a country park dotted with croquet lawns and mighty oaks. The conversation was also pretty good – 15 Masters students from every continent/walk of life. Only a couple of …

Ditching the Masterplan. How can Urban Development become ‘Politically smart, locally led’?

Guest post from Harry Jones and Bishnu Adhikari, both of Palladium on what urban aid and development can learn from the Doing Development Differently movement The international development community has come some way in grappling with complex problems, but urban development has lagged behind. Urban programmes systematically underperform according to their own results frameworks and internal evaluations. The failures are probably already familiar to those …

Should we require balance t-tests of baseline observables in randomized experiments?

I received an email recently from a major funder of impact evaluations who wanted my advice on the following question regarding testing baseline balance in randomized experiments:Should we continue to ask our grantees to do t-tests and f-tests to assess the differences in the variables in the balance tables during the baseline?  

African Military Leaders, Foreign Policy Experts Question Trump Administration’s Approach To…

New York Times: White House Pushes Military Might Over Humanitarian Aid in Africa “…If Congress passes Mr. Trump’s proposed … budget for the 2018 fiscal year … the United States will spend more money on military affairs in Africa but reduce humanitarian and development assistance across the continent. … Even some of the money still…More

U.N. Human Rights Council Adopts Resolution On Right To Health; U.S. Voices Opposition To…

Intellectual Property Watch: U.N. Human Rights Council Adopts Access To Medicines Resolution “The United Nations Human Rights Council [Friday] adopted a resolution on the right to health in relation to the U.N. 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including a call for medicines and vaccines access for all. The resolution also requested the U.N. human rights…More

NIAID Director Anthony Fauci Speaks With Devex About Working With Different U.S. Presidential…

The Atlantic: The Truth Teller “…[Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases,] seemed surprised at the suggestion that he might do something other than what he’s been doing since he began leading the institute in 1984 — trying to protect people from diseases like Ebola, Zika, and HIV. This is…More

U.N. Officials Call Yemen Cholera Outbreak Worst In World As Number Of Cases Tops 200K; Saudi…

Associated Press: U.N.: More than 200,000 suspected cholera cases in Yemen “The U.N. health agency says there are now more than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera in an outbreak in war-torn Yemen, many of them children. UNICEF Director Anthony Lake and World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan said in a statement Saturday, ‘We are now…More

Continued Violence Threatens Health Care System Development In Central African Republic

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Central African Republic health plan threatened by violence: WHO “As displaced people return to their homes in the capital of war-torn Central African Republic, they will need medical services but renewed violence threatens an already wounded health care system, the World Health Organization’s Africa director said. Matshidiso Rebecca Moeti visited Bangui this…More

CGD Discusses 5 Takeaways From Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson, USAID Administrator-Nominee…

Center for Global Development’s “U.S. Development Policy”: Where Is Trump Headed on Foreign Aid? Five Takeaways from the Tillerson and Green Hearings Jeremy Konyndyk, senior policy fellow at CGD, and Jared Kalow, research assistant at CGD, discuss five takeaways from several hearings that took place last week involving U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and…More

Polio Eradication Possible With Sustained Immunization, Surveillance Efforts

Washington Post: We’re closer than ever to eradicating polio — and yet there’s Syria Editorial Board “…The numbers [of polio cases] are so low today that eradication may indeed be within reach, if there is not another setback in the remaining endemic countries. For this, immunization and surveillance must be sustained. … The one dark…More

Famine Relief Efforts ‘Falling Tragically Short’ Due Largely To Lack Of Awareness

Washington Post: No one is paying attention to the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II Jackson Diehl, deputy editorial page editor of the Washington Post “…[I]t’s shocking that so little heed is being paid to what the United Nations says is the worst humanitarian crisis since 1945: the danger that about 20 million people in…More

Trump Administration’s Global Health Policies, Proposed Reductions In Foreign Aid Spending…

Undark: Trump’s Cuts to Global Health Aid Could Prove Deadly Robin Lloyd, a contributing editor at Scientific American and author at Undark, a digital science magazine published by the Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT, writes, “A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that if Congress approves even a modest fraction of…More

U.S. Delegation To U.N. Human Rights Council Refuses To Endorse Section Supporting Right To…

Agence France-Presse: U.S. balks at ‘abortion’ mention in U.N. call to fight abuse of women “The U.N. Human Rights Council unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday condemning abuse and discrimination of women, but Washington refused to back one paragraph mentioning access to safe abortions. The strongly worded resolution, tabled by Canada, expressed ‘outrage at the persistence…More

Republican Senators Of Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee Unanimously Oppose Trump…

CQ News: Senate Republicans Assail Proposed NIH Cuts “The senator who oversees funding for the National Institutes of Health on Thursday said lawmakers were unwilling to go along with the Trump administration’s proposed [cuts to the] research agency. ‘The budget, of course, proposes cuts that I think you can rest assured the committee will find…More

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