Aid & Development


Rural Guatemala. Photo by Rob Tinworth, used with permission.

Food Producing Communities as Food Deserts

The view from Xejuyu’ is breathtaking: green fields of fresh berries, feathery carrot tops, and blossoming broccoli line the mountainsides. The majority of the residents Read More


Pediatric Critical Care in Botswana

Botswana is a small, landlocked country in Southern Africa that is widely considered a development success story. Although the country is hailed for its impressive Read More

pneumonia and malnutrition

How to get a job in development: the definitive (368 page) guide

Because I’ve been having a lot of summer conversations with graduates and others wondering how to get a job in aid and development (and I have to admit, also because I’m up against a deadline and have no time to blog), thought I’d repost this ever-popular 2015 intro to a very useful book, plus other links. How to get a job in aid and development? …


Ambassador Power: The U.N. Must Act in Haiti

Dr. Louise Ivers Responds in Washington Post

Photo by Jon Lascher / Partners In HealthPartners In Health distributes doses of an oral cholera vaccine called Shanchol on May 15, 2012, in the Artibonite Valley region of Haiti. In a letter to The Washington Post, Partners In Health's Dr. Louise Ivers responds to last week's news that the U.N. acknowledged its role in bringing cholera to Haiti. Ivers is a PIH senior health and policy advisor who has been leading cholera treatment, prevention, and control activities in Haiti since 2010

Poverty and inequality is entrenched, increasing in Africa, study says

Poverty is increasingly concentrating in Africa, according to a London-based think tank. By 2030, if current trends continue, sub-Saharan Africa will be home to 90 percent of the world’s children living in poverty. This is just one of the disturbing findings in a new report from the Overseas Development Institute, and one that runs counter to

Britain’s new foreign development chief thinks trade should trump aid

Britain’s new head of international aid and development, Priti Patel, supported Brexit and thinks the traditional approach to fighting poverty should give way to a heavier emphasis on trade. Nearly everyone agrees both are necessary to make progress against poverty, anywhere. But given Patel’s statements in the past and extremely conservative positions on other issues, many

A bubble-wrapped sponge may revolutionize clean water

Providing people with clean water has long been touted as the one basic necessity that can change everything for poor communities, by preventing diseases and reducing the time-and-labor burden on the women and children, mostly, who walk long distances to fetch it. Now, a floating, bubble-wrapped sponge may change how easily people can access clean water. Simply by

Colombia and FARC reach deal to end 52-year civil war

The Colombian government and the leftist FARC rebel group have finally reached a peace deal, the two sides announced on Wednesday, ending four years of negotiations and more than 50 years of conflict. “We have won the most beautiful of all battles: [the battle]of peace for Colombia,” said Iván Márquez, the FARC’s top negotiator. “The

Editorials, Opinion Pieces Discuss U.N.’s Acknowledgement Of Role In Haitian Cholera Outbreak

New York Times: Dodging Accountability at the United Nations Editorial Board “It shouldn’t have taken five years and a scathing report by an internal human rights watchdog for the United Nations to acknowledge that it bears responsibility for the cholera epidemic in Haiti sparked by its peacekeepers deployed after the 2010 earthquake. … When a…More

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss U.S. Zika Response

Washington Post: Zika is spreading in Florida, but Congress still hasn’t approved cash to fight it Editorial Board “…Local governments and public health agencies are scrambling to control [Zika’s] spread, provide diagnostics, educate the public, and search for a vaccine. But instead of acting, Republican majorities in Congress have taken the emergency as another occasion…More

Investing In UHC In Africa Will Help Lift Millions Of People Out Of Extreme Poverty

Global News Network Liberia: A path toward wealth and security: Investing in the health of Africa’s people Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group “…[U]niversal coverage of essential services requires a fundamental shift in the way health care is financed. [Universal health coverage (UHC)] means changing from a pay-as-you-go system … to pre-paying…More

Guinea Worm Eradication Efforts Complicated By Infections Among Dogs, Experts Say

STAT: Guinea worm, on the brink of eradication, puts up a surprisingly stubborn fight “The eradication of Guinea worm, thought to have been within grasp, is now at least several years away because of a major setback in the North African country of Chad, according to global health experts and others…” (Branswell, 8/26). Washington Post:…More

U.S. To Provide Nearly $138M In Additional Humanitarian Aid To South Sudan

The Hill: U.S. to provide $138M in aid to South Sudan amid humanitarian crisis “The Obama administration on Monday announced a new aid package of nearly $138 million to South Sudan, as the planet’s youngest country struggles to confront a humanitarian crisis. … The new support includes nearly 58,000 metric tons of food and nutrition,…More

WHO, WFP Ramping Up Aid To Ease Food, Health Crises In Boko Haram-Hit Northeast Nigeria

Quartz: WHO is stepping in to ease a food and health crisis in Nigeria’s camps for Boko Haram victims “Over the past year, Nigeria has made gains in the fight against Boko Haram, regaining territory and rescuing abducted citizens. But evidence of the terrorist group’s ruthless reign in the country’s northeast remains. Camps for displaced…More

August Occasional Links 3: poverty mapping redux, hassles vs prices, the poor and banks, and…

A new paper in Science combines machine learning, nightlights, high-resolution daytime satellite images, and household surveys to map poverty in Africa. Marshall Burke (one of the authors) summarizes in this blog post: “First, we use lower-resolution nightlights images to train a deep learning model to identify features in the higher-resolution daytime imagery are predictive of economic activity. The idea here … is that nightlights are a good but imperfect measure of economic activity, and they are available for everywhere on earth. So the nightlights help the model figure out what features in the daytime imagery are predictive of economic activity.  Without being told what to look for, the model is able to identify a number of features in the daytime imagery that look like things we recognize and tend to think are important in economic activity (e.g roads, urban areas, farmland, and waterways…). Then in the last step of the process, we use these features in the daytime imagery to predict village-level wealth, as measured in a few household surveys that were publicly available and geo-referenced”.

Small scale water treatment practice and associated factors at Burie Zuria Woreda Rural…

Consuming unsafe water results in infections that lead to illness or death from water borne diseases.

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