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Aid & Development
Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the UK will be a “global leader on free trade”. How can the UK use that opportunity to give the biggest possible boost to global development? If the UK wanted to be the world leader on trade-for-development, what would the policies look like? There are options to consider not only on tariffs, quotas, and preferences, but also on improvements in UK systems and aid for trade as well as taxation.I suggest some answers in a blog and paper with Ian Mitchell and Michael Anderson at CGD.
The Atlantic: Tragedy Would Unfold if Trump Cancels Bush’s AIDS Program “…Last Friday, Helene Cooper at the New York Times reported that the [Trump] transition team sent a four-page questionnaire to the State Department about America’s relationship with Africa, on topics ranging from terrorism to humanitarianism. Several questions indicated ‘an overall skepticism about the value…More
Financial Times: Health care: six policy areas Trump and Brexit wins will affect “Health in 2017 will be significantly affected by two of last year’s most striking events: the U.K. referendum to leave the E.U. and the U.S. election of Donald Trump.
This blog post by Anita Käppeli and Owen Barder first appeared on Views from the Center under the title “2016 Commitment to Development Index Rankings: How All Countries Can Do More to Protect Global Progress” Global policymaking is at risk, threatening the international liberal order which has, for all its faults and lacunae, served the world well since the second world war. There has never been a period of such rapid progress in the human condition. Most of humanity has benefited from unprecedented increases in life expectancy, reductions in violent deaths, progress on equality and rights, and improvements in the standard of living. This progress has been, in part, the happy consequence of better global policies. This prosperity is the result of the spread of market economies, open trade, investments in science and evidence, wider availability technologies, the establishment of norms and standards, the movement of people and capital to where the opportunities are greatest, and, though we have sadly not eliminated war, a significant reduction in violent interstate conflict.
Devex: Q&A: WHO candidate Flavia Bustreo “Flavia Bustreo knows the World Health Organization all too well. She has served within its ranks for more than a decade and is the only internal candidate among those vying for the position of director general of the U.N. health aid agency. … In this Q&A, Bustreo tells Devex…More
Washington Post: One year later, Zika still affects us all Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Edward McCabe, chief medical officer of the March of Dimes “Over the past year, we’ve seen the life-altering effects of the Zika virus on newborns. … As we approach the one-year mark of…More
Oxfam America’s “Politics of Poverty”: Upholding women’s and girls’ rights is an essential part of U.S. foreign aid. Will the Trump administration agree? Rebecca Rewald, coordinator for aid and agriculture at Oxfam America, discusses U.S. Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearings and highlights his remarks supporting women’s empowerment and gender equity programs.
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Devex: Rex Tillerson outlines U.S aid vision, with few commitments to climate change and health, during Senate hearings “Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of ExxonMobil, offered general support for furthering U.S. foreign aid and its development agenda as secretary of state, but expressed reservations on various hot-button topics — including women’s health and climate change…More
Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Pres. Jimmy Carter hopes to push disease eradication with Trump administration “…During a press conference Wednesday at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Carter said disease eradication programs, like the ones the Carter Center helps lead, depend on money from government agencies, such as USAID, and from other countries and private donors.…More
PolitiFact: Does tuberculosis top HIV/AIDS as the deadlier disease? “…[In a January 7 opinion piece in The Hill, Harvard student Nick] Seymour said tuberculosis is now a bigger killer than HIV/AIDS. Numbers from the United Nations and the World Health Organization support that, but another equally credible source, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation…More
Thomson Reuters Foundation: Mali eradicates Guinea worm in global milestone against parasitic disease “Mali has eliminated Guinea worm disease bringing the world a step closer to eradicating the debilitating parasitic disease that is now only endemic in three African countries, the U.S.-based Carter Center said, citing provisional government figures. Guinea worm afflicted 3.5 million people…More
Wall Street Journal: A New Way to Detect Fake Medicines “…Fake, substandard, and otherwise compromised medicines are a deadly global problem. For Pakistan-born bioengineer Muhammad Zaman, the crisis in Lahore [in which more than 200 people died from contaminated medicine in 2011-12], … was an extra catalyst to continue efforts that he’d embarked upon the…More
Thomson Reuters Foundation: What helping Haiti teaches us about global public health David Nabarro, U.K.’s candidate for director general of the WHO “…The scale of [effort to respond to the cholera epidemic in Haiti] really does depend on funding, and there remains a serious shortfall in both the response to cholera and the repair of…More