Aid & Development


The burden of the gift of aid

The splendor of Lake Atitlán is unreal. No water should be so blue, no sky so clear, no hills so lush. The lake is a Read More

What do we palliate? Caring for the sick and the poor

José1 is a man in his sixties from rural Guatemala with cancer spread to his bones. He describes deep aches of his shoulders and hips, Read More

Think scale! Engaging Private Pharmacies to Improve Public Health 

A version of this story first appeared on IDSA’s Science Speaks platform By Emily Delmotte Lisinopril 20 mg by mouth at 8am? Check. After verifying the Read More


Weekly links Feb 24: school spending matters, nudging financial health, cash transfers bring…

On the 74 million blog, interview with Kirabo Jackson about the importance of school spending and other education-related discussion: “In casual conversation with most economists, they would say, “Yeah, yeah, we know that school spending doesn’t matter.” I sort of started from that standpoint and thought, Let me look at the literature and see what the evidence base is for that statement. As I kept on looking through, it became pretty clear that the evidence supporting that idea was pretty weak.” Also discussion on the need to measure things beyond test scores. IPA has a nice little booklet on nudges for financial health – a quick summary of the evidence for commitment devices, opt-out defaults, and reminders.

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WHO Director General Candidates Talk To Devex About Potential Gender Parity Policy Proposals

Devex: Is gender parity a task for the next WHO chief? “The three remaining candidates vying for leadership of the World Health Organization have all expressed interest in achieving gender parity at the U.N. aid agency, but the question remains: How can they reach that goal when men dominate in most regional offices, in higher…More

Devex Speaks To Health, Development Experts About Candidates For Global Fund Executive Director

Devex: Health, development leaders weigh in on Global Fund shortlist “Early next week the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s board of directors will select a new executive director. … Devex spoke to several well-placed global health and development leaders about their impressions of the finalists. All of them spoke on the condition…More

Depression Leading Cause Of Disability Worldwide, WHO Report Says

Reuters: Depression top cause of disability, strikes young and old: WHO “More than four percent of the world’s population lives with depression, and women, youth, and the elderly are the most prone to its disabling effects, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday…” (Nebehay, 2/23). U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency reports depression now…More

World Leaders ‘Should Listen’ To Bill Gates’s Warnings About Pandemics, Suggestions For…

Washington Post: When nature is a terrorist Editorial Board “Bill Gates … gave a speech the other day at the Munich Security Conference that should have caught everyone’s attention. Mr. Gates insisted that world leaders think differently about public health and national security. They should listen. … [Since the anthrax attacks of 2001,] the villain…More

U.S. Must Continue Bipartisan Support For PEPFAR, Global Fund To Achieve AIDS-Free Generation

Vox: I’m witnessing the near defeat of AIDS in Africa. But I fear what comes next. Elizabeth Radin, lecturer in epidemiology at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health and a technical specialist at ICAP “…Ending the [AIDS] epidemic will require us to reach people who have not yet benefited from lifesaving prevention and treatment. That…More

As Rockefeller Foundation President, Shah Can Have ‘Profound Impact’ On Global Food…

Agri-Pulse: Opinion: Shah to lead Rockefeller Foundation: Implications for global food security Marshall Matz, who specializes in agriculture at OFW Law in Washington, D.C., and was founding chair of the Board of the World Food Program, USA, discusses Dr. Raj Shah’s new position as president of the Rockefeller Foundation, writing, “Dr. Shah is the former…More

Blog Post Examines Cooperation Among Global Fund, U.S. Bilateral Global Health Programs

Friends of the Global Fight: The Global Fund and U.S. bilateral programs: Partnerships with lifesaving impact This blog post examines the cooperative efforts among the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and U.S. bilateral programs, including PEPFAR, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) TB program. “The…More

How introducing electronic votes in Brazil saved lives and increased health spending by a third

Just came across a paper which overcame even my scepticism about what often seems excessive hype around technology’s impact on poverty and human rights. Check out ‘Voting Technology, Political Responsiveness and Infant Health: Evidence from Brazil’ by Princeton’s Thomas Fujiwara. He has stumbled across one of those wonderful natural experiments that allow you to try and pin down the causal impact of a particular change. …

Public-Private Partnerships Vital To Jordan’s Water Sector, Can Help Other Governments…

Millennium Challenge Corporation: Mobilizing Private-Sector Investment to Transform Jordan’s Water System Alex Russin, MCC resident country director in Jordan, discusses the role of public-private partnerships in improving Jordan’s water sector, writing, “Public-private partnerships play an important role in helping MCC achieve its mission of reducing poverty through economic growth. With limited foreign assistance available, governments around…More

African Business Magazine Examines How Product Development Partnerships Help Drive R&D, Markets…

African Business Magazine: Partnerships to fight disease “…Investing in the discovery, development, and manufacture of drugs to combat tropical and poverty-related diseases in African countries with limited resources to fund research or pay for treatments was a commercial non-starter. … The product development partnership (PDP) model, which emerged in the late 90s, was a response…More

Future Of Health, Development ‘Hangs In The Balance’ Under Trump Administration

JAMA: How Will President Trump’s Policies Affect Domestic and Global Health and Development? Lawrence O. Gostin, professor and faculty director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and director of the WHO’s Collaborating Center on Public Health Law and Human Rights “There is still a great deal…More

South Sudan, U.S. Governments Must Do More To Alleviate Violence, ‘Man-Made’ Humanitarian,…

Washington Post: South Sudan’s man-made famine demands a response Editorial Board “…By international standards, 42 percent of the population [of South Sudan] is now classified as ‘severely food insecure,’ an unprecedented level, and many are enduring the most severe trial of all, famine. By the peak of the lean season in July, nearly 5.5 million people…More

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