Aid & Development



Controversy over transparency: why non-profits need to disclose their “real” overhead ratio

“The fact is an average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in our humanitarian services and programs.”[1] This is Read More


The State and global health delivery

It was a rainy afternoon. I arrived at the district social affairs office for their monthly evaluation meeting just in time for Baried, the state Read More


What are We Going to do about Corruption in Global Health? Let’s Tell a Story.

In a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll from December 2015, the largest barrier to global health efforts as seen by the American public was corruption Read More


U.N. Must Accept Legal Responsibility, Issue Apology For Haitian Cholera Outbreak, U.N. Human…

Agence France-Presse: U.N. refusal to recognize role in Haiti cholera a ‘debacle’: expert “The United Nations’ refusal to admit full responsibility for the years-long cholera epidemic that has claimed more than 9,000 lives in Haiti is a debacle that it has a duty to correct, a U.N. expert said Tuesday…” (10/25). Agence France-Presse/France 24: Haiti…More

Gates Foundation Grants $210M To University Of Washington For Population Health Initiative

Reuters: Bill Gates foundation gives $210 million to Seattle-based university “Microsoft founder Bill Gates through his foundation has donated $210 million to an initiative based at the University of Washington in Seattle aimed at improving people’s health around the world, university officials said on Tuesday…” (Dobuzinskis, 10/25). Seattle Times: Record gift to UW: $210M from…More

Multilateral Aid Organizations Must Show ‘Value For Money’ Or Risk Having Funding Cut, U.K….

The Guardian: Priti Patel warns aid organizations must provide value for money or face cuts “U.K. funding to major multilateral organizations that deliver aid, such as the World Bank, could be cut unless they provide ‘value for money,’ the international development secretary has said. Priti Patel was speaking on a trip to Kenya where she…More

HIV/AIDS Researchers Gather To Discuss History, Future Of Epidemic

ScienceInsider: At gathering of HIV/AIDS pioneers, raw memories mix with current conflicts Science reporter Jon Cohen describes a meeting of HIV/AIDS scientists recently held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) in New York. “…A most unusual conference on the history and future of HIV/AIDS research would begin later that evening, and [Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Robert…More

Scientists Working To Understand Cluster Of Zika-Related Birth Defects In Northeastern Brazil

Washington Post: Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America “…[T]o the great bewilderment of scientists, the epidemic has not produced the wave of fetal deformities so widely feared when the images of misshapen infants first emerged from Brazil. Instead, Zika has left a puzzling and distinctly uneven pattern of damage across the Americas.…More

Investing In WASH Infrastructure Vital To Preventing Cholera Outbreaks In Haiti, Worldwide

Miami Herald: We need a better strategy to fight against cholera Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance “…[F]or a highly preventable disease like cholera, vaccine stockpiles while certainly helpful cannot be a long-term solution. … Right now, the immediate focus and hope is that we can prevent a large outbreak in Haiti by…More

Women, Children At Risk Of Being Trafficked In Hurricane-Hit Haiti, U.N. Warns; 800K People…

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Haiti’s hurricane raises risk of women, children being trafficked — U.N. “Women and children in Haiti are at heightened risk of sexual exploitation and trafficking in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, which ripped through the impoverished Caribbean nation, the United Nations and aid agencies warn…” (Moloney, 10/24). U.N. News Centre: After hurricane,…More

U.N. Seeks $400M For 2-Part Cholera Response Plan In Haiti, Including $200M To Compensate…

Associated Press: U.N. wants $200 million to compensate Haiti cholera victims “The United Nations says it is looking to raise $200 million from member states to compensate the families of people who have died from cholera in Haiti. David Nabarro, a special adviser to the secretary general, said Monday that the money to ‘provide material…More

On World Polio Day, CDC Says World Close To Elimination But More Effort Needed; U.N. Begins…

CIDRAP News: CDC: Polio eradication within sight but efforts still needed “…[T]he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) marked [World Polio Day] by hosting a teleconference on the current state of global polio eradication. Despite polio being ‘on the brink’ of eradication, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, said new cases of the disease…More

Gates Foundation Helps Drive Malaria Eradication Efforts

Devex: Gates Foundation shapes investments to ‘accelerate to zero’ on malaria “When Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in 2007 that ‘any goal short of eradicating malaria is accepting malaria,’ she helped to spark an industry wide shift toward ending the disease. … The Gates Foundation has led the shift…More

IPS Examines Challenges Facing Next WHO Director General

Inter Press Service: Who Should Lead the WHO Next? “…The ninth director general of the world’s peak health body will play a key role in ensuring global responses to an increasingly complex and contrasting list of global health problems: the spread of mosquito-borne diseases due to climate change, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, the unfinished business of AIDS…More

White House Blog Post Outlines President Obama’s Commitment To United Nations, SDGs

White House Blog: Celebrating United Nations Day: Here’s How You Can Help Make a Difference In recognition of United Nations Day, which takes place annually on October 24, Jazmin Kay, intern in the Office of Digital Strategy at the White House, discusses President Obama’s commitment to global development through support for the U.N. and the…More

On U.N. Day, SG Ban Says SDGs, Paris Agreement, Dedication Of U.N. Staff Propelling World…

U.N. News Centre: Global Goals can ‘propel us towards a better future for all on a healthy planet,’ Ban says on U.N. Day “In his last United Nations Day message as secretary general, Ban Ki-moon recognized the efforts of courageous U.N. staff members who are on the frontlines of disaster and violence and continue to…More

Haiti Struggles To Recover From Hurricane Matthew In Shadow Of 2010 Earthquake Recovery

New York Times: After Hurricane, Haiti Confronts Scars From 2010 Earthquake Recovery “The ghosts of 2010 haunt Haiti. They hover over the recovery effort for Hurricane Matthew in its every aspect: the Haitian government’s insistence on coordinating aid, the modest numbers of deaths registered, the struggle to raise sufficient funds, even the blight of cholera…More

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