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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

Investigación y docencia en Venezuela: en contra de todas las dificultades

Venezuela es la puerta de entrada a Sur América. Ubicada al norte del continente y bañada por el mar Caribe, es uno de los puntos Read More

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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


Why the World Bank needs to ask Jim Kim some tough questions in his Job Interview

Guest post from Nadia Daar, head of Oxfam’s Washington DC office Preparing for an interview is often traumatic – by this point I’ve done a few and believe me, Oxfam doesn’t make things easy! And I’ve heard the World Bank doesn’t either. Yet for the position of president, there is a widespread feeling that Jim Kim’s upcoming interview with the Board of Directors this week …


Call for Abstracts: Human Rights in Global Health Governance

Call for Abstracts Special Issue: Human Rights in Global Health Governance Guest Editors Benjamin Mason Meier, J.D., LL.M., Ph.D. Lawrence O. Gostin, J.D. Abstracts due November 1, 2016  Download PDF […]


Investigación y docencia en Venezuela: en contra de todas las dificultades

Venezuela es la puerta de entrada a Sur América. Ubicada al norte del continente y bañada por el mar Caribe, es uno de los puntos Read More


Against all odds: medical research and education in Venezuela

Venezuela is the entrance to South America. Located in the north of the continent, bathed by the Caribbean Sea, Venezuela is one of the first places Read More


The World Bank is having a big internal debate about Power and Governance. Here’s why it…

Writing flagship publications in large institutions is a tough job. Everyone wants a piece, as different currents of opinion, ideology or interest slug it out over red lines and key messages. Trying (and failing) to write one for Oxfam once put me in hospital. So no surprise that the flagship of flagships, the World Bank’s annual World Development Report, on Governance and Law, is currently …


Politics and Governance: calling for evaluation of “atypical” interventions: Guest Blog by…

A “meta” problem facing not only impact evaluation work but all development policy dialogue is perverse behavior in the public sector to not pursue evidence-based, technically sound policies. Politics and governance come between statistically significant research results and real impact in the world. We confront these problems in a policy research report that has been described as having transformational implications for the business of international development assistance. And we derive implications for a research agenda that involves atypical impact evaluations that would complement work on how to fix the pipes with work on how to fix the institutions that would fix the pipes.


News in the Humanosphere: They tried to make South Sudan have peacekeepers and the president…

The regional IGAD group and the Security Council have both suggested that more peacekeepers are needed to stabilize South Sudan. The president apparently disagrees. This is problematic because new peacekeepers can only be deployed with his consent. “South Sudanese President, Salva Kiir said his government ‘will not accept a single soldier’ to back peacekeepers as


U.N. Should Acknowledge Role In Haitian Cholera Epidemic

New York Times: The Cholera Epidemic the U.N. Left Behind in Haiti Editorial Board “…Unless there is a dramatic change in approach, the [Haitian cholera] epidemic will damage the legacy of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who will leave his post at the end of the year. There are basic steps he can take before then. For…More


“This race will be intense”: a look at elections for Director General of the WHO

This week, the World Health Assembly is meeting in Geneva. Elections for the next Director General of the World Health Organization is a top item Read More


Global Health Security Requires Strengthened National Health Systems, Global Governance, R&D…

PLOS Medicine: Toward a Common Secure Future: Four Global Commissions in the Wake of Ebola Lawrence O. Gostin, professor and director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University and director of the WHO Collaborating Center on Public Health and Human Rights, and colleagues discuss global health preparedness, pulling recommendations…More


Why is Flint dealing with developing world problems?

Flint, Michigan seems to have been misplaced on the global map. While clearly within the confines of a Midwestern state of the wealthiest economy in Read More


Washington Post Examines WHO Director General Elections

Washington Post: The World Health Organization is electing a new leader. Here’s what you need to know. “…WHO Director-General Margaret Chan will complete her term, and the World Health Assembly will vote on her successor in May 2017. What’s different about this election is increased transparency.


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