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

To Use or Not to Use: the Clinical Dilemma of Antimicrobials

    Understandably frustrated after 4 weeks of mild coughing, a nicely dressed businesswoman had come for an evaluation. I looked for infection in her 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


CGD Blog Post Discusses Reductions In Global Poverty

Center for Global Development’s “Views from the Center”: Really, Global Poverty *Is* Falling. Honest. Charles Kenny, senior fellow at CGD, discusses a Humanosphere piece by Martin Kirk and Jason Hickel that was written in response to the annual Gates letter and addresses the status of global poverty. Kenny discusses global poverty measures and writes, “So, by the…More

LGBTI Rights Remains Contentious Issue At U.N. Status Of Women Meeting

Inter Press Service: ‘Hate Group’ Inclusion Shows U.N. Members Still Divided on LGBT Rights “A group designated as a hate group [by the Southern Poverty Law Center] for its ‘often violent rhetoric’ against LGBTI rights was an invited member of the United States Official Delegation to the annual women’s meeting, say rights groups. … Including…More

Blog Post Criticizes Gates’s Annual Letter, Says More Focus Needed On Root Causes Of Poverty,…

Humanosphere: Gates Foundation’s rose-colored world view not supported by evidence In this guest opinion piece, Martin Kirk, co-founder and campaign policy director of /TheRules, and Jason Hickel, an anthropologist at the London School of Economics and author, criticize Bill and Melinda Gates’s annual letter, writing, “There are two big problems with the letter. First, some…More

10 Hens and Hope in Chiapas

Photo by Francisco Pablo Francisco / Partners In HealthFamilies arrive with cardboard boxes to carry home their new flocks in Laguna del Cofre, Chiapas. Mud-splattered pickups were parked alongside a dirt road in Laguna del Cofre, Chiapas, a small town hugging the Sierra Madres in southern Mexico. Nearby, a group of women and curious children stood holding cardboard boxes. It was a cloudy morning two days after Christmas, and they were receiving a long-awaited gift. It wasn’t toys or clothes, nor candy canes or other sweets, but a package of 10 hens and a rooster.

Ten Signs of an impending Global Land Rights Revolution

Exfamer Chris Jochnick, who now runs Landesa, the land rights NGO, sets out his stall ahead of a big World Bank event next week. The development community has experienced various “revolutions” over the years – from microfinance to women’s rights, from the green revolution to sustainable development.  Each of these awakenings has improved our understanding of the challenges we face; each has transformed the development …

Our Patients Will Die Without Foreign Aid

Jodanie Louis holds her son, Lovenyou, outside their home in Boucan-Carré, Haiti. Lovenyou has gone from severely to moderately malnourished under PIH’s malnutrition program.Photo by Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In Health Partners In Health is gravely concerned about deep and significant cuts in United States overseas development assistance in the budget proposed by President Donald J. Trump. As much of this aid is for health in some of the world’s poorest countries, these cuts will have a devastating impact on millions of people throughout the world.

Connecting Pension Funds with Emerging Market Infrastructure

It might sound improbable to hear a CFO say this, but I consider one of my roles since joining the World Bank Group to be that of matchmaker. Let me explain. As I have noted in other blogs over recent months, the world’s emerging market and developing economies—EMDEs for short—face an enormous gap in infrastructure investment. Certainly it is not the only big financing challenge that countries face as they work to reduce poverty and extend prosperity to more of their citizens. But infrastructure underpins many aspects of economic growth, getting people to jobs and schools, connecting goods to markets, reducing the isolation of the poorest areas in many countries

Congress Should Reject Cuts To U.S. Foreign Aid, Poverty Alleviation Programs

News & Observer: Seeing the fruits of U.S. aid, fearing the toll of cuts Lindsay K. Saunders, leader of the RESULTS Raleigh Group “…Putting foreign assistance on the chopping block would be a serious mistake, by any definition of national interest. … For decades, the United States has been a leader in fighting extreme poverty.…More

The Power of Data: how new stats are changing our understanding of inequality

Every Saturday my colleague Max Lawson, who’s Oxfam’s global inequality policy lead, sends round an email entitled ‘Some short reading for the weekend if you fancy it’. This week was particularly good, so I just lifted it: This year has already been good for the improvement in data availability on inequality, with the launch of the Wealth and Incomes Database (WID) in Paris in January. …

Gates Foundation Should Test Development, Poverty Alleviation Approaches In Randomized Trials

Vox: Bill Gates wants to give the poor chickens. What they need is cash. Chris Blattman, Ramalee E. Pearson professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts “Dear Bill, … I’m writing you to say that, when it comes to…More

Weekly links March 3: financial literacy done right, e-voting, private vs public schooling, and…

IPA has a nice brief on financial literacy training, discussing the problems of traditional training courses and more promising new approaches Devex summarizes the public vs private school debate held at the World Bank last week. Jeff Bloem on the cardinal treatment of ordinal variables – and implications for happiness research. Duncan Green on how introducing electronic voting in Brazil saved lives and increased health spending Noah Smith on why it is time to move past the structural vs reduced form econometrics debates Job opportunities: DIME is recruiting several RAs

Fact checking universal basic income: can we transfer our way out of poverty?

New York Times published an article last week, titled “The Future of Not Working.” In it, Annie Lowrie discusses the universal basic income experiments in Kenya by GiveDirectly: no surprise there: you can look forward to more pieces in other popular outlets very soon, as soon as they return from the same villages visited by the Times.

To fight discrimination, we need to fill the LGBTI data gap

Despite some progress in the past two decades, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people continue to face widespread discrimination and exclusion around the world. Many of them suffer from punitive laws and policies, social stigma, and even violence. They may also be subject to lower educational attainment, higher unemployment rates, poorer health outcomes, as well as unequal access to housing, finance, and social services. As a result, LGBTI people are likely overrepresented in the bottom 40% of the population. The adverse impacts on the health and economic wellbeing of LGBTI groups—as well as on economies and societies at large—tell us one thing: exclusion and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) is a serious development issue

Advocacy Vital To Protecting, Increasing Foreign Assistance For Global Health

Christian Post: Why Christians Should Support Foreign Development Aid Jenny Eaton Dyer, executive director of Hope Through Healing Hands and director of the Faith-based Coalition for Healthy Mothers and Children Worldwide “…We know we have the possibility of making poverty history, ending mother and child deaths. And ending AIDS, TB, and malaria. We just need…More

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