Thoughts After 22 Years of Consumption and Organizing a Food System Symposium

Sarah Dwyer is passionate about developing a multidisciplinary understanding of the ways that food affects health through her work with a community-led nutrition education program Read More


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What will it take to dismantle the power structures that perpetuate inequality and bigotry in aid, philanthropy, social enterprise, and impact investing? (Plus, a sampling of resources/conversations on solidarity.)


A conversation with MacArthur Genius Gary Cohen of Health Care Without Harm

Gary Cohen is co-founder and president of Health Care Without Harm. His focus is global health care delivery and its role in promoting health equity, environmental Read More


Human, Financial Costs Of Air Pollution In Africa Greater Than Those From Malnutrition, Lack Of…

The Guardian: Air pollution more deadly in Africa than malnutrition or dirty water, study warns “Africa’s air pollution is causing more premature deaths than unsafe water or childhood malnutrition, and could develop into a health and climate crisis reminiscent of those seen in China and India, a study by a global policy forum has found.…More

Washington Post Examines U.S. Foreign Assistance Budget

Washington Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. foreign assistance budget “…Using the State Department’s request to Congress for a 2017 budget, we compiled what we thought was a comprehensive look at the U.S. foreign assistance budget. That budget request is a complex stew of programmatic acronyms, thickened by confounding numerical overlaps…More

Global Efforts To Detect, Treat, Prevent TB Falling Short, Report Shows; ‘Massive Scale-Up’…

Deutsche Welle: WHO: World needs to fight harder against tuberculosis “On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) presented its annual tuberculosis report in Washington, D.C. The main message: the world isn’t doing enough to stop the dangerous infectious disease…” (Bleiker, 10/13). The Guardian: Tuberculosis kills three people a minute as case numbers rise “Tuberculosis is…More

WASH Critical To Global Health Efforts

IntraHealth International: WASH Works, So What Are We Waiting For? Carol Bales, communications officer at IntraHealth International, discusses the role of WASH interventions in delivering health services and preventing infections, suggesting ways in which WASH efforts can be strengthened in global health (10/13).

Millions Face Hunger, Starvation In Northeastern Nigeria Due To Boko Haram Insurgency

Washington Post: ‘A famine unlike any we have ever seen’ “They survived Boko Haram. Now many of them are on the brink of starvation. Across the northeastern corner of [Nigeria], more than three million people displaced and isolated by the militants are facing one of the world’s biggest humanitarian disasters. … The staggering hunger crisis…More

Small-Scale Companies Aim To Produce Affordable, Accessible Menstrual Hygiene Products For…

Devex: Tackling menstrual health taboo in Uganda “…Long taboo, menstrual hygiene management is entering the mainstream. … Small-scale production of washable pads is common in Africa, but their success varies. … AFRIpads’ as many as 200 NGO clients in 2016 range from church groups buying 50 packs at a time, to major international organizations, including…More

The great escape, out of fragility: jobs

Yes, there are approximately 65 million refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced people worldwide. Yes, conflicts continue unabated, producing inordinate human misery. Yes, we urgently need political solutions. But there is growing consensus that creating jobs so people can work—wherever they are—is key to escaping fragility and preventing further conflict. And it’s what we need to focus on right now, experts and policymakers agreed at the “Escaping Fragility: Why Jobs Are Key” event on Friday during the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings in Washington, DC

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Other Private Philanthropic Health Efforts Can Complement Seperate…

Washington Post: Here’s what is promising, and troubling, about Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan’s plan to ‘cure all diseases.’ Jeremy Youde, fellow and senior lecturer in international relations at the Australian National University and chair of the global health section of the International Studies Association “…Philanthropic organizations are playing an increasingly prominent role in global…More

U.S. Must Help Yemen Out Of Conflict-Driven, Worsening Humanitarian Situation

Washington Post: The United States must help pull Yemen back from total collapse Jean-Marie Guéhenno, president and chief executive of the International Crisis Group “…The war in Yemen has created one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the Middle East, and that is saying a lot. More than 21 million people are in need of…More

Jim Yong Kim: Growth must be much more equitable

In a speech just ahead of Annual Meetings, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said there must be a new push to bring enough financing, innovation, and creativity to tackle the world’s many challenges – and the World Bank Group has a vital role to play. Despite rapid reductions in extreme poverty and improvements in the incomes of the bottom 40 percent of the population, progress is “still far too slow” and inequality is still too high, said Kim. “We have to make growth much more equitable,” said Kim at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in Washington. He referred to a new World Bank report finding that income inequality has decreased between people and nations, but “still constrains growth and breeds instability.” The world is facing low growth, technological change, and threats posed by climate change.

Op-Ed: Refugee reality check

By Bill Clapp, co-founder of Global Washington and Seattle International Foundation and Dan O’Neill, co-founder of Mercy Corps More than 65 million people today, more than one out of every hundred on the planet, are on the run as refugees or otherwise displaced from their homes and communities. More than half are children. These are

Comparison of pharmaceutical, illicit drug, alcohol, nicotine and caffeine levels in wastewater…

Monitoring the scale of pharmaceuticals, illicit and licit drugs consumption is important to assess the needs of law enforcement and public health, and provides more information about the different trends with…

News in the Humanosphere: India and Pakistan on the verge of water war

Rising tensions between India and Pakistan could spike into a “water war” if India fails to follow through on a treaty that regulates a river that flows between the two countries, a Pakistani official said Tuesday. The divisions between the two nations have again mounted despite attempts to create peace. Many had hoped that 2016

Guide to 2016 Annual Meetings

Ministers from 189 countries meet in Washington the week of October 3 for the World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings. We’re streaming 22 events, with more than 10 in multiple languages, on themes including the need for global cooperation to address risks, encourage trade and economic growth. Watch World Bank Live on Monday as World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim sets out his vision for ending extreme poverty. On Tuesday, Oxfam International’s Winnie Byanyima and World Bank experts discuss a just-released report on poverty and inequality. New World Bank Chief Economist Paul Romer and Kim talk about the challenges facing global development on Wednesday.

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