Our favorite Hub Originals from 2015

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of our favorite Hub Originals from 2015. The Global Health Hub publishes original pieces from writers engaged Read More

“A reflexive, relentless interrogation of common sense”: Emily Yates-Doerr on anthropology, global health, and obesity

Emily Yates-Doerr is a Veni Laureate and assistant professor of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She currently is studying a United Nations initiative to improve Read More


Untouched: How 284 Liberian Communities Remained Ebola-Free

By Piet deVries, Senior WASH Advisor, Global Communities Everything changed with Ebola. For four years, Global Communities had been busy creating access to safe sanitation for communities in Liberia, helping to fight the spread of disease and improve health outcomes. Utilizing Community-Led Total Sanitation, we were making consistent progress, beginning work through the USAID-funded Improved Water, Sanitation […]


Progress on Clean Energy

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Weekly links February 5: the future of the World Bank, education reforms, nutrition evidence,…

The latest Journal of Economic Perspectives has two papers on the role of the World Bank: Clemens and Kremer on its role in facilitating international agreements to reduce poverty; and Ravallion on the role as a knowledge bank. Clemens and Kremer have a nice list of policy areas where developing countries have dramatically changed policies following World Bank involvement and conclude that “While it is impossible to quantify the Bank’s policy influence in a precise way, our judgment is that Bank donors are getting a tremendous amount of policy influence with their limited funding. This influence comes both through deals that link Bank finance to policy reform and through the Bank’s soft power. For this reason, allocating more resources to the Bank would be desirable.” The JEP also has a nice summary by Larry Katz of Roland Fryer’s work. The wonkblog on how much evidence there is (or is not) behind nutrition guidelines, and how evidence interacts with public policy demands – and of the difficulties of using RCTs in this context but also the dangers of veering towards nutritional nihilism Finally, if you wonder why your emails don’t get replied to, here is PhD comics

Obama Administration’s Handling Of Syria Crisis Should Translate Into Action

Washington Post: Mr. Kerry continues to lecture as Syrians continue to starve to death Editorial Board “…Secretary of State John F. Kerry has been denouncing [the crisis in Madaya] in recent days. ‘People are dying; children are suffering not as an accident of war, but as the consequence of an intentional tactic — surrender or…More

Are studies underestimating the effects of sanitation on child nutrition? –…

Should child growth replace diarrhoea as the primary child health outcome for sanitation trials? We appreciate Derek Headey’s comment in relation to our trial1 that the window of opportunity to plausibly affect growth faltering is from in utero up to 24 months, and therefore that sanitation trials should focus growth assessments in children with exposure to the intervention who are younger than 24 months. Ongoing sanitation trials in rural Kenya (NCT01704105), Bangladesh (NCT01590095), and Zimbabwe (NCT01824940) have chosen to enrol target children in utero precisely because of the recognition that child stunting and environmental enteric dysfunction can begin before birth.

USAID Announces Additional $97M In Emergency Food Aid To Ethiopia; U.N. SG Ban Calls For More…

Agence France-Presse: Millions of Ethiopians facing worst drought for decades: U.N. “Ethiopia is struggling from its worst drought for 30 years with millions in dire need of life saving aid, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday…” (Boulo, 1/31). Associated Press: U.S. pledges $97M to combat Ethiopia’s drought “The U.S

Number Of Zimbabweans Needing Food Aid To Double Or Triple In 2016, Social Welfare Minister…

Bloomberg Business: Zimbabweans Needing Food Aid May Triple This Year, Minister Says “The number of Zimbabweans who will need emergency food aid this year may have doubled or trebled from last year, Social Welfare Minister Prisca Mupfumira said. The southern African nation is facing its worst drought in almost two decades, withering crops and killing…More

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Discuss Zika Virus Prevention Strategies, Ethics Of Mosquito…

Washington Post: The Zika threat Editorial Board “…The spread of a new or unusual disease … raises an important challenge to biomedical researchers. There’s been a hope that gains in genomics and other disciplines could lead to a rapid-response mechanism for fighting such threats. … It is not easy to bend the rules of nature…More

International Food Aid ‘Refashions Sovereign Relations And Reshapes Politics,’ No Matter…

Washington Post: Why international food aid can actually make conditions worse for starving Syrians José Ciro Martínez, Ph.D. candidate in politics and Gates Cambridge Scholar at the University of Cambridge, and Brent Eng, independent analyst “…[P]roceeding as if emergency food aid has no impact on political or military dynamics has had grave consequences in Syria.…More

Positive Youth Development

A guest blog from Fiona Macaulay, Founder and CEO of Making Cent International For the past three weeks, I’ve been working with partners in Rwanda and Indonesia on youth livelihood project designs. Informing this work is Positive Youth Development (PYD), a concept that many hold central to quality work with young people. I recently introduced it my students at Northwest University, where I was teaching a class this Fall in their Master’s program in International Community Development. Fiona Macaulay, founder and CEO of Making Cents International, recently wrote a short article on PYD that I think offers a nice introduction.

U.S., World Must Prepare For Future Pandemics, Strengthen Public Health Systems

Washington Post: More pandemics are inevitable, and the U.S. is grossly underprepared Editorial Board “…As the world becomes more globalized with the movement of goods and people, as climate change disrupts the environment, and as pathogens move between humans and animals, cocktails of infectious disease will form, spread, and sicken. … The [Commission on Global…More

Please RSVP Now: How Can We Use IoT for Development?

After more than a decade of discussion and anticipation, the Internet of Things is now firmly on its way. But don’t let the name fool you, the “Internet of Things” is not a single, unified network of connected devices. IoT is really a set of technologies enabling a miniaturized, embedded, and automated environment of devices to communicate constantly and automatically with each other and the world. These technologies can be put to work to benefit us all, yet connecting devices is only a means to an end – the really interesting impact arises when we focus on the human context in which these technologies must work. Please RSVP now to join USAID, Cisco, FHI 360 and over 100 of your digital technology and international development peers on January 29th to explore the exciting opportunities and difficult trade-offs involved with using sensors and the Internet of Things to improve development outcomes

Pakistani Lawmakers Withdraw Bill Banning Child Marriage After Leading Religious Body Objects

Washington Post: Bill banning child marriage fails in Pakistan after it’s deemed ‘un-Islamic’ “Pakistani lawmakers had to withdraw a bill aimed at curbing the practice of child marriage after a prominent religious body declared the legislation un-Islamic. The bill, which proposed raising the marriage age for females from 16 to 18, also called for harsher…More

Clean water, sanitation and diarrhoea in Indonesia: Effects of household and community factors

10.1080/17441692.2015.1127985<br/>Ahmad Komarulzaman

As Discussion Of Peace Efforts Continue, U.S. Should Insist On Ending Starvation, Bombing Of…

Washington Post: The siege of Madaya casts a shadow on Syrian peace efforts Editorial Board “…[T]he story of Madaya suggests that the Assad regime and its allies have no intention of ending their horrific assaults on the country’s civilians, regardless of what is said in a conference hall in Geneva or at the U.N. Security…More

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