Navigating hearing disabilities in Morocco

Published with permission from Round Earth Media  By Maria Luisa Frasson-Nori RABAT, Morocco – In an inconspicuous brown building sandwiched between a tire shop and Read More

The Medicalization of FGM: Why We Should Be Worried

Across the globe, a growing battle is being fought against a practice that has deprived women and girls from realizing their rights to reproductive and Read More

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Broken Lives: A Health Crisis in Palestine

The Arabic word samoud means steadfast perseverance. However, the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip Read More


Our Oceans, Our Future: Fisheries and Climate Change.

“Our oceans, our future” was the slogan of the UN Oceans Conference held in New York in June 2017, which focused on how to sustainably manage our ocean’s marine resources. Recently published research, however, suggests something a bit different. This global analysis shows that least developed countries and Small Island developing states are among the most vulnerable to climate change impacts on fisheries. Having contributed relatively little to the problem of climate change, they may be left wondering: ‘their oceans, our future?’   This week, in newly published research, authors construct a vulnerability index for 147 countries building on the methodology of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which assesses vulnerability as a function of exposure, sensitivity and adaptive capacity (see Figure 1). The resulting index is based on the most recent socio-economic data, as well as future projections of climate change impacts using a variety of different scenarios and timeframes.

U.S. Congress Should Fund Mechanisms To Gather Evidence On Development Outcomes, Impacts Of…

Devex: Opinion: Federal budget claims support for evidence, but slashes funding for it Shiro Gnanaselvam, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Social Impact “…I agree with [U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s] statement that ‘more money doesn’t necessarily mean better outcomes.’ However, I would argue you do need to fund the mechanisms designed…More

Director Of Stanford’s Center For Innovation In Global Health Discusses Importance Of Women…

Stanford Medicine’s “Scope”: Stanford’s Michele Barry on why we need more women leaders in global health Holly MacCormick, social media producer at the Stanford University School of Medicine, speaks with Michele Barry, director of Stanford’s Center for Innovation in Global Health, on the need for more women in global health leadership positions (6/20).

Mass Bed Net Distribution Campaigns Across Sub-Saharan Africa Can Improve Health Equity

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Mass bed net distribution campaigns reduce health disparities across sub-Saharan Africa In a guest post, Courtney Chiaparas, writing for MEASURE Evaluation, discusses a study that examined the effectiveness of bed net distribution campaigns to prevent and control malaria across sub-Saharan Africa. Chiaparas writes, “The study makes a case…More

International Community Far From Meeting Funding Goals Needed To Prevent Famine In Africa

The Guardian: Nigeria’s food crisis: by the time famine is declared, it’s too late Amy Harrison, technical specialist in gender and conflict at Social Development Direct “…North-east Nigeria has long suffered from geographical marginalization and chronic underdevelopment, but it was the rise of Boko Haram that brought the region to international attention. … My Nigerian…More

Canada Releases New Foreign Aid Policy Focusing More On Gender Equality Programs

Devex: Canada’s new foreign aid policy puts focus on women, rights “…Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau released the country’s long-awaited International Assistance Policy last Friday, a strategy that calls itself ‘feminist’ and represents a major shift of the country’s vision for international development onto the world’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations. Within five years,…More

Pulitzer Center Gender Lens Conference Panel Examines Public Health Initiatives Worldwide

Pulitzer Center: Gender Lens: Sustainable Solutions in Global Health Cece Charendoff, an intern with the Pulitzer Center, describes a panel discussion that took place on June 3 at the Pulitzer Center’s Gender Lens Conference that examined “current public health initiatives and problems that face the world.” Charendoff notes, “The panelists included documentary photographer and Pulitzer…More

Are good school principals born or can they be made?

Good principals can make a big difference “It is widely believed that a good principal is the key to a successful school.” So say Branch, Hanushek, and Rivkin in their study of school principals on learning productivity. But how do you measure this? Using a database from Texas in the United States, they employ a value-added approach analogous to that used to measure performance among teachers. They control for basic information on student backgrounds (gender, ethnicity, and an indicator of poverty) as well as student test scores from the previous year.

Global opinion leaders show increased use of social media for information on development

Social media is increasingly becoming a driver of conversation on several topics including global development. The World Bank’s Public Opinion Research Group conducts  Country Opinion Surveys in about 40 developing countries every year and found that the number of global opinion leaders using social media to get information on global development is steadily increasing.


Are you ready for its inevitability?

The secret, hidden pricetag on your cola bottle

0000-0002-1767-4576The line at the convenience store is three people deep. Standing in front of me is a 40-something man with a bottle of cola and a newspaper. In front of him, a mother paying her utility bill accompanied by her young daughter. The mum and child leave, and the man moves forward to pay. “Two dollars?” I overhear him exclaim with surprise… “I remember when a bottle of cola was one!” As he pays and heads for the door, I too grab a newspaper and cannot help but notice the story on the front cover: the mounting crisis of costs from an obesity epidemic gripping not just the nation, but the planet – the economic and health systems already struggling to keep pace.

‘Promise To Leave No One Behind’ Links Efforts To End AIDS, Reach SDGs

Inter Press Service: AIDS Pandemic Far From Over: 37 Million Living with HIV Globally Amina J. Mohammed, U.N. deputy secretary general “…Achieving our aims on AIDS is interlinked and embedded within the broader 2030 Agenda. Both are grounded in equity, human rights, and a promise to leave no one behind. … [W]e need to do…More

Congress Should Fully Fund Global Health Programs In FY18 Budget, Including Family Planning,…

Huffington Post: Trump’s Global Health Agenda Exposes Lies And Deception Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) “…[O]ne week before the release of Trump’s proposed FY18 budget, the State Department included family planning and reproductive health as an international health program supported by U.S. global health assistance. … At that…More

What the U.S. resistance can’t imagine

Grassroots activists and organizations led by people in the Global South are already creating the future we can’t yet see.

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