Reproductive Health in Madagascar

I vividly remember the beginning of my trip to Madagascar to perform reproductive health research. At the end of providing an update to my mentor Read More


The Art of Letting Go and the Mandate of Going Further

This piece was previously published in the National Medical Journal of India, Volume 29, Number 1, 2016, pages 30-31, and reprinted with permission.   In Read More


New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest


From Pork to Performance: Follow the Money; It’s the Tip of the Iceberg

The farmer taking her produce to market, a father seeking a better education for his children, and a family displaced by a catastrophic earthquake have more in common than you might assume at first glance. The delivery of basic public services — roads, schools, and post-disaster assistance — is one of the most important functions that governments discharge. On the surface,

Three insights into what data users demand: Are open data advocates listening?

At the recent Open Data Research Symposium and IODC16 in Madrid, participants pushed the debate beyond the supply of open data. Over a million datasets are currently in the public domain and there now exist 2600+ open government portals — an enormous number. We need to understand whether and how this data is being used,

Invitation to screening of ‘The Look of Silence’

The ICT4Peace Foundation is pleased to invite you to the screening of the critically acclaimed and award winning documentary, The Look of Silence, as part of the Human Rights Film Festival, Zurich. Sunday, 11th December 2016 Arthouse Uto Kalkbreitestrasse 3, Zurich 11.30hrs Q&A with Joshua Oppenenheimer at 13.15hrs (over Skype video) Released in 2014, the film is directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and is about the Indonesian killings of 1965–66.

Lessons from a crowdsourcing failure

We are working on an evaluation of a large rural roads rehabilitation program in Rwanda that relies on high-frequency market information. We knew from the get-go that collecting this data would be a challenge: the markets are scattered across the country, and by design most are in remote rural areas with bad connectivity (hence the road rehab). The cost of sending enumerators to all markets in our study on a monthly basis seemed prohibitive. Crowdsourcing seemed like an ideal solution.

Everyone Needs Somewhere to Go: World Toilet Day 2016

We use toilets every day – at home, school, and work – yet 40% of the world’s population does not have this luxury.  Clean and safe toilets are more than just a place to use the restroom.  They are essential for health, human dignity, and improved education.   Sadly, 2.4 billion people are still using inadequate forms of sanitation, which in many ways represents a hidden public health crisis. Among these people, almost 1 billion face the indignity of defecating outside without privacy.

Parceling out prosperity? Tracking and evaluating the impacts of natural resource concessions…

How concerned would you be if a third of your country’s land was granted to foreign investors? Liberia has pinned its hopes for economic development on foreign direct investment, granting somewhere between 21% and 38% of the country’s land to investors, or concessionaires, in the agriculture, forestry and mining sectors. However,

News Outlets Recognize World Toilet Day, Discuss Various Aspects Of WASH, Related Diseases

Devex: Why the Gates Foundation wants you to talk about poop “…The big question [Bill Gates] poses in his recent blog post ‘A perfume that smells like poop?’ is whether this technology will make a difference for the one in three people who lack access to improved sanitation. Firmenich, a partner of the Bill &…More

News Outlets Examine How U.S. Science Might Fare Under Trump Administration

The Atlantic: Who Will Advise Trump on Science? “In 1976, President Gerald Ford appointed physicist H. Guyford Stever as the first Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). … His current counterpart John Holdren, formerly a professor of environmental policy at Harvard University, has performed the same service for Barack Obama since…More

My Three Days at the Epicenter of Global Health Ingenuity and Transformation

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What a Trump Presidency Might Mean For Global Health

Last week, the world was shocked by the news that Donald Trump would become the next United States President. In this post, Emory University’s James Michiel takes a first look at how this surprising result might influence global health in the coming years. ON Wednesday 9th November, America woke up to the shocking news that, after a long, bitter election cycle, Donald J. Trump, the reality television star and controversial businessman, had bested former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States. The news was a startling surprise to those who had trusted the statisticians and prognosticators who had predicted a sweeping victory for the Democratic nominee, and a terrifying shock to those who have been disgusted by Trump’s oftentimes violently racist and misogynist rhetoric throughout the campaign

Context matters in foreign aid’s effect on violence

Editor’s Note: The following post is the fourth in our “Aid and Conflict” focus series, and was compiled by First Tranche contributor Carolyn Iwicki. It is adapted from an AidData working paper — A Spatial Analysis of the Effect of Foreign Aid in Conflict Areas, by author Stijn van Weezel — that examines the link between foreign aid and conflict at the subnational level.

Silicon Valley Leaders See Increasing Role For Technology, Innovation In Global Development…

Devex: Following Trump win, Silicon Valley prepares to step up its global development work “…It remains to be seen what the unexpected Donald J. Trump presidency will mean for the U.S. approach to global development. But Devex spoke with Silicon Valley leaders about the way they view their own role as the next administration takes…More

Lost and Found with “the Most Wondrous Map Ever Produced”

Continued here: Lost and Found with “the Most Wondrous Map Ever Produced”

Climate Change: Meeting sea level rise by raising the land

; As the COP 22 meeting on climate change gets under way in Marrakech, Joseph Hanlon, Manoj Roy and David Hulme introduce their new book on climate change and Bangladesh Community groups in coastal Bangladesh have shown that the land can be raised to match sea level rise. Their success has been hard fought, initially contested by aid agencies, engineers and the police. But they …

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