Our favorite Hub Originals from 2016

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of our favorite Hub Originals from 2016. The Global Health Hub publishes original pieces from writers engaged in global Read More

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


Using machine learning to combat environmental degradation on a global scale

Leveraging machine learning algorithms to sift through terabytes of high-resolution satellite data, a new report by AidData and the World Bank has for the first time identified the factors that contribute to land degradation on a global scale.

Digital Health NGO Official Discusses How Technology Can Help Connect Patients, Providers,…

Devex: 4 major trends digital health needs to embrace in 2017 and beyond “…[T]he health care industry could [use] cellphones to connect patients to nearby health workers, guide them to correctly assess a person’s condition and suggest treatment, send reminders to patients to take their medication and attend follow-up visits, and even enable them to…More

MCC Investments Aim To Reduce Stunting, Promote Child Health In Indonesia

Millennium Challenge Corporation: Notes from the Field: Promoting Child Health in Indonesia Amit Chandra, an emergency physician and a 2015-2017 AAAS Science and Technology policy fellow serving as a health systems strengthening adviser for the MCC, discusses the importance of MCC’s investment of $134.2 million to reduce stunting in Indonesia through sanitation, maternal and child…More

Journal Article Examines Founding, Work Of Global Health Innovative Technology Fund

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s “The Journal”: Health Makes Wealth Brandi Goode, a freelance writer and editor based in Manila and previously editor in chief of The Journal, discusses the founding of the Global Health Innovative Technology (GHIT) Fund, a public-private collaboration aimed at facilitating research and innovation to develop new global health tools.…More

Brookings Institution Research Collaboration Examines How To Increase Private Sector Investment…

Brookings Institution: Spurring private investment in global health research and development Jake Schneider, research assistant at Brookings, John Villasenor, nonresident senior fellow for governance studies and the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings, and Darrell M. West, vice president and director of governance studies and founding director of the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings,…More

Researchers Use Data To Design Cleaner Cookstoves Accepted In Indian Village

Financial Times: India: Cooking up a recipe for clean air “…Using state of the art technology, researchers at Nexleaf, a non-profit organization, monitor real-time usage of different designs of new cooking stoves to find out which one is more popular and why, before feeding the data back to the manufacturers. … Small changes have been…More

How many readers? Where from? What were their favourite posts? Stats for 2016 on FP2P

Hi everyone, Happy New Year and all that. Thought I’d kick off with the usual feedback post on last year’s blog stats: The blog passed a couple of milestones last year – since it started in 2008, it’s clocked up 2000 posts, 1.4 million words, and 10,000 comments (big thanks to everyone who takes the time to add theirs). Only a matter of time before …

2016: End of year review

Dear colleagues and friends, For many across the world, 2016 was a year of unexpected turbulence, from on-going violent conflicts and the plight of refugees, to violent terrorist attacks in cities across the globe, to unexpected voting patterns the outcome of which raise challenging questions about the future of democracy. Unfortunately, news that helps us understand and media that helps frame and contextualise these and other developments, remain elusive. The ICT4Peace Foundation, which celebrated in March 2016 its 10 Year Anniversary, continued this year its core mission – in cooperation with its many partners –  to promote peace and security in cyberspace, through inter alia efforts to promote norms of responsible behaviour and confidence building measures as well as capacity building,  to respond to the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, to prevent violent extremism online, to verify social media content, and to promote better use of ICTs in the domains of refugees and protection of civilians as well as peacekeeping and peace building operation

Haiti’s New Pathology Lab Accelerates Cancer Diagnosis

Cecille Joan Avila / Partners In HealthProphete Lagrénade, a histopathology technician, holds a tissue sample in the new pathology section of the regional reference laboratory. Inside a white-washed room the size of a generous walk-in closet, three Partners In Health laboratory technicians and a pathologist meticulously slice tissue samples and embed them in paraffin. They are the first employees to christen the new pathology section in the Mirebalais Regional Reference Laboratory. To outside observers, their work may seem tedious. But to cancer patients, it’s lifesaving

Is this time really different? Will Automation kill off development?

Is this time really different? That’s the argument whenever people want to ignore the lessons of history (eg arguing that this particular financial bubble/commodity boom will never burst) and such claims usually merit a bucketload of scepticism. On the other hand (climate change, nuclear war) sometimes things really are different from everything that has gone before. Which brings us to technology.

Our favorite Hub Originals from 2016

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of our favorite Hub Originals from 2016. The Global Health Hub publishes original pieces from writers engaged in global Read More

When your best might not be good enough.

As most people working in global development will know, poverty isn’t a static state. It’s not ‘simply’ a case of helping lift people out and then moving on to other things. Poverty as a state is fluid, one which the majority of people repeatedly drift in and out of over time. Problem-solving more broadly in international development follows a similar pattern. Some problems seem solved, only for them to return later.

Rating the 2016 project performance disclosure practices of 50 donors

Despite the fact that most major funders of overseas development projects are now signatories to major transparency initiatives like IATI and the Open Government Partnership, only two donors systematically publish standardized project performance ratings (see how the donors fared, below).

Workshop on International Cyber Security Policy and Diplomacy for OSCE Field Staff

ICT4Peace was invited by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna to conduct a workshop on 14 and 15 December 2016 for OSCE field staff on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the context of regional and international security. The objective of the training was for OSCE cyber focal points to have a better understanding about: (1) international/regional discussions, efforts and tools to counter the misuse of ICTs as part of promoting international peace and security; (2) the application of international law, norms of responsible state behavior as well as confidence building measures related to cyberspace; (3) potential activities that could support efforts to enhance cyber-stability between States and/or reduce the risks of conflict stemming from the use of ICTs as well as national cyber/lCT security resilience in line with key OSCE commitments.

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