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


ICT4Peace on ICTs and Human Rights Protection

ICT4Peace was invited by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHRs) to participate in the consultations on its Management Plan 2018-2021. The comments of ICT4Peace’s Sanjana Hattotuwa in response to the questions posed by OHCHR can be found here and are as the follows: I. From your perspective what are the challenges and opportunities for positive human rights change in the current global context?

3 Lessons Learned in Creating Digital Development Tools

ICT has the power to propel development forward, but before you jump in head first with a new ICT tool, there are a few critical questions to consider, like: What is the benefit to the user and who ultimately benefits the most? Can the tool continue to have a positive impact after the life of a project? Who are the decision-makers on the use of data and the owners of the data collected and used through the technology? What are the opportunity costs of developing and rolling out a new tool?

Mobile-based Islamic Microloans: Benefits Beyond Shariah Compliance to Deepen Financial…

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SwitchPoint 2017 Conference To Highlight Global Health, Technology, Innovation, Frontline…

IntraHealth International: The Latest in Global Health, Tech, and Stories from the Front Lines of Health Care at SwitchPoint 2017 “Hundreds of global health experts, entrepreneurs, tech innovators, academics, artists, and frontline health workers from around the world will gather next week in Saxapahaw, North Carolina, to report on the latest in pioneering projects that…More

Turning point.

I remember that morning well. A week or so earlier I’d been informed via a random phone call that a group of Nigerians would be monitoring their forthcoming Presidential elections using FrontlineSMS. There had been frantic activity ever since, culminating in press releases and text messages with Bill Thompson, emails with Jon Fildes, and a Skype call with Gareth Mitchell – all journalists connected with the BBC. With the election only a couple of days away, the story had to break now else we’d miss the chance and it would no longer be news.

Fanning the sparks of corruption? A Chinese dragon haunts Tanzania

Editor’s Note: The following post is adapted from an AidData Working Paper — The Dragon’s Curse? China, the World Bank, and Perceptions of Corruption in Tanzania, by authors Gina Kelly, Samuel Brazys, and Johan Elkink — that has been revised and published in the Review of International Organizations

Panelists At Brookings Event Discuss Findings Of Report On Global Health Governance Capacity,…

Brookings Institution: Forum on health governance capacity sees bigger role for private R&D investment Darrell M. West, vice president and director of governance studies and founding director at the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings; John Villasenor, nonresident senior fellow of governance studies at the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings; and Jake Schneider, research…More

The Need for ICT Skills in My Community

The popularization of internet, social media, and mobile applications have intensely changed our modern society, creating new ways for starting and managing a business or get employed. This brings the need to rethink and update the related skills to succeed in today’s studies, business and employment. The biggest challenge that worries me so much is the digital skills gap among young people and the gender crisis in the usage of the internet in our communities. The majority of unemployed youths in Uganda do not have basic skills and cannot do the things powered the use of technology and the internet. I have worked in my community as a young IT graduate, I have met many young people in schools, universities and institutions who have never had a chance to use a computer or the Internet.

The surprising consequences of tuberculosis

Tuberculosis, a disease with history In the 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Ukraine experienced serious medication delivery delays. For patients with tuberculosis (TB), the lack of medications resulted in incomplete drug regimens and poor treatment practices. Although the drug supply problem resolved over time, a new challenge arose: Ukraine became one of […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesWaking from sleeping sickness in the DRCLes leçons de la ligne de frontUp to the challenge: a doctor’s story of sacrifice and healing ;

Call for Proposals: Workshop on tracking international aid from emerging economies

Heidelberg University and AidData are pleased to invite submissions of one-page proposals due May 1st for papers to be presented at the workshop “Tracking International Aid and Investment from Developing and Emerging Economies,” at Heidelberg University in Germany from September 22-23, 2017.

Waking from sleeping sickness in the DRC

Marthine clearly loves Octavie. Even now, when his wife of 48 years moves like a sleepwalker, he dotes on her. He encourages her to eat the food he’s brought to the hospital and adjusts her clothes to protect her dignity. When she emerges from her lethargy to muster a smile, he beams. Octavie has sleeping […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesLes leçons de la ligne de frontUp to the challenge: a doctor’s story of sacrifice and healingLessons from the front lines ;

Concrete health opportunities

Cities will determine the health and wellbeing of populations in the 21st century: Threat or opportunity? Building a case for action The environment in which we move, work, learn, play, and eat determines our potential to achieve good health. Concrete jungles, food desserts, roads which resemble car parking lots, overpowering air and noise pollution, obesogenic environments, and isolation among density are not uncommon features of urban living – all of which predispose to physical and psychological ailments. Urbanisation, most notably mega, rapid or unplanned, currently poses a huge threat to human and environmental health, but is equally an unprecedented opportunity for action. In 2016, over 50 percent of the global population were urban dwellers

Review of Doughnut Economics – a new book you will need to know about

My Exfam colleague Kate Raworth’s book Doughnut Economics is launched today, and I think it’s going to be big. Not sure just how big, or whether I agree with George Monbiot’s superbly OTT plug comparing it to Keynes’s General Theory. It’s really hard to tell, as a non-economist, just how paradigm-changing it will be, but I loved it, and I want everyone to read it. …

How Technology Can Reduce Hunger and Improve Food Security

There are 793 million people globally, who are undernourished or food insecure according to the FAO. Weather, conflict, labor markets, food supply systems, nutrition, livelihoods, and social inclusion combine to hinder their ability to acquire enough food to meet the daily minimum dietary energy requirements. While this may be shocking in societies where fast food restaurants offer “super sized” meals for cheap, for millions of people, getting enough to eat is a daily struggle. Thankfully, there are new tools of technology that policy makers can now use to sense and predict food insecurity months before it happens, allowing farmers and policy makers to increase their adaptive capacity. Improved Prediction From satellites circling the earth, to ground-based remote sensors in the oceans, rivers, and farms, we can forecast the drivers of food insecurity with high degrees of accuracy.

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