Tag Archives: global development

One last throw of the dice.

I’ve always found the global development system frustrating. It was the 1980’s when it first got my attention, with suffering and extreme poverty dominating my daily news feed. The Ethiopian famine in 1985 was the turning point, forcing me to seriously question why a sector awash with money and resources could have so little visible impact (and when it does, how it struggles to effectively communicate the change). While I still don’t have all the answers I think I know a lot more about what needs to be fixed.

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How to survive birth in one of the world’s hardest places

PATH/Georgina Goodwin

Everyone gets one golden minute. If we don’t take our first breath in the 60 seconds after we’re born, all bets are off. But if the right person is paying attention—someone trained in exactly what to do and when—then the game of life tips back in our favor. Until a little over a year ago, […] ; ; ; ;Related StoriesInnovation is at the heart of SeattleOne mentor, dozens of nurses, thousands of healthier kidsLessons from the front lines ;

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Announcing our Four-Part Manifesto for Change

For almost fifteen years kiwanja.net has been home for our hopes, dreams and frustrations on all things technology, social innovation, and international conservation and development. During that time we’ve widely travelled, spoken, published, built, consulted, mentored and despaired. It’s been an incredible journey that started in early 2003 on the fringes of Kruger National Park, and we’ve had plenty of opportunities to see what does and what doesn’t work along the way. Crucially, we’ve stayed small and independent over that time, allowing us to remain honest and challenging when and where we need to be. Where it all began

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If ever there was a time…

People in the Global North are being re-awakened to their rebel selves. Now can we apply this in the global development sector?

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CGD Podcast Discusses Global Development With New CGD President

Center for Global Development’s “CGD Podcast”: “The History of Supporting Development is a History of Learning” — Podcast with New CGD President Masood Ahmed In this podcast, Rajesh Mirchandani, vice president of communications and policy outreach at CGD, speaks with CGD’s new president, Masood Ahmed, about CGD’s commitment to nonpartisan, research-based policy; how facts and…More

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New hepatitis C drugs must be affordable worldwide, say campaigners

We must learn from the HIV epidemic and ensure that affordable prices are in place so that the millions with hepatitis C infection can get new drugs that appear to be a cureThere are 185 million people in the world chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, which attacks the liver and can cause liver cancer and cirrhosis. Around 350,000 people die as a result every year. Hepatitis C is blood-borne, may show no symptoms for years and, until recently, its treatment has been far from ideal. Even if you can get interferon and ribavirin, which are not available everywhere, the combination does not work in everybody.

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Better funding call for vital drug approval programme

Without the prequalification programme of the World Health Organisation, Africa could have bad drugs or no drugs for HIV and TB, but this vital service for assessing medicine quality needs secure funds for the future, say expertsAids drugs arrived in Africa, in spite of the sceptics. They came at a price that the international donors felt they could pay and have saved hundreds of thousands of lives. But had it not been for a small and normally unlauded unit of the World Health Organisation, the huge effort and large sums of money could have been wasted.The prequalification of medicines programme (PQP) of the WHO, launched in 2001, was set up to assess the quality of the generic medicines for HIV and other diseases made by companies in India, China and elsewhere. These were affordable versions of the big brand drugs. Aids drugs that cost $10,000 a year per person could and were manufactured eventually for $100.

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WHO guidance ‘risks killing children’

Rapid fluid resuscitation of children in shock can cause death, a major trial showed in 2011, but the World Health Organisation has yet to update its advice to doctors, say scientists, warning thousands could be harmedThousands of children in Africa may die if the World Health Organisation does not change its guidance on the treatment of children arriving in hospital with shock as a result of conditions such as acute malaria or septicaemia, according to a group of highly respected researchers.The doctors and scientists are dismayed that the WHO has not yet revised its advice, in spite of a very large and convincing trial they carried out, the results of which were published in May 2011 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The trial showed that the practice of giving rapid fluid resuscitation to children in shock, which is common practice in more affluent countries, did more harm than good. All the children in the trial across six sites in Africa – more than 3,000 – were severely ill, but a greater proportion of those given emergency intravenous fluids when they arrived in hospital died than those who were not.Three years ago today I got the phone call saying we are going to stop your trial and they told me the reason why. I was devastated.

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Women’s lives put at risk in India by private healthcare providers

Private hospitals are subjecting women to unnecessary surgery for financial gain, highlighting urgent need for health reformProfoundly shocking stories are coming out of India about the exploitation of poor, ill-educated or illiterate women at the hands of doctors in private hospitals. Thousands are being given hysterectomies and caesareans that they do not need by doctors and hospitals that can make substantial sums of money out of the operations. They leave women in pain, infirm, unable to work to earn a living and in horrendous debt.Indian women earning just enough to feed themselves and their families cannot go to government clinics because they are too few and far between. The private healthcare market has swept all before it. In 1949, the private sector provided 8% of India’s healthcare facilities

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Moving along on the do-gooder journey

Once people decide to be outward facing, concerned about the suffering in the world and wanting to express their sense of responsibility to others, how can we invite and support them to also transform themselves?

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Get there

What will it take to dismantle the power structures that perpetuate inequality and bigotry in aid, philanthropy, social enterprise, and impact investing? (Plus, a sampling of resources/conversations on solidarity.)

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What to do when the yelling stops?

I’m reading two books in parallel right now – Ben Ramalingam‘s ‘Aid on the Edge of Chaos‘ and Kentaro Toyama‘s ‘Geek Heresy‘. With both books I’m finding myself regularly pausing for a nod of approval or a wry smile. Both books are spot on in their identification of the issues – Ben in global development more broadly, and Kentaro in ICT4D, a sector/field/discipline/specialism of global development. A while back when Bill Easterly published his ‘Tyranny of Experts‘ I started to wonder what impact his previous book – ‘The White Man’s Burden‘ – has had on the practice and policy of global development.

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Global Development and the Internet of Things

Our March 18th Technology Salon NYC covered the Internet of Things and Global Development with three experienced discussants: John Garrity, Global Technology Policy Advisor at CISCO and co-author of Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development; Sylvia Cadena, Community Partnerships Specialist, Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) and the Asia Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF); and Andy McWilliams, Creative Technologist at ThoughtWorks and founder and director of Art-A-Hack and Hardware Hack Lab. By Wilgengebroed on Flickr [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia CommonsWhat is the Internet of Things? One key task at the Salon was clarifying what exactly is the “Internet of Things.” According to Wikipedia: The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects—devices, vehicles, buildings and other items—embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity that enables these objects to collect and exchange data.[1] The IoT allows objects to be sensed and controlled remotely across existing network infrastructure,[2] creating opportunities for more direct integration of the physical world into computer-based systems, and resulting in improved efficiency, accuracy and economic benefit;[3][4][5][6][7][8] when IoT is augmented with sensors and actuators, the technology becomes an instance of the more general class of cyber-physical systems, which also encompasses technologies such as smart grids, smart homes, intelligent transportation and smart cities. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to interoperate within the existing Internet infrastructure.

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NTD Awareness Week 2016: A Global Celebration of Progress in the Fight Against NTDs

END7 student supporters have had a busy spring! Between creative fundraising events, high-impact advocacy activities (including meetings with 39 members of Congress on the second annual END7 Student Advocacy Day!), and the launch of chapters at universities from Scotland to Ghana, our student community has been making a difference in communities around the world. Students […]

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