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Financial Times Publishes Commentaries From Easterly, Sachs On Development Aid

The Financial Times recently published an opinion piece by William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University, and a response from Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and founder of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). “…The obsession with international aid is a rich-world vanity that exaggerates the…

USAID Will Better Engage ‘Fragile States’ To Reach Top Goal Of Ending Extreme Poverty

IIP Digital: USAID Sets Ending Extreme Poverty as Top Goal “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will make ending extreme poverty its top goal, say senior development officials. Addressing a January 28 gathering discussing extreme poverty in conflict-affected areas at the Center for American Progress, Alex Thier, USAID’s assistant…

More Money, Political Will Needed To Collect Better Development Data

The Guardian: Development data: how accurate are the figures? Claire Melamed, head of the growth and equity program at the Overseas Development Institute “…The call, in the post-2015 high-level panel report for a ‘data revolution’ has created big buzz among researchers, NGOs, and others at the geekier end of the…

February Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The February issue of the WHO Bulletin features a commentary about the importance of strong local health systems, an article about solar energy’s potential impact on health in Africa, and a research article on the global research agenda for family planning, among other articles (February 2014).

Better Data Collection Necessary To Formulate, Evaluate Post-2015 Development Goals

Morning Star: Rethinking The Millennium Development Goals For The World Of Today Sarah Edwards, head of policy and campaigns at Health Poverty Action Noting the release of a new report from Health Poverty Action on the post-2015 development agenda, Edwards writes, “…The report states that current methods of data collection,…

Blog Examines Conundrum In Using ‘Scientific Data’ To Evaluate Development Aid

Development blogger Tom Paulson writes in Humanosphere about recent discussions on the effectiveness of development aid. “There’s a popular trend today among many humanitarians, aka the aid and development sector, to try to show the benefit of their projects — be it digging a well, feeding kids or improving access…

Ban Pledges U.N. Commitment To Women’s Empowerment

U.N. News Centre: Ban pledges U.N. commitment to advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today pledged to root for women everywhere ahead of his departure for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, while stressing the need for the United Nations and its partners to lay the groundwork to enable…

Nigeria Reinforces Commitment To Achieving MDGs

This Day Live: U.N. Envoy Pushes for More Progress on Health-related MDGs “With about 694 days to the dateline for health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations Special Envoy for Financing Health, MDGs, and Malaria, Ray Chambers, has called for [a] more concerted effort to accelerate the progress of…

Reaching MDG Child Mortality Target Will Require Continued Investment, Innovation

Devex: Who’s winning the battle against child mortality? “Around the globe, child mortality rates are dropping … thanks to investments and partnerships among governments, investors, aid groups, and other stakeholders. … ‘The data show that tremendous progress has been made during the past few decades’ in improving the well-being of…