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Restarting Schools In Ebola-Hit Nations Will Help End Epidemic

Project Syndicate: Educating Against Ebola Gordon Brown, U.N. special envoy for global education “…[A] new investigation of Ebola, conducted by education experts and health professionals with the support of the Global Business Coalition for Education, has found that reopening ‘safe schools’ could be a far more effective way to combat…

Quality, Efficiency Must Be Top Considerations In Working Toward Universal Health Care

Bloomberg Businessweek: Why Universal Health Care Is No Cure-All Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…While the call for universal health care in every country is now the official stance of the World Health Organization, attempts to meet that goal have often seen limited returns. The…

U.N. Sustainable Development Officials Discuss Post-2015 Agenda In Interviews

SciDev.Net: Q&A: The best ways to track the SDGs “…For nations to track progress on the 17 SDGs currently proposed, a significant expansion of the public sector would be required, but tracking may also mean making better use of private-sector firms’ own data, [Guido Schmidt-Traub, executive director of the U.N.…

U.N. SG Releases Synthesis Report On 17 SDGs, Says No Plan To Lower Number Of Goals, Targets

News outlets discuss the release of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Development Goals synthesis report. Devex: Ban Ki-moon’s (early) vision for post-2015 “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon revealed Thursday his vision for the post-2015 development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals when these expire at the end of next…

World Bank Annual Report Recommends Development Policies Reflect Human Behavioral Drivers

News outlets discuss the World Bank’s annual World Development Report, which was released on Thursday. Inter Press Service: World Bank Calls for Development Policy “Redesign” around Human Behavior “The World Bank has taken an unusual but highly visible step away from traditional economics, encouraging policymakers and development implementers to place…

Blog Post Assesses Progress On HIV/AIDS As MDG Deadline Approaches

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: An AIDS-free Generation is Within Reach Zach Silberman, policy manager at USGLC, and Lindsay Markle, a USGLC intern, outline progress made over the past 15 years in stemming the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and they write that as the world approaches the Millennium Development Goals deadline, “an AIDS-free…

Devex Interviews Incoming Head Of USAID’s Global Development Lab

Devex: Ann Mei Chang’s vision for USAID’s Global Development Lab “…Devex spoke with [Anne Mei] Chang in Washington, D.C., to learn more about the vision she is bringing to a USAID initiative that is supposed to produce ‘transformative development solutions,’ but within the confines of a government bureaucracy that is…

USAID Names Former Google Executive Ann Mei Chang To Head Global Development Lab

National Journal: Former Google Exec Wants to Try Some ‘Crazy’ Ideas to Combat Global Poverty “…The U.S. Agency for International Development has named Ann Mei Chang, a former Google executive, to head the new U.S. Global Development Lab. The mission of the lab, which launched earlier this year as part…