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Liberia, Malawi, Other Countries Overcoming Challenges To Reduce Child Mortality

NiiAmah Stephens, a program officer for Africa on the Global Policy and Advocacy Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “MDG success in Malawi and Liberia is far from complete — both countries are expected to miss at least five out of…

Humanosphere Podcast Examines Different Ways To Approach Aid, Development

Humanosphere features a podcast on aid theory with Owen Barder of the Center for Global Development. “Much of aid and development today is done more like an engineer building a bridge — with a precise blueprint, clear end goal done according to quantifiable steps. Barder, who is a big fan…

Gates, Summers Present ‘Global Health 2035′ Initiative

New York Times “Deal Book”: Gates and Summers Push Global Health Drive as Moral Imperative “Pouring money into improving health care in developing countries is a profound moral mission, according to Bill Gates and Lawrence H. Summers — and huge achievements are well in reach. The two men teamed up…

Elimination Of NTDs, Poverty Go ‘Hand-In-Hand’

Ashley Schmidt, program and operations associate for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes in the “End The Neglect” blog, “Not only are [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] found in what I like to call ‘poverty pockets’ in our society, but these diseases keep people…

Countries Need Support To Provide ‘Their Own Development With Their Own Resources’

Gargee Gosh, director of development policy and finance at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “It’s tempting to think that development assistance — aid from the outside — is the biggest force supporting development today. … But aid is really just a drop…

Debate Over Foreign Aid, Development Continues In Foreign Policy Opinion Piece

Foreign Policy: Aid Amnesia William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University “In the latest installment of this endless and tiresome debate over aid, Jeff Sachs struck back this week at my recent article entitled the ‘Aid Debate is Over.’ (Spoiler: In the piece I argue that he lost…

Tanzania, Pakistan Work To Meet MDGs

Two news sources report on Tanzania’s and Pakistan’s efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).IPP Media: ‘Achievement of MDGs needs strong strategies’ “Tanzania still needs strong and sustainable strategies in order to achieve Millennium Development Goals, especially number four and five…” (Mwachang’a, 1/23).The Nation: Health, education MDGs a far…

Humanosphere Offers Annual Letter To Bill And Melinda Gates

Writing in Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Paulson offers an annual letter in response to Bill and Melinda Gates’s recently published annual letter. “…By all means, let’s celebrate progress. But let’s not forget all those millions, if not billions, of people out there who don’t yet see cause to celebrate” (1/21).

Path To Water Sustainability Will Require Billions Of Dollars In Infrastructure Investment

LiveMint: Scaling up water sustainability Giulio Boccaletti, managing director for Global Water at the Nature Conservancy “…As the United Nations prepares to adopt so-called sustainable development goals (SDGs) as the post-2015 successor to the MDGs, the high-stakes business of large-scale water infrastructure should be placed front and center. … While…

World Bank’s Kim Advocates For Universal Health Coverage

The Center for Global Health Policy “Science Speaks” blog summarizes a Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) event in which World Bank President Jim Kim advocated for universal health coverage, saying increased access to HIV treatments has helped show it is possible to achieve. “The successes and lessons from…