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Pharmaceutical Companies Can Contribute To Improving Maternal, Reproductive Health

The Guardian: Are pharma giants living up to big promises on development? Damiano de Felice, strategic adviser to the CEO of the Access to Medicine Foundation, and Jayasree K. Iyer, the foundation’s chief scientific officer “…The [Access to Medicine] Foundation’s latest report maps how the [pharmaceutical] companies it tracks are…

Open Data Systems Needed To Help End Extreme Poverty

Washington Post: Data poverty makes it harder to fix real poverty. That’s why the U.N. should push countries to gather and share data. Rohini Pande, professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and co-director of the Evidence for Policy Design Initiative, and Florian Blum, economics PhD student at the…

For Businesses, Social, Economic Goals Must Overlap To Achieve Sustainable Development

Forbes: How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals? Bhaskar Chakravorti, senior associate dean of international business and finance at the Fletcher School at Tufts University “…With the majority of [future economic] growth expected from the developing world, self-interest may be the most compelling reason for businesses…

Some Aid Agencies Praise FFD3 Outcomes, While Others Lament Lack Of New Aid Pledges

Reuters: Did the U.N. financing for development conference deliver? “A major United Nations summit to finance ambitious global development goals, from giving free education to all to dealing with climate change, fell short of developing countries’ expectations with few aid pledges. But a strong focus on tax reforms, the universal…

Editorial, Opinion Piece Discuss FFD3 Outcomes, SDG Discussions

The Guardian: The Guardian view on global development goals: heed the good news, but more needs to be done Editorial Board “…[S]ome of the overarching lessons that can be drawn from the [recent U.N. report on development goals] … point to the merit of mobilizing governments and public opinion in…

FFD3 Conference Wraps Up With Mixed Reviews On Final Action Agenda

News outlets discuss the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, the final outcome document of the Third International Financing for Development conference (FFD3) that concluded this week in Ethiopia. Devex: Addis #FFD3: A taxing week “Now that the dust has begun to settle and most delegates are on their way home ……

SDGs Must Have Explicit Indicator To Track, Achieve Global Hygiene Target

Huffington Post: Hygiene: The Cinderella of the SDG ball Layla McCay, secretariat director at the Global Public Private Partnership for Handwashing “…Statisticians at the U.N. have recently proposed dropping hygiene from the list of [Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)] indicators that will be tracked globally, in a bid to reduce the…

Private Sector ‘Central’ To Achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Huffington Post: Business Needs Sustainable Development Goals, Too Arancha González, executive director of the International Trade Centre “…Small and medium-sized enterprises will be central to achieving the inclusive economic growth promised by the post-2015 development agenda. … The development financing challenge has been described as the need to go from…

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