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Venture Social Investment ‘Could Be A New Thinking’ In Development Aid

In an opinion piece in The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” Taufiqur Rahman, an international health consultant and founder of the Center for Implementation Efficiency, explores the concept of “venture social investment or VSI,” in which the idea of venture capitalism is used “to reward good ideas or sustainable initiatives by investing…

Lancet Commentary Cautiously Optimistic About Public Health System In Haiti

In this Lancet commentary, John Vertefeuille, Scott Dowell, Jean Domercant and Jordan Tappero of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) examine the state of the public health system in Haiti three years after a 7.0 earthquake struck the country, writing, “Haiti is starting to show that its health services…

Addressing Cholera With An ‘Integrated Approach’ In 2013

“There has been so much news related to cholera and cholera research since the start of 2013 I can only hope it means this year will be a banner year for prevention efforts,” Helen Matzger, a program officer in new vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in…

Blog Posts Address Progress In, Challenges To Polio Eradication Efforts

Following the murders of several Pakistani polio vaccinators in December 2012 and India’s recognition of being free from the disease for two years on January 13, two blog posts address efforts to eradicate polio. Siddharth Chatterjee, Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog”: “Thanks to India’s success, we are now closer than ever to eliminating…

Aid Transparency ‘Critical’ For Effective Project Design & Implementation In Haiti, Elsewhere

“Saturday marked the third anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti that claimed between 230,000 and 300,000 lives,” Vijaya Ramachandran and Julie Walz of the Center for Global Development write in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” adding, “The grim landmark has prompted much discussion about the struggles surrounding reconstruction and…

Accountability Lacking For Cholera Outbreak In Haiti

In a Foreign Policy opinion piece, former Associated Press reporter Jonathan Katz recounts his experience in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake and during the October 2010 outbreak of cholera. In the piece, adapted from a book he authored, Katz describes his investigation into how and where cholera was introduced to…

Financial Transaction Taxes Can Help Alleviate Global Poverty

“For the first time since the economic crisis began, the last United Nations General Assembly offered real hope for those that wish to put an end to global poverty,” U.N. Under-Secretary General Philippe Douste-Blazy, chair of UNITAID, writes in a Huffington Post opinion piece. “In his first speech to assembled world…

Foreign Aid Will Not Solve NCDs In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

Focusing on foreign aid as a solution to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries “creates a dangerous mindset of dependency on Western countries rather than encouraging citizens to hold their own governments to account,” Greg Paton, a technical adviser to the Uganda NCD Alliance, writes in the Arogya World…

What Will Obama Say About Global Development In His State Of The Union Address?

In a Devex commentary, Devex President Raj Kumar speculates about what President Barack Obama might say about global development in his upcoming State of the Union address. “The president has made clear his view that global development is a top national security priority,” he writes, adding, “It seems logical that he…