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Blogs Discuss Energy Investment In Africa

Blogs discuss U.S. government and private enterprise energy investment in Africa. Humanosphere: Why the Electrify Africa Act is vital to powering Africa Development blogger Tom Murphy writes, “The launch of the [Power Africa] program, made by Obama during his Africa tour last summer, is one of the most significant initiatives…

U.N. Global Compact Publishes Food, Agriculture Business Principles

Eco-Business.com: U.N. Global Compact launches six principles for sustainable food industry “The U.N. Global Compact on Tuesday unveiled a set of six Food and Agriculture Business (FAB) principles that will help food and agriculture businesses to operate in a more sustainable manner, embark on cross-sector collaborations, and develop more consistent…

Cooperative Investment In Agriculture, Nutrition Will Improve Food Security

Devex: How to deliver on ‘Africa’s promise’ Marc Van Ameringen, executive director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition “…Smart investments to leverage the agricultural system for nutrition make good business sense. A joined-up approach to business investment in agriculture and nutrition will simultaneously improve diets and food security, and…

Private Sector Could Put Profit Ahead Of Poverty Alleviation In Aid Programs, NGOs Warn

The Guardian: E.U. warned private sector engagement in aid risks putting profit before poverty “New European Commission proposals to boost the role of business in aid programs and throw the E.U.’s weight behind the development agenda of private companies risk putting profits before the needs of the world’s poorest, groups…

Minimize Antibiotic Overuse, Develop New Antibiotics To Address Drug Resistance

New York Times: The Rise of Antibiotic Resistance “…The growth of antibiotic-resistant pathogens means that in ever more cases, standard treatments no longer work, infections are harder or impossible to control, the risk of spreading infections to others is increased, and illnesses and hospital stays are prolonged. … The most…

GAVI Alliance Provides Successful Example Of Public-Private Partnership

Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Switchboard”: GAVI: An Encouraging Partnership for Taking Action on Global Goals Chelsea Phipps, a program assistant with the NRDC Action Fund and Global Strategy & Advocacy Program, discusses the GAVI Alliance as “an example of how governments, business, and civil society can work together to produce…

Institute Of Medicine Symposium Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance

Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health”: (Guarded) Optimism that the world will begin to deal with antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in 2014 J. Christopher Daniel, a senior associate with the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, discusses antimicrobial resistance and a recent Institute of Medicine (IOM) symposium on the…

Sanaria Looks To Use Robot For Malaria Research

New York Times: A Goal to Combat Malaria With the Help of a Robot “In its effort to develop a unique malaria vaccine, the American company Sanaria wants to build a robot that will do what now requires a line of trained humans with microscopes: dissecting half-frozen mosquitoes with tiny…

Program Uses Private-Sector Approaches To Address Maternal Mortality

Writing in the Harvard Business Review blog, Michael Rosenblatt, chief medical officer of Merck, discusses Merck for Mothers, an initiative focused on creating “a world where no woman dies from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.” Rosenblatt says, “Maternal mortality is an enormously complicated problem. … But by applying a business…

Individuals, Private Sector Should Donate More To Reduce Child Mortality

Huffington Post: The World’s 10 Deadliest Countries for Children and What You Can Do About It Nick Pearson, founder of 1% for Humanity Listing the top 10 countries with the highest child mortality levels as a percentage of their population, Pearson writes, “It can confidently be estimated that only a…

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