The London Family Planning summit has reportedly documented $5 billion in pledges to aid family planning services in developing nations, however, will the policies of the Trump administration hinder these efforts? On Tuesday, July 11, World Population Day was observed, with a timely theme: “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing … [Read more...] about Mexico City Policy: Putting the US at odds with the EU?
UPDATED WITH INTERNATIONAL REACTIONS The Financing for Development meeting ended last night in Addis Ababa with the UK Secretary of State for Development hailing it as "a historic international deal that takes us beyond aid." Justine Greening went on to say, "It is the first ever agreement that allows us to harness private sector investment and … [Read more...] about The Addis deal that will “turbo charge development”
There was a time when international declarations changed the world. Maybe some still do but increasingly leaders communicate in 140 characters, not 20-page communiqués. Even international agreements and treaties may not be worth the paper they're written on, much less the thousands of days of staff time that go into them, according to an elegant … [Read more...] about International declarations and treaties don’t change things — Tweets do
A leak this week says that the second of three reports from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change forecasts some very unpleasant changes for a world in which global warming is proceeding at the fastest end of official predictions. If there is a mean global temperature rise of 2.5 degrees C (over the pre-industrialised period) the panel … [Read more...] about The coming water wars and how bored the media are with climate change
If, like me, you travel a lot to India and Africa, I have good news: business class fares are going to stay low or even fall in 2014. This is thanks to generous subsidies from the governments of some of the countries with the highest burdens of disease in the world. This October 2013 article from CAPA, the Centre for Aviation, lists the $2.5 … [Read more...] about Business travellers matter more than sick people say developing country governments
We're continuing work on a 48-country study of health, science and research policies in sub-Saharan Africa. I have to admit that I had not heard of nodding syndrome or nodding disease until I came to review the section on health priorities in Uganda. As The Economist reported this month, it is a seizure disorder that leaves its child victims … [Read more...] about Nodding syndrome a deadly mystery in East Africa #ntd #uganda
We are all familiar with the traditional model of public-private partnerships for development. There's a worthy call to action and maybe a little pot of money from governments. Then big corporations sign up with vague promises of donations "in cash and in kind". After a few years, a self-congratulatory report appears saying that the partners have … [Read more...] about Public-private partnerships watch out: audited results might be required #development #syngenta #csr
Here's a surprisingly blunt interview with Zhong Jianhua, China’s Special Representative on African Affairs. He is speaking to the Africa Research Institute in London. He's responding to criticism from the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria It's not earth shattering but it's worth a read. Either he is very good or China has access to some … [Read more...] about China in Africa isn’t good or bad. It’s a mix — says Chinese gov’t #ChinaAfrica
A recent report from the World Bank, The Challenge of Non-Communicable Diseases and Road Traffic Injuries in Sub-Saharan Africa, says that traffic accidents will be the leading killer of sub-Saharan African children aged 5-15 by 2015. The report points out that "for some [sub-Saharan African] countries, such as Mauritius and the Seychelles, and … [Read more...] about NCDs and traffic deaths in Africa: fated to remain the poor cousins of infectious disease?
We're continuing a fascinating project across sub-Saharan Africa on science and medical research. In reviewing the report from our researcher in Equatorial Guinea, I was amazed to discover that Equatorial Guinea has the highest per capita GDP of any country in Africa. Population estimates for Equatorial Guinea vary considerably from … [Read more...] about Which country in Africa has the highest per capita GDP? (And 80% poverty)