Posted July 8, 2010
Development Assistance & Foreign Aid | Global Health | Humanitarian Assistance
World Development Indicators 2010
World Bank, June 2010, online edition
The World Bank's Data Catalogue informs on 2,000 keys development
indicators such as health, education, environment and economic policy. Fulltext H1/03-10
The MDGS and Beyond: Pro-Poor Policy in a Changing World
Sumner, Andrew; Lawo, Thomas
European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), Policy Paper Series, May 25, 2010, online edition
"Much has changed since the Millennium Declaration in 2000. The global economic crisis itself marks the end of a relatively benign period for development cooperation of buoyant aid budgets in the OECD-countries (“the North”) and strong commitments to public expenditures on social sectors in the South, reasonable economic growth in many developing countries and a consensus on policy parameters and instruments in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs). With the 2015 deadline for achieving the MDGs approaching, the development stakeholders recognise the need for a better understanding of who is doing what and which approaches produce the best results." This report analyzes what the MDGs have achieved, what the 2010 MDG review
should do and gives an outlook on how the context is changing further for global
Andrew Summer is a fellow of the Institute of Development Studies. He is a cross-disciplinary economist. Thomas Lawo is executive secretary of EADI and Director of its head office in Bonn, Germany. Fulltext H2/03-10
Time and Poverty from a Developing Country Perspective
Antonopoulos, Rania; Memis, Emel
Levy Economics Institute of Bard College,Working Paper #600, May 2010, online edition, 38p (PDF)
"The devastating human, economic, and social consequences of poverty have been long recognized and, as a result, national and international commitments for remediation have been a part of the development discourse for over three decades. All along, it has been crucial to identify poverty thresholds and socioeconomic characteristics of those who fall below that datum. This has been considered particularly important because data collected over time sheds light on how effective poverty reduction strategies are and on how to improve the design of interventions in accordance to the demographic characteristics of the population they are meant to serve."
Research scholar Rania Antonopoulos is director of the Gender Equality and the Economy program at the Levy Institute. Research associate Emel Memis is a professor of economics at Ankara University
specializing in macroeconomics, gender and economic development, and feminist
economics. Fulltext H3/03-10
Health Diplomacy and the Enduring Relevance of Foreign Policy Interests
Feldbaum, Harley; Michaud, Joshua
PLoS Medicine, April 2010, v7, #4, online edition, 6p
"The rise of global health issues within the world of foreign policy is precipitating great interest in the concept and practice of health diplomacy. Much discussion of this new field, particularly within the global health community, has narrowly focused on how diplomatic negotiations and foreign policy can be used to support global health goals."
Harley Feldbaum is the director Global Health and Foreign Policy and Professorial Lecturer at Johns Hopkins SAIS. Josh Michaud, Ph.D. is a senior research associate with the SAIS Global Health
and Foreign Policy Initiative, and an Adjunct Professor at SAIS. Fulltext H4/03-10
The Global Glass Ceiling
Foreign Affairs, May/June 2010, v89, #3, pp13-20
"Governments and international organizations recognize that empowering women in the developing world is a catalyst for achieving a range of policy and development goals. It is time for multinational corporations to come to the same realization -- funding education and training female business leaders is good for business."
Isabel Colemann is a senior fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations. Fulltext H5/03-10
More Aid is not the Answer
Current History, May 2010, v109, #727, pp205-209
"Politicians promise more aid when they do not want to make changes that are more fundamental. Now is the time for substantial reform, not for counting aid dollars."
Jonathan Glennie is a country representative for Christian Aid. Order article H6/03-10
Attention Whole Foods Shoppers
Foreign Policy, May/June 2010, #179, pp80-87
"Helping the world's poor feed themselves is no longer the rallying cry it once was. Food may be today's cause célèbre, but in the pampered West, that means trendy causes like making 'sustainable' - in other words, organic, local and slow. Appealing as that might sound, it is the wrong recipe for helping those who need it the most."
Robert Paarlberg is B.F. Johnson Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College, an associate of Harvard University's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Fulltext H7/03-10
The Race against Drug Resistance
Nugent, Rachel; Beck, Emma; Beith, Alexandra
Center for Global Development (CGD), Drug Resistance
Working Group, June 14, 2010, online edition, 116p (PDF)
"In an increasingly interconnected world, drug resistance does not stop at a patient’s bedside—it threatens global health. It has slowed gains against the fatal ravages of childhood dysentery and pneumonia, drastically increased the costs of fighting tuberculosis and malaria, and imperiled efforts to effectively treat people living with HIV/AIDS. Tens of millions of lives are at stake; quality of life for scores of millions more is under threat."
Rachel Nugent is the deputy director of global health at the Center for Global Development. Emma Back, Technical Advisor to the CGD Drug Resistance
Working Group, is a freelance consultant based in New York. Alexandra Beith is an independent consultant. Fulltext H8/03-10
A Human Health Perspectives on Climate Change
National Institute of Health, The Interagency Working Group on Climate Change and Health, April 22, 2010, 80p (PDF)
This report highlights 11 key categories of diseases and other health consequences that are occurring or will occur due to climate change. It provides a starting point for coordination of federal research to better understand climate’s impact on human health. The recommendations of the working group include research to identify who will be most vulnerable, and what efforts will be most beneficial. Fulltext H9/03-10
The Challenge of Global Health Governance
Fidler, David P.
Council on Foreign Relations, May 2010, online edition, 32p (PDF)
"A revolution in global health has occurred in the past ten to fifteen years, resulting in the creation of radically new regimes, an unprecedented growth in funding for global health, and the growing influence of policymakers, activists, and philanthropists who viewed global health as a foreign policy issue of first-order importance. Nevertheless, many deficiencies remain in global health governance, which create suboptimal outcomes for individual and population health."
David P. Fidler, a leading expert on international law and global health, is James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law at Indiana University School of Law. Fulltext H10/03-10
The Atlantic Monthly, May 2010, v305, #4, pp72-82
"By 2015, four out of 10 Americans may be obese. Until last year, the author was
one of them. The way he lost one-third of his weight isn't for everyone. But
unless America stops cheering The Biggest Loser and starts getting serious about
preventing obesity, the country risks being overwhelmed by chronic disease and
ballooning health costs. Will first lady Michelle Obama's new plan to fight
childhood obesity work, or is it just another false start in the country's long
and so far unsuccessful war against fat?"
Marc Ambinder is The Atlantic's politics editor. Fulltext H11/03-10
Confronting Rape as a War Crime: Will a New U.N. Campaign Have any Impact?
CQ Global Researcher,
May 2010, v4, #5, pp105-130
"The strategic use of rape has been recognized by international courts as an act
of genocide and ethnic cleansing. The United Nations is working to change the
mindset that wartime rape is inevitable, urging governments to end the violence
and prosecute perpetrators. But silence and shame shroud the issue, and some
governments that deny wartime rape occurs in their countries have banned
international aid groups that treat their citizens who have been victimized.
This spring, the United Nations' first special representative for sexual
violence began a two-year campaign to help curb the crime. But experts say
strategic rape won't be easy to eradicate."
Jina Moore is a multimedia journalist covering
science, human rights and foreign affaris from the United States and Africa. Order article H12/03-10
Dangerous War Debris: Who Should Clean up after Conflicts End?
CQ Global Researcher, March 2010, v4, #3, pp51-78
"Long after the guns of war have gone silent, people around the world are killed or maimed every day by the “silent killers” of warfare — the tens of millions of landmines, cluster bombs and other unexploded ordnance that litter abandoned battlefields, farmland and urban areas. Most of the victims are civilians, and many are children. Besides claiming more than 5,000 victims each year, dangerous war debris also prevents war refugees from returning to their homelands, stifles fragile economies and prevents farmers from planting crops or developers from investing in a nation's future. Many nations and organizations help the victims and work to ban, remove and disarm landmines and other “explosive remnants of war” (ERW). But questions are being asked about how best to help victims and whether enough is being done to destroy ERWs and stockpiles of banned chemical weapons."
Robert Kiener is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in the London Sunday Times, The Cristian Science Monitor, The Washington Post.
Order article H13/03-10
2010 Trafficking in Persons Report
U.S. Department of State, June 14, 2010, online edition
"The Trafficking in Persons Report has spurred action throughout the years by other countries to take a hard look at their internal efforts against trafficking. Finland is a good example. Just a couple weeks ago, they recently completed a self assessment similar to the United States of their trafficking in persons response, and we certainly look forward to other countries undertaking that type of self diagnostic. Without a doubt, the United States continues to be the world leader on this issue. In the 10 years since President Clinton signed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the United Nations outlined the international community’s anti-trafficking standards in the Palermo Protocol, we’ve seen much progress."