The current issues of both Nature and BMJ (subscriptions required) draw attention to the role of research universities in improving access to medicines in developing countries, emphasizing the work of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a student organization with chapters at 35 universities in North America.
CGD Policy Blogs
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has just kicked off a new online debate, The Effectiveness of Foreign Aid, with CGD senior fellow Steve Radelet and CGD non-resident fellow William Easterly as discussants. (This is not the first time Easterly and Radelet have debated aid effectiveness online.)
Elizabeth Kolbert , a New Yorker staff writer and former New York Times reporter who has written extensively about global warming, published a sober and terrifying piece in the Nov. 20 New Yorker.
The Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator is pleased to announce the launch of www.PEPFAR.gov - a new online resource for the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This website features comprehensive information on PEPFAR's work around the world. Two new features include a series of issue briefs and resources for World AIDS Day.
"Farming has always been--and will always be--an enterprise rife with risk. There needs to be effective risk management strategies. Our argument is that the traditional way is outdated and there are better alternatives to help farmers. Reforms can help both farmers and hungry people."
Bread for the World, 2007 Hunger Report
What kind of home can you get as an African agriculture minister with a 60k salary? If you're the son of an African leader running an oil-rich country, apparently you can afford a Malibu mansion. The UK-based anti-graft watchdog, Global Witness, recently outed the son of President Obiang of Equitorial Guinea, who purchased a $35 million California home this spring, complete with 16 acres, a golf course, tennis court and a swimming pool.
When most people think about slavery--if they think about it at all--they probably assume that it was eliminated during the nineteenth century. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth.
In June 2005, President George W. Bush announced a $1.2 billion, 5-year initiative to combat the scourge of malaria with these words:
The toll of malaria is even more tragic because the disease itself is highly treatable and preventable. Yet this is also our opportunity, because we know that large-scale action can defeat this disease in whole regions. And the world must take that action.