Articles by Werner Soors

Werner Soors is an ITM staff member

A poor past, an uncertain future & the World Bank

Posted in articles by on April 27, 2018

Caveat lector! The author of these 907 words is a socialist, and dislikes doublespeak. I hope this warning makes you read on as it explains my ambivalent feelings whenever the World Bank speaks out on poverty, inequity, exclusion, or people at large. It all started with the World Development Report … Read more »

“Change comes from the heart of the world”

Posted in articles by and on October 21, 2016

Once every twenty years the United Nations brings together thousands of participants from member states to garner and secure political commitment, review past commitments, address and identify challenges towards sustainable urban development. This week, Quito (Ecuador) played host to the UN’s third conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, Habitat … Read more »

Health for all in a land of persistent inequities

Posted in articles by on July 8, 2016

In India, a 1.2 billion people, 29 states and 7 union territories South Asian giant, infant mortality finally came down to 40 deaths per 1000 live births. Behind this national average hide both a comforting 12/1000 in the southern state of Kerala and an unacceptable 54/1000 in the north-eastern state … Read more »

Of Zika and other demons…

Posted in articles by and on February 26, 2016

Zika virus is making headlines all around the world. In Latin America, Zika caused little less than a turmoil. In less than a year, perception veered from one more dengue-like discomfort to that of a devilish threat, particularly so since its possible association with microcephaly. Not unsurprisingly in times when … Read more »

A lexicon, and a question

Posted in articles by on July 9, 2015

Our Newsletter’s editor-in-chief (allow me to call you like that, Kristof) is a very curious guy. An early draft of Sara and Pierre’s Featured Article for this week’s IHP issue, ‘Health in Argentina’ had only just landed on his desk (the draft included a reference to “achievements in the field … Read more »

How does it feel (to be on your own)?

Posted in articles by on November 7, 2014

Dear colleagues, Ever wondered how journalistic writing is totally different from academic writing? Chances are you do when yet another of your policy briefs satisfies the agency that funded your research but doesn’t make any difference in the outer world. Reason to worry, if you pretend to belong to those … Read more »