IHP news 508: Global governance of health

By on February 8, 2019

Irin – New UN deal with data mining firm Palantir raises protection concerns

https://www.irinnews.org/news/2019/02/05/un-palantir-deal-data-mining-protection-concerns-wfp?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=irinsocial&utm_campaign=irinupdates

CIA-linked software firm Palantir will help the UN’s World Food Programme analyse its data in a new partnership worth $45 million, both organisations announced Tuesday, drawing immediate flak from privacy and data protection activists.”

Cfr a tweet: “As France and others determine Palantir is too compromised to work with law enforcement, @WFP brings them into the most vulnerable contexts in the world. This is what my Ebola paper warned about. Humanitarianism in the age of #SurveillanceCapitalism – staggering. #hpnw2019

See also the WFP press release –  Palantir and WFP partner to help transform global humanitarian delivery.

Guardian – Amnesty International has toxic working culture, report finds

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/06/amnesty-international-has-toxic-working-culture-report-finds

Amnesty International has a “toxic” working environment, with widespread bullying, public humiliation, discrimination and other abuses of power, a report has found. A review into workplace culture, commissioned after two staff members killed themselves last year, found a dangerous “us versus them” dynamic, and a severe lack of trust in senior management, which threatened Amnesty’s credibility as a human rights champion….”

Devex – There is no road to UHC without gender equality and women’s empowerment

Ann Keeling, Roopa Dhatt et al; https://www.devex.com/news/opinion-there-is-no-road-to-uhc-without-gender-equality-and-women-s-empowerment-94223

“…The WHO Secretariat and member states responded to the call for action on gender equality in UHC. Here are five things we hope to see beyond the 144th executive board meeting:…”

“Address gender equality and women’s empowerment at the 2019 UN High-level Meeting on UHC; Greater commitment for gender parity from WHO’s Executive Board; A gender transformative investment in the current and future worldwide health workforce has an SDG Dividend; An inclusivity advisory and oversight group for WHO, a key recommendation of the WHO Civil Society Task Force; WHO remains active in addressing root inequities that impact health for all, such as SDG 5, by establishing an accelerator in the SDG3 Global Action Plan….”

CEPI website – new look

https://cepi.net/

Check out the revamped websiee.

Devex – Why WEF is working with NGOs on the Fourth Industrial Revolution

https://www.devex.com/news/why-wef-is-working-with-ngos-on-the-fourth-industrial-revolution-94228

For international NGOs, many of the technologies on the agenda at the World Economic Forum annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland, last week will require them to rethink the way they work. “Historically, INGOs have not had to transform in the face of radically evolving external circumstances,” said Mark Viso, CEO at Pact. “We could continue with business as usual, implementing projects based on donor-identified needs, and continue to do some good in the world. But, at Pact, we believe that this isn’t sufficient to end poverty, so we’re challenging ourselves to adapt — to transform— from the organization’s governance to the way we program.” “We’re at a point in time where we must take bold, transformative action if we are to ensure the advances of the Fourth Industrial Revolution benefit everyone,” he added. NGOs are increasingly aware of the fact that they cannot navigate this period of rapid technological change if they remain in their silos. That was part of the motivation for Preparing Civil Society for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a new initiative launched in Davos last week, which Pact and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation are supporting. Over the next three years, the more than 25 organizations that have joined the effort will identify ways to pursue the benefits of technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence, while also addressing the challenge of consumer trust and protecting the people they aim to serve….”

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