World Development Report 2020 – concept note
Will be on Global Value Chains.
Project Syndicate – Global health vs online trolls
“Advances in global public health in the twenty-first century will depend not only on ground-breaking research and community work, but also on winning the online information battle. Only by acting quickly to defeat social media trolls, can avoidable illnesses and deaths around the world be prevented.”
UN News – World must do more to tackle ‘shadowy’ mercenary activities undermining stability in Africa, says UN chief
“With mercenaries undermining global peace and security and weakening States’ capacities to protect their people, the UN Security Council on Monday shone its spotlight on their activities as a source of destabilization in Africa.”
Oxfam’s FP2 blog -No Matter Where You Live, the World is More Unequal Than You Realise, according to new research
Update on new research.
“New research by the Australian National University conducted in collaboration with Oxfam reaffirms that there is serious concern about inequality among ordinary people according to representative surveys of over 30,000 people across 10 different countries that make up over one-third of the world population. But our most striking finding is that even across a set of very different countries, people’s concerns about inequality is actually based on large misperceptions. The new findings show people tend to underestimate the extent of inequality in their country and think they are ‘middle class’ regardless of whether they are actually rich or poor. In other words, people are bothered with inequality even though they don’t realise how bad it is – and often poorer people don’t realise they are among the poorest in their society. What’s more, despite these rosy notions about the scale of inequality and erroneous self-placement, across all countries in the sample – from Mexico to Morocco to the US – poor and rich people alike want inequality to be much lower….”
2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report
By the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Society Program. “The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania conducts research on the role policy institutes play in governments and civil societies around the world. Often referred to as the “think tanks’ think tank,” TTCSP examines the evolving role and character of public policy research organizations…”
WB Investing in Health (blog) – Drones and blood safety can save lives
Nice blog by Patricio Marquez.
Nature (News) – Thousands of scientists run up against Elsevier’s paywall
“Researchers have been left without access to new papers as libraries and the major publisher fail to agree on subscription deals.” Some Northern researchers (for example in Germany, Hungary, …) feeling the pain most in the South have been feeling for decades….
SDG Watch Europe – Reclaiming EU research and innovation as a public good
J McArdle (Global Health Advocates) https://www.sdgwatcheurope.org/reclaiming-eu-research-and-innovation-as-a-public-good/
“EU-funded research and innovation has enormous potential to deliver a sustainable and equitable future, yet we have fundamentally distorted its purpose, prioritising innovation for commercialisation over innovation for society’s needs, writes Jill McArdle.”
“… the current EU R&I programme sits under the Competitiveness heading in the EU’s seven-year budget and is discussed by member states in the Competitiveness Council. Other goals, such as sustainable development and excellence, are not absent, but they are mostly treated as tools in pursuit of this ultimate goal….”
Stat News – New voices at patients’ bedsides: Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Apple
“At first it was a novelty: Hospitals began using voice assistants to allow patients to order lunch, check medication regimens, and get on-demand medical advice at home. But these devices, manufactured by Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft and others, are now making deeper inroads into patient care. Hospitals are exploring new uses in intensive care units and surgical recovery rooms, and contemplating a future in which Alexa, or another voice avatar, becomes a virtual member of the medical team — monitoring doctor-patient interactions, suggesting treatment approaches, or even alerting caregivers to voice changes that could be an early warning of a health emergency….”
Finally, a quick link on Ivanka Trump’s new toy – Devex: Making the most of the US ‘umbrella initiative’ for women’s empowerment “Today, the U.S. administration is launching a long-anticipated, inter-agency “umbrella initiative” designed to advance women’s economic empowerment globally. This could be an important opportunity for advancing gender equality in U.S. foreign policy….”
See also Devex: “On Thursday, the White House launched a women’s empowerment initiative spearheaded by Ivanka Trump, senior adviser to the president and first daughter. USAID will allocate $50 million to support the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative — or W-GDP. That money will create a new fund, which “aims to help 50 million women in developing countries realize their economic potential by 2025,” Ivanka Trump wrote in the Wall Street Journal. The initiative is in line with the Trump administration’s foreign assistance strategy, “which emphasizes investments that produce measurable results and help recipient countries become self-reliant,” Ivanka Trump wrote. In September, when Devex first reported on plans for the new initiative, Trump described it as an “umbrella” effort to consolidate a range of individual projects under three strategic pillars: vocational education and skills training; promotion of women entrepreneurs; and barriers that bar women from economic participation.