IHP news 526: Global governance of health

By on June 14, 2019

Guardian – Oxfam failed to report child abuse claims in Haiti, report finds


“Damning Charity Commission warns incidents in country were not isolated events”.

See also DevexOxfam: Safeguarding failings laid bare

Two long-anticipated reports on the Oxfam Haiti scandal — which played a key role in kicking off the #AidToo movement — have delivered their verdicts.”

Oxfam has been hit with an official warning from the United Kingdom charity regulator as two long-anticipated reports accuse it of putting communities at risk of exploitation and abuse in order to protect its programs and funding….”

See also the Times –   Oxfam ignored emails warning of sex scandal

Oxfam dismissed early warnings that aid workers were sexually exploiting earthquake victims in Haiti, according to a report into the scandal that will be published today….”

Devex – At UN disability rights conference, experts question UN inclusivity


People living with disabilities are more likely to struggle with social and political inclusion, including within the United Nations system itself, according to disability experts. The U.N. must look inward as much as it looks outward to help elevate the lives of people living with disabilities worldwide, experts and advocates said this week during the annual disability rights conference at U.N. Headquarters….”

O’Neill Institute – The 72nd WHA: Health, Justice and accountability


Lawrence O. Gostin, Sarah Wetter, and Eric Friedman’s take on some of the highlights of the last World Health Assembly.

Bretton Woods Project – What are the main criticisms of the World Bank and the IMF?


Nice summary.  The main criticisms under three broad lenses: democratic governance, human rights and the environment.

F2P blog – In ‘Winner Takes All’, Anand Giridharadas takes down philanthropy’s ‘MarketWorld’: Book Review

Duncan Green; https://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/in-winner-takes-all-anand-giridharadas-takes-down-philanthropys-marketworld-book-review/

Duncan Green reviews Giridharadas’ bestseller, ‘Winner Takes All’.

Our favourite paragraph:  “… He coins the term ‘MarketWorld’ to describe the philanthropic complex. MarketWorld is a ‘culture and state of mind’ in which: ‘Elites believe and promote the idea that social change should be pursued principally through the free market and voluntary action, not public life and the law and the reform of the systems that people share in common; that it should be supervised by the winners of capitalism and their allies, and not be antagonistic to their needs; and that the biggest beneficiaries of the status quo should play a leading role in the status quo’s reform.’ MarketWorld permits only talk of ‘win wins’ – doing good by doing well in assorted social businesses….”

HPW – Interview With Seth Berkley, CEO Of Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance


In-depth interview. Among others on the GAVI model, in a rapidly changing world.

HPW – New Gavi Partnership: Deploying Biometric Technology To Expand Child Vaccine Coverage


As already pointed out in last week’s IHP news.  “A major agreement has been signed between Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and two private sector partners to deploy a new form of biometric fingerprint technology to give children – who may not even have a birth certificate – a complete medical record in order to track critical childhood vaccines. The agreement, signed yesterday in Tokyo, will enable Gavi to test and scale up the biometric fingerprint technology to boost immunization coverage in developing countries where close to 20 million children have not been vaccinated, and some 1.5 million children annually succumb to vaccine preventable diseases.”

“…By early 2020, the three partners will begin piloting the technology in Bangladesh and in an African country, yet to be named. If the pilot program is successful, they will then begin linking children’s new digital identities with their vaccination records. Gavi will guide Simprints and NEC, providing expertise in immunization research and medical practice….”

Devex – Can a new wave of feminist funding change the way development is done?


(gated)   “Gender-smart investing can fix funding gaps and spur gender-equitable social change. The development community needs more of it to break the current system of funding for women’s rights, experts tell Devex.”

New Humanitarian – The creeping criminalisation of humanitarian aid


One of the many dire trends in the world, currently. Here you find some examples, from various parts of the world.

A look at UNDP’s private sector strategy


The United Nations Development Programme is adapting its approach to engaging and working with the private sector — and it is in the process of finalizing and implementing a new strategy to guide that work. Achim Steiner discusses a new private sector strategy, internal reforms and system changes, and what he sees as the future of the agency. The new policy reflects a changing development landscape and a growing role for the private sector and public policy to work together in achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner told Devex in an interview….”

Book – International Health Worker Migration and Recruitment: Global Governance, Politics and Policy, 1st Edition

N Yeates et al; https://www.routledge.com/International-Health-Worker-Migration-and-Recruitment-Global-Governance/Yeates-Pillinger/p/book/9781138933309

This book is the first comprehensive study of international health worker-migration and -recruitment from the perspective of global governance, policy and politics. Covering 70 years of history of the development of this global policy field, this book presents new and previously unpublished data, based on primary research, to reveal for the first time that international health worker-migration-and -recruitment have been major concerns of global policy-making going back to the foundations of post-war international cooperation. The authors analyse the policies and programmes of a wide range of international organisations, from WHO, ILO and UNESCO to the IOM, World Bank and OECD, and feature extended analysis of bilateral agreements to manage health worker migration and recruitment, critiquing the claim that they work in the interests of all countries. Yeates’ and Pillinger’s ground-breaking analysis of global governance presents an assiduously researched study showing how the interplay and intersections of several global institutional regimes – spanning labour, migration, health, social protection, trade and business, equality and human rights – shape global policy responses to this major health care issue that affects all countries worldwide. It discusses the growing challenges to public health as a result of the globalisation of health labour markets, and highlights how global and national policy can realise the health and health-related Sustainable Development Goals for all by 2030.”

Devex – Q&A: USAID RED teams and working ‘outside the wire’


In February Devex published an article that explored a U.S. Agency for International Development proposal to establish “rapid expeditionary development” — or RED — teams. It evoked a strong reaction. The concept of RED teams was developed by USAID’s Global Development Lab as a potential option for expanding the agency’s ability to operate in fragile and conflict-affected environments. As envisioned, RED team members would be specially recruited, trained, and embedded with “nontraditional” partners, potentially including U.S. special forces, in hopes of allowing the agency to pursue development objectives in insecure environments — to operate “outside the wire.”…”   An update.

Quote: “…we have to flip our mental paradigms for how the military should be in support of development campaigns and development objectives instead of the other way around….”

Lancet Correspondence – US sanctions in Venezuela: help, hindrance, or violation of human rights?

T L Zakrison et al ; https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)31397-2/fulltext

Analysis of the root causes of this economic crisis, specifically, the impact of the US economic sanctions.

Do read also this week’s Lancet EditorialVenezuela: food and medicines used as weapons

“…The sovereignty of a country should be respected but can never be used to justify the use of humanitarian aid as a weapon. We call on the Venezuelan government to let NGOs restore access to food and medicines.”

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