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24 Apr2017

Making dollars count in Haiti

Published by Boston Globe

In every country, every day, a lot of money is spent by various governments and agencies with the intention of making life better for citizens. In Boston, priorities are set by City Hall, the state, and the federal government — along with a host of privately controlled philanthropic organizations. Just like everywhere, these decisions are driven by both political realities and personal preferences.

24 Apr2017

How Agricultural Priorities Could Help Haiti

Published by The Huffington Post

Agriculture is the lifeblood of the Haitian economy, and one of the most important priorities for the new president. Millions of Haitians depend on the land, so it makes sense to examine how to expand the rural economy. The research project Haiti Priorise is releasing new research papers on agricultural priorities. Along with a paper on agro-forestry, the research provides more data about different approaches to improve Haiti’s agriculture.

21 Apr2017

How to save 16,000 children’s lives

Published by The Huffington Post

Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population, in collaboration with local and international organizations, has made great strides in reducing the infant mortality rate, leading to a decrease from 80 deaths per thousand live births in 2000 to 59 deaths per thousand. However, Haiti still has the highest infant mortality rate in the Caribbean. Fewer than half of all children receive every immunization dose. Around two child deaths in ten are caused by diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. These include diphtheria and pertussis.

19 Apr2017

The Low Cost of Ending Poverty

Published by Project Syndicate

Poverty is humanity’s cruelest affliction. If you are extremely poor, you can’t afford to avoid even the easily curable diseases that cause every sixth human death. Your lungs are likely to be filled with indoor air pollution, because, like 2.7 billion others, you cook and keep warm with fuels like dung and wood – with the same effect as smoking two packs of cigarettes every day. An inadequate diet makes your children grow up physically stunted and impairs their cognitive development, costing 4-8 IQ points on average. Such deprivation leads to profound stress and despair, making it difficult...

19 Apr2017

Admitting what we don't know how to fix

Published by China Daily

What are the biggest problems facing humanity? A lack of education and opportunity, poverty, inequality, violence and war, and environmental degradation. These are the areas where trillions of dollars are spent in well-meaning efforts by governments and donors each year. But agreeing that a problem exists is not the same as knowing how to fix it. When it comes to development spending and philanthropy, it is too easy for money to be wasted - and opportunities missed - because this important distinction is ignored.

16 Apr2017

Von Bill Gates lernen

Published by Bayernkurier

Aus dem BAYERNKURIER-Magazin: Der Microsoft-Gründer setzt seine wohltätigen Mittel besonders effizient und wirkungsvoll ein. Jetzt kooperiert das Bundesentwicklungsministerium mit der Stiftung von Bill und Melinda Gates. Warum die Arbeit des Milliardärs ein Vorbild für Regierungen sein kann, analysiert Bjørn Lomborg. Jeder – von gewählten offiziellen Vertretern über Bürokraten bis hin zu Wählern und Steuerzahlern – kann von der weltgrößten gemeinnützigen Stiftung etwas über wirkungsvolle Ausgaben für Entwicklungshilfe lernen. Besonders relevant sind diese Lehren zu einer Zeit, da 56 Prozent...

15 Apr2017

Trump y los Acuerdos de París

Published by El País

La decisión del presidente Trump de eliminar la regulación del presidente Obama para centrales térmicas acaba con la principal medida de Estados Unidos para reducir las emisiones nocivas de carbono, y al hacerlo, deja al descubierto la inutilidad del Acuerdo de París sobre el clima. La ciencia es clara: el cambio climático es real y en gran medida está causado por la humanidad. Obama se comprometió a reducir sustancialmente en América las emisiones de carbono.

14 Apr2017

Trump laat zien dat klimaatakkoord Parijs tandeloos is

Published by Het Financieele Dagblad

Het decreet van president Trump waarmee de normen van president Obama voor energiecentrales worden afgeschaft, is de doodsteek voor de belangrijkste Amerikaanse maatregel om de schadelijke uitstoot van koolstofuitstoot terug te dringen. Duidelijk wordt daarmee dat het klimaatakkoord van Parijs een lege huls is. De wetenschap laat geen ruimte voor misverstand: klimaatverandering bestaat echt en wordt vooral door de mensheid veroorzaakt. Obama beloofde dat Amerika een grote reductie van koolstofuitstoot zou doorvoeren.

10 Apr2017

Powering Haiti’s Future

Published by The Huffington Post

Electricity reaches less than one-quarter of Haiti. This is an obstacle to economic and social development. Today, the biggest obstacles to the development of the electricity sector in Haiti are the weakness of institutions, systems, and poverty. Many people take electricity without paying for it, severely affecting the income of the electricity provider, and leaving it unable to fund infrastructure improvements.

6 Apr2017

Playing digital catch-up: Finding opportunities for Haiti

Published by The Huffington Post

Haiti is behind the rest of the world in the digital revolution. Internet coverage remains limited and expensive. Just four percent of households have access, and fewer than 1% of Haitians have mobile Internet. Some government processes that are digitized elsewhere are still done here in the old-fashioned way. This reduces opportunities for Haitians and slows down economic growth. Haiti could be richer with faster Internet and more digitization. The research project Haiti Priorise is releasing two research papers that examine different ways to get more from the digital revolution. The first...

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