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Devex Examines Best Indicators To Measure Progress In Maternal Health Interventions

Devex: SDG indicators shape maternal health interventions. Is it for the best? “…As the global health community now turns its focus on the Sustainable Development Goals, aid workers in Afghanistan and its least-developed peers are asking whether the best measure of progress is the number of births attended by skilled…

Breastfeeding Positively Impacts Individuals, Communities, Nations

Devex: Opinion: Breastfeeding for economic growth and prosperity Toyin Ojora Saraki, founder and president of the Wellbeing Foundation Africa “…World Breastfeeding Week presents an opportunity to showcase the evidence, unveil misconceptions, and discuss recommendations on the practice of breastfeeding around the world. The positive effects of breastfeeding can be seen…

Wilson Center Panel Discussion Highlights USAID, NASA Efforts To Produce Satellite Data To Inform Development Initiatives

Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program’s “New Security Beat”: Observing Earth: Using Satellite Data for International Development Graham Norwood, an intern with the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, discusses “the Wilson Center’s recent panel discussion of the earth observation data program known as SERVIR, which included…

Mapping, Geospatial Data Help Advance Global Health, Development Efforts

Millennium Challenge Corporation Blog: Mapping for Sustainable Development: MCC Hosts Its First-Ever Mapathon Jon-Christian McCahill, MCC program officer for Data Collaboratives for Local Impact, discusses the role of maps in addressing global health and development challenges, and highlights the MCC’s first-ever mapathon. He writes, “The mapathon was hosted by Data…

Defense, Security Sector Reform Necessary To Address Development Challenges, Achieve SDGs

Financial Times: To meet the U.N. development goals, look to the security sector Katherine Dixon, director for defense and security at Transparency International “…All too often, the defense sector is front and center of sustaining the corrupt power structures that fuel inequality and popular frustration, and divert resources away from…

New Report Offers Recommendations On How To Make SDG 3 More Inclusive For LGBTI People

NBC News: New Report Provides U.N. With Global LGBTQ Health Recommendations “A new report issued by two human rights organizations seeks to improve the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. … The paper includes a series of nine recommendations for making…

Christian Science Monitor Series Examines African Nations’ Food Security Challenges, Efforts To Strengthen Community Resilience

Christian Science Monitor: In Ethiopia, model drought defenses are put to the test “The country’s booming capital, Addis Ababa, sits in stark contrast to rural areas struggling against two severe droughts in three years. But innovative aid has helped farming communities manage the crisis…” (Brown, 7/24). Christian Science Monitor: Madagascar…

‘Menstrual Leave’ Policies Ignite Debate Over Women’s Rights, Gender Equality

New York Times: In Some Countries, Women Get Days Off for Period Pain “…[The digital media company Culture Machine] is one of a handful of private Indian companies to have started such [‘menstrual leave’] policies in recent months. Menstrual leaves are recognized in few other countries, among them Japan, Taiwan,…

Community-Led Development Key To Building Resilience

Christian Science Monitor: The bounty that heads off famine Editorial Board “…The idea of community-led development has now blossomed worldwide. The change can be seen in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Not only has the U.N. set a goal to end persistent hunger…

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