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The recent Development World has seen some groundbreaking events that have set its current trajectory:
- The Policy Directive on Global Development was the first of its kind by a U.S. administration. It maintained that Global Development was not only vital to national security, but
- President Barack Obama’s remarks at the Millennium Development Goals Summit declared that Development was still to be a vital part of Foreign Aid. The Modernizing Foreign Aid Network (MFAN) elaborated on America’s first development policy.
Many of our member organizations benefit from this focus on Global Development. Their field reports and blogs can be browsed anytime to see the effect Foreign Aid is having on the ground.
You could say I’ve been involved in neglected tropical diseases and public health since grade school. I was 6 years old when we moved to Quito, Ecuador, where my dad, a medical pathologist, was put in charge of doing mobile medical care for a local hospital. Using a medically equipped van, he and his crew would go to the rural areas of Ecuador to do public health. During the day they would see patients, and at night they’d show reel-to-reel Disney health videos in Spanish, followed by a gospel message by the local pastor. [Read more]
When a confirmed infectious disease pandemic breaks out, Seattle Pacific University’s emergency team swings into action, even if the outbreak is 7,000 miles away in Hong Kong. I participated in this type of campus plan when SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) began to move worldwide in 2003. Why was such a cautious response necessary?
The answer is that we know in today’s world, an infected person can travel around the globe in 36 hours. [Read more]
Brinksmanship over the federal budget, the debt ceiling and the Affordable Care Act has offered an especially harsh backdrop to my recent conversations on reclaiming democracy. Whenever an interviewer asks about my work to create the political will to end poverty or ensure a stable climate, I am always sensitive to the audience’s despair about making a difference on these issues and their deep cynicism about the political process. [Read more]
In light of the seemingly hopeless situation in Syria, Global Washington, an organization that catalyzes critical collaborations among other global development organizations, leaders and citizens of Washington State, would like to highlight the amazing work of one member organization, Save the Children.
At just nineteen months-old, Syrian child Sham muttered her first word: “enfijar” meaning “explosion,” according to Save the Children’s “Childhood Under Fire” report on the civil war’s effects on children in the region. [Read more]
On July 30, I had the pleasure of joining Landesa President Tim Hanstad at Global Washington in Seattle for a rich discussion of the Global Farms Race: Implications of Food Security, Poverty, and Foreign Investment.
At the heart of this conversation are the rights of communities and individuals to decide for themselves how to use and profit from land. Do they possess clear and documented land and resource rights? [Read more]
SEATTLE, WA – Despite decades of research on the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), scientists have not had a comprehensive understanding of how the bacterium is wired to adapt to changing conditions in the host. Now, researchers at Stanford University, Seattle BioMed, Boston University and the Broad Institute, Max Planck Institute of Biology in Berlin, Germany, Caprion Proteomics Inc. [Read more]