Oct 05, 2006
One school in Bihar, India, is successfully breaking up the traditional marriage between poverty and lack of education seen in many poor regions.
Oct 02, 2006
Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis has announced a plan to offer its malaria drug, Coartem, to developing countries for $1 per treatment. Diagnosis and distribution remain challenges to combating the disease, one global and local health organizations need to address.
Sep 21, 2006
A group of five countries plans to tax airline tickets to raise $300 million for medicines to treat children with HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. This initiative has a lot of potential for good, and long-term success will hinge on the logistics of delivering those medications and getting patients to take them.
Sep 19, 2006
The WHO is expected to overturn the ban on the use of DDT, recommending its use as a part of a comprehensive approach toward preventing malaria infection in Africa.
Sep 15, 2006
Google.org, the philanthropy launched by Google, is noteworthy, apparently, on account of its structure: it is a for-profit entity positioned to invest in other for- and non-profit ventures. Yet what Google.org is doing is not novel: Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, already did the same thing when he co-founded the Omidyar Network in 2004 with his wife.
Sep 13, 2006
In developing countries around the world child labor rates have declined rapidly over the past decades. Sub-Saharan Africa is the one exception.
Sep 08, 2006
Governments have tried to alleviate irrigation challenges in water-poor areas by investing in high-cost, high-tech irrigation projects. But the large-scale route is not the solution according to the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, as reported by The Economist.
Sep 04, 2006
In an escalation of its long-held position that UN peacekeepers will not be granted permission to enter the country, the Arab-led government of Sudan has insisted this week that the African Union force currently in Darfur leave unless it agrees to accept a proposal blocking UN access to the region.
Aug 31, 2006
Congressman Charles Rangel is pushing for a provision that limits US tax-free status to goods from sub-Saharan Africa for which the African value-add is 20 percent or higher, a limitation that could kill the region’s textile assembly industry.
Aug 30, 2006
Days after the hurricane, community organizations came forward to fill the gap in services to New Orleans’ poor communities.