Citing June’s horrific Grenfell Tower fire in London and others worldwide, civic activist Koketso Moeti urges a change in how municipalities view urban housing.By 2030, she writes, an estimated 60% of the global population will live in cities. But, Moeti argues, affordable…

What do Eritrea, Pakistan, Tanzania, Finland, Saudi Arabia and the US have in common? Only these 6 countries—3 poor, 3 rich—have undergone recommended evaluations on their ability to cope with a global pandemic, a World Bank-sponsored report shows.

As UN Member States focus on Sustainable Development Goals in New York this week, the progress reports of 7 African countries highlight a recurring challenge beyond limited funding: a dearth of reliable data on which to base their intervention programs.

As far back as 4 AD, Egyptians mixed crushed rock salt, mint, dried iris flower and pepper to fashion the world’s first documented toothpaste.

The Global Fund’s “Special Initiative on Value for Money and Financial Sustainability” aims to provide a needed framework for donors and countries to navigate a shifting landscape of donor aid for health.   As countries like Brazil, Ukraine and Indonesia transition toward…

When the Montana Supreme Court ruled last August that the city of Missoula could buy its own water system for $88.6 million, it was the conclusion of a years-long, David-and-Goliath battle between city leaders and one of Wall Street’s wealthiest private-equity firms, the…

To move forward with new development goals, the global health community must assess whether or not previous Millennium Development Goals made a difference. A new Brookings study by researchers John McArthur and Krista Rasmussen says the outcomes of the MDGs have been mixed…

Children, especially those under 5, are more likely to live in extreme poverty than adults, a new joint analysis by the World Bank Group and UNICEF reports. The study, “Ending Extreme Poverty: A Focus on Children,” crunched numbers from 89 countries to reveal that close to…

Linking extreme poverty and stunting among children to poorer educational outcomes and earnings as adults, researchers said that failing to invest in early child development is blocking about 250 million children globally from reaching their potential—cutting their future…

The refugee and migrant crisis, progress towards the sustainable development goals, climate change and global health were all top issues at last week’s UN General Assembly meeting. Yet the continent most affected by these—Africa—had little say, writes Sekou Toure Otondi, a…