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Accelerating the case for women’s empowerment – Marina Diboma


We know that the most effective policy for sustainable development is investing in empowering women and girls. We have the evidence about their impact on families, communities, industries and nations. Any efforts to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic needs to ensure and enhance their empowerment, including especially their sexual and reproductive health and rights, social protection […]

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Net Zero Racism: A call for a global framework and urgent action to end racism worldwide


“I can’t breathe,” said a dying 46-year-old George Floyd as a white Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on his neck for nine and a half minutes until he died. It was a murder that shook the entire world, sparking global outrage and spotlighting the insidious spectre of racism in modern America.  Over […]

COVID-19 Policy-making Failed U.S. Workers: Labor organizing can deliver where legislators have stalled


The pandemic prompted many to think about how work shapes our own lives. It also highlighted how reliant we all are on the labor of others. While higher paid workers transitioned to remote work, others had little choice but to continue going to their jobs in person. These workers exposed themselves and their families to […]

Data Sharing in the Age of COVID-19: Why EHR Vendors Need a Closer Look


Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, insufficient health data sharing among electronic health record (EHR) systems in the U.S. has hindered our efforts to track the virus, contain its spread, and treat our most vulnerable patients. An effective COVID-19 response requires timely and coordinated information sharing across all layers of the health care system. Although medical […]

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What Public Health Insurance Agencies Can Learn from Private Health Insurance Firms


The COVID-19 pandemic and the health inequities it revealed strengthened the case for universal health coverage (UHC), a discussion that was already topical pre-pandemic, with many countries in sub-Saharan Africa launching health insurance schemes as their vehicles for achieving UHC. Although there are success stories from countries like Rwanda, questions have been raised about the […]

The education crisis, a war we cannot lose


Interview to Jaime Saavedra, Global Director Education World Bank To give us some context, what is the post-covid situation of education in LAC (Latin America and the Caribbean) compared with the rest of the world? We cannot talk about post-covid because we are not yet out of the woods. With this in mind, this is […]

Chilean pension system: what is at stake?


The aging process is unstoppable. We need to adapt ourselves to the demographic transition and build the right policies to deal with this. Using the population projections by the United Nations and the labor force participation by the World Bank, Latin America has 5.2 potential workers[1] per elder; by 2040, that ratio would be 3, […]


Gender policies to bring mothers back to work in Peru


A more efficient allocation of daycare centers, aligned with urban production centers, could allow Peruvian companies to avoid disruption of work, open spaces for women to enter or re-enter the labor market and invest in their current and future workforce. Fewer countries have been hit by the pandemic than Peru, exposing its unstable labor market. […]

Red Lists, Black Lists & Travel Bans: Solidarity and not Stigmatization can Combat COVID-19


The UK Government recently abandoned its controversial red list, which had only allowed UK citizens or residents traveling into the UK from Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, but not residents of those countries. The UK Government has now deemed the policy “no longer effective or proportionate” as […]

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Road to UHC: African leaders must build on lessons from COVID-19 to achieve Universal Health Coverage


The goals of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) are laudable, but  also ambitious and complex. Achieving a world in which all people get the health services they need without financial hardship requires bold actions from governments.   In practice, this means that countries must be capable of ensuring the continuity of essential health services while addressing […]

Back to School in Kenya: How 152,000 New Teen Mothers Can Resume Their Education


Policy ideas to help young mothers in Kenya return to school after the pandemic.


Transgender Oklahomans Sound Off on the Difficulties Created by the Covid-19 Pandemic


The Covid-19 Pandemic has transformed the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the world in 2020, with exacerbated hardships for transgender people in politically conservative states like Oklahoma due to regressive social policies. An abrupt halt to necessary resources, isolation from fellow transgender peers, and having to move back in with or spend […]

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