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Friday, April 04, 2014 — No Region Specified

Fears for global health R&D after US budget battle

Source: SciDevNet

Future research and development targeting diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria may be at risk because of across-the-board federal cuts implemented last year by the United States, the largest funder of global health R&D, warns a report.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Malaria research funding website leaves limited legacy

Source: SciDevNet

A website intended to rewrite the rules of how malaria research is funded failed to exploit the early potential of social media to link the public with researchers — but its one achievement, a new mosquito repellent is due to hit Tanzania’s market early next year.
Friday, March 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Congress budget pact good for global health but NIH cuts threaten US innovations

Source: Science Codex

While a ceasefire in Washington's budget wars has restored funding for a range of programs targeting global health threats like AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), the simultaneous underfunding of the world's biggest sponsor of global health research and development (R&D) puts future progress at risk, warns a new report from a coalition of nonprofit groups focused on advancing innovation to save lives. The Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) released their annual policy report today at a Capitol Hill briefing.
Monday, March 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

Anti-Science Environmentalists Ban 'Neonic' Insecticides, Imperiling Global Health

Source: Forbes

Some of history’s greatest advances in public health – especially in regions plagued by insect borne diseases – have come from the judicious use of pesticides to kill or repel the insect vector before it can infect human populations. Because the market for public health pesticides is relatively small, however, most of these vital chemistries were developed for larger agricultural uses. Unfortunately, that source of new products is increasingly under threat from shortsighted environmentalism and the European embrace of “precautionary” regulation.
Friday, March 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: GiveDirectly? Not So Fast.

Source: Stanford Social Innovation Review

GiveDirectly is the current flavor of the month, and every couple of days someone asks us what we think of it. GiveDirectly does unconditional cash transfers—it sends money via mobile payment straight to the poorest people in Kenyan villages. It’s a brilliant approach to cutting out corruption and waste: 93 cents of every donated dollar goes to recipients as cash, and those recipients reliably spend it on food, housing, health care, education, and business investment.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

$23M Award at Notre Dame Fights Malaria and Dengue Fever

Source: Phys Org

The grant is the second largest award to a single grant proposal in Notre Dame's history.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 — Europe & Eurasia

German Company Wins Inaugural EU Prize For Innovative Vaccine Technology

Source: RTT News

The European Commission offered the prize, worth EUR2 million, to encourage inventors to overcome one of the biggest barriers to using vaccines in developing countries: the need to keep them stable at any ambient temperature.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Mobile Movies Is A Novel Way Of Collecting Data In Off-The-Grid Areas

Source: Tech Crunch

In the late 1960s, the British Ministry of Technology turned buses into mobile cinemas that toured the country and screened films promoting modern production techniques. Half a century later, a Singapore-based startup is reviving the concept to reach rural communities throughout Southeast Asia.
Friday, March 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

10,000 Women's Perspectives on Non-Communicable Diseases - A New Global Survey

Source: Market Watch

Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action Explores Impact of NCDs on Women
Thursday, March 06, 2014 — No Region Specified

Staying the course - Obama's 2015 proposal for US foreign aid

Source: Devex

Don’t be fooled by U.S. President Barack Obama’s relatively flat foreign aid budget request for fiscal year 2015.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 — No Region Specified

Opinion: The Role of Global Health R&D in the New Development Framework

Source: EPHA

While everybody recognises that health is an essential precondition for development, the research and innovation dimension of global health has too often been side-lined in the development discourse.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Ugandan mobile money agents in the spotlight

Source: IT News Africa

The Helix Institute of Digital Finance launched its first country report on agent networks in Uganda as part of its Agent Network Accelerator (ANA) research project. According to Helix Institute, “ANA, a collaboration between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and MicroSave, is the largest research project on agent networks in the world, designed to determine what drives their success and scale.”
Thursday, February 13, 2014 — South Asia

Merck Serono Supports India’s Two-tier Drug Pricing Policy

Source: The Economic Times

The US Chamber of Commerce may think India is an inhospitable terrain for innovation, but surprisingly, Big Pharma doesn't agree.
Monday, February 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Prevention is Key to Decreasing Cancer Mortality in Africa

Source: Global Health Africa

For many young women, identifying a lump during a breast self-exam can be terrifying. The thought of cancer strikes fear in the heart of many and unfortunately, it appears to be on the rise according to the recently released World Cancer Report 2014. In 2012 alone, there were 14 million new cancer cases and this number is expected to rise to 22 million in 20 years.
Friday, February 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Quick test finds signs of diarrheal disease

Source: Science Codex

Bioengineers at Rice University and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston have developed a simple, highly sensitive and efficient test for the diarrheal disease cryptosporidiosis that could have great impact on global health.
Friday, February 07, 2014 — No Region Specified

Dengue and West Nile vaccines come closer to reality

Source: Business Standard

Scientists have discovered a key aspect to how the dengue and West Nile viruses replicate in the cells of their host and how they manipulate the immune system as they spread.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

'Micro-insurance Impacts Significantly on Social Indices'

Source: This Day Live

The Micro-insurance Network, the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO’s) micro-insurance innovation facility, has said that micro-insurance has impacted positively on the standard of living of low income earners across the world.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

GE Healthcare & IIT Madras ink 3-year R&D pact to accelerate innovation for a healthier India

Source: Pharmabiz

GE Healthcare, the US$ 18 billion healthcare business of General Electric Company and Healthcare Technology Innovation Centre (HTIC), a multi-disciplinary R&D centre of IIT Chennai have entered into a three-year collaborative research and development agreement for innovating a range of disruptive and affordable healthcare solutions.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

Chagas Disease: Urgent Measures Are Needed

Source: Huffington Post Impact

Global health topics are typically presented in the context of extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa or Asia. However, today approximately 100 million people in the Western Hemisphere also live on less than $2 per day. About 10 percent of these "bottom 100 million" currently live with a serious and life-threatening neglected disease known as Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 — No Region Specified

Janssen announces new group to tackle global health

Source: PM Live

Will implement R&D and access strategies to support areas with unmet public health need
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Janssen announces new group targeting unmet global health needs

Source: European Pharmaceutical Review

“To solve today’s greatest public health challenges, it’s essential that we emphasize the needs of the developing world in equal measure to those of the developed world,” said Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman of Janssen.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Mobile money helps Kenyans weather financial storms

Source: MIT News

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — South Asia

Microfinance as a tool for empowering conflict-affected communities

Source: Daily FT

At a recently-held seminar organised by the Pathfinder Foundation in Colombo, a paper and three presentations were publicised under the theme ‘microfinance as a tool for empowering conflict-affected communities’.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Can telcos predict Mobile Money hotspots?

Source: TelecomTV

A study by CGAP looks at the relationship between voice call routes and money transfer, trying to help telcos focus their investment in mobile money solutions.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 — South Asia

Corporate social responsibility and India Inc: IT leads, finance lags

Source: First Post Business

Reporting on corporate social responsibility has been undertaken by almost three quarters (73 percent) of large Indian companies, led by the IT sector, shows a new survey by KPMG.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — No Region Specified

Smartphone uptake boosts mobile banking

Source: Human IPO

The growing demand for smartphones, mass adoption of cashless services and hotspot services that provide free Wi-fi to customers has resulted in the expansion of the mobile wallet industry, according to a new report.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Doctors Without Borders Pioneers Opening Up Access to Humanitarian Data

Source: allAfrica

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is pioneering an open-access approach within the humanitarian sector in the hope that other medical aid organisations will follow suit.
Thursday, January 09, 2014 — Asia Pacific

What's Holding Back China's Mobile-Money Market?

Source: pymnts.com

China further solidified its position as a market that could greatly impact payments in 2013
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Small lifestyle changes 'lower type 2 diabetes risk'

Source: BBC News

Modest lifestyle changes in diet and activity by South Asian families improve their chance of losing weight to lower their risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — Latin America

Latin American Nations Increase Usage of Bank Card and Mobile Payment in Online Commerce

Source: Pymnts.com

Research and Markets' new Latin America Online Payment Methods 2013 - Second Half 2013 report indicates that online payment continues its growth in the emerging markets of this dynamic region.
Friday, December 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Research and Markets: Global Mobile Payment Methods 2013 Research Report

Source: pymnts.com

Mobile payment for goods and services continues global growth.
Friday, November 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

Leading health and philanthropic organizations outline plan to address global preterm birth burden

Source: Science Codex

A call-to-action was issued to advance a comprehensive research agenda to address the global burden of preterm birth, which has become the leading cause of newborn deaths worldwide.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — North Africa and Near East

A data-driven perspective on Islamic finance

Source: Global Arab Network

In an effort to add some empirical rigor to ongoing debates surrounding Islamic finance, a new working paper and Findex Note explore differences in the usage of formal financial services between Muslims and non-Muslims, and the usage of and preference for Sharia-compliant banking products.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Microinsurance: Ripe for Disruption

Source: Insurance Networking News

The microinsurance market grew to more than 500 million risks in 2011, from 78 million risks in 2006, and could be as large as 360 million people in Latin America alone, according to a report from Celent.
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

MasterCard Launches Center to Drive Inclusive Growth Around the World

Source: Wall St. Journal

MasterCard has launched the Center for Inclusive Growth to further sustainable and equitable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world.
Friday, November 01, 2013 — No Region Specified

Piloting the 2014 Findex

Source: World Bank Blogs

As President Kim pointed out earlier this month at the plenary of the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings, 2.5 billion adults worldwide aren’t using the formal financial system
Thursday, October 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

Micro-finance: the fuel or fall of entrepreneurship in emerging markets?

Source: Ventureburn

The advent of micro-finance has ignited hopes that micro-entrepreneurs would now have one less obstacle in their way.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

GSK and BMGF ink new partnership to accelerate research into vaccines for global health needs

Source: Pharmabiz

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) have launched a new joint initiative that will endeavour to make vaccines more resistant to heat, thus reducing the need for refrigeration. GSK and BMGF will invest a combined $1.8 million in early stage research into vaccine thermostability.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — No Region Specified

$74m gift from Carlos Slim to genomics center targets Latin Americans

Source: The Boston Globe

Mexican billionaire and philanthropist Carlos Slim Helú visited the Broad Institute on Monday afternoon to announce a $74 million gift to the genomics center that will advance biomedical research that benefits people in Latin America.
Thursday, October 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

To treat innovation ills, remove funding roadblocks

Source: The Hill's Congress Blog

The effects of the federal shutdown, combined with budget cuts implemented this year as a result of sequestration, pose a significant barrier to healthcare innovation in both the public and private sectors.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

GSMA Releases Initial Findings Of 2013 Mobile Money Adoption Survey

Source: Yahoo Finance

The GSMA today issued the initial findings of its 2013 Mobile Money Adoption Survey.
Friday, September 20, 2013 — No Region Specified

New Report: Bringing Impact Investing From the Margins to the Mainstream

Source: Press Release

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, today launched From the Margins to the Mainstream: Assessment of the Impact Investment Sector and Opportunities to Engage Mainstream Investors. The report provides a market assessment and recommendations for how mainstream investors can more actively engage in impact investing.
Thursday, August 15, 2013 — Asia Pacific

China eyes health research cooperation with Africa

Source: SciDev.Net

China plans to improve the health services it provides in Africa and expand its medical aid there, according to the International Cooperation unit at China's National Health and Family Planning Commission.
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 — No Region Specified

Harvard Awarded $8.1 Million for Transparency Research on Health and Other Social Sector Outcomes

Source: Freedom Info

Harvard University researchers have been awarded $8.1 million for a five-year project to research the impact of community transparency and accountability initiatives on health and other social sector outcomes, beginning in Indonesia and Tanzania.
Friday, July 26, 2013 — No Region Specified

What healthcare leaders can do to nurture innovation

Source: The Guardian

The five top tips to harness potential and give staff a licence to suggest changes
Thursday, July 25, 2013 — Latin America

Goizueta MBAs Help Fix the Bolivian Recycling Business

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

On Aug. 3, seven MBA students from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School will travel to Bolivia as part of a project designed to put their skills to work solving a waste problem in the nation’s capital in Santa Cruz. The students will help determine the feasibility of building a more efficient recycling plant and creating jobs in the process.
Friday, June 07, 2013 — No Region Specified

How AIDS Invented Global Health

Source: The New England Journal of Medicine

Over the past half-century, historians have used episodes of epidemic disease to investigate scientific, social, and cultural change.
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 — No Region Specified

Cancer and the Global Equity Divide: A Call for Action

Source: PLOS.org

Caused by an inequity in health, health care and resulting disease, the disparities across the cancer care continuum found between rich and poor countries remain largely unaddressed.
Thursday, January 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

A novel pathway for a mucosal TB vaccine

Source: UB News Center

A new pathway for improving vaccines against tuberculosis has been discovered by microbiologists at the University at Buffalo in collaboration with researchers at other universities, according to a paper in the journal Mucosal Immunology, published by the Nature group.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 — No Region Specified

The dirty little secret for making better vaccines

Source: Futurity

A menu of 61 new strains of genetically engineered bacteria may mean better vaccines for diseases like flu, whooping cough, cholera, and HPV.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

'Game-Changing' Flu Vaccines Not Far Off

Source: Sci-Tech Today

Today's flu shots aren't perfect -- but a "universal" flu vaccine that works better and lasts longer may not be far off, health experts say.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Deal leaves risks for global health to fall or be pushed off the cliff

Source: Science Speaks Blog

Will the U.S. government's fiscal cliff deal mean steep drops in global health and research funding?
Friday, December 14, 2012 — No Region Specified

New, Individual-Level Data on Financial Inclusion: The “Unbanked” Are Deterred by Cost, Documentation, and Travel Requirements

Source: World Bank Press Release

WASHINGTON, December 13, 2012 – Policy makers can boost the number of people using formal financial services through policies that help reduce the cost, documentation requirements, and travel distance associated with accessing a bank account, says a new World Bank research paper.
Thursday, December 06, 2012 — No Region Specified

Are you the next Mark Zuckerberg?

Source: Salon.com

New tests are helping loan officers assess entrepreneurs -- and weed out the bad investment risks from the good
Wednesday, December 05, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

AfDB, researchers launch $63 m initiative to lift Africans out of poverty

Source: Africa Science News

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and researchers have launched the US$63.24 million AfDB-funded initiative aimed to raise agricultural productivity and also lift millions of Africans out of poverty.
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Study paints sad picture of women in poor countries

Source: Standard Digital

Women perform more than half of all economic activities in developing countries but only a third of their work is captured by statisticians, a new report says. This means women are likely to miss out on business, industrial and social development opportunities arising from globalisation.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 — No Region Specified

Release of 2012 MIV Survey – growth stabilizes in spite of lower rates and investor redemptions

Source: Press Release

Washington D.C., October 16, 2012 – Today MicroRate released The State of Microfinance Investment 2012, which finds that microfinance investment has stabilized into a lower growth rate following the global financial crisis.
Thursday, October 11, 2012 — Europe & Eurasia

GlaxoSmithKline opens door on data in bid to aid discovery of medicines

Source: The Guardian

British drugs company releases findings of clinical trials and announces new effort to find tropical disease cures
Thursday, October 04, 2012 — No Region Specified

Social Enterprise - ImpactAssets50 provides view of growing impact investing landscape

Source: Trust Law

SAN FRANCISCO (TrustLaw) - A database of fund managers who invest for maximum social, environmental and financial impact shows that assets under management grew 15 percent compared to last year to $10.2 billion.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012 — No Region Specified

Scaling from Small to Large: Endeavor Insight's Research Reveals How Entrepreneurs are Integral to Solving the Job Crisis

Source: MarketWatch Press Release

NEW YORK, Sep 25, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Entrepreneurship is increasingly viewed as a key solution to chronic unemployment, but when it comes to job creation, not all entrepreneurs are equal. According to a new report and interactive online tool released by Endeavor Insight, high-growth small and medium size enterprises that scale into large businesses have significant potential to drive sustained job creation and employment, especially in emerging markets. Endeavor Insight partnered with Omidyar Network and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) to commission and release the report.
Monday, February 06, 2012 — No Region Specified

McGraw-Hill Research Foundation Policy Paper Shows How Social Entrepreneurship Provides Innovative Solutions to Global Education

Source: PR Newswire

In the last decade, social entrepreneurship has been touted as one of the most promising ways to solve some of the world's problematic issues. How Social Entrepreneurship is Helping to Improve Education Worldwide, a McGraw-Hill Research Foundation policy paper, outlines specific ways in which social enterprise is improving education in the U.S. and in developing countries.
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