Posts by Adam Lewis
Doctors, Researchers – Tear Down this Paywall: Paving a new road to research-based action in global development
The disconnect between development research and the communities it studies is an all-too-common trend in the international development community, with the Ebola crisis being the most recent example. The intuitive reason for this disconnect is cost of access. However, price is just the tip of the iceberg. Adam Lewis asks: If a study is published and no one is able to access, understand or apply it, does it make an impact?
Peaks Unclimbed: Former Malawi President Joyce Banda discusses how the Millennium Development Goals have failed to deliver for girls and women
According the United Nations’ official MDG Progress Chart, two of the goals lagging furthest behind are MDG 3 – which aims to promote gender equality and empower women – and MDG 5 – which aims to improve maternal health. "How can we tell (the women of the world) that their health and equality simply wasn’t a priority?” asks former Malawi President Joyce Banda in this rare interview.
NexThought Monday – Warby Parker Blurring Lines Between ‘Social’ and ‘Business’: Glasses firm takes BOGO model to new heights
The "buy one, give one" model allows companies to tap into the formerly unrequited millennial desire to do good from a distance – and with style. Dozens of companies have adopted the strategy. Among them, the author says, Warby Parker does it best.
‘Sustainability’ Remains the Holy Grail: But the road to achieving it is paved with divergent visions
When global health leaders gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the Partners’ Forum to shape the post-2015 agenda for maternal and child health, sustainability was much discussed as a chief element in ending preventable deaths. But just below the surface lay a truth even more profound: Sustainability manifests differently for just about everyone.
Farm to Family (and, Hopefully, Health and Wealth): Produce distribution model in India builds in economic empowerment
eKutir’s VeggieKart initiative is filling gaps in the value chain in India so small farmers and consumers alike can share in healthier, more productive livelihoods.
When Human Rights Protests Cost Lives: How can the world fight Uganda’s anti-gay laws without hurting the health of its citizens? The private sector may be the answer
The private sector comprises a crucial component of Uganda’s health system, with significant reach into high-need communities. Instead of protesting Uganda’s anti-gay laws by withdrawing aid, what if international organizations reallocated their aid to investments in local health businesses and providers that target families in low-income, high-burden markets?
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Ziqitza a ‘Driver’ Among Social Businesses: Ambulance company expanding rapidly, eyeing markets outside India
Ziqitza has grown from just 10 ambulances in 2005 to more than 800 today, has served more than 2.5 million people – many of whom live below the poverty line – and its annual revenue is roughly $20 million. The secret, according to its CEO, lies in its revenue model.
More than two dozen development-minded thinkers and doers convened in Cambridge, Mass., for a competition-based workshop designed to find a market-based solution to cholera in Haiti. The winning idea, which includes recruiting and training “community chlorinators,” is expected to be up and running by this time next year.