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Philanthropy Must Connect the Planet’s Health and Human Health

Hurricanes, air pollution, disease outbreaks — the news is filled with visual evidence of the intricate links between the environment and health. New studies and reports corroborate these global interconnections, emphasizing the fact that our health and the health of the planet are inseparable. Many people and organizations have come up with new ideas to […]

Is the International Development Community Ready for a Pandemic?

Is the international development community ready for a pandemic? This is the question posed to Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO Panorama, and to Nancy Lee, Global Policy Lead at Wellcome Trust, by Carine Umuhumuza the Associate Digital Director at Devex. Watch the full discussion in the following video taken at the #SDGLive booth at WEF Davos 2018.

It’s Not Rocket Science: Ten Guidelines to Successfully Work Across Sectors

We all nod in agreement when we hear someone say we need to collaborate more. But turning this aspiration into action isn’t as easy as it sounds. This is especially true if you’re trying to get people from different disciplines or sectors – who don’t think or operate in the same ways – to work […]

Opinion: No, we are still not ready for a global pandemic

Originally published in Devex on October 15, 2018. Four years ago, a devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa killed more than 11,000 people and sparked worldwide fear of a global pandemic. Worldwide, leaders committed to prioritizing preparedness to ensure this would never happen again. Last month, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on the United Nations Security Council to do […]

Faster, Smarter, Safer: Progress and Pitfalls in Outbreak Preparedness

In 2018, the world’s vulnerabilities to infectious disease were felt acutely in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Nigeria, and Madagascar. Diseases like Ebola, Nipah, Lassa fever, yellow fever, and the plague kept healthcare workers on the offensive. In these efforts, we have witnessed what happens when leadership, know-how, innovation, and partnerships […]

The Current State of Global Outbreak Preparedness and Response

With the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo rapidly escalating to dangerous levels, the global health community must consider how much progress has been made to prevent and efficiently respond to outbreaks since the 2014-2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. I recently joined J. Stephen Morrison to discuss the gaps that remain in our […]

Norwegian Lessons for America about Gender Equality

As the #metoo movement sweeps the United States and beyond, I recently visited Norway eager to explore why it is consistently one of the top countries in the world for gender quality. I was in Oslo for a three-day retreat with a group of women philanthropists who invest in innovative solutions for girls and women […]

The Paid Leave Pledge – Supporting Businesses that Support Their Workforce

Within the context of a changing world at work, corporate leaders, workers, and the public are shifting their view on the responsibility of business. How are companies serving our most pressing social needs? In what ways can profit align with more fair and ethical business practices? And how can companies support their employees in ways […]

A Paid Leave Story

Let’s be honest. If you aren’t immediately planning for a baby, dealing with an existing personal condition, or caring for a sick family member, paid leave can easily be a benefit you dismiss. Show me upward mobility, great salary, transportation, retirement, and work-life balance and we’re covered. That’s how I looked at it. That changed […]

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