Integrated Sustainable Development Policy

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Strengthening Health, Education, and Water Systems Across Nigeria

by |July 14th, 2014

Countries around the world are accelerating efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of global milestones adopted by the United Nations, before the 2015 deadline. Though approaches for advancing progress have been effective in some places, achieving development at scale remains a major challenge, particularly for large countries with diverse conditions. Since… read more

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One Million Community Health Workers Campaign Marks One Year Anniversary

by |January 29th, 2014

January marks one-year since the launch of the One Million Community Health Workers (1mCHW) Campaign! We have lots to celebrate as we continue to mobilize support for the integration of professionally trained community health workers (CHWs) into national health workforces in sub-Saharan Africa. Here are some highlights of the year: Ten countries have requested support… read more

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Executive Training on Extractive Industries and Sustainable Development

by |December 13th, 2013

Mega investments in the extractive industries – including oil, gas, and mining – have the potential to be a springboard for development in many low- and middle-income countries, through major tax revenues, technology transfer, infrastructure development, employment and capacity building. However, reaping those benefits is challenging, and more often these investments have been a source… read more

CHW Deborah Adjei measures the mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) of 7-month-old Abena Boadiwaah on a home visit in Takorasi, Bonsaaso Millennium Village. The MUAC measurement is an potential indicator of malnutrition - the green result indicates a healthy weight and size.

Perspectives from Women in Bonsaaso on Nutrition Interventions

by |November 19th, 2013

Written by: Uyen K Huynh & Meena Lee In Bonsaaso, Ghana, it is common practice to feed newborn babies water. Water in this district can be infected with rotavirus, which can cause dangerous bouts of diarrhea in newborns, exacerbating Bonsaaso’s malnutrition problem. Changing long-held beliefs – even beliefs that negatively impact community health – can… read more

A community health worker in the field. Photo: Marjorie Lau.

GlaxoSmithKline Supports African Health Workers Campaign

by |November 18th, 2013

By Nathalie Zapletal For the past several years, the Earth Institute and its corporate partner, global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline, have had a successful working relationship on social service-related projects. The latest development in this long-standing partnership includes the Earth Institute and GlaxoSmithKline’s shared goal to broadly expand the reach of healthcare services in sub-Saharan Africa…. read more

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Stakeholder Meetings Aid Successful Exit Strategies

by |July 18th, 2013

Author: Diptesh Soni With just over two years left to achieve the MDGs, Millennium Village Project sites must now find sustainable exit strategies by working with numerous stakeholders, particularly governments, in order to ensure the proper functioning and necessary support for the villages in the absence of the Projects. At a recent forum in Louga… read more

A farmer drying cocoa in the sun. Photo Credit: Liya Aklilu

Monitoring and Evaluation in Bonsaaso

by |March 13th, 2013

I recently collaborated on a process evaluation in Bonsaaso, Ghana with staff from the Bonsaaso Millennium Village’s monitoring and evaluation and community development teams. The work documented project implementation and collected qualitative data — via interviews with community members, project staff and government officials — on the strategies employed by the Bonsaaso Millennium Village, as well as… read more

Students on break at a local school in Ruhiira high above the valley. Since the arrival of MVP, this school now benefits from pumped water and reliable energy, school meals prepared in clean burning cook stoves and new teacher housing.

Comparing Millennium Villages: A Lesson in Localization

by |September 6th, 2012

The Earth Institute houses development expertise that spans sectors, agro-ecological zones, and nearly every region of the world, and we have been able to draw on this global experience and the lessons learned to provide innovative approaches to some of the world’s most complex development challenges.  The Millennium Villages (MV) Model is an example of… read more

Glenn Denning discusses the need for crop improvement techniques in order to feed a growing population

9.5 Billion People: Too Many?

by |March 4th, 2012

On March 3rd, 2012, the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy invited Dr. Tim Fox of the UK’s Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to participate in a speaker-panel session. Prof. Fox, the lead author on a report discussing the role of engineering in sustainable development, argued that engineering has the technical solutions to address problems associated… read more

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Climate Change through a Southern Lens

by |February 3rd, 2011

Shiv Someshwar, Director of Climate Policy at CGSD, was interviewed by OneWorld South Asia on the multifaceted issue of climate change and its implications for development. Shiv advocated dynamic policies that do not simply focus on the climate, but also take into consideration socioeconomic variables such as population growth and increased demand for resources with… read more