Monthly Archives: May 2011

Almost nobody understands diarrhea

Vacationers in poor countries often discuss “traveler’s diarrhea” with the implicit understanding that it has something to do with going places. But it doesn’t – locals get it too, and according to Wikipedia it’s mostly caused by E. Coli. Locals … Continue reading

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Everyone Hates the Vuvuzela

I can’t decide whether to thoughtfully consider this article or mock it. The BBC is reporting about a new study showing that vuvuzelas greatly increase the number of respiratory droplets spread compared to regular old shouting. Authors of the study … Continue reading

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The next IMF Managing Director will almost certainly be a European. Could that be a good thing?

Pam Sud recently made a compelling argument for selecting someone from an emerging economy as the next Managing Director of the IMF. It’s an inspiring idea – would that we did see “a new era in internationalism” – but the … Continue reading

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When is a fund a Bank and bank a Fund?

If you’re like me, you ask hard-hitting questions like, “what exactly is the difference between the World Bank and IMF?” Well, luckily, Slate answered this question over a decade ago, and was kind enough to re-post the article in light … Continue reading

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It’s Time for an Emerging Economy Leader to take the IMF Reigns

With Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) not even yet resigned, the race to replace him has already begun.  The Europeans, despite their rhetoric of “breaking the lock” by the industrialized countries on the top jobs at the World Bank (the United States) … Continue reading

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Improving U.S. Foreign Aid

Ezra Klein summarizes the findings of a report from the Center for Global Development outlining five steps the U.S. can take to spend less and deliver more in foreign aid. Before I list the five steps, it’s worth highlighting the … Continue reading

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Amazing e-Health class free online from from MIT, Sana Mobile, Partners in Health, IHI

Videos can be found here! But also syllabus, powerpoint slides, etc. Really all-star teachers including folks from PIH, the Millennium Villages Project, and more!

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