The 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva just elected a new director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday. But underfunded and over strapped, what does the road ahead look like for the WHO? To answer that question for us in today’s Humanosphere podcast, we caught up with Laurie Garrett, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.
A new headline-grabbing report shows that despite all of the aid money, remittances sent home from expats and loans sent to Africa, $40 billion more is actually leaving the continent in the form of debt payments, tax avoidance and resource extraction. But some question the figures, and argue that the report doesn’t tell the whole story.
Indigenous groups in Colombia this week suspended the process of prior consultation related to the implementation of the peace deal with the FARC, saying that the government has not shown a genuine desire to include them in matters related to ethnic development.
Recent attacks by Christian militias in Central African Republic’s border town of Bangassou have driven about 2,750 people into the Congo’s Bas-Uele, raising the risk that the Ebola outbreak could spread across the border, a WHO representative said. (TRF)
A legal battle over executive orders limiting the number of refugees resettled in the U.S. is not deterring the Trump administration. The number of refugees arriving in the U.S. has dramatically declined since October, according to a new Pew study.
India’s campaign to end open defecation has been widely celebrated by officials as an innovative and aggressive success. Even Bill Gates recently declared that the country is “winning its war on human waste” with a 360-degree video. But independent surveys and investigations have come to a vastly different conclusion – that victory, unfortunately, is not in sight.
Countries that have agreed to a U.N. convention against discrimination are failing to provide indigenous and rural women legal protections to own and manage property, according to a new report.
Taiwan’s top judges have ruled in favor of gay marriage, paving the way for it to become the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex unions. The highest court ruled that current laws preventing members of the same sex from marrying violated their right to equality and were unconstitutional. (BBC)
As the global economy stares down the barrel of rising inequality and increased automation, more countries are toying with the idea of a universal basic income. But a new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is less than enthusiastic, saying that without significant tax hikes, a basic income would do little to reduce poverty and even exacerbate it in some cases.
The world’s leading economies set to meet in Italy need to step up to avert famine in Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia, and address the existing famine in South Sudan, Oxfam officials said.
Rights experts called on governments to better support survivors of human trafficking in Latin America, a region with one of the world’s highest rates of the illicit practice.
The White House is proposing a State Department budget that would make deep cuts in long-term development aid, humanitarian food assistance and peacekeeping missions around the world. The detailed budget unveiled Tuesday also proposes eliminating all funding for climate-change programs and for two prominent institutions in Washington. (WaPo)
Leading humanitarian groups warn that the cholera outbreak gripping Yemen threatens to spread across the country, which is already struggling with famine and conflict.