Development Dose – 9 January 2013

Hi everyone. Welcome to a New Year of compelling ideas and analysis of international aid and development. This month we have some excellent insights form some of the top global thinkers. And to start the new year off, an excellent animation to accompany the ideas of  Roman Krznaric on the power of cognitive empathy to spark a genuine human revolution. Spend 10 minutes now, then put into practice my friends.

VIDEO: The Critical Importance of Cognitive Empathy for Social, Political and Economic Transformation

Researchers Find Key Markers For Drug-Resistant Malaria
In two studies published by other scientists in April 2012, a new type of drug-resistant malaria was identified along the border between Thailand and Myanmar, and a major genomic region underlying the drug resistance was found.

IHME Report Shows Shifting Causes and Overall Decline in Global Mortality
Good news today from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. Their new report, Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (GBD 2010), looks at the changing mortality trends from 1990 to 2010 and find that fewer people are dying each year, but the fact that more people are staying alive means that long term risks and problems like mental health disorders and obesity are playing an increasing role in global health.

Foreign Policy Top Global Thinkers: Relevance for Development?
Every year Foreign Policy (FP) produces its list of top 100 global thinkers. OK, so FP says that “policy making is more or less the opposite of thinking” nevertheless many of the thinkers caught my attention. They fall into two categories: the insiders and the refreshers.

How effective is overseas aid?
The British government has ringfenced overseas aid, but is that the right thing to do? Former development secretary Clare Short debates the issue with economist Ha-Joon Chang

The burden of a new global health agenda
A massive study of death, disability and disease on Earth, could do for global health something like what Galileo did for the solar system. It’s called the Global Burden of Disease and it is almost guaranteed to provoke and disrupt the international community’s approach to improving global health.

Most Popular Human Rights Topics on Twitter in 2012
In 2012, @hrw sent over 2,000 tweets and a quarter of a million new people started following the feed. Human Rights Watch has over 100 staff actively tweeting human rights developments around the world. In the past year these researchers, advocates and directors tweeted developing human rights stories such as the drafting of the Egyptian constitution, the first trial and conviction by the International Criminal Court and the first women to represent Saudi Arabia in the Olympic games. Here are the top ten most-clicked stories of the year.

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