VIDEO: BRAND AID – SHOPPING WELL TO SAVE THE WORLD

Here’s the video of last week’s seminar on Bono, “aid celebrities” and the RED campaign, by Lisa Ann Richey, Professor of International Development Studies at Roskilde University. If embedding doesn’t work, here’s the link: Brand Aid seminar For more about our seminars and other events, see the event list on the STEPS Centre website.

AFRICA AND THE MDGs: A MANIFESTO

By Adrian Ely, STEPS Centre member [Edit (7/12/10): The Africa Manifesto has now been launched: you can download it from the ATPS website.] Ten years after the African Technology Policy Studies network was incorporated, nearly 200 delegates from 29 African countries are gathering in Egypt to discuss ‘The State of Science, Technology and Innovation in…

LESSONS IN “SCALING UP” HEALTH SERVICES FROM NIGERIA, CHINA & BRAZIL

What happens when you “scale up” health services to try to provide widespread coverage in a region or country? The “Beyond Scaling Up” panel at the Health Systems Research symposium last week posed this question. The speakers answered with success stories from Brazil, China and Nigeria; some cautionary tales from attempts to “scale up” that…

MONTREUX: ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE AND HEALTH RISKS

By Michael Loevinsohn, STEPS Centre member On Wednesday I chaired a session on New Directions in Health-Environment Research: Implications for Health Systems. The topic is a bit off the beam of the Symposium’s thrust: it’s one of 13 concurrent sessions, and about 20 people attend. Setting the stage, I describe the methodological challenges researchers are…

MONTREUX: KNOWLEDGE AND TRUST – HEALTH SYSTEMS RESEARCH

By Michael Loevinsohn, STEPS Centre member You know you’re a discipline or a significant sub-discipline when you can organize and find funding for a global symposium. Twelve hundred participants from umpteen countries also testify to the self-awareness that marks a field. And the Symposium’s theme is fittingly ambitious: Science to Accelerate Universal Health Coverage. Charlie…

MONTREUX: BEYOND SCALING UP

Gerry Bloom, STEPS Centre health convenor, will be holding a session tomorrow (Thursday) at the the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Montreux, entitled “Beyond Scaling Up”. Here’s a summary: “This session will present findings and conclusions of a stream of work jointly organised by the Future Health Systems Consortium and the STEPS…

MONTREUX: NEW DIRECTIONS IN ENVIRONMENT-HEALTH RESEARCH

Some of us are at the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Montreux and running events discussing our recent work (see the STEPS Centre events page for full details). Tomorrow (Wednesday), Michael Loevinsohn will be chairing a session at Montreux entitled “New directions in environment-health research: implications for health systems”. (Michael’s session’s at…

TRANSITIONS: HOW GOOD IDEAS GO GLOBAL

Traditional forms of energy supply are being challenged. Photo: Gas meter dials by Leo Reynolds on Flickr (Creative Commons) By Adrian Smith, STEPS Centre member How does a new way of doing things – say, fair trade, or community energy production – get a foothold? How does it avoid being overwhelmed or crushed by the…

BEING “HEALTHILY SCEPTICAL” ABOUT BIOFORTIFICATION

Lawrence Haddad, IDS Director, has written about the future of biofortification (and mentioned the STEPS Centre’s work) on his blog, Development Horizons: “To date, biofortification has relied on conventional breeding techniques and behavior change research to answer 3 questions: (a) is there a significant, in terms of human nutrition, variation in the micronutrients zinc, iron,…