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BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

Un General Assembly Hall (Source: Wikimedia)

Leading the change

The new UN Secretary-General, to be appointed in 2016, will play a pivotal role in how the organisation tackles global challenges. With so much at stake, how can the UN ensure it gets the right person for the job? This is a crucial moment for the United Nations. In September […]

by × 18 March 2016 ×

BSG Alumni, BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

General session of the COP21 for the adoption of the Paris Agreement. (Credit: Arnaud Bouissou MEDDE/SG COP21)

After Paris, it’s “all hands on deck” for climate finance

The December 2015 UN climate summit in Paris marked a historic step forward in international efforts to combat climate change, producing a new climate agreement that includes national commitments by 189 countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While these commitments will need to be fulfilled and then ratcheted up in […]

by × 12 February 2016 ×

BSG Faculty, Governance, cooperation and law

The European Disunion: How the continent lost 
its way

The European Disunion: How the continent lost 
its way

The EU is under siege. The arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria has tested the single-border principle at the core of the union. The ongoing financial crisis in Greece has strained the single currency. The United Kingdom will soon hold a referendum on whether […]

by × 18 December 2015 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

A technician cleans the phaco machine after the day’s operations are done. India. Photo: Aravind Eye Hospital.

Do governments have a role to play in healthcare?

Scientific advancement in healthcare has allowed human beings to double their life spans and effectively address lethal diseases such as malaria, cholera and the plague that have in the past wiped out entire civilizations. While there is no disagreement among policymakers on the importance of healthcare, a key area of […]

by × 16 December 2015 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Mrs. Annan flew to Antananarivo, Madagascar last night.  

This afternoon they visited a primary health center, ante-natal care site with voluntary counseling and testing, family planing and reproductive health  in downtown Antananarivo, where they also met with people living with HIV/AIDS.

Future financing of health in Africa

The economic case for investing now and how to create alternative sources of funding. I attended and presented at the CABRI Conference on Financing Healthcare in Africa: Challenges and Opportunities, in Dar es Salaam last week of November.  CABRI brings together senior officials in ministries of finance and budget in Africa, […]

by × 14 December 2015 ×

BSG Faculty, Economic growth and resilience

Shared services – too good to be true?

Shared services – too good to be true?

Three hard truths for governments looking to save money through shared back-office services Last week, to the delight of many consultants, lobbyists and other government onlookers, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the USA announced a major development in President Obama’s management agenda – the creation of a […]

by × 28 October 2015 ×

BSG Faculty, Security and conflict

Predator drone (Source: WikiMedia Commons)

Leaked drone files reveal ethical questions hang over ‘grey area’ strikes

Two years after Edward Snowden leaked thousands of classified files detailing the West’s surveillance programmes, another whistleblower has revealed more secret documents, this time detailing the US drone strike operations against Islamist terrorists in East Africa, the Arabian peninsula and Afghanistan. Published by The Intercept website as The Drone Papers, […]

by × 22 October 2015 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

(Credit: Leon Brocard. Source: Flickr)

Immigration may reduce the time you wait to see the doctor

Migrants’ free access to the NHS and the perceived health care costs associated with it have generated much debate in the UK and even resulted in the introduction of a fee for certain non-EU citizens. Some politicians have blamed migration for the increase in waiting times, particularly in A&E. In […]