Health, welfare and well-being

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

Costly mistakes: how US policymakers can better prepare for the next major threat

Costly mistakes: how US policymakers can better prepare for the next major threat

Whether the emergency is the outbreak of a new disease or a climate-related disaster, it is critical for policymakers to ensure adequate resources are available before disaster strikes. Yet the US is often underprepared for high-risk events with a high probability, with irrational decision making and interest group politics leading […]

by × 25 March 2020 ×

BSG Faculty, Health, welfare and well-being

People wearing masks in Guangzhou, China, February 2020. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

When viruses turn political

Before the coronavirus exploded into the news, a report by the World Health Organization warned that the world was not prepared for “a fast-moving, virulent respiratory pathogen pandemic” that could kill 50-80 million people, cause panic and instability, and seriously affect the global economy and trade. The experience of the last 200-plus […]

by × 17 February 2020 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Making Bogotá a better city for young women

Making Bogotá a better city for young women

One of the principal concerns for Enrique Peñalosa when he started his second term as mayor of Bogotá in January 2016 was how to make it a better city for women, and particularly for young women. The statistics revealed a bleak reality: 5.8% of young women were poor according to […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Governance, cooperation and law, Health, welfare and well-being

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Influencing from the inside

At the Blavatnik School of Government students are taught how to critically analyse, develop, and influence public policy. The tools and skills gained by students are universal and the ability to think about policy challenges through economic, philosophical, legal, scientific, and political lenses opens a wide array of professional paths. […]

by × 15 November 2019 ×

BSG Students, Health, welfare and well-being

When fear begets fear: Singapore’s deeply embedded aversion towards HIV

When fear begets fear: Singapore’s deeply embedded aversion towards HIV

Some twenty years ago, Paddy Chew selflessly withstood a torrent of hate when he publicly came out as the first Singaporean HIV-positive individual. Amidst the cloud of uncertainty around the epidemiology of HIV back in 1998, Paddy implored his fellow Singaporeans to extend their compassion towards people living with HIV […]

by × 06 June 2019 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

New York's Central Station. Photo by author.

Design, not decay in government buildings

As a fresh faced civil servant on her first posting to Bangalore in 2003, it thrilled me to bits to read the motivational etching on the Vidhana Soudha, Bengaluru’s postcard monument that houses the State Legislature. It says in native Kannada first: Sarkarada kelasa Devara Kelasa and below it, the […]

by × 27 June 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

Image: Oxford Circus, London. Source: Flickr.

Why walkable cities enjoy more freedom

If you happen to visit Egypt and find yourself in the famous Tahrir Square, you might be puzzled: how could this space accommodate two million protesters? In fact, the square looked different at the time of the Arab Spring, up until the new military government ringed its central part with an iron […]

by × 02 March 2018 ×

BSG Alumni, Health, welfare and well-being

How 300,000 “forgotten people” are falling through cracks in the welfare system

How 300,000 “forgotten people” are falling through cracks in the welfare system

When we think of needy people, we usually think of the unemployed. Government systems—and our entire way of thinking—is focussed around joblessness as a marker for needing support. My recent Resolution Foundation research suggests the relationship between unemployment and needing help isn’t so clear cut. Most unemployed people don’t get benefits; while […]

by × 15 January 2018 ×