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The pursuit of global health : the relevance of engagement for developed countries

HOWSON, Christopher P
BLOOM, Barry R

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The globalisation of the world economy and the consequent increase in commerce, travel, and communication have brought benefits to virtually every country. But these changes also bring risks that cannot be addressed adequately within traditional national borders. These risks include emerging infectious diseases, resulting in part from increased prevalence of drug-resistant pathogens; exposure to dangerous substances, such as contaminated foodstuffs, and banned and toxic substances; and violence, including chemical and bioterrorist attack. By investing in global health, industrliased countries will not only benefit populations in desperate and immediate need of assistance, but also themselves--through protecting their people, improving their economies, and advancing their international interests. This paper describes the rationale for involvement of industrialised countries in global health, and suggests a means for its coordination.

Asian Development Bank


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The Asian Development Bank site contains a list of over 500 disability and development related publications. Type "disability" into the search box to view the list. The list includes the report and associated presentations of an Asian Development Bank workshop on disability and development held in October 2002

United Nations Enable

Division for social policy and development

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This website is about the UN's disability programmes and focuses on rights, international standards and declarations, such as the World Programme of Action. Thematic issues covered include accessibility, promoting the rights of disabled people, mainstreaming disability and development, and building the capacity of disabled people's organisations. There are also links to disability databases and other disability organisations

M/MC health communication materials database


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Online database of international health education materials collected by Media/Material Clearinghouse. Topics include reproductive health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS and STDs, development and population. Searchable by type of material, region/country, language, producer and subject area

International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC)


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IDDC aims to promote the rights of disabled people more effectively and efficiently through collaboration and sharing information. The website contains details of and links to disability publications on a number of disability and development-related topics. Click on "disability and development topics" for links to documents on donor policy and practice, mainstreaming disability and development, and key development issues including HIV/AIDS

European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

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The European Centre for Development Policy Management's (ECDPM) mission is to facilitate cooperation between African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and the European Union (EU). Its two long term objectives are to enhance the capacity of public and private actors in ACP and other low-income countries; and to improve cooperation between development partners in Europe and the ACP region. The website holds information about the centre's core themes: political dimensions of partnership, ACP-EU trade relations, actors of partnerships and three cross-cutting programmes: communications and information technology, strategy and innovation and finance and administration. The site also gives access to the centre's key publications in these areas : a gateway for capacity development

HAUCK, Volker

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This website focuses on providing updated information and background resources related to the policy and practice of capacity development. It addresses both the 'why' and 'how' of capacity development. The site aims to encourage perspectives and experiences from the South. It is designed with development researchers, practitioners and decision makers in Africa and donor countries in mind. The site offers a quarterly newsletter, a virtual library and hyperlinks to related websites. The material on the site is organised into four categories: policies and issues (why capacity building?), institutional groupings (civil society, government, private), sectors (agriculture, water, urban development), and tools and methods (assessment, info, planning)

ACP-EU trade website

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This website is a non-partisan source of information, documents and links on ACP-EU trade matters. It aims to provide easy access to key official documents, informal papers, and analytical studies relevant to ACP trade. It lists a range of web resources and announces events and conferences. The site is aimed at researchers, policy makers, private sector and civil society

Independent Living Institute Virtual Library


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A virtual library containing references and access to full text documents from around the world on independent living and related themes: for example women with disabilities, international access solutions and disability and development. Materials cited include reports, resource kits, training manuals, conference papers and journal articles. The database can be searched by author, by selecting a topic from a list of categories such as international development, human rights or UN documents, or by performing a free search. Search results are ranked to indicate best match to search query. There is also a database of organisations and companies working in the disability field


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The i4d website aims to reflect the role and relevance of ICT in various development sectors such as rural development, gender, governance, micro-finance, education, health, wireless communication, local content, culture and heritage, and more. It hosts a range of up-to-date and interactive features that supplement the news and features content of their printed magazine 'i4d', and also allows for user interaction via discussion forums, regular e-newsletters, letters to the editor, and other online activities

ICTD within the framework of the MDGs

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This webpage features a brief article exploring the connections between ICTs and development., particularly with regard to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Links to several useful reports on ICTs and the MDGs are also provided

CIDA's strategy on knowledge for development through information and communication technologies


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A report on the Canadian International Development Agency's strategy on Knowledge for Development through ICTs. The strategy is intended to ensure that local ownership is achieved through consultative processes involving government, civil society, and other groups within developing countries to decide how ICTs can best serve their country's economic and social development

We can do [blog]


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We Can Do is blog shares information about people with disabilities in developing countries including conferences, events, job posts, news, resources, and case studies. In particular, it alerts people to pragmatic resources and toolkits that are free or low-cost and that they can put to immediate use in the field with disabled people living in poverty in developing countries. It includes a resource 'Refugees with disabilities' facts and solutions

Mental health, poverty & development


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This website contains many resources relating to the inter-relationship between mental health, poverty and development. It contains useful resources, information sheets, publications, journal and conference databases, key organisations and contacts, press releases and media coverage of the issues



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This part of the Eldis website shares resources on development, policy, practice and research in health. It includes topics covering specific diseases, health and development information resources and newsfeeds

The disability convention - making it work


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This CD-ROM aims to help aid agencies and development organisations to mainstream disability into poverty reduction strategies. Specifically, this resource relates to the Convention of the rights of persons with disabilities.The 120 resources featured on the CD, promote the inclusion of disabled people in international development through the recognition and strengthening of human rights

Development dialogue

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"Development Dialogue is addressed to individuals and organizations in both the South and the North, including policy makers, international institutions, member of civil society, the media and the research community. "Development dialogue is intended to provide a free forum for critical discussion of international development priorities for the 21st century."
produced up to three times a year
free online

Utusan konsumer

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Provides up-to-date consumer information, investigative reports, survey results and other news on such subjects as ; product safety, environmental news, misleading advertisements, consumer tips, legal rights and complaints, health care and nutrition etc
Subscription rates available on request
Free online

Community development journal|an international forum

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An international journal that aims to promote the theory and practice of community development. It includes case studies and articles from all parts of the world. It also analyses the political, social and economic dimensions of community work and the role of governments in fostering sustained development, in both rural and urban settings
Four times a year
Free online



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