Why a Research Strategy Matters in Preventing and Responding to Pandemics

The World Health Organization's Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework seems to have all of the right elements: It calls for sharing influenza viruses, surveillance, stockpiles of medicines and vaccines, and more. Yet it rests on shaky footing.

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Agricultural Development: A Valuable Tool for Peacebuilding in Conflict Countries

South Sudan, created in 2011, fell into civil war in 2013. A new white paper argues that a bottom-up approach to development is one way to make conflicts such as South Sudan's less likely.

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Want to Get Ahead in Your Career? Speak Up!

In the first few days of my summer internship at Abt, my department VP told me the best advice he received when he first started working – to speak up. After our meeting, I immediately doodled a megaphone shouting “Speak Up!”, and posted it right next to my computer screen as a constant reminder. Reflecting on my time at Abt, I realized that this little piece of inspiration has far-reaching consequences.

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To Make Progress on Housing, Break Down Those Walls!

High-cost cities and counties face an array of serious housing challenges. One solution? Local government agencies should focus on breaking down barriers between different agencies and policy domains to achieve active collaboration.

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Translating Research to Public Health Action

During a recent keynote presentation at the Innovation in Infectious Diseases Research symposium, I gave the following challenge: To really translate research to public health action, we need to understand what meaningful collaboration looks like.

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U.S. Leaves Paris Agreement, so Now What?

There is ample evidence from around the world that technological advances, falling prices for clean energy technologies and the dynamism of entrepreneurs are all helping accelerate the process of transformation in how energy is used everywhere.

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Deep and Wide? Or Wide and Shallow?

We cannot do development differently by adopting a different set of techniques. Change is political. We must engage with the process of change.

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The Role of Public Charter Schools in Career Preparation

Far too few students have access to high-quality, career-focused high school education that can put them on a path to postsecondary credentials connected to high-demand, high-wage jobs. Charter schools could change that.

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Mind the Gap: Strategies for Public-Private Partnerships to Achieve Growth

The world invests approximately $2.5 trillion per year on transportation, power, water, and telecommunications systems. How can public-private partnerships be used as a tool to develop sustainable and reliable energy and infrastructure?

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Categories: Economic Growth

Accelerating Private Sector Investment for Asia’s Clean Energy Future

I'm here at the Asia Clean Energy Forum in Manila, Philippines, where more than 1,500 leaders from 63 countries are sharing their insights, innovations and lessons learned in our collective efforts to drive a clean energy transformation.

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Categories: Clean Energy