Archive for the 'Partnerships' Category

The Grand Challenge: Saving Lives through Collaboration

Written on July 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Although I generally don’t like Contests, they do exist, and sometimes participation is important.

Earlier this year a partnership of the Gates Foundation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, USAID and the World Bank launched a Grand Challenge “To accelerate substantial and sustainable progress against maternal and newborn deaths and stillbirths at the community level, [by harnessing] the collective imagination and ingenuity of experts across a broad range of disciplines and expertise.”

A project I have been working with for the past few years, Helping Babies Breathe is a finalist.   One of the aspects of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) that is …


Impact without Boundaries

Written on June 8, 2011 at 2:57 pm

As we’ve been working to bring about significant social change, alleviate poverty, and face other challenges over the past few decades, we’ve separated ourselves into silos.  We refer to:

  1. Non-governmental organizations or NGOs (also called by a whole host of other names),
  2. International development  practitioners (aid providers, not beneficiaries who have only recently been ‘asked to the [decision-making] table’);
  3. Social entrepreneurs, a term with many different definitions (See Alison Rapping’s blog for some of these)
  4. Corporate representatives (focusing on another broad concept, that of ‘corporate social responsibility’ or CSR)
  5. Academics who also play roles as international development consultants, and so

Moving a global program and alliance forward

Written on March 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

In June of 2010 I wrote about the launch of the Helping Babies Breathe Global Development Alliance and then provided some updated information here in November  and on the Global Scale-up wiki.  It has now been eight months since the original launch and another face-to-face partners meeting was held.  A few days prior to the meeting, an expanded alliance for Saving Lives at Birth was announced by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, citing some of the major partners in the Helping Babies Breathe program.  This provided our discussions with additional energy and momentum.  Still challenges to implementation of course …


What’s all this talk about Millennium Development Goals?

Written on September 21, 2010 at 1:30 pm

In September 2000, 189 world leaders met at the United Nations and agreed on a roadmap setting out eight time-bound and measurable goals to address extreme poverty by 2015.  These goals became known as the Millennium Development Goals.

In summary, these goals are:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality and empower women
  4. Reduce child mortality
  5. Improve maternal health
  6. Combat HIV-AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  7. Ensure environmental sustainability
  8. Develop a Global Partnership for development

This week world leaders (and a multitude of other stakeholders) are gathering again in New York to review progress made towards …


A really big dream takes its first steps to reality

Written on June 23, 2010 at 2:15 am

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one million babies die each year from birth asphyxia (eg. inability to breathe immediately after delivery).  A few years ago a group of pediatricians affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics developed a neonatal resuscitation program that was evidence-based, easy to teach and easy to use in resource limited areas.  So they began to dream big and envision a world where no baby would die due to its inability to breathe at birth.

But big dreams need big partnerships. Enter into discussion with the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Laerdal Medical Company of …