Why use the private sector in healthcare? Jeff Barnes, Deputy Director of PSP-One, discusses the issue and touches upon whether it is better to sell mosquito nets or give them out for free. His main points are that: (1) if someone pays for something with their own money they will use it better, (2) “free” distribution is never free - there are always transaction costs, and (3) that the private sector is more efficient and more financially sustainable.
The International Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2006 World Business Awards in Support of the Millennium Development Goals.
The winners are:
The winners of USC’s Reinventing Public Diplomacy Through Games Competition have been announced. Micki Krimmel has a good round-up. Second place went to Hydro Hijinks:
A class project designed to promote discussion about international water issues and to educate players from around the world about sources of international conflict over water rights.
The winners of the 2006 Development Marketplace where announce yesterday. $5 million was awarded to 30 innovative projects that will help communities meet their basic needs for clean water, hygienic sanitation, and access to energy.
Tomorrow is Earth Day. This week the airwaves and the column inches have been stacked with bits and pieces of what should be a strategic energy debate - from the global political to the personal.
On May 8-9 118 finalists will compete for US$4 million in grants at the 2006 Global Development Marketplace.
This was something Tom Friedman put forward during the first session of today’s PSD Forum. To paraphrase: the pace of freedom in oil producing countries and the price of oil move inversely. He backed this up with some interesting examples and facts. For these, and the other laws, see the next edition of Foreign Policy when it comes out. He only gave us a small peak.
Some links and papers that I've been meaning to write about. Passing along before they get too old.