ODI [to 19 September 2015]

ODI [to 19 September 2015]

Give people cash, not goods, to make humanitarian aid more effective
News | 13 September 2015
Humanitarian assistance could be more effective, more efficient and more transparent if aid was given in the form of cash directly to people struggling to survive in crises, according to a high-level panel of experts in a new report published by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Center for Global Development (CGD).

Providing cash means that limited humanitarian aid can go further to help more people in need. That means greater value for money for taxpayers. Cash is also less wasteful as it means aid recipients can decide for themselves exactly what they most need.

The panel found that cash-based aid programmes can improve accountability and transparency of aid while also helping to support local markets and industries.

“Humanitarian organisations owe it to aid recipients and taxpayers to deliver the best possible aid programmes. As the report outlines, cash transfers have the potential to reduce vulnerability, help rebuild lives, and deliver value for money. As part of a broader menu that includes partnerships with the private sector, investment in digital technology, and the development of a more inclusive humanitarian system, cash transfers can transform the effectiveness of humanitarian aid at a time of unprecedented need,” said Kevin Watkins, Executive Director of ODI…

MacArthur Foundation [to 19 September 2015]

MacArthur Foundation [to 19 September 2015]

Assessing American Attitudes on Foreign Policy
Published September 17, 2015
American public opinion on foreign policy, including on issues like immigration, climate change, and advancing U.S. global interests, is sharply divided among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents, according to a survey from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The survey shows that despite historic differences on issues that even a decade ago were more bipartisan, the American public remains committed to engagement in the world, with 64 percent of Americans supporting an active U.S. role in world affairs.

Identifying Evidence Gaps in Secondary Education
Published September 17, 2015
Research by 3ie, supported by MacArthur in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, identifies evidence gaps in the application of transferable skills programs in low- and middle-income countries. Transferable skills provide youth with critically needed tools for success in employment, health, and personal well-being. The scoping paper and report reveal needs for evidence in several categories, including teacher training programs and curriculum reform, learner-centered teaching, and institutional management and capacity building.

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation [to 19 September 2015]

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation [to 19 September 2015]

Sustainable ranching program receives 11.5 million Euros to reduce deforestation in Brazil
September 17, 2015
Instituto Centro de Vida (ICV) has announced that Novo Campo, a sustainable cattle ranching initiative in Brazil’s Mato Grasso state, received an investment of 11.5 million Euros from the Althelia Climate Fund to support the program’s efforts to increase economic, social and environmental performance of local ranches…

Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awards $2.3M for plant disease resistance
September 15, 2015
PALO ALTO, Calif. Sept. 15, 2015 — The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded $2.3M to the Two Blades Foundation (2Blades), a charitable organization that supports the development of durable disease resistance in crop plants and their deployment in agriculture.
Four well-recognized research teams will investigate plant immunity…

Open Society Foundation [to 19 September 2015]

Open Society Foundation [to 19 September 2015]

European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture Endorsed by Council of Europe
September 16, 2015News
The 47 member states of the Council of Europe will join the initiative to establish a European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture. This decision means that the Council of Europe will be a cofounder of the Institute, next to the Open Society Foundations and the Alliance for the European Roma Institute, a coalition of Roma civil society organizations, activists, and artists.
Zeljko Jovanovic, director of the Open Society Roma Initiatives Office, said, “The European Roma Institute will be a place to encourage the resilience and creative power of Roma communities across Europe; it will help create a sense of pride among Roma and respect for Roma among all Europeans.”…

Pew Charitable Trusts [to 19 September 2015]

Pew Charitable Trusts [to 19 September 2015]

Pew Scholar Stephen Elledge Wins 2015 Lasker Award
September 17, 2015
Stephen Elledge, Ph.D., an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, professor at Harvard Medical School and 1991 Pew scholar, has been named co-winner of the 2015 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award for his groundbreaking work to uncover how cells respond to damaged DNA. First given in 1945, the Lasker Award is considered one of the world’s highest scientific honors and is given to scientists who have made significant contributions to the “understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of human disease.”

Elledge, who shares the prize with Evelyn Witkin of Rutgers University, discovered that cells have a massive signaling network for sensing and repairing DNA damage. Human cells encounter damaged DNA every day, and if the damage is not repaired quickly it can lead to mutations in genes that typically protect us from diseases such as cancer. Elledge’s work identified the mechanisms for response that keep our genes intact, and his discoveries pave the way to a greater understanding of how these diseases occur…

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [to 19 September 2015]

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation [to 19 September 2015]

Three Lessons on Improving Quality of Care in Communities
Sep 15, 2015, 10:16 AM, Posted by Anne Weiss
Aligning Forces for Quality not only transformed care in 16 communities, but it provided insights to help shape efforts building a national Culture of Health through high value care.

Wellcome Trust [to 19 September 2015]

Wellcome Trust [to 19 September 2015]

Wellcome Trust announces three Engagement Fellows for 2015
Three new Engagement Fellows will be taking up Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships in September 2015. Bella Starling, Delia Muir and Steve Cross have been awarded the-two year Fellowships, with plans to work on projects that will take the field of public engagement in new and exciting directions.
17 September 2015.