Personal Protection Measures:<br>the ultimate shield against Covid-19?
Opinion

Personal Protection Measures:
the ultimate shield against Covid-19?

According to François Grünewald and Jean-Luc Poncelet (URD), we should draw inspiration from the protection measures implemented in Africa and Asia during previous health crises. Until a vaccine is ready, personal prevention measures remain needed more than ever.
François Grünewald , Jean-Luc Poncelet
COVID-19: inequalities are widening everywhere
Opinion

COVID-19: inequalities are widening everywhere

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned into a global human and health crisis, but also a socioeconomic one. Anda David, Hélène Djoufelkit and Salomé Mançon, from the Research Department of the Agence Française de Développement, give a point-by-point account of the recent impending inequalities.
Anda David, Hélène Djoufelkit, Salomé Mançon
Climate change and finance: an exit strategy for fossil fuels
Opinion

Climate change and finance: an exit strategy for fossil fuels

If our political decision-makers really want to make the transformation to a more climate-aware world, the time has come to blacklist companies that do not comply with the Paris Agreement, rather than offering them incentives, argues Alexandre Poidatz (Oxfam).
Alexandre Poidatz
After Covid-19: developing a financial safety net in line with the Paris Agreement
Opinion

After Covid-19: developing a financial safety net in line with the Paris Agreement

In this last part of this series focusing on the links between Covid-19 and the environment, Economist Étienne Espagne explains how the pandemic has highlighted existing weaknesses in the global monetary and financial system. How can the global financial safety net be redefined post-Covid-19 to...
Étienne Espagne
A Unique Opportunity for Low-carbon Development in Africa
Opinion

A Unique Opportunity for Low-carbon Development in Africa

How will Africa manage to meet the expanding energy needs of its fast-growing, young, and increasingly urban population? The answer will be crucial for its economic and energy future – and for the world.
Arnaud Rouget
Covid-19: The Chinese Patient Launches its Diplomatic Offensive
Interview

Covid-19: The Chinese Patient Launches its Diplomatic Offensive

Blamed by the West for its inaction early on in the Covid-19 outbreak, the Chinese regime responded by trying to turn its overall response to the crisis in its favor and by stepping up attacks on Europe and the United States.
Pierre Tiessen
In the shadow of COVID-19, the poor and the environment
Press Review

In the shadow of COVID-19, the poor and the environment

Crises overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic are now resurfacing, although they are counteracted by notable progress. While Latin America faces environmental and social issues, in Africa, the use of the law and of technology to protect populations is a step forward.
Menstrual Hygiene: The Fight for Human Rights and Dignity
Development news

Menstrual Hygiene: The Fight for Human Rights and Dignity

Managing menstrual hygiene is a challenge for all women. However, gender inequality, extreme poverty, humanitarian crises and cultural traditions complicate access to basic products, especially in developing countries.
ID4D editorial staff
Biomimicry: reconciling humanity with biodiversity
Opinion

Biomimicry: reconciling humanity with biodiversity

Humans use the biodiversity found in nature as a material, yet it is also a major source of information from which we can draw inspiration through biomimicry, providing models that can be replicated, especially in terms of transition and adaptation.
Patricia Ricard
Covid-19, a Huge Rehearsal for the Upcoming Climate Crisis?
Opinion

Covid-19, a Huge Rehearsal for the Upcoming Climate Crisis?

In this second article in a series on the links between Covid-19 and the environment, economist Étienne Espagne examines the Covid-19 and climate crises to see what connects and what differentiates them. Can the pandemic accelerate climate change?
Étienne Espagne
In developing countries, COVID-19 is not the only danger
Press Review

In developing countries, COVID-19 is not the only danger

The COVID-19 pandemic is not the only crisis lurking. Populations in developing countries are faced with challenges that are or promise to be as deadly as the coronavirus. However, with little but ambitious goals, the narrative can be changed.
ID4D editorial staff
COVID-19 in Africa: a double tsunami
Opinion

COVID-19 in Africa: a double tsunami

Africa will bear the brunt of the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. What can be done to mitigate these impacts? Beyond a debt moratorium, all forms of financial mobilization will be needed from the international community.
Yasmine Osman, Thomas Melonio
Rethinking climate change adaptation for the Mekong River
Opinion

Rethinking climate change adaptation for the Mekong River

Incessant drought, devastating floods: the impacts of climate change on the Mekong River are now evident. For scholar Carl Middleton, there is only one solution: innovation.
Carl Middleton
Pandemics: the environmental origins of COVID-19
Opinion

Pandemics: the environmental origins of COVID-19

What are the environmental origins of pandemics such as COVID-19? Why are they going to become more and more frequent? In this first article of a series devoted to the links between COVID-19 and the environment, agronomists Julien Calas and Léa Lugassy, together with economist Étienne Espagne...
Étienne Espagne, Julien Calas, Léa Lugassy
South Korea, an effective model in the face of COVID-19
Interview

South Korea, an effective model in the face of COVID-19

Highly exposed from the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, South Korea implemented strict measures—including widespread testing—which have proved to be highly effective. Australian Epidemiologist, Mary-Louise McLaws, explains the South Korean response.
Mary-Louise McLaws
COVID-19 crisis: socioeconomic impacts as deadly as the virus
Press Review

COVID-19 crisis: socioeconomic impacts as deadly as the virus

The COVID-19 crisis is not simply a global health disaster. Its socioeconomic impacts on poor communities and vulnerable countries threaten the very livelihood of the ones who need help the most. This week’s press review highlights these impacts around the globe.
ID4D editorial staff
From Big Data to Big Brother: use of data for health
Development news

From Big Data to Big Brother: use of data for health

In recent years, we have started to see the use of big data to prevent health crises and improve global health services. But could better management of global data on human health have prevented the COVID-19 crisis?
ID4D editorial staff
COVID-19 and global health: a 5-point action plan to end inequality
Opinion

COVID-19 and global health: a 5-point action plan to end inequality

COVID-19 is a global human catastrophe. Foremost, it is an unequal catastrophe. In Oxfam France campaigner Robin Guittard’s view, the crisis reveals just how urgent it is to put an end to global inequality. Here is a 5-point action plan to achieve this.
Robin Guittard
Tackling illegal pangolin trade, a priority for Nigeria’s development and public health
Opinion

Tackling illegal pangolin trade, a priority for Nigeria’s development and public health

In just a few years, illegal pangolin trade originating in Nigeria has boomed. For Chervine Oftadeh, a strong, coordinated response to this issue could save this near-extinct species, protect global health and contribute to the country’s development.
Chervine Oftadeh
COVID-19 in developing countries: roughest on the poorest
Press Review

COVID-19 in developing countries: roughest on the poorest

The COVID-19 pandemic is not simply a global health disaster. Its socioeconomic impacts on poor communities and vulnerable countries may hinder recent progress in development. This week’s press review highlights these impacts around the globe.
Covid-19 in China: from patient zero to zero (new) patients
Opinion

Covid-19 in China: from patient zero to zero (new) patients

China claims it is on track to containing the Covid-19 outbreak. If this is indeed true, it is a turning point on the health front, and would signal the victory of the “Chinese model” over the virus, at a time when the West is overwhelmed by the effects of the crisis.
Pierre Tiessen
Diabetes in humanitarian crises: it’s time to act!
Opinion

Diabetes in humanitarian crises: it’s time to act!

For Stéphane Besançon, Executive Director of the Santé Diabète NGO, and Dr Sylvia Kehlenbrinkoh, endocrinologist, a global action plan is needed to prevent and manage diabetes in countries weakened by humanitarian crises.
Stéphane Besançon, Sylvia Kehlenbrink
Coronavirus: the world under alert
Press Review

Coronavirus: the world under alert

The world has seldom faced such unpredicted challenges: the fast-spreading Covid-19 pandemic is threatening global health, complicating geopolitics and worsening living conditions in refugee camps. This week’s Development press review highlights its impacts in different parts of the world.
Coronavirus Crisis: what will be the impacts for the economy and CO2 emissions?
Opinion

Coronavirus Crisis: what will be the impacts for the economy and CO2 emissions?

According to economist Christian de Perthuis, 2019 could well be remembered as the peak year for global emissions, with the coronavirus health crisis acting in the medium-term to accelerate structural changes in economies.
Christian de Perthuis

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