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Report, trains
Published Sep. 2, 2021 11:38 AM

India has made considerable progress in recent years towards bringing energy services to its citizens and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Two recent IEA reports shed light on the challenges ahead.

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Published Dec. 18, 2020 9:34 AM

As much of climate change research in psychology is focused on individuals, we found the youth movement’s collective approach interesting. What motivated thousands of young people to strike for policy change and structural measures rather than individual measures?

Book, nature
Published Oct. 8, 2020 4:03 PM

What does literature have to do with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? This question can be answered in many ways, and literary scholars can provide a wide range of different responses. Literary fiction often addresses the most pressing and current issues, and so, literature can, and does, tell a great variety of stories mirroring the problems that we face today. However, literature is not only about what it tells, but also about how it tells it. As is clear from debates on climate change or the range of topics discussed in the current US presidential campaign, how we communicate to the rest of the world certainly affects what we do. In this blog, I would like to focus on one specific way that literary fiction can contribute to achieving the SDGs, namely through exploring the workings of our minds.

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Published Sep. 22, 2020 4:17 PM

There are numerous well-intentioned global efforts and development agendas and a multitude of stakeholders involved in saving lives as well as promoting long-term development in many developing countries. But what characterizes the relationship between good intentions and actually achieved results? How well are such activities coordinated? How effectively can external actors make a meaningful contribution to alleviating local problems? And most importantly, whose priorities do such interventions address, and to what extent are the so-called “beneficiaries” consulted?

Hand
Published Apr. 3, 2020 10:37 AM

'Critical junctures' are the scandals, crises or conflicts that can throw the status quo and power relations into the air, opening the door to previously unthinkable reforms. In Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, Thomas Bolloky argues that such events include health shocks: 'Encounters with infectious disease have played a key role in the evolution of cities, the expansion of trade routes, the conduct of war and participation in pilgrimages'.

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Published Mar. 23, 2020 3:52 PM

Den såkalte «Bolivarianske revolusjonen» i Venezuela ble for 15 år siden fremmet som et eksempel på sosialisme for det 21ste århundre. Fremdeles omtales den sittende regjeringen under Nicolas Maduro, jevnlig som «sosialistisk». Men Venezuela er midt i en transisjon til en autoritær, desentralisert og voldelig form for kapitalisme, argumenterer jeg for i denne denne artikkelen som stod på trykk i Klassekampen 18. mars. 

Roadside market in Malawi
Published Mar. 6, 2020 4:01 PM

It is great to be back in Malawi, where there is considerable political excitement following a recent landmark ruling by the Constitutional court that has received massive attention in large parts of the world.

WHO logo
Published Mar. 3, 2020 10:23 AM

Managing an epidemic requires tackling the health consequences of the outbreak, as well as its social, political, security, and economic dimensions. This implies setting priorities and making trade-offs between various interests and goals – in short, a lot of politics.

CO2 emissions
Published Feb. 18, 2020 11:36 AM

The problem is enormous and growing. The evidence is compelling. Human activity, and our increased consumption of fossil fuels, has resulted in higher temperatures on earth. The best case scenarios of preventing a huge increase in global emissions of CO2 is already looking unrealistic.

Researcher in lab
Published Jan. 28, 2020 2:25 PM

Mega-quarantines, large hospitals built within a week, and sharing information with the global scientific community! The outbreak of the coronavirus (nCov2019) in China that has infected thousands of people and killed over 100, provides an illustrative example of the challenges facing the powerful Chinese state as it strives to contain the epidemic within its borders while limiting the effects of “stagflation” and further damage to its reputation abroad.

Ugandan smallholder farmer
Published Jan. 21, 2020 4:08 PM

A little over a decade ago, there were widespread concerns over a major decline in global agricultural production and a corresponding rise in food prices. With the world’s largest share of arable land, Africa began to witness increased interest from foreign investors, who were optimistic of their ability to transform the continent’s agriculture sector while ensuring that their own countries would enjoy a steady supply of food. A decade later, and with hindsight, such ambitions appear to have been rather naïve.

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Published Dec. 31, 2019 9:14 AM

Det har vært et dramatisk år i Latin-Amerika. Mediene har gitt intens dekning til hendelser i korte perioder, men fokus blir flyttet fort videre.  Her har jeg gjort et forsøk på å følge de viktigste historiene fra 2019, og si litt om hva vi kan vente av 2020.

Panel at Tech4HealthEquity conference
Published Nov. 19, 2019 1:16 PM

Digital technologies are often embraced as the solution to global challenges within health and development, but rampant commercialisation and weak regulation challenge the ideal of digital public goods capable of reducing inequalities.

Mother and child at mobile health clinic
Published Nov. 12, 2019 2:17 PM

The average world life expectancy at birth is now over 70 years. We are all living longer, and while this is good news, it is also creating enormous pressures on existing, and often fragile, health care services in many parts of the world.

Russia-Africa summit
Published Nov. 6, 2019 9:58 AM

The first Russia-Africa Summit held recently in Sochi has generated renewed interest in better understanding the links between aid, investments and sustainable development as major world powers compete for influence in Africa.