Useful Resources

Think Again - A film on Women in Energy
ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, 4 March 2016

ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency ( ECREEE) presents “Think Again”, a film on women who have made it as leaders in the energy sector in West Africa. The video documentary goes beyond the common understanding of gender and energy issues by replacing the traditional story of women as victims in energy development with stories of women as influential contributors to improving energy access. If you thought women were only end-users of energy, Think Again.

Corporations and Human Rights Database
Corporations and Human Rights Global, 2016

Businesses are often implicated in human rights violations. Yet the patterns behind claims of corporate human rights abuses and the pursuit of justice and remedy associated with those claims remain unstudied and thus unknown. Who makes claims about corporate human rights abuse? How do companies respond? And, what explains why some claims are addressed and others are not? To address some of these gaps, the CHRD team is currently creating a database of claims of corporate human rights abuses from 2000 through today. The database intends to inform practitioners, policymakers, and academics alike and the data will be made readily available.

Scholars at Risk Network
Applications accepted at any time

Scholars at Risk protects scholars suffering grave threats to their lives, liberty and well-being by arranging temporary research and teaching positions at institutions in our network as well as by providing advisory and referral services. In most cases this is a one-semester or one-year position as a visiting scholar, researcher or professor at a higher education institution in a safe location anywhere in the world. SAR provides advisory services for displaced scholars who are struggling to restart their lives and their careers in their new location. Since the Network’s founding in 2000, more than 700 scholars have found sanctuary and hundreds more have benefited from SAR’s advisory and referral services.

Southern Africa Network for Biosciences
African Union: New Partnership for Africa's Development, 2016

The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a platform to address and find means to resolve key bioscience concerns in health, nutrition, agriculture and environment in the Southern Africa. SANBio, was established alongside four other networks under the African Biosciences Initiative (ABI), for the SADC region. Thirteen countries of the SADC region are part of the SANBio network, supporting each other to be acknowledged as the biosciences network improves livelihoods in Southern Africa through research and innovation. The platform provides access to world-class laboratories for African and international scientists conducting research on Africa’s biosciences challenges. SANBio’s Mission is pursued through functions for : Research, development and innovation; and increasing capacity (human resources and infrastructure) to strengthen the network.

A Free Course on Medicines in Health Systems working towards UHC
World Bank Open Learning Campus, 2016

Many countries are reforming their health systems working toward universal health coverage (UHC). These reforms can be harnessed to increase equity in medicines access, affordability, and appropriate use of medicines. However, they also have the potential to decrease the effectiveness of prescribing and dispensing, increase unnecessary use of medicines, and derail systems from a path toward sustainable universal coverage. The goal of the Medicines in Health Systems course is to strengthen the capacity of practitioners working toward universal health coverage in low- and middle-income country health systems to design, implement, and monitor evidence-informed pharmaceutical policy and management strategies. Specifically, after completing the course, participants will be able to explain the different roles medicines play in health systems, and the roles and responsibilities of different system actors with respect to medicines in systems. They will be able to illustrate the competing objectives that system stakeholders face when striving toward greater availability of and more equitable access to high quality medicines, at affordable costs for households and the system, and with appropriate use to achieve target health outcomes. Participants will learn to assess the potential of different medicines policy and management approaches to balance these competing objectives, and identify the facilitators of and barriers to success of specific strategies, in a given context. Lastly, participants will learn to lay out strategies for monitoring desired and potential unintended outcomes of specific medicines policy and management strategies in a given setting. It provides step-by-step guidelines for clinicians, ranging from diagnoses to correct medicine dosages, and how to administer the medicine.

Amitav Ghosh - The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable
Schmidt J: The Anthropo.scene, June 2016

Are we deranged? The acclaimed Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh argues that future generations may well think so. How else to explain our imaginative failure in the face of global warming? Ghosh examines in a series of video lectures our inability—at the level of literature, history, and politics—to grasp the scale and violence of climate change. The extreme nature of today’s climate events, Ghosh asserts, make them peculiarly resistant to contemporary modes of thinking and imagining. This is particularly true of serious literary fiction: hundred-year storms and freakish tornadoes simply feel too improbable for the novel; they are automatically consigned to other genres. In the writing of history, too, the climate crisis has sometimes led to gross simplifications; Ghosh shows that the history of the carbon economy is a tangled global story with many contradictory and counterintuitive elements, and suggests that global crises like the climate crisis challenge our thinking and ask us to imagine other forms of human existence—a task that fiction can support.

Black Girl
Mohdin A: Quartz, June 2016

The writer and director, Ousmane Sembène, uses a then newly independent Senegal, hungry for political and social alternatives, as the backdrop for this widely acclaimed film. Through the film’s main character, Diouana Sembène makes a powerful argument about Senegal’s independence and the impact of colonialism in Africa. It was one of the first African films to receive international acclaim. The short one-hour film, released in 1966, is a simple yet powerful story of a Senegalese nanny, who hopes and dreams of a better future, but is tied down by the French couple who hire her. Sembene presents a powerful critique of black aspiration to be in a France, or more broadly, in a colonizer’s country. Though people are now free in Senegal, they will in many ways still be seen as colonial objects. At a time where issues of race and class are resonating more than ever, and countries are struggling to come to terms with their colonial legacies, Black Girl remains a powerful story about personal and political freedom—one that stills hits just as hard.

The People Versus The Rainbow Nation
Alyssa Klein: OkayAfrica, 19 May 2016

“Is South Africa’s rainbow nation a myth? What is race in 2016?” These are the questions explored in a powerful new documentary film from South Africa. The People versus the Rainbow Nation investigates what drove the country’s students towards mass action in 2015, between the successful #RhodesMustFall campaign to the nationwide #FeesMustFall protests. Filmmaker Lebogang Rasethaba (Future Sound of Mzansi) and producer Allison Swank follow the lives of students across four South African universities as they explore the notion that more than two decades since South Africa’s first democratic elections, the struggle is far from over. “I think it’s about to get really intense in South Africa,” says one student. “I don’t believe in the Rainbow Nation. The Rainbow Nation is a fallacy,” says another.

Health Systems Trust Conference Presentations
Health Systems Trust (HST), May 2016

The HST Conference 2016 programme included 90 oral and poster presentations from a wide range of presenters in the South African public health policy, research and implementation field. Presentations range from health governance and health financing to health counselling and electronic medical records. The presentations are available at this site..

Open Access Teaching & Learning Resources on Health Policy & Systems Research
KEYSTONE India Initiative, 2016

The KEYSTONE open access teaching and learning materials on Health Policy and Systems Research (38 videos and 43 slide presentations across 13 modules) are now live online. These teaching and learning resources were developed for the inaugural KEYSTONE India short course on Health Policy and Systems Research. They include 38 videos and 43 slide presentations organized across 13 modules and cover a range of foundational concepts and common approaches used in HPSR. This suite of teaching and learning materials was developed in the process of delivering the inaugural KEYSTONE course, and is being made available as an open access resource under the Creative Commons license.