The Global Health Initiative (GHI) of the World Economic Forum is developing a web-based networking tool, which is aimed at fostering new partnerships and greater private sector action against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The GHI Networking Directory, available at http://www.weforum.org/globalhealth/directory , enables businesses and other users to easily identify useful contacts and potential partners in the battle against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria. The directory lists NGOs working with the private sector, as well as companies that have existing programs or expertise to share. It also includes academic institutions and other organisations that provide technical assistance or advice. The target audience for this website is businesses and others wanting to start or improve programmes, usually in the workplace or in local communities. There are no fees involved with participating.
The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource for policy-related issues on Africa. An undertaking by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Makerere University (MAK), and the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), the portal offers open access to a suite of features including an online library collection; a resource for opinion and analysis; an experts directory; an international events calendar; and a mobile technology component—all aimed to equip users with research and information on Africa’s current policy issues. A key feature to the Africa Portal is the online library collection holding over 2,500 books, journals, and digital documents related to African policy issues. The entire online repository is open access and available for free full-text download. A portion of the digital documents housed in the library have been digitised for the first time as an undertaking of the Africa Portal project. Facilitating new digitisation projects is a core feature of the Africa Portal, which aims to improve access and visibility for African research.
Research Matters has launched a web resource for knowledge brokers and intermediaries, which includes those who are interested in knowledge translation and how research evidence can influence decision making. The forum is a shared space for knowledge brokers and intermediaries, people involved in knowledge translation and peers interested in the subject. It is designed as a space where they can access and share resources on the strategic, practical and technical aspects of knowledge brokering and intermediary work, learn from a global community of peers working in the field and share experiences with others. In addition to providing a space for discussions, requesting peer advice and posting knowledge translation-related blogs, the forum will be hosting regular themed discussions, including how evidence is used in the development of policy and practice and what this means for knowledge brokers and intermediaries, how to conduct knowledge brokering and intermediation on issues where opinion divides sharply, and how to measure the effectiveness of knowledge brokering and intermediation.
The Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) was launched in August 2009 in response to the specific health challenges in rural areas. The RHAP believes that a focus on rural health is key to improving national health outcomes and achieving progress towards the millennium development goals. This is because rural communities have poorer health status, less access to health care facilities, fewer resources, less information and fewer health care professionals than their counterparts in urban areas. The RHAP believes that for South Africa to improve its health outcomes, the problems faced by rural communities need specific attention. The RHAP is a partnership between the Wits Centre for Rural Health (CRH), the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) and SECTION27, incorporating the AIDS Law Project. The website contains news items and papers by researchers on various topics regarding rural health, such as health worker retention, health services and health financing.
Now in its third phase, the Municipal Services Project (MSP) is exploring and evaluating models of service delivery that are deemed to be successful alternatives to commercialisation, in an effort to understand the conditions required for their sustainability and reproducibility. The focus is on the water, electricity and primary health care sectors in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The project is composed of academic, labour, NGO and social movement partners from around the world. The site features a diversity of publications and materials, from academic journal articles to video and audio documentaries. MSP is an inter-sectoral and inter-regional research project that systematically explores alternatives to the privatisation and commercialisation of service provision in the health, water, sanitation and electricity sectors. Having spent the first two phases of the project (2000-2007) critiquing privatisation, this phase of the project (2008-2013) will analyse service delivery models that are successful alternatives to commercialisation in an effort to better understand the conditions required for their sustainability and reproducibility. The website for the project has been updated and provides new resources on this issue.
Health and Human Rights Info aims at making practical information and materials on health and human rights more easily accessible to health workers.
The Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) is based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, South Africa. PULP endeavours to publish and make available innovative, high-quality scholarly texts on law in Africa. PULP also publishes a series of collections of legal documents related to public law in Africa, as well as text books from African countries other than South Africa. On their website, they have interesting information on human rights and HIV and give case studies from southern African countries.
This website provides information on the World Social Forum 2009 in the Amazon. Organisations, networks and movements can obtain and exchange information and help building yet one more edition of the WSF. The website will be updated periodically with information on a set of themes linked to the participation on the 2009 event.
The HealthLink Bulletin is a free weekly electronic news bulletin of interest to health workers, policy makers, journalists, researchers, donor organisations, medical insurance and pharmaceutical companies, civil society organisations and consultants. Information covered includes notice of new research findings, publications, conferences, events, news, job opportunities, resources (electronic and other), courses and news items relevant to health systems development, policy and practice in Southern Africa.
The Habitat process was launched by the UN in 1976, when governments began to recognise the risks of rapid urbanisation: in particular, rising inequality, falling quality of life and unsustainable development. More than half of the world’s population now lives in urban areas, and this figure is predicted to rise to almost 70% by 2050. As a result, cities have become focal points for addressing many of humanity’s greatest challenges. Economic inequalities have dramatically increased, and are heavily concentrated in urban areas: almost one third of city-dwellers live in informal settlements, such as slums. Habitat is a state-led process, so many world leaders and UN representatives will be at the conference. The UN also established a General Assembly of Partners to encourage the participation of local authorities, grassroots and indigenous organisations, women’s and youth groups, as well as the private and charitable sectors. The main topic of discussion was the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda (NUA): a 24-page document, which outlines the nation states’ shared vision for a sustainable urban future. The NUA has undergone three rounds of revisions between May and September 2016, to iron out conflicts and reach a consensus between the UN nation states. The “right to the city” is also enshrined in the document, calling on governments to create “cities for people, not for profit”, ensuring an inclusive, gender and age sensitive approach to city planning, as well as continuing efforts to reduce urban poverty. Unlike the Paris climate agreement or the SDGs, the NUA is non-binding – it merely provides guidelines for those involved in urban development. It does not give practical advice about how the NUA should be carried out, and who is in charge of implementing it. It does recognise the need for producing evidence to inform the implementation of the NUA, but does not indicate how progress should be measured and assessed.