accelerating change: foundation blog

liberation and innovation: lessons from rwanda for legacy industries

I attended the 25th Anniversary of Liberation Day in Kigali on July 4, 2019, commemorating the end of the genocide. The contrast between “then” and today was extraordinary.     Parade commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Liberation Day in Kigali on July 4, 2019.   Rwanda has made progress since 1994 toward attaining many Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). […]

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swimming across the strait of messina

The Strait of Messina between Sicily and Calabria, Italy, has seen ancient civilizations come and go. Conquer and be conquered. Odysseus describes how Scylla, a six-headed monster, awaits sailors on the one shore and Charybdis, a giant whirlpool, is ready to swallow the entire ship. In the face of these dangers, what does one do?   Similar […]

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delivering for working women

Advancing Women in the Workplace A 2015 McKinsey Global Institute report found that countries could add $12 trillion to global GDP by 2025 by advancing women’s equality. Building on this work, McKinsey launched another report, The Future of Women at Work, earlier this month at the 2019 Women Deliver Conference – four days of learning, sharing, awareness-raising, and partnership-building to […]

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women delivering health

Earlier this month, 6,000 decision-makers, implementers, researchers, advocates, and private sector representatives from 169 countries descended upon Vancouver, Canada for the 2019 Women Deliver Conference – four days of learning, sharing, awareness-raising, and partnership-building to accelerate progress toward global sustainable development for women and girls. Here are some key health-related insights: Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) NCDs account for […]

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the “malawi resolution” revisited

By the late 1980s, the World Health Organization (WHO) had started to ramp up efforts to address global tobacco control. World No Tobacco Day was created by the Member States of the WHO in 1987, whereby the World Health Assembly (WHA) passed Resolution WHA40.38 that called for April 7, 1988, to be a “a world no-smoking day.” […]

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