GlobeMed Panel Discussion
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Rwanda cuts poverty by 12% in six years
This past Wednesday, the GlobeMed at CU Boulder chapter participated in a debate regarding the economic policies of six prominent economists: Paul Collier, Esther Duflo, William Easterly, Dambisa Moyo, Jeffrey Sachs and Amartya Sen. This debate was the culmination of three weeks worth of work – members were split into 6 separate groups, with each group being assigned a different economist. In addition to knowing the economic policies of our assigned economist both inside and out, we also learned the economic policies of the five other economists, allowing us to effectively facilitate our economic argument. Ultimately, the debate proved both educational and fun, with smiles, laughter, and stimulating conversation abound.
The day following our economic debate, I ran across an article in the LA Times featuring Paul Collier. An idealist at heart, Collier advocates economic policies guided by values-compassion and enlightened self-interest. Collier sees a need for checks and balances in order to promote good governance and believes that economic development must precede political development. In his most recent interview, Collier commented on some of the reasons behind Rwanda’s staggering economic growth.
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Half A Billion Children At Risk From Malnutrition
Save the Children released a report saying that over the next 15 years malnutrition puts over 500 million children at risk for permanent health problems.
“Malnutrition is a largely hidden crisis, but it afflicts one in four children around the world … It wreaks lifelong damage and is a major killer of children. Every hour of every day, 300 children die because of malnutrition.” - Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children