Russia names first 'undesirable' as civil society crackdown continues

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By Lean Alfred Santos

Russia’s increasingly restrictive laws concerning civil society have claimed its first “official” victim. What does it mean to be named an “undesirable” organization and how will these laws affect civil society in the country in the long run? We asked several experts to find out.


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Inside Development

The new market builders for health innovation

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Global health innovation is going local — or national. As domestic resources play a larger and larger role in financing health interventions, national governments, not donors, will push new technologies to the marketplace. What will it take to get us there?

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How to engage the private sector in development

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How can public-private dialogue encourage businesses to help tackle global development challenges? Kim Eric Bettcher, senior knowledge manager at the Center for International Private Enterprise, explains in this guest commentary.

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