Malia Politzer


Malia Politzer is an award-winning long-form journalist who specializes in international development, human rights issues and investigative reporting. She recently completed a fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs in India and Spain. For three years, she worked as a feature-writer at Mint, India’s second-largest financial newspaper, where she wrote about international development, strategic philanthropy and impact investing. She holds an M.S. journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she was a Stabile Fellow for Investigative Journalism, and a B.A. from Hampshire College.

Latest Articles

How to combat NCDs? Take a sector-wide approach
29 May 2018

Noncommunicable diseases are the leading cause of mortality worldwide, responsible for 70 percent of global deaths — 80 percent of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. While reducing NCDs is possible, it will require targeted and strategic action by many different stakeholders. Identifying the most impactful and strategic interventions, dividing tasks according to stakeholder expertise, communicating, and working collaboratively across sectors are key to success.

Working toward global health security: Strategies and challenges
23 Oct 2017

While globalization is a boon to business and economic growth, it also means that diseases have the potential to travel quickly and unpredictably, making global health security more important than ever before. Devex looks at some of the challenges and strategies that different stakeholders are using to improve health security worldwide.

Q&A: How can we provide UHC amid disaster?
25 Sep 2017

When disaster strikes or conflict rages, the challenge of providing health care gets ever harder and more complex. Speaking to Devex, Elhadj As Sy, secretary general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, explains that when it comes to universal health coverage, it’s important to talk about those living in fragile settings, and to ask how health care can still be delivered in the most difficult circumstances.

How to achieve universal health coverage? Focus on primary care
11 Sep 2017

How do we ensure that people worldwide get the care they need without the risk of being pushed further into poverty? Achieving universal health coverage will need collaboration, innovation, investment and partnerships. Devex examines some of the challenges in working toward health care access for all and explores the solutions.

Policies that promote healthy hearts
18 May 2017

Treating cardiovascular disease is one of the biggest, fastest-growing burdens on national health care programs, prompting the World Health Organization to create a global action plan for the prevention and control of diseases that calls for a 25 percent reduction in premature mortality from cardiovascular disease. Devex looks at key strategies that governments and policymakers can use to improve cardiovascular outcomes, including the best practice policies that governments can adopt to lower heart disease among their populations, and also where policy gaps remain.

Going for Goals: How to innovate on health sector financing
15 May 2017

Despite major improvements in health outcomes over the past 30 years, we still have a long way to go. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals will need considerable resources, which is why finding innovative financing methods will be critical to their success or failure. Devex examines some of the challenges and opportunities of different financing mechanisms — from public-private partnerships, to blended finance and impact investing.

Q&A: BearingPoint Partner Jean-Michel Huet on what makes a city truly 'smart'
27 Mar 2017

How can we ensure that cities are not just smart, but also sustainable in the long run — both in terms of economic and population growth? Devex spoke to Jean-Michel Huet, partner at BearingPoint, to learn what it takes to build connected, financially sustainable smart cities in the “global south,” the biggest challenges to smart city implementation, and the most effective strategies to overcome them.

Taking the smart route to inclusive, sustainable and connected cities
27 Feb 2017

There are many ways for a city to be “smart.” Innovations in governance and administration, how to best involve citizens in city planning, and the implementation of existing and new technologies are just some of the key components of smart cities. Devex explores the nuts and bolts of building a smarter city.

PPPs key to improved health access in Africa
17 Oct 2016

What is the role of the private sector and innovative partnerships in improving access to primary health facilities in Africa? Philips’ Head of Research in Africa Bahaa Eddine Sarroukh gives us the inside track.

Taking the pulse of health markets: Challenges and strategies
12 Sep 2016

What makes an effective health market? Devex explores some of the challenges blocking market access in developing countries, and strategies that stakeholders can use to remove key barriers — from forming innovative partnerships, to developing markets, social marketing, and medical franchising.