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Section Editor: Divya Parmar, City, University of London, UK
Deputy Section Editor: Arne Ruckert, University of Ottawa, Canada

Development theories and development assistance have been fixtures on the global health landscape for decades. Although health was originally given low development priority, its rise in the Millennium Development Goals and position in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) draws attention to the many controversies surrounding health development assistance, including the complex forms it takes (vertical, diagonal, horizontal), the lack of consistency over time, disbursements driven by donor interests rather than need, high transaction costs of poor donor coordination, a ‘charity’ rather than ‘entitlement’ approach, the rise of global philanthropies, and the lack of coherence between donors’ aid and their international trade/macroeconomic policies. In recent years, the role of micro-financing has been advanced as a key development strategy, although it remains controversial; and ‘social impact investing’ (where private speculators invest for global social/public good with the expectation of profit) is inserting a market logic into previously humanitarian notions of assistance or obligation. Papers submitted under this topic will focus on all forms and underlying theories of financial transfers from richer to poorer nations, and how these affect health outcomes, health systems and progress towards the SDH goals and targets.

  1. Content type: Research

    Industrial food animal production (IFAP) is characterized by dense animal housing, high throughput, specialization, vertical integration, and corporate consolidation. Research in high-income countries has docu...

    Authors: Yukyan Lam, Jillian P. Fry and Keeve E. Nachman

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:40

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    In the last decade, efforts have been made in Latin America and the Caribbean to advance in the methodological development of evidence based clinical practice guidelines, among other strategies to improve the ...

    Authors: Paula Andrea Cabrera and Rodrigo Pardo

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:14

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  3. Content type: Research

    To review the publicly available policies and commitments of selected food companies in Thailand relating to obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention, and to assess these stated policies and com...

    Authors: Nisachol Cetthakrikul, Sirinya Phulkerd, Nongnuch Jaichuen, Gary Sacks and Viroj Tangcharoensathien

    Citation: Globalization and Health 2019 15:12

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