Global Equity Initiative, Harvard University

The Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI) is an interfaculty research program at Harvard University devoted to promoting more equitable development with a particular focus on the dimension of health. It addresses these issues by both conducting research, engaging in policy discussions, producing and disseminating evidence and education and training with an interdisciplinary approach. Being an interfaculty initiative, it has the capacity to reach across the different schools at the University and beyond, which are also represented in the HGEI Steering Committee.
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Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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Cover: Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid

Practical Idealists: Changing the World and Getting Paid

Wilson, Alissa
Barham, Ann
Hammock, John

This book will help you make the choices that matter and live your life as a practical idealist. Through examples and exercises, this book explores how to clarify your values and passions, gain relevant skills, find work, use college and graduate school effectively, manage finances, and build a community of support.

Cover: Human Resources for Health: Overcoming the Crisis

Human Resources for Health: Overcoming the Crisis

In this analysis of the global workforce, the Joint Learning Initiative, a consortium of more than 100 health leaders, proposes that mobilization and strengthening of human resources for health, neglected yet critical, is central to combating health crises in some of the world’s poorest countries and for building sustainable health systems everywhere. Ultimately, the crisis in human resources is a shared problem requiring shared responsibility for cooperative action.

Cover: New Patterns for Mexico: Observations on Remittances, Philanthropic Giving, and Equitable Development. Nuevas Pautas para México: Observaciones sobre Remesas, Donaciones Filantrópicas y Desarrollo Equitativo

New Patterns for Mexico: Observations on Remittances, Philanthropic Giving, and Equitable Development. Nuevas Pautas para México: Observaciones sobre Remesas, Donaciones Filantrópicas y Desarrollo Equitativo

Merz, Barbara J.

New Patterns for Mexico examines novel and emerging patterns of United States giving to Mexico and its impact on equitable development. Last year alone, Mexican migrants living in the United States sent billions of dollars back to relatives living in Mexico. This bilingual volume asks: What are these new patterns of diaspora giving and how do they affect equitable development in Mexico? This book builds upon the earlier work of Diaspora Philanthropy: Perspectives on India and China.

Cover: Portrait of a Giving Community: Philanthropy by the Pakistani-American Diaspora

Portrait of a Giving Community: Philanthropy by the Pakistani-American Diaspora

Najam, Adil

Portrait of a Giving Community is based on a nationwide survey of the giving habits of Pakistani-Americans. This study, the first of its kind, not only examines the history, demography, and institutional geography of Pakistani-Americans but also looks at how this immigrant community manages its multiple identities through charitable giving and volunteering.

Cover: Diasporas and Development

Diasporas and Development

Merz, Barbara J.
Chen, Lincoln C.
Geithner, Peter F.

Just as trade, finance, information, and technologies are moving rapidly across borders, so too are labor markets and transnational migrant communities, with migrants sending large quantities of money and knowledge back to their native countries as philanthropy, remittances, and commercial investments. Merz and colleagues examine the positive—and sometimes negative—impacts of this transactional engagement in studies of Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Cover: War in Darfur and the Search for Peace

War in Darfur and the Search for Peace

de Waal, Alex

War in Darfur and the Search for Peace is a series of essays by leading Sudanese and international specialists on Darfur, combining original research and analysis. The book provides in-depth analysis of the origins and dimensions of the conflict, including detailed accounts of the evolution of ethnic and religious identities, the breakdown of local administration, the emergence of Arab militia and resistance movements, and regional dimensions to the conflict.

Cover: Global Health Challenges for Human Security

Global Health Challenges for Human Security

Chen, Lincoln C.
Leaning, Jennifer
Narasimhan, Vasant

The goals of health and human security are fundamentally valued in all societies, yet the breadth of their interconnections are not properly understood. This volume explores the evolving relationship between health and security in today’s interdependent world, and offers policy guidelines for global health action.

Cover: Human Insecurity in a Global World

Human Insecurity in a Global World

Chen, Lincoln C.
Fukuda-Parr, Sakiko
Seidensticker, Ellen

This volume explores the complex challenges that globalization poses for human security. Many of the challenges described are already high on the agenda of the international community. By adding a human security dimension to their analysis, these authors provide new insight into attempts to reduce our vulnerability to the new forces unleashed by global changes.

Cover: Diaspora Philanthropy and Equitable Development in China and India

Diaspora Philanthropy and Equitable Development in China and India

Geithner, Peter F.
Chen, Lincoln C.
Johnson, Paula D.

In an era of accelerated globalization, the relationship between diaspora philanthropy and the economic and social development of many countries is increasingly relevant. This volume aims to advance understanding of diaspora philanthropy in the Chinese American and Indian American communities, especially the implications for development of the world’s two most populous countries.

Cover: Financing Health in Latin America, Volume 1: Household Spending and Impoverishment

Financing Health in Latin America, Volume 1: Household Spending and Impoverishment

Knaul, Felicia Marie
Wong, Rebeca
Arreola-Ornelas, Héctor

The first of two volumes, this book presents new insight into the issue of financial protection in health systems. Analysis of the level and determinants of catastrophic health expenditures among households in eight Latin American countries demonstrates how out-of-pocket health spending is pushing big segments of the population into impoverishment.

Cover: Beauty without the Breast

Beauty without the Breast

Knaul, Felicia Marie

Felicia Marie Knaul documents the personal and professional sides of her experience with breast cancer. She contrasts her own journey with that of women throughout the world who face stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to health care and also shares striking epidemiological data about breast cancer, a leading killer of young women in developing countries.

Cover: Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative

Closing the Cancer Divide: An Equity Imperative

Knaul, Felicia Marie
Gralow, Julie R.
Atun, Rifat
Bhadelia, Afsan

Cancer is a leading cause of death and disability in low- and middle-income countries. A cancer transition is increasing preventable risk, illness, impoverishment from illness, and death in poor populations. This book presents innovative strategies for strengthening health systems in response to the challenge of cancer and other chronic illnesses.

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