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Afghanistan’s Future: Development, the state, and the humanitarian challenge

The American withdrawal from Afghanistan has left the international community uncertain, not only concerning the future of the country and its people – particularly women and girls – but also the future of intervention. Orzala Nemat, Khalid Payenda and Rory Stewart discuss what the future holds for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, and the humanitarian challenge facing the international development community.

Gaps in health equity: Insights from history, lessons from Covid-19, and ideas for the future

Unequal access to the Covid-19 vaccine magnifies long-standing gaps in health equity. Will this crisis propel us into a new discussion of health equity, and change our understanding of the global partnerships needed to achieve it? Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Pascaline Dupas, Mesfin Teklu Tessema and Sunil Amrith discuss the health and healthcare challenges low-income countries face.

The urgency for action at COP-26: What will a fair deal look like?

As world leaders meet at the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference, also known as COP-26, to make new commitments to prevent climate breakdowns, what should higher- and lower-income countries be asked to contribute? John Haldon, Sunita Narain, Nicholas Ryan and Rohini Pande explore the question of how to equitably distribute the cost of reducing emissions.

Time to reimagine sustainable development? On the eve of the UN General Assembly

As the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly opens on Tuesday, September 14 to discuss progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, Stefan Dercon, Shanta Devarajan, Rory Stewart and Catherine Cheney ask: Do they measure the right things? How realistic are they? And how are they faring in a world changed by health and climate emergencies?