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Vote for icddr,b Researcher Shortlisted for Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development initiative

A research proposal to help reduce the enormous burden of post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) developed by icddr,b’s Dr. Aminur Rahman Shaheen has been shortlisted for the multi- million dollar Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development grant competition. Research proposals are shortlisted based on innovative health solutions that cut across technology, service delivery, and demand. Dr. Shaheen’s study, “Tampostat: A low-cost, self-regulating tamponade for management of postpartum hemorrhage in low-resource settings,” is one of 52 finalists in the competition.

All 52 finalists’ innovations are open for on-line voting for a People’s Choice Award until 31 July (5 pm ET). The winner will be announced on 1 August. Learn more about Dr. Shaheen's innovation on the icddr,b website. To vote please click here.

Hewlett Foundation Renews Support for PopPov Secretariat

This month the Population Reference Bureau will begin a new stage in its partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Population and Poverty Research Initiative. With renewed funding from the Hewlett Foundation, PRB will shift its focus outward from the PopPov Network to engage policy audiences with results from PopPov projects and related research and to build researchers' and advocates' capacity to communicate these results.

Read Hewlett Foundation's program officer Helena Choi's reflections on accomplishments of the initiative and future directions.

Watch: Interview with Jean-François Kobiané and Moussa Bougma

In a new video interview, Jean-François Kobiané and Moussa Bougma discuss their analyses of the links between family structure, poverty, and child labor in Africa.

You can find this and other interviews on the PopPov Interviews page.

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Researcher News

Johanne Sundby co-edited a special issue on "Female Genital Mutilation, Cutting, or Circumcision" in Obstetrics and Gynecology International. See the table of contents here.

"Refusal Bias in the Estimation of HIV Prevalence" by Wendy Janssens was published in the June 2014 edition of Demography.

Watch Jan Willem Gunning's presentation on development in Africa here.

Hans-Peter Kohler and Jere Behrman are participating in the Post-2015 Consensus, which brings together the world's top economists, NGOs, international agencies, and businesses to identify the UN MDGs with the greatest benefit-to-cost ratio for the next development agenda.

Read Deon Filmer's paper "Randomized Controlled Trials and Regression Discontinuity Estimations: An Empirical Comparison" here.

Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue (Cornell) and Gervais Beninguisse (IFORD) recently participated in the Conférence Internationale et Symposium National sur le Dividende Démographique en Afrique.

PopPov wishes to congratulate our partners, the African Economic Research Consortium, on celebrating 25 years of excellence in capacity building and economic research. Read more here.

The South African Presidency recently awarded SALDRU the contract for the implementation of the fourth wave of the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS). NIDS is a panel study of approximately 28,000 individuals who are tracked over time in order to aid our understanding of the changing circumstances of South Africans. SALDRU has been the implementation agency for this survey since its inception in 2008.

Kathleen Beegle, Ben D'Exelle, Claus Portner, and Joshua Wilde recently participated in the CSAE Conference on Economic Development in Africa.

Murray Leibbrandt co-authored "Educational Inheritance and the Distribution of Occupations: Evidence from South Africa," available in the Review of Income and Wealth.