The Economist's 3-page story on our latest project


Bjorn Lomborg

Haiti: A time to sow

The Economist this week published a 3-page article on Haiti, with extensive coverage of the Copenhagen Consensus Haiti Priorise project:

It showcased a large number of the best solutions from the research project that involved fifty economists covering a vast array of solutions for Haiti. The Economist even included the table of the top interventions by benefit-cost ratio.

Their reporter also interviewed President Moïse, to whom we had previously presented the findings. The story emphasizes the President's interest in wheat flour fortification, essentially enriching wheat flour with iron and folic acid. It is also a highly cost-effective way to reach the about 40% of the population that eats bread regularly to avoid anemia (iron) and neural tube defects (folic acid). In total, a cost of about $5m over 10 years would avoid 150 infant deaths and 250,000 cases of anaemia every year. Each dollar spent would generate $24 of social benefits in Haiti.

President Moïse "found the value of wheat fortification the most surprising of the CCC’s findings, and promised to require it within half a year. That alone could justify the cost of the CCC’s research."

Actually, it is likely the benefits from completing wheat fortification alone would generate benefits worth $120 million – sixtyfold returning the costs of the entire project.

And no matter what, this could be a great early win for Haiti.

Trump's Paris decision is opportunity in disguise

President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord means that it is time to finally give up on the failed Kyoto-Paris approach to global warming. With a cost above one trillion dollars per year and a miniscule effect on global temperatures, the Treaty was doomed to fail from the start. 

We should use this opportunity to recognize the flaws in the Kyoto-Paris approach, and change course. To solve global warming, we need to invest far more into making green energy competitive.

Lomborg analyzed the U.S.' withdrawal from the Paris Accord in opinion editorials for newspapers around the world, such as Britain's biggest broadsheet newspaper The Telegraph, Canada's newspaper of record Globe and Mail, Australian Financial Review, Politiken (Denmark), Die Welt (Germany), El Universo (Ecuador) and La Tercera (Chile).

It's time to change tack on climate policy

A large number of media organizations from across the globe, including BBC radio and TV, Channel 4 News (UK), FOX NewsFOX Business and Reason (USA), 2GB Radio and Bolt Report (Australia), Jyllands-Posten (Denmark) and Milenio (Mexico), reached out to Bjorn Lomborg to comment on the Paris Treaty.

He explained that how the promises in the Paris Treaty were never enough to get anywhere near the 2°C target – they literally get us just 1% of the way.

Lomborg also discussed the pitfalls of the Kyoto-Paris approach during a lecture at Purdue University. His short video on the Paris Treaty has now been viewed more than 5 million times on YouTube and the PragerU website.

Changing the narrative about Haiti

The most common narrative we hear about Haiti is one of great need. Focusing on the problems, though, tells us little about where donors or Haiti’s government could make the biggest difference.

The Haïti Priorise research project does just that, by generating data about the most powerful opportunities to boost prosperity and health for generations, providing NGOs and government officials with the intellectual ammunition to advocate for more funding for effective solutions.

Read Bjorn Lomborg's column for Project Syndicate in five languages. It was published by newspapers around the world, including Arab News (Saudi Arabia), The Daily Star (Lebanon), New Vision (Uganda), Mareeg (Somalia) and La Nacion (Costa Rica).

The Nordic initiative that the world doesn’t want or need

The prime ministers of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden recently launched an initiative called "Nordic Solutions to Global Challenges", which aims "to drive progress toward the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".

Unfortunately, the prime ministers have their priorities wrong. While their initiative is well-meaning, it tells the world that Scandinavia cares more about rich northerners’ own concerns than what the poor need and ask for.

Read Lomborg's article in Forbes, Jyllands-Posten (Denmark), Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden), Aftenposten (Norway) and Iceland Monitor.

A memo to the new WHO director

The World Health Organization just elected a new director-general, former Ethiopian health and foreign minister Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. In an article for Britain's New Scientist magazine, Lomborg explains what the new WHO leader should focus on first to improve global health, based on the extensive economic research for the Copenhagen Consensus Center.

The article is also available in Danish (Borsen) and Italian (Il Sole 24 Ore).

More global articles and videos:

Bangladesh Priorities Youth Forums
Copenhagen Consensus YouTube channel

Presidential Lecture Series
Talk at Purdue University

Nutrición temprana: imperativo moral y económico
InfoBAE (Argentina)

Le décret de Trump sur l'indépendance énergétique révèle l'impuissance de l'Accord de Paris
La Tribune (France)

O baixo custo de acabar com a pobreza
Jornal de Negocios (Portugal)

No, solar and wind are not "taking over the world"

A third of all adults is now overweight or obese

Denmark cuts electric car subsidies and demand drops like a stone

Most people support Paris like they support apple pie

Improving Learning in Haiti’s Classrooms

Pollutants: Fatal attraction

About Bjorn Lomborg and the Copenhagen Consensus 

Dr. Bjorn Lomborg researches the smartest ways to improve the environment and the world, and has repeatedly been named one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 public intellectuals.

He is the author of several best-selling books, an adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School and works regularly with many of the world’s top economists, including seven Nobel Laureates.

His think tank, the Copenhagen Consensus Center, was ranked by the University of Pennsylvania as one of the world’s "Top 25 Environmental Think Tanks".

Lomborg is a frequent commentator in print and broadcast media, for outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, CNN, FOX, and the BBC. His monthly column is published in 19 languages, in 30+ newspapers with more than 30 million readers globally.

The smartest solutions for Haiti

The Copenhagen Consensus Center has released all research papers written by top Haitian and international scholars which explore a vast range of different policy options for the nation.

In recent contributions for Huffington Post, Lomborg writes about the research findings on improving mother and child nutrition, primary education, protection from natural disasters, improving public services, workforce equality, decentralization and farm losses.

His articles were also printed in two of Haiti's biggest newspapers, Le Nouvelliste and Le National (in French). See the most recent publications below. You can find another 11 articles in last month's newsletter (here), and an additional 8 in the previous one (here).

Interventions BCR
Cholera Mass Vaccination with Two Doses 2.1
Cholera Mass Vaccination with One Dose 3.5
Cholera School Vaccination with Two Doses 4.5
Cholera Mass Vaccination with One Dose 5.9
HIV test and treatment 3.1
Hypertension 1.7
Diabetes 3.6
Cervical Cancer 0.8

Interventions BCR
Mother tongue instruction 8.4
Training teachers 6
Private school subsidies 2.9
Free uniforms 3

Interventions BCR
Borehole and Handpump in rural areas 2.2
Community-Led Total Sanitation in rural areas 1.1
Pit Latrines in urban areas 0.9
Container Based Sanitation in urban areas 1

Intervention BCR
Decentralized Government 10.2
Crop Transport Truck System 2.6
Packaging and Conservation Center 1.2
And two articles on the final results:

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