The good news is that more imaginative ways of raising and spending money are now on the horizon. How well they do will depend on many details—like the quality of information flowing between poor places and the governments, firms and individuals that want to help.
In what is being seen as the first of many such actions to come, nine individuals have filed formal charges claiming that the H1N1 campaign is a deliberate attempt to poison the French population.
Governments have not responded effectively to the "huge pandemic" of HIV/Aids, according to pop star Annie Lennox. The former Eurythmics singer was one of the leading attractions at this year's Festival of Politics at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.
There have long been concerns that the UK education system may not provide the numbers of skilled people needed for the workforce. Read the first report of a project considering the future supply and demand for science, technology and maths graduates.