Coordinated theme resources

Our Roles in the Goals – Resource Hub

Welcome to our hub of all things global health! We hope for this resource hub to be a space for us to share recommendations that help us gain a deeper understanding of the broader issues behind sustainable development, and leave us with food for thought. Help us build this collaboration by adding your own recommendations here, and if you’d like to write a short review about any of the items below get in touch and we can add it as a link to give other members an insight into what’s in store. Get involved! Email with questions or suggestions, big or small.

General global health

No! Is not enough – Naomi Klein

Written in response to Donald Trump’s election, this book looks at how we got here and is a powerful call to action. It is necessary reading for all those who care about people and planet.

Development as Freedom – Amartya Sen

Amartya Sen was awarded the nobel peace prize for economic sciences. This engaging book unpicks the relationship between development and freedom and how one can lead to the other.

Out of the Wreckage: A new politics for an age of crisis – George Monbiot

George Monbiot is a fantastic political commentator and this book is a great way to learn more about the current state of global politics and how we can move forward.

Affliction – Médecins Sans Frontières

An incredible and moving documentary about the Ebola outbreak and MSF’s response.

Politics, Power, Poverty and Global Health

A series of articles covering these central questions to global health and sustainable development followed by brilliant discussion in response.

Main article –

Solomon Benatar – Politics, Power, Poverty and Global Health: Systems and Frames

Responses –

Ronald Labonte – Framing political change, can a left populism disrupt the rise of the reactionary right?

Gorik Ooms – Thinking out of the Box: A Green and Social Climate Fund

David McCoy – Critical Global Health: Responding to Poverty, Inequality and Climate Change

Solomon Benatar – “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”

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I will not hate – Izzeldin Abuelaish

An extraordinary account by a Harvard-educated Palestinian doctor raised in Gaza. Abuelaish lost his 3 daughters and wife in Israeli shelling of Gaza and this book is an incredibly humbling, heartbreaking and inspiring account of his life in medicine and beyond.

Peace in every step – Thich Nagy

A beautiful book about our personal journeys to peace. Nagy is a buddhist monk and peace activist and shares wise words on how we can move into a more peaceful world.

On Palestine – Ilan Pape and Noam Chomsky

Chomsky is a guru for all things justice and is forever releasing incredibly wise and interesting books so would recommend them all! This one is particularly relevant to peace in very challenging situations. Ilan pape is an Israeli academic. This book is a transcribed interview and addresses the main injustices and possible solutions about the occupation of Palestine.

The Shadow World – Andrew Feinstein

This research pulls back the curtain on the secretive world of the global arms trade and reveals the corruption and cover ups behind arms deals. With the UK being the second biggest arms dealer in the world, it is essential reading for those who want to understand the complex and secretive dealings behind the UK’s economy.

Medact’s Health Through Peace Conference 2017

This September Medact hosted its, now annual, Health Through Peace conference in York alongside the IPPNW. The link above connects you to all the recorded lectures, as well as pointing you in the direction of a plethora of fantastic academics and campaigners working on peace.

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This Changes Everything – Naomi Klein

This books makes facing up to the challenges presented by climate change absolutely unavoidable. Naomi Klein concludes with an empowering message of the opportunity climate change presents to change our systems that do so much damage to people and planet, to systems that benefit global health.

Divestment is No Grand Gesture – David McCoy

David McCoy, former head of Medact, explains the rationale behind Medact’s Doctors against Diesel campaign and the damaging impact of diesel.

The Age of Stupid- Franny Armstrong (2008)

Franny Armstrong who founded the 10:10 carbon reduction campaign (find out more here) directs this film set in 2055 in a world ravaged by climate change. Pete Postlethwaite (an anarchist) reviews archival footage back when we could have made a difference and reviews where everything went wrong.

Unbroken Ground- Patagonia Provisions

Watch here. A short film all about how the food choices we make impact on climate change and explores different agricultural methods aimed at restoring land water and wildlife by following pioneers of regenerative agriculture, regenerative grazing, diversified crop development and restorative fishing.

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Economics: a user’s guide – Ha Joon Chang

Ha Joon Chang is a fantastic economist with work focusing on development and economic justice. This book is a fascinating introduction to economics, how to critique the current economic system and what an alternative could look like.

23 Things they don’t tell you about capitalism – Ha Joon Chang

Ha Joon Chang being great again, breaking down some of the central dogma surrounding capitalism. Placing our current system in the context of history, this is a great book to help you start thinking about our economic system.

The Divide  – Jason Hickel

Jason Hickel powerfully explores the factors behind the growing economic divide between the global north and south. He examines the historical factors that have got us here, from the dark past of colonialism and the global slave trade, to exporting neoliberal politics, and establishing a system where for every $1 given to developing countries $24 is returned from servicing debt and other avenues. Have your mind blown by this book…

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City of Thorns – Ben Rawlence

This heart breaking and eye opening book shares several personal stories of people who live in Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. With a population of a quarter of a million Dadaab is bigger than many cities, but the people in the desert city are in a state of perpetual limbo. Rawlence shares their humbling stories and helps us conceptualize the very human struggles in Dadaab, into a wider context of development.

A country of Refuge – edited by Lucy Popescu

A beautiful, heartbreaking, humbling and inspiring collection of poems, shorts stories and insights from people around the world who have had to leave their home and find themselves on the displaced in a foreign land.

The Health Gap: The Challenge of an Unequal World – Michael Marmot

Essential reading behind the concepts of the social determinants of health by one of SfGH’s esteemed patrons, Michael Marmot. This research lays out powerful arguments to focus on tackling health inequalities as a means to reach better health for all.

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The challenges of Africa – Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai is an absolute legend. She was a Kenyan environmental political activist who was awarded the nobel peace prize for her work in sustainable development, democracy and peace. This incredible book explores the history of the african continent and lays out a vision for a progressive and collaborative future driven by empowered african peoples that is sustainable for both people and planet.