Battle for Access to Medicines Takes Centre Stage at WHO

Originally published in The Wire. As the business of global health expands, inevitably the gatekeepers of international trade and investment have become important at World Health Organization (WHO) – the axis on which public health policy rests. Of the many policies that get formulated at WHO, discussions on the access to medicines including cost of…

WHO Priorities Likely to Be Constrained by Finances

Originally published in The Wire. Irrespective of all the ambitions for the future and earnest intentions to reform the administration, ultimately it will be financing that will dictate how far WHO can go.

WHO Gets to Work: 2018 a Litmus Test for New Team

Originally published in The Wire. Ambitious priorities, strained budgets and a changing political order dominate the World Health Organisation’s upcoming annual executive board meet in Geneva.  

A New Administration Settles in at the WHO

Originally published in The Wire. A new team and a new programme of work is being discussed at the WHO, but will the new director general engage with challenging issues or maintain status quo?

Self-Regulation Against Money Laundering in Art

PUBLISHED BY BILAN IN FRENCH IN JUNE 2017. Read here. Original English Version Below: SWISS ART MARKET FIGHTS MONEY LAUNDERING TAINT WITH A PUSH FOR SELF REGULATION Priti Patnaik, February 2017 One can easily overlook a discreet corner of Geneva Palexpo, a convention centre in the outskirts of this small city, especially on a chilly…

Coworking Rules!

How I became a coworker and why I love it. My recent story published by Swissinfo.ch (By the way, it is ‘coworking’ and not ‘co-working’ as I learned the hard way, after I got trolled by some of my coworkers!!) — Nearly half of the Swiss workforce are no longer be bound by location due to…

Regulation on financial speculation in agricultural commodities

First published in French in Bilan ahead of the vote. Banning financial speculation on agricultural commodities in Switzerland – the only way to address food prices? Priti Patnaik, 26 February To weed out good speculation from bad speculation, is a good principle, but difficult to implement. The initiative to ban financial speculation of foodstuffs in Switzerland may or may…

Art & Money Laundering in Switzerland

French version, published in Bilan: Marché de l’art: l’opacité se dissipe NEW MEASURES MIGHT SHED LIGHT ON THE OPAQUE ART MARKET IN SWITZERLAND Priti Patnaik, November 2015 Bilan, Geneva A slew of changes in the legal and regulatory environment in Switzerland aim to tighten the noose around suspicious investors, who launder money by buying art and possibly,…