Rationale: The Need for Effective Policy
A recent United Nations report revealed, surprisingly, that there is no shortage of food in the world. Rather, a third of all the food produced is never consumed, and the food that is thrown out in developed countries would be more than enough to feed all of the world’s 870 million malnourished people – so why isn't this food reaching hungry mouths? The answer is simple: ineffective policy. Similarly, the world has no lack of clean energy sources, water technologies or medical treatments. Why aren't these bringing better health and quality of life to all? Again, the fault lies in policy decisions – ones that, with more objective and creative thinking invested, could actually lead to significantly positive change in the world.
Prof. Itai Sened, Head of BMI, opening the Renewable Energy Seminar that took place in the Israeli Parliament. July 19th 2016.
Recognizing the importance of strategic policy solutions to pressing global challenges and their potential to bring about dramatic improvements in society is the fundamental rationale behind the establishment of the Boris Mints Institute [BMI] for Strategic Policy Solutions to Global Challenges.
The Institute will bring together talented and passionate researchers from TAU and other leading universities to:
Analyze pressing issues from an interdisciplinary, broad systemic perspective;
Draw on the expertise of TAU’s Department of Public Policy and a range of other units working on food security, renewable energy, water, health, economics, labor studies, conflict resolution and more;Formulate novel and practical solutions backed by rigorous scientific methodology;
Deliver strategic policy recommendations and detailed blueprints for implementation to decision-makers worldwide.
Installing a solar energy at the health center in Minjingu, which serves over 4,000 members of the local community. November 2016.