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Who died and made you King?

One of the megatrends in development is the rise of southern actors as important decision-makers. Increasingly, for example, decisions made in Delhi or Beijing have larger consequences for people in Sri Lanka than those made in London or Geneva. Mayur Paul, Head of Communications, for Bond looks at the role of Northern INGOs in advocacy.

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Six things business needs to know about water and sustainability

In this article from The Guardian, Josephine Moulds, makes the case that companies must adapt to a new era and work with local communities, government and industry to safeguard their water supplies and reputation.

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Technology and development: A handy framework

Mayur Paul, Head of Communications to CID's sister organisation in the UK - Bond comes up with a four-pronged framework to use when looking at digital development projects.

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Philanthropy surges 5.4% to record $358 billion, says ‘Giving USA’

Charitable giving rose 5.4 percent last year to a record $358.4 billion, according to estimates by "Giving USA," the annual snapshot of American philanthropy.

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What now for Yemen?

In this analysis of the Yemen crisis, Gamal Gasim, believes that for now, the failure of the Geneva conference means that time is running out for the two sides in the conflict - and that in the absence of either a quick military victory or a serious political solution, Yemen might go in an unexpected and uncontrollable direction.

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North Korea says it faces worst drought in a century

North Korea says it is facing its worst drought in a century, sparking fears of worsening food shortages. State news agency KCNA has said main rice-growing provinces had been badly affected and more than 30% of rice paddies are "parching up".

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Climate-resilient Nepal survives the earthquake

One way of adapting to climate change and protecting local economies is to help people become ‘climate smart’. People in ‘climate smart villages’ are trained to adopt organic farming and integrate low-tech and modern technologies. See what is happening in Nepal.

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New Zealand in a good position to raise development aid ambitions

The latest DAC Peer Review of NZ's aid effectiveness commends this country for its hard work in some of the most vulnerable parts of the world but suggests it should be doing more to support capacity building in its partner countries. Read more from the chair Erik Solheim. 

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NZ plans to focus on Middle East and SIDs on the UN Security Council

New Zealand takes the over the presidency of the United Nations Security Council tomorrow (1 July) for the month. As the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Murray McCully points out in this comments piece , it is going to be a busy time.

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NZ aid neglects cross-cutting issues such as human rights and gender

An academic, Terence Wood,  has told Radio New Zealand that the 2015 OECD review of New Zealand's aid programme shows this country is neglecting cross-cutting issues such as gender equality and human rights.

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