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The intelligence game: New Zealand, the NSA and the Pacific

Some may express a lack of concern about evidence of intelligence agencies ‘hoovering up’ every single communication across the southwest Pacific. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t illegal and wrong. Comprehensive surveillance of the... Read more about 'The intelligence game: New Zealand, the NSA and the Pacific'...

Documentary: How local reformers revolutionised land rights in the Philippines

In this 10-minute documentary, we meet the three local activists who made it possible – against the odds – for ordinary Filipinos to own the land they live on for the first time... Read more about 'Documentary: How local reformers revolutionised land rights in the Philippines'...

Blog: Financing the SDGs and the need for fresh perspectives

Negotiations on the UN’s 3rd international conference on financing for development have kicked-off in New York. With just six months to go until the conference in Addis Ababa, there is precious little time... Read more about 'Blog: Financing the SDGs and the need for fresh perspectives'...

Adapting development: improving services to the poor

  2015 will see renewed global commitments to sustainable development. It is clear that there is much to be done, and that new challenges have emerged since the global agreement on the Millennium Development... Read more about 'Adapting development: improving services to the poor'...

83% of lights have gone out in Syria

  A single image can be more powerful, more descriptive and more potent than an entire essay – ‘ a picture says a thousand words,’ as the cliché goes. So it is in Syria,... Read more about '83% of lights have gone out in Syria'...

Putting women’s rights on the front page

Media coverage of maternal, sexual and reproductive health rights is crucial to achieving international development goals, yet journalists covering these issues often face significant challenges. “When I was a baby, I got sick and... Read more about 'Putting women’s rights on the front page'...

Testing tools to counter online ISIS recruitment

Online innovation hubs, digital labs, virtual ideas factories — terms such as these crop up time and again in SciDev.Net stories, usually to be found in positive tales of social enterprise, digital development... Read more about 'Testing tools to counter online ISIS recruitment'...

A global network for sustainable development

Jeffery Sachs - One year ago, I was in Brazil to launch the Brazilian chapter of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The main message... Read more about 'A global network for sustainable development'...

UK passes bill to honour pledge of 0.7% foreign aid target

The UK has passed a bill that enshrines in law its commitment to spend 0.7% of its gross national income (GNI) on aid every year, making it the first G7 country to... Read more about 'UK passes bill to honour pledge of 0.7% foreign aid target'...

What ISIS really wants

  The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that... Read more about 'What ISIS really wants'...

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