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Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, warns flagship UN report

Posted by CID from UN News Centre on 25 July 2014

The 2014 Human Development Report, launched in Tokyo by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), says that 1.2 billion people live on $1.25 a day or less. At the same time, the UNDP Multidimensional Poverty Index reveals that almost 1.5 billion people in 91 developing countries are living in poverty with overlapping deprivations in health, education and living standards

Opinion: Boko Haram is a vicious sideshow - Nigeria's self-serving elite is the real culprit

Posted by CID from The Independent on 25 July 2014

While much of Africa has made progress in education Nigeria is slipping backwards. Over 10 million primary school age children are out of school, two-thirds of them girls. Behind the headline numbers are some of the world's deepest education inequalities.

Opinion: Sri Lanka: silencing civil society - a blow for democracry

Posted by CID from Thompson Reuters Foundation on 25 July 2014

Civil society organisations have faced a barrage of intimidation, even violence, as Sri Lanka has moved ever closer to becoming an authoritarian state. J.C. Weliamuna, a human rights and constitutional lawyer and board member of Transparency International, speaks out agains the crack down last week by the Ministry of Defence.

Allegations of GSK corruption spread to Syria

Posted by CID sourced from Thompson Reuters Foundation on 25 July 2014

GlaxoSmithKline already face bribery claims in five other countries, now the Bristish drugmaker faces new allegations of corruption, this time in Syria, where they are accused of paying bribes to secure business.

GSK seeks approval for world's first malaria vaccine

Posted by CID sourced from Thompson Reuters Foundation on 25 July 2014

Mosquito-borne malaria kills over 600,000 people a year. British drugmaker, GlaxoSmithKline, is applying for regulatory approval for the world's first vaccine against malaria and pledges to make the shot affordable for the poor.

Bob Geldof takes swipe at Australia's foreign aid cuts

Posted by CID sourced from the Guardian on 25 July 2014

Bob Geldof has attacked the Australian government’s cutting of foreign aid programs, saying that as one of the richest countries in the world it had an “obligation” to help poorer regions.

Twitter Q&A: ask Helen Clark about human development around the world

Posted by on 25 July 2014

To mark the launch of the UNDP global development report, the head of UNDP, Helen Clark, is participating in a Twitter question and answer session tonight at 2.30am NZ time. Post your questions beforehand on Twitter or in the comment thread on the Guardian website.

FGM unit set up to stop practice in UK

Posted by CID from the Guardian on 24 July 2014

The government is to set up a unit to tackle female genital mutilation as part of a wide-ranging package of reforms to stop the practice in the UK. Reforms include holding parents responsible and better police response to honour-based violence such as forced marriage.

China's red furniture craze fuelling illegal logging in Guinea-Bissau

Posted by CID sourced from the Guardian on 24 July 2014

Appetite for African rosewood has driven a surge in illegal deforestation that threatens to destabilise local communities in Guinea-Bissau. Worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, Bissau-Guinean rosewood is used, among other things, to make hongmu furniture, red luxury Chinese pieces replicating the styles of the Qing period.

Tonga coconut partnership flourishes

Posted by CID from Oxfam New Zealand on 24 July 2014

Farmers in rural communities across Tonga grow and process the Coconut Oil using sustainable, organic agriculture methods. Oxfam, with support from MFAT, has provided the processing equipment as well as training and technical expertise to TNYC and the growers.

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