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Why sexual and reproductive health and rights are drivers for development

Early marriages, sexual abuse, unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortions, maternal deaths: the consequences related to the violation of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are crucial in determining the life paths of millions of women around the world. Priority should be given to two dimensions in order to work effectively for these SRHR: a focus on youth and teenage girls and work on social standards.

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Opinion: Labor’s aid pledge: a look in the gift-horse’s mouth

After suffering from major funding cuts, the infrastructure of Australia's aid funding is in turmoil. In response to Australian Labor's electoral promise to add $224 million to Australian's aid budget, Robin Davies, Associate Director of the Development Policy Centre, criticises the practicality of this pledge.

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Media as a form of aid in humanitarian crises

This new report from the Center for International Media Assistance examines how humanitarian crises around the world have led to a major change in the priorities and approaches in media development efforts. It argues that traditional efforts aimed at building sustainable media systems and institutions have had to give way to the more pressing needs of these crises.

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World Bank launches $500 million insurance fund to fight pandemics

The fast-disbursing insurance fund to combat deadly pandemics in poor countries creates the world's first insurance market for pandemic risk. The facility will combine funding from reinsurance markets with the proceeds of a new type of World Bank-issued high-yield pandemic "catastrophe" bond.

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Why I will be attending the World Humanitarian Summit (even if MSF is not)

CID's humanitarian coordinator, Dr Darren Brunk explains the rationale of attending, rather than boycotting the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

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Darren Brunk interviewed on RNZ

Did you miss the interview on Sunday? No worries, listen here.

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From rape to disasters, climate change a threat to women

Globally, a growing number of women's organisations are beginning to draw connections to climate change in their work, said Juliana Velez of the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), a global network of over 100 women's organisations working on climate change and women's issues.

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Build up local data to reach global climate goals

The Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT) was launched last month as a learning platform for countries to share experiences and best practices. It aims to help bridge the gap between local capacity and global requirements within the Paris agreement framework. In this interview, Michael Jacobs, one of the initiative’s coordinators and consultant with the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, explains the thinking behind ICAT and considers the next steps for implementating climate readiness.

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Analysis: Why the UN needs a "peace industrial complex"

In a world where annual defence spending is over 1.6 trillion dollars and the UN Peacebuilding Fund receives less than 700 million dollars, it would seem that the military industrial complex is unwaveringly entrenched. This imbalance in global priorities is not easily overcome, but this focus is one way to that we may be able to create an international system that is proactive rather than reactive.

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Volunteers are fueling the growth of orphanages in Uganda. They need to stop

Orphanages are an intervention without an exit strategy and do nothing to solve problems that cause separation. Families need to be kept together.

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