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Focus on Migration: A closer look at ‘climate refugees’

Posted by CID sourced from SciDevNet on 24 October 2014

'Climate refugee' is a popular term in media stories, however by drawing on sea level rise as the cause of migration movements in the Pacific, this term oversimplifies the multitude factors contributing to people leaving the islands.

Cash aid for refugees succeeds despite donors' doubts

Posted by CID sourced from Thomson Reuters on 24 October 2014

A growing body of academic research and practical observations has shown that aid in the form of cash may be more effective for refugees than other relief efforts, despite the assumptions of irresponsible spending in the aid industry.

Technology helps Africa's women farmers close the gap

Posted by CID Sourced from Thomson Reuters on 24 October 2014

Women farmers are vital in agriculture and food production in Africa. Through the use of new technologies and conventional media platforms, the limited access to information and advice often faced by these women is starting to be overcome.

People with disabilities ‘simply don’t count’ in many developing countries

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 24 October 2014

According to World Health Organisation and World Bank figures, about 1 billion people – 15% of the world’s population – are disabled. Yet without proper data collection, the hundreds of millions of people living with disabilities in developing countries remain ignored.

Opinion: It will take more than natural resources for Africa to rise

Posted by CID sourced from Al Jazeera on 23 October 2014

Professor of International Development Practice, Calestous Juma, discusses the importance of industrialisation and economic diversification for Africa through the acquisition of technological capabilities.

From barrier to enabler: how politics can help girls live up to their potential

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 23 October 2014

A shift in attitudes in political systems around the world is necessary to allow girls to fully participate in society. By making visible the connections between economic and political empowerment, movement can begin toward improving the education and politcal voice of girls.

Ethiopia, 30 years after the famine

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 23 October 2014

Three decades after images that shocked the world, Ethipoia has become the darling of the global development community – and the scourge of the human rights lobby. Despite the booming economic growth, issues around the country's governance and democracy remain.

Ebola survivors in Liberia are symbols of hope and help

Posted by CID sourced from Thomson Reuters on 23 October 2014

Ebola survivors are a key component of the fight against Ebola in West Africa. Scientists are trying to find a way to use the antibodies in their blood to help treat victims, and the survirors themselves are often vital volunteers in the relief effort. However they continue to face prejudice and stigma in their communities.

Pacific Islanders take on Australian coal

Posted by CID sourced from IPS on 22 October 2014

Recently 30 'climate warriors' formed a blockade to stop ships entering the world’s largest coal port in Newcastle, Australia, in an effort to bring much-needed attention to the negative impacts of the fossil fuel industry on global climate patterns, especially in the Pacific.

If not now, when? Ending violence against the world’s children

Posted by CID sourced from on 22 October 2014

This paper by David Steven from New York University Center on International Cooperation set three targets over the next year for the global protection of children from violence.

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