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Poorest countries have progressed but fragile countries lag behind

The world’s poorest countries are making development gains, yet challenges remain, particularly for so-called fragile countries affected by conflict or other disasters.

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Exploring how international NGOs address post-2015 education for all: A case study of Catholic Relief Services' response to global education goals

Despite 25 years of international, political and financial attention focused on the goals of Education for All, problems of unequal access to education persist in developing regions around the world. By analysing the work of Catholic Relief Services, this study looks at how INGOs can shed light on the continuing obstacles and opportunities for achieving high-level global education goals at the local level.

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Why the EU migration deal with Sudan is so dodgy

Sudan is a lynchpin in the flow of migrants out of Africa. It is also a serial human rights abuser. For a European Union keen to throttle that flow, it’s an unfortunate combination.

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PIANGO Secretariat Update: Micronesia outreach and presentation of report at Humanitarian Summit

CID's sister organisation in the Pacific, PIANGO, has been doing impressive work, with an award supporting their outreach programme in Micronesia and Executive Director, Emele Duituturaga, presenting a fact-finding report on West Papua to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon.

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Agriculture key to transform world's Least Developed Countries

Agriculture is the "backbone" that will lift the world's Least Developed Countries (LDCs) out of that category, according to Ashwani Muthoo, a senior official from a UN agency that is working to eradicate rural poverty, in an interview with UN Multimedia.

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The lost generation: Children in conflict zones

Ongoing conflicts in the Middle East are producing a lost generation of unschooled children. These children find themselves, through no fault of their own, not only displaced but lacking the opportunity for proper schooling and thus, denied a chance to learn and develop the necessary skills to become fully functional members of society. This lost generation is the tragedy of our time.

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Post-Summit takeaways on the ‘Agenda for Humanity’

Commentary in the lead-up to the Summit was predictably polarised. Some claimed it would be a ‘total mess’, while others were more optimistic about the democratic processes involved. So which view proved to be correct? In reality, a little of both.

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An unprecedented aid increase (or not)

The aid budget will leap up from NZ$589 million the 2015/16 financial year to NZ$659 in 2016/17. A hefty 12% rise. However, analysis done by NZADDs reveals that this trend is not so much a result of funding increases but under-spending.

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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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