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Blog: Kishan Devkota updates on ECWZ's community-based disaster response in Nepal

This is the second in a series of blog posts by Kishan Devkota, Managing Director of the Everest Children’s Welfare Zone (ECWZ). Kishan has been sending WhyDev updates of this organisation’s response to the Nepal earthquakes, providing an unfiltered view from inside one community’s response to these disasters.

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A public-private partnership tackling law and order in PNG

An NGO, RJIA represents a successful public-private partnership emerging from the extractive industries. RJIA started as a partnership between Barrick Niugini Ltd and the local community in response to serious concerns about the breakdown of law and order in and around the Porgera Mine in PNG.

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EU draws fire for failing to set date for 0.7% aid target

Failure to set 2020 deadline for aid targets puts international funding agenda at risk, say campaigners, as focus on private finance is also criticised.

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Dirty money has outsized impact on world's poorest,

Dirty money stashed overseas to hide the proceeds of crime, corruption and tax evasion has an outsized impact on the world's poorest countries, a new study has found.

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UK Charity Commission Under Fire

The UK Charity Commission is facing legal action after an advocacy group accused it of exceeding its role and acting like “counter-terrorism police”.

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Good governance delivers pro-poor public services

New ADB research sheds light on the links between governance, public service delivery, and citizens' empowerment, providing a way forward for pro-poor services in Asia and the Pacific. ADB’s Shikha Jha and Pilipinas Quising explain why accountability in public service and governance go together.

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Forest communities map lands using data loggers

Simple data logging devices can help forest communities map their land and monitor environmental change, according to researchers running a trial.

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The volunteer hiring freeze: first victims of the aid cut

One of the aid budget losers across the Tasman last week was the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program—it faces a sizable cut of 30%, or $17 million, bringing its allocation down to $39.6 million. Researcher Ashlee Betteridge looks at the implications.

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Blog: Bluer than blue: Boosting the ocean economy

Jackie Thomas of the Asian Development Bank reflects on the concept of a 'blue economy' - apt thinking for today, which is World Ocean Day. The blue economy can be defined broadly as all economic activity involving the marine sector, or more specifically as the use of ocean resources for sustainable development. Thomas explores both schools of thought and their implications in this piece.

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Pacific civil society swings out against free trade agreement

Fourteen Pacific Island Forum countries are currently locked in negotiations with their two largest economic neighbors, Australia and NZ, to forge a new regional free trade agreement called ‘PACER Plus’, which supporters believe will boost economic growth in the region. However, not everyone is in support of the agreement, with the "Tabu PACER-Plus” campaign calling on Pacific Islanders to stand up for their economic future by telling their governments to walk away from the trade negotiations.

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