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Seven free online tools to create stunning visuals

The dynamic of online communication is constantly changing, and the web is becoming more visual everyday. With billions of social media users flooding the internet with images that demand your constant attention, written content is simply not enough to stand out. Clear, precise and meaningful visuals are needed in order to get noticed, and there are great tools to help you with just that.

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Gurgaon: What life is like in the Indian city built by private companies

As the development sector is increasingly urged to engage the services of private companies, a fascinating case study in privatisation can be found in the north Indian city of Gurgaon. The city embodies some of the benefits and detriments of private investment - on the one hand, public services more efficient than those the government could provide, but on the other hand, stark housing inequality and an unresolved roaming pig problem.

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Is it time for the aid community to explain itself to developing countries?

Sorting out the different kinds of organizations offering help, their motivations, and their methods—not to mention their underlying interests and longer-term objectives—can be a bewildering challenge for aid recipients. Here Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace introduces a report he has co-authored to help those in developing countries navigate the complex web of the international aid community.

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Funding for women’s rights groups in poor countries falls by more than half

Funding to women’s rights organisations has fallen by more than half over the past five years, despite recent studies that suggest the work of such groups brings the greatest long-term improvement to women’s lives.

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Opinion: G20 reaffirms climate commitments – but dodges deadlines

Leaders back rapid implementation of the Paris agreement and ramping up of green finance, but fail to set timeline for phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies

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Education a leading victim of conflict, says UN hopeful

Education is a leading, and hidden, casualty of war, with some 3 million children out of school in Syria alone, said Irina Bokova, a Bulgarian diplomat hoping to become the next head of the United Nations, on Tuesday.

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Child poverty, inequality and demography: An ODI report

A report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) considers the implications of demographic trends in Africa for the changing age profile of world poverty - suggesting that with the correct mix of policy in place, Africa could accelerate the pace of its demographic transition and reap a dividend from a rising generation of youth. 

 

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Venezuela protests could trigger new stage in political showdown

Thursday’s rallies will test strength of the opposition’s resolve to oust President Maduro and measure how far he will to go to stay in power.

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Not-for-Profits must make a profit

Almost half of Australia’s Not-for-Profit organisations expect to only break-even or make a loss over the next three years. The 2016 NFP Governance and Performance Study, from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), found 59 per cent of organisations believe they will make a profit, 25 per cent expect to break even and 17 per cent anticipate a loss.

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Revisiting the journey to the sustainable development goals

Whilst indicators for the targets have yet to be agreed on and much of how the agenda is to be implemented remains unknown, promising additions to the monitoring processes of governments, alongside the release of multiple countries' reports and national strategies at July's HLPF - offers arguable insight into the future of the SDGs. 

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