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Post-Brexit sterling decline will cost poor countries $4bn, claims study

New research from the Overseas Development Institute identifies reduced trade, a fall in the value of aid money and declining growth among factors that could hit poor countries in the wake of Brexit.

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Extreme hunger in South Sudan

Three-quarters of south Sudan's population are finding it hard to get enough to eat. New data released in July 2016 indicates a worsening situation.

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Wounded in spirit, South Sudan's people need the salve of mutual forgiveness

The violence that broke out in Wau recently showed just how far South Sudan has to go to reconcile its deep-rooted political and ethnic divisions, writes Eduardo Hiiboro Kussala of the South Sudan Council of Churches.

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U.N. powerless to stop South Sudan's explosion into war in 2013, says former mission head

Looking back to the outbreak of war in South Sudan in 2013, the former UN head of mission reflects on how underestimating the scope of violence in that conflict left the UN and South Sudanese leaders powerless to stop it.

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Globalization’s political fault lines

In the “Brexit” vote, the fault lines were clear: rich versus poor, gainers versus losers from trade/globalization, skilled versus unskilled, educated versus less educated, young versus old, urban versus rural, and diverse versus more homogenous communities. The same fault lines are appearing in other advanced economies, including the United States and continental Europe.

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UNHCR and partners warn in Syria report of growing poverty, refugee needs

A UNHCR report on July 5 on the Syria refugee response found that, while significant progress has been made in providing assistance, the number of Syrian refugees living in poverty continues to rise in host countries in the region and providing access to basic services remains a critical challenge.

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The winners of UNESCO's #Wordsoftolerance photo competition

The photo competition aimed to promote books and reading and spread the message of tolerance. People were invited to choose a quote from his/her favorite author and illustrate it in a fun and creative way. Here are the top 5 entries.

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Jeffrey D. Sachs: Why ISIS persists

In an article for Project Syndicate, Jeffrey D. Sachs argues that the West is capable of defeating ISIS, but cannot do so while fighting a two-front war on both ISIS and Bashar al-Assad. If the US and its allies are willing to reassess their strategic objectives, stability in the Middle East could be possible.

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Are we undercounting work done by women?

One of the Sustainable Development Goals will attempt to tackle the longstanding problem of how to accurately unpaid labour performed mostly by women. Failing to account for unpaid domestic work—such as taking care of the household, children, or other family members—implies that such labor has no value. And we all know that’s not true.

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Bridging data gaps for policymaking: crowdsourcing and big data for development

Having good data in order to inform policy is often scarce, particularly in developing countries. How then is technological innovations helping to mend this divide?

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