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Six things you need to do to change the world in 2015

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 4 December 2014

Paul Ladd, head of post-2015 development agenda at UNDP, puts forward his six suggestions for making the post-2015 development framework the most progressive and ambitious agenda possible.

It's time to rethink how we do development

Posted by CID sourced from Foreign Policy on 3 December 2014

Rather than getting stuck on what doesn't work, a workshop set out to examine recent development successes, and attempted to understand precisely why they worked. The workshop has identify some core principles that characterise succusseful development initiatives across very different country contexts and progreamme objectives and has sparked a commitment to 'do development differently'.

Ebola batters Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone economies

Posted by CID sourced from Thomson Reuters Foundation on 3 December 2014

As a result of the Ebola outbreak, the World Bank has lowered its growth forecast for Guinnea and Sierra Leone. In Liberia, where there are signs of progress in containing the epidemic and some increasing economic activity, growth predictions are still less than half the pre-crisis estimate. As long as the epidemic continues, the human and economic impact will only grow more devastating.

Religious leaders vow to eradicate modern-day slavery

Posted by CID sourced from Thomson Reuters Foundation on 3 December 2014

Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim leaders committed themselves to ridding the world of human trafficking, forced labour, prostitution and organ trafficking by 2020.

Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill rushed, not specific enough

Posted by CID sourced from Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand on 2 December 2014

New Zealand’s Catholic Bishops and Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand say the Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill is being rushed too fast through Parliament, and is not specific enough. The Catholic Church recognises the urgency of responding to the threat of ISIS in the Middle East, but it is important that powers under the Bill were not misused in other situations.

Pressure over new MFAT boss decision

Posted by CID sourced from Radio New Zealand on 2 December 2014

Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully must appoint a career diplomat to replace the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)'s outgoing chief executive, according to a former top diplomat.

The double burden of malnutrition

Posted by CID sourced from IPS on 1 December 2014

The first-ever Global Nutrition Report, a peer-reviewed publication has been released. It highlights that as countries are developing economically they are going through a nutrition transition, creating a reality where overweight and obesity exist alongside under-nutrition, revealing the multifaceted and complex phenomenon behind modern malnutrition.

No tipping please: Australia and the UN climate fund

Posted by CID sourced from DevPolicy Blog on 1 December 2014

Last week, 22 countries pledged US$9.6 billion to the new UN climate change financing vehicle, the Green Climate Fund. Australia was the only country to actually rule out a contribution.

United Nations starts pounding pavement on the road to Addis Ababa

Posted by CID sourced from Eurodad on 1 December 2014

As far as financial issues are concerned, the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) is shaping up to become 2015’s most important summit. If an ambitious global financing framework is not agreed in Addis Ababa next July, the success of the September summit on new Sustainable Development Goals and a post-2015 framework will also be in jeopardy.

Sanitation: 7 must-see TED talks

Posted by CID sourced from The Guardian on 1 December 2014

If sanitation and hygiene are the last taboos in development terms, that hasn’t stopped these global experts sharing their views on the unmentionable.

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