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Financial systems: failing in the west but coming soon to a village near you?

Posted by CID sourced from the Guardian Global Development Network on 20 October 2014

The financial crisis showed that developed world banking models are not indestructible, should they be used in the global south?

Hope in the slums of Nairobi starts to run dry

Posted by Sourced by NDRF from Thompson Reuters Foundation on 17 October 2014

The Nairobi slums have never had reliable access to safe water. Unless the government addresses this and other basic needs, life for the city’s poorest residents cannot improve. With better hygiene, clean drinking water and proper drainage, the slum dwellers will be in a better position to contribute to the nation’s economy.

Offshore wind farms the future - Statkraft CEO

Posted by CID sourced from Thompson Reuters Foundation on 17 October 2014

Statkraft predicts far more offshore wind farms will be the largest generator of renewable energy. Global warming will mean more extreme winds, and turbines must be more robust.

Marking World Day, UN spotlights rural women as ‘force’ that can drive global progress

Posted by CID sourced from UN News Centre on 16 October 2014

International day of rural women was celebrated on 15 October. The UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon in a message marking the occasion, said that rural women are a force that can drive global progress and furthermore, rural women are essential for the international community to move ahead on the post-2015 development goals and conclude a universal climate agreement.

Man Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan 'ashamed to be Australian' over Tony Abbott's coal comments

Posted by CID sourced from the ABC on 16 October 2014

Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan, winner of the prestigious 2014 Man Booker literary award, says Tony Abbott's comments that "coal is good for humanity" makes him "ashamed to be Australian".

Colombian farmers sue BP in British court

Posted by CID sourced from the Guardian on 16 October 2014

In the first case of its kind, Colombian farmers claim environmental damage caused by BP’s oil pipeline threatens their livelihoods. The four-month trial will be the first time BP has faced a UK court over its actions overseas and the first time compensation for environmental damage to privately owned land, caused by a UK oil company, has been litigated in the UK.

Women in Tanzania set for equal land rights – let’s make sure it happens

Posted by CID sourced from the Guardian on 16 October 2014

The country’s new constitution is a great milestone for women, overriding the customary paractices that weaken women's access to land. However enacting laws that support women's right to land does not bring all women to the finish line. Women's land rights have to be fully implemented and this is a challenge around the world.

Improving agriculture sector information in Samoa

Posted by CID sourced from FAO on 15 October 2014

Working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MAF) and the Samoa Bureau of Statistics (SBS), Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is investing over US$350,000 in a two year technical assistance project to improve agriculture sector information and statistics for Samoa.

Samoan students learn about climate change

Posted by CID sourced from FAO on 15 October 2014

Representatives from FAO have been assisting schools in Samoa with learning about climate change, and what it means for the small island states around the Pacific.

Fiji rice production project aims to increase local supply

Posted by CID sourced from FAO on 15 October 2014

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN is supporting an initiative undertaken by the Fijian government from 2004 to reduce dependence on imported rice and to revitalise domestic production of the staple. The FAO is assisting through training and education on the latest technologies and methods..

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