An estimated $1tn [£0.8tn] flows illegally out of developing countries and emerging economies each year - more than they receive in foreign direct investment and aid combined. Beyond bleeding the world's poorest economies, this propels crime, corruption and tax evasion.
How do you get contraceptives into the hands of 6.2 million women and girls? Since committing to reach this goal in 2012 as part of the FP2020 initiative, Ethiopia has made significant progress, with 1.5 million additional contraceptive users as of 2015.
The UK aid sector is on the brink of a massive step backwards into the days of "projectitis", as a popular and crucial government funding stream begins to dry up. For 15 years, DfID’s Programme Partnership Arrangements have been a lifeline for NGOs, but the funding dries up in December. What then?
Climate change is bad news for the planet, including the mosquitoes living in West Africa. Reduced rainfall will make it hard for mosquitoes to thrive and lead to lower rates of malaria in parts of the region, shows new research. It overturns earlier assumptions that malaria will get worse due to climate change.
For many of those in Latin America, the phrase "economic development" is associated with - among other things - poverty, the exploitation of natural resources, environmental disasters, social discrimination, economic dependence and the criminalisation of protest. Latin America is the most unequal region in the world, with 10% of the population possessing 71% of the wealth.
In a convincing new study conducted in Uganda and based on a program sponsored in part by its government, a team of researchers have found an effective and affordable way to combat deforestation in a country showing some of the fastest tree loss rates in the world. How? The program simply paid owners of forest land not to cut down their own trees for either agricultural purposes or to sell them for timber.
Large numbers of young children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are failing to meet basic developmental standards that are linked with later-life health, productivity and wellbeing.
Mobile phones and the internet have significantly affected practically all sectors of the economy, and agriculture is no exception. Building on a recent World Bank flagship report, this paper introduces a concise framework for describing the main benefits from new information and communications technologies.
Last year broke records for investment in renewable energy with countries like China, India and even Mauritania in the forefront.
Half of all sexist tweets come from women, according to a new study. The research, carried out by British think-tank Demos, revealed the scale of misogynistic abuse on Twitter perpetuated by both men and women.
In the midst of Brazil’s political turmoil, pro-development forces are moving ahead on a constitutional amendment that could speed approval for dams, highways, mines, and other megaprojects. The measure has alarmed scientists, environmentalists, and indigenous rights advocates, who fear it would gut the country’s environmental licensing process. It is just one of a series of actions that has the scientific community on edge after Dilma Rousseff was removed as president on 12 May. Rousseff faces an impeachment trial for illegally borrowing money from state banks to cover budget deficits.
Reams have been written about the difference in pay between men and women, which has emerged as a hot-button issue when it comes to gender equality at work. According to various surveys, the pay gap is estimated to vary anywhere between 19% and 27%. But on a closer look, the difference is far less, finds a recent global report.
Farm Radio International is a Canadian charity working with more than 500 radio partners in 38 African countries to fight poverty and food insecurity. The charity helps African radio broadcasters meet the needs of local small-scale farmers and their families in rural communities.
Although 177 countries signed the Paris Agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in April 2016, the reductions they have pledged so far are not enough. To stand a chance of limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels by the century’s end, we need to get more specific about the reductions that sectors need to make.
A Bhopal based education group AISECT has launched a free massive open online course (mooc) and learning platform for various streams. "The portal 'aisectmoocs.com' has been launched to support the 'Skill India' and 'Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan' movements. It offers the largest number of courses introduced on an Indian mooc platform till date," an AISECT spokesperson said while launching the portal on Friday.
Why can’t girls code? Oh, you know: Boobs. Menstruation. Being beautiful. They all get in the way. “I’ve tried to get into coding but my cleavage is just so distracting,” quipped one young woman in this provocative YouTube video. “When I’m not menstruating, I’m ovulating, so there’s no time to code at all,” lamented another.
This week everyone was talking about “House of Cards” — not because Netflix just dropped a new season on us, but because a star of the series, Robin Wright, dropped her own personal bombshell at an event in New York.
For over a month in early 2016, Delhi and Haryana thrashed around, trying to deal with the mess created after Jat protestors demanding reservation for the community in Haryana, caused a 200 feet breach on the Munak Canal near Sonepat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call in 2014 to end open defecation in India by 2019 saw many companies allocating a part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds to the cause. Two years on, it is unclear what activities were undertaken, how much money was spent and the states that benefited the most from the so-called Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) programmes under CSR.
Experts at the University of Birmingham today announced that they have developed a unique device that could save lives in countries like India by quickly and simply testing whether water supplies are safe to drink.
Take a look at your emojis for a moment. Can you find one that looks like a woman with a career? You won't find a businesswoman, a scientist, a doctor, or even a female graduate wearing a mortarboard. In fact, the recognizably female emojis are retrograde in the extreme: there's a bride, and a princess, and a dancer – just about the only one that could be representing a profession.
The question of sanitation in India is a complex one as it affects a number of social indicators such as nutrition, especially among children, food security, disease reduction and poverty in complex, interconnected ways. The fact that India contributes 60% to the world’s open defection is a statistic that requires our attention as a society, urgently.
The explosive wildfire in Canada’s tar sands region that forced 90,000 people to flee last week is still burning. By Tuesday, “the beast” had grown to 230,000 hectares, but had moved into largely unpopulated regions east and south of the town of Fort McMurray, Alberta.
HIDDEN inside a recent dust-upover spending by the Environmental Protection Agency is a bigger question for a Washington state product worth more than $1 billion a year. The product is milk, and the question is: Can cow manure be kept out of the state’s waters?
We wanted to open our series looking into the missing development trillions with a lovely Guardian infographic. We thought that on the lefthand side we could have a little widget showing how much we needed in order to pay for the sustainable development goals (SDGs), however many trillion dollars that might be.
Organic, locally grown food: Better for your family and for our hungry world – right? Heading to the farmer’s market in the warm spring sunshine, it’s easy to feel like you’re doing everyone on Earth a small favor. But like with so many things in life, it depends.
Next Thursday, Prime Minister David Cameron will host a landmark international anti-corruption summit in London. There are high hopes for the conference, but after the Panama Papers revelations and the fact that only four countries are rated as 'active enforcers' of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, there's a lot of work to do.
Water, Sanitation for All, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), has said that 0pen defecation remains the biggest challenge to reducing water borne diseases in Nigeria. The Coordinator of the NGO, Mr Yunusa Abdullahi, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.
John King wants the nation’s schools to be less segregated — but there’s a limit to what he can do about it. That was the new federal education secretary’s message on Monday in a presentation to journalists, where he said local policymakers are the ones with the real power to integrate schools.
It's budget time again, and the House Republicans have released a new plan: "A Balanced Budget for a Stronger America." There is little to disagree with in the opening line of the budget: "A strong America is built on opportunity and the passion and talents of a free people who are empowered to pursue that opportunity, determine their own future, and achieve success." Yet a closer look reveals that the budget would significantly erode many regulations, rules and mandates designed to protect our environment, while at the same time expanding energy development likely to a carry hefty environmental toll.