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Health

Go Canada!

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Health

Canada has regained its international development mojo. Fact-based Approaches in the Toughest Places PSI works in the fields of infectious disease and reproductive health in some of the poorest countries in the world. Canada has a long tradition of development activism, and its leaders historically knew the world where we work well.

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General

Why did you become a humanitarian? Aid workers share their motivations

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General

Whether out of a desire to help those in need or by accident, readers share their reasons for working as humanitarians – despite near death experiences.

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General

Youth in development: 'We're tired of being the topic, not the leaders'

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General

How can young people influence more development decisions? The Guardian's panel of experts offer 11 ideas for leveraging the skills of the next generation of leaders.

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Environment

Honestly, not the best policy changes

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Environment

Changes have been proposed to India's existing environmental laws. We look at three such policy changes that could affect the ecosystem and local communities negatively.

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Gender Equality

How marriage registration data can boost gender equality

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Gender Equality

A well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics system — including birth, death, marriage and divorce registration — is important for both a country and its citizens. CRVS provides basic demographic and health data for governments that inform policy and investments in programs. It also enables individuals to prove legal status and access rights, which is why a solid CRVS system can have disproportionately positive benefits for girls and women who traditionally have fewer rights than boys and men.

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Education

We Must Answer 6 Open ICT4Education Questions to Have Real Impact

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Education

With years of experience in attempting to effect large scale educational change using technology, Jim Teicher, founder and director of CyberSmart Africa, has come up with six "game changing" topics (and I don't use the phrase lightly) we need to address in order to really make a difference.

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Agriculture

India's farm-produce losses at Rs 92,000 cr, thrice the agriculture budget

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Agriculture

Harvest and post-harvest loss of India's major agricultural produce is estimated at Rs 92,651 crore ($13 billion), according to data published by the ministry of food processing industries.

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General

More evidence that giving people money does not discourage work

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General

The Chinese proverb that it is better to teach a man to fish than give a man a fish is not quite true when the fish is replaced with cash. A new analysis of 56 programs and 165 studies in 30 countries shows that giving people money is effective and does not discourage work. It builds on the growing evidence that cash just might be king when it comes to the fight against poverty.

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Agriculture

Africa: Experts Call for Greater Private Sector Role in Agriculture

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Agriculture

The issue of how farmers from Africa can gain access to financial support through loans took centre stage at a meeting that attracted experts in rural and agriculture finance in Kigali.

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How to tell humanitarian disaster stories responsibly

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General

Humanitarian PR is a moral minefield. It’s important to remember the people behind your stories are more than just case studies to bring in fundraising.

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Agriculture

Preparing to Face the Future of Agriculture in the United States

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Agriculture

Providing a safe and plentiful food supply for a growing population poses a critical challenge to agriculture in the United States and around the globe. In the face of challenges that include population increase, changing climate, excess nutrients, and invasive species, the world will need more productive, sustainable, and profitable farming systems. These farming systems must meet future societal needs, as well as maintain biodiversity, mitigate or adapt to climate change, and improve the quality of air, soil, and water.

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General

There's something holding us back on Aids: our attitude to sex workers | Serra Sippel

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General

The 19th century American scholar and educator Anna Julia Cooper’s prophetic words “when and where I enter” are a call to leave no one behind in the struggle for equality. When she wrote this, in her seminal work A Voice from the South, Cooper understood that progress and equality in the US could not be achieved until African-American women, who faced multiple forms of oppression, were put front and centre.

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General

Breastfeeding 'Mom-ents' through GIFs

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General

Happy World Breastfeeding Week! Many mothers who have or are breastfeeding find they have quite a bit in common. When you add work to the equation, it can be a recipe for potentially awkward and memorable moments. Here are a few of them in all their GIF-glory.

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Health

Zika epidemic declared 'over' in Colombia, but health concerns remain

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Health

Health officials have declared the Zika epidemic over in Colombia, but microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, which have been linked to the mosquito-borne virus, remain concerns in the South American country.

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Health

Hepatitis is on the rise as a global killer

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Health

More people are dying from viral liver disease than ever before, scientists have found. While much progress has been made to curb the spread of infectious diseases like HIV, TB and malaria, hepatitis-related deaths reached an alarming 1.45 million in 2013.

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Education

The Future Is Now: How to Write About ICT4Edu Accurately in 2016

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Education

In today's world, technology is everywhere and enables everything – except education. For the most part, education is still shackled by the 19th century sausage machine that at its best takes in children and spits out adults trained to work in factories, obediently following orders and never thinking for themselves.

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Water & Sanitation

App way to track toilet demand

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Water & Sanitation

The mDemand mobile application pilot seeks to make tracking sanitation needs in rural India easy for the government. It is expected to take us a step closer to Swachh Bharat.

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Health

Increase in Number of Countries Adopting HIV Self-Testing Policies

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Health

UNITAID and the World Health Organization (WHO) released the second edition of the landscape report on HIV Self-testing which shows that 16 countries have adopted HIV self-testing policies, while many others are currently developing them. Released at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, the report summarizes latest technologies for HIV self-testing, including estimates for demand, supply, and pricing.

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Education

Is global academic collaboration a new form of colonization?

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Education

Higher education in Africa is as old as the pyramids in Egypt. But the continent’s ancient institutions have long ago disappeared. The type of higher education that’s delivered in Africa today, from curriculum to degree structure and the languages of instruction, is rooted in colonialism. This has led many to question whether African universities are still suffering from a sort of colonization – of the mind.

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General

What supports the growth and sustainability of social enterprises?

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General

Doing business at the base of the pyramid is not easy; the 4 billion people in the developing world who earn less than $1,500 a year have difficulty buying durable goods. Yet, there are a few business models that have proved to be profitable and sustainable and can be a source of inspiration for other companies entering this promising market.

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Education

Enhancing and Accelerating the Impact of Digital Learning in Higher Ed

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Education

There is evidence that digital learning and courseware is becoming increasingly adopted by students and institutions across the nation. Let’s take that conversation a step further and explore how we can collectively improve the impact, scale, and quality of digital learning implementations in U.S. undergraduate education.

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Education

A look inside the Educate Girls development impact bond and the first-year results

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Education, Gender Equality

Development impact bonds (DIBs) have generated a great deal of buzz in recent months, but until now, there has been little evidence of if and how well they work. Today, one of the first DIBs is releasing data from its first year that points to signs of success.

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General

5 Reasons Why Platforms Are Better Than Bespoke Technical Solutions

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General

In the international development field, bespoke ICT solutions may seem like a better idea on the surface because they are tailored to a specific use case and thus have a higher probability for success, there are several reasons why a platform solution is actually better for successful implementation of projects. Indeed, they are better also for the development process overall and, most importantly, the intended beneficiaries.

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Water & Sanitation

WASH in prison is a neglected human right

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Water & Sanitation

Access to water and sanitation is a basic human right. No one, whatever their circumstances, should be forced to live in conditions where these services are not made available. And yet this is the case for many inmates in overcrowded prisons around the world.

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Agriculture

Three lessons the World Food Programme has learned on connecting smallholder farmers to markets

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Agriculture

Smallholder farmers across the globe face a barrage of forces — from globalization, technological advances, and market liberalization, to privatization and climate change — that are disrupting and realigning their livelihoods. Purchase for Progress (P4P) was launched by the World Food Programme in an effort to help smallholder farmers better cope with these drivers of change and vulnerability. Here are three key lessons P4P has learned.

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General

Interactive videos make it easier - and cheaper - to train aid workers in the field

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General

Before the internet was as globally accessible as it is today, many aid workers in lower-income countries were, in some ways, off the map. Now, more of the world has web access (although the majority still don't ), and aid workers in the field can more easily access critical information that saves time, money and lives.

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Education

Early learning gets a paltry 1% of international education aid

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Education

The first is the last when it comes to funding for education. Only 1.15 percent of official development assistance directed at education goes to support pre-primary learning - a small sum considering less than 8 percent of all official development assistance goes to education.

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Health

Congo almost runs out of yellow fever vaccine amid epidemic

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Health

Democratic Republic of Congo has almost run out of yellow fever vaccine in Kinshasa, in the same week that the government declared an epidemic of the disease in the packed capital and two other provinces.

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Health

Lack of transgender healthcare curbs development

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Health

Failure to provide adequate healthcare for transgender people is holding back development in Africa and the Middle East, a study reveals. Transgender people whose healthcare needs are not met experience high rates of HIV and mental health problems such as depression, say a series of three research papers published in The Lancet.

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Education

Universal neglect: 120 million kids are still not going to school

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Education

The global push for universal primary education increased school enrollment in the past decade, but there are still more than 120 million young people who are not going to school. This major gap has created an "education deficit," according to Human Rights Watch.

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