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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A "paradigm shift" is needed in African university funding, says World Bank education specialist Olatunde Adekola. In this film, he argues that funding should be linked to results. The film visits Nigeria to examine the World Bank's Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence Project, which aims to turn the continent's best universities into regional research hubs.
Most outreach projects are essentially propaganda, with little weight to them, says one disenchanted communications officer.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for all by 2030 is an ambitious target for Africa. According to new research by non-partisan research network Afrobarometer, nearly half of Africans don't have access to clean water and two-thirds lack access to sewage infrastructure. Improvements in both of these areas have been made in the past decade, but huge numbers of Africans still live without these basic necessities.
Devex looked into the so-called art of the pitch — practical advice from a group of donor-funded startup social entrepreneurs on what makes for a strong pitch to impact investors. Now the flip side. How does it square with the preferences of their counterparts? What types of strategies, competencies, business models and experiences are impact investors looking for in a social enterprise worthy of commercial investment?
The US, Britain and France have demanded that the Syrian government allows airdrops of aid into besieged towns, but their effectiveness has been met with a lukewarm response from humanitarians.
Attacks on health-care facilities and workers in emergency settings killed 959 people and injured 1561 between 2014 and 2015. For the first time, the World Health Organization (WHO) has gathered data to quantify the scope of a problem that has gathered wider attention over the past year.
World Health Organization member states agreed last week to more than double the group's emergency fund to $494 million for the next year, as it works to address major gaps in its ability to respond to global health emergencies. Despite the pledge, some people say that more money is not going to be enough.
East London is synonymous with trendy twentysomethings, hip cafes, and restaurants, but often there’s a little more substance to it all.
Every reference to Australia was scrubbed from the final version of a major UN report on climate change after the Australian government intervened, objecting that the information could harm tourism.
Education plays a crucial role in eradicating violence and child labour, Kripa Amar Alva, chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, has said. Speaking at a meeting here on Monday, she said that every child should get education and it was the responsibility of officials and parents to ensure that children get education. “If the parents refuse to send their children to schools, there are provisions in law to punish them,” she said.
Syrian families have been forcibly displaced and scattered across the Middle East and beyond and many of those who fled the war tell me they have lost friends, family members, and most of their possessions.
Digital fluency is helping to level the playing field between men and women at work. Recent research from Accenture found that when men and women have the same level of digital fluency, women are better than men at using those skills to gain more education and find work.
US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton called for renewed efforts to "break down the barriers holding back women and girls around the world" on Thursday.
Last week, a Solar Pump Irrigators’ Cooperative Enterprise (SPICE) was up and running in Dhundi, a village in Gujarat’s Anand district. Members of this cooperative — the first of its kind in the world — are using solar power not only to run irrigation pumps, but also pool their surplus energy to sell to the Madhya Gujarat Vij Company Ltd (MGVCL)at Rs 4.63/unit under a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
This post is the fourth of a seven-part series on the themes of the High-Level Leaders' Roundtables at the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, to be held May 23-24 in Istanbul, Turkey.
The world’s largest floating windfarm is set to be built off the coast of Scotland after its developers were granted a seabed lease on Monday. Statoil, the Norwegian energy company, expects to have five 6MW turbines bobbing in the North Sea and generating electricity by the end of 2017. The company has already operated a single turbine off Norway.
In a recent "Mann Ki Baat" address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed that every government should focus on quality learning and outcomes rather than the school enrolment.
Organization (WHO) released Thursday recommendations on a treatment plan that could help cure thousands of patients worldwide with superbug forms of tuberculosis (TB). The new treatment speeds up the process since it can be completed within 9 to 12 months instead of the two years the agency previously advised.
Young graduate mothers gave birth to 899 girls per 1,000 boys, lower than the national average of 943, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of Census data. Higher education levels have helped in better family planning, but they do not eliminate the preference for boys, the analysis reveals. The reason, experts said, could be that the educated are more likely to afford sex-selective abortions to kill chances of giving birth to girls. Sex-selective abortion was outlawed by India in 1994.
BEIJING, May 12 (Reuters) - Authorities in an eastern Chinese city have vowed to halt studies for a petrochemical industrial park project planned jointly with a Singapore company, following a wave of protests over possible health and environment risks.