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Bill Moyers Essay: The ‘Crony Capitalist Blowout’

Bill Moyers Essay: The ‘Crony Capitalist Blowout’ | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Bill Moyers explains how last week’s fiscal cliff deal gave tens of billions in tax breaks to Wall Street and corporations — what even the Wall Street Journal calls a “crony capitalist blowout.”
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Analysis: The Role of the Free Press in Sustainable Development | Inter Press Service

Analysis: The Role of the Free Press in Sustainable Development | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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How did Syria become a burning country? | SocialistWorker.org

The war in Syria demands that we analyze who is oppressed and who is the oppressor--and ask how we can stand in solidarity with the struggle.
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Developing Countries Take Lead at Climate Change Agreement Signing | Inter Press Service

Developing Countries Take Lead at Climate Change Agreement Signing | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
An unprecedented 175 countries are expected to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement here Friday, with 15 developing countries taking the lead by also ratifying the treaty.
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Women Farmers and Land Grabs in Haiti: An Interview With Iderle Brénus

Women Farmers and Land Grabs in Haiti: An Interview With Iderle Brénus | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
When a family is dispossessed of its land, women are victims. Rural women are the first to feel the pain.
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Beyond capitalism and socialism: could a new economic approach save the planet?

Beyond capitalism and socialism: could a new economic approach save the planet? | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
A holistic approach to the economy is necessary to avoid social, environmental and economic collapse, according to a new report by the Capital Institute
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What the Panama Papers Mean for Global Development | Inter Press Service

What the Panama Papers Mean for Global Development | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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Oxfam calculated that for every $1 billion lost through commercial tax evasion, 11 million people at risk across the Sahel region could have enough to eat, 400,000 midwives could be paid in Sub-Saharan Africa which has the highest maternal mortality rates, and 200 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets could be purchased to reduce child mortality from malaria.
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Human Growth and Development Theories

This lesson will give you an overview of the major human development theories. You will briefly examine their strengths and weaknesses and meet a few key ...
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Evgeny Morozov: The Internet of Things - Solutionism at Its Worst, or Humanity’s Last Savior?

Evgeny Morozov, Bosh Public Policy Fellow in the Spring 2015, is a leading critics in the discourse around the Internet of Things. The ability to turn passive and ...
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Is social media and "mass communication" making any difference to the destruction of the environment?

Is social media and "mass communication" making any difference to the destruction of the environment? | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Is social media and "mass communication" making any difference to the destruction of the environment?
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As World Bank admits failures, safeguards questions remain

The bank's sudden about-turn on evictions linked to its projects comes days after ICIJ and partners submitted questions on resettlement policies.
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"Human Development Report 2015 - Work for Human Development" by Selim Jahan (Mar. 14, 2016)

Selim Jahan, Director of Human Development Report Office, UNDP, delivered a lecture at JICA Ichigaya building on the basic messages and findings of the 2015 Human Development Report and policy options.
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World Water Day: Water Scarcity Is a Clear and Present Danger | Inter Press Service

World Water Day: Water Scarcity Is a Clear and Present Danger | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Languages Wednesday, March 23, 2016 News and Views from the Global South
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Academics can change the world – if they stop talking only to their peers

Academics can change the world – if they stop talking only to their peers | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Very few academics do a great deal to share their often important and relevant research with the general public. What's holding them back?
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Farmers Hold Keys to Ending Poverty, Hunger, FAO Says | Inter Press Service

Farmers Hold Keys to Ending Poverty, Hunger, FAO Says | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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How the Definition of Development Aid is Being Eroded | Inter Press Service

How the Definition of Development Aid is Being Eroded | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The traditional definition of aid is being eroded at the same time that governments have committed to achieving the UN’s ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Jeffrey Sachs special adviser to the UN Secretary-General on development told...
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South-South Cooperation Needed to Tackle Climate Change | Inter Press Service

South-South Cooperation Needed to Tackle Climate Change | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
As countries came together at the United Nations this week to sign the Paris Climate Change Agreement, partnerships were forged between countries of the global South to support the implementation of the global treaty.
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How China's Confucius centres affect African culture - New African Magazine

How China's Confucius centres affect African culture - New African Magazine | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The comprehensive coverage on China in Africa in the March edition of New African said it all. So much ink is spilled on the effects of China’
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Leaving no-one behind: can the Sustainable Development Goals succeed where the Millennium Development Goals lacked?

Leaving no-one behind: can the Sustainable Development Goals succeed where the Millennium Development Goals lacked? | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
This article considers what the Leave No-one Behind agenda means, and how it interacts with the gender equality agenda.
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Corruption Swallows a Huge Dose of Water | Inter Press Service

Corruption Swallows a Huge Dose of Water | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Kenya: Corruption Swallows a Huge Dose of Water: IPS https://t.co/NNXyi1aJ9P While the United Na... PHOTOS: https://t.co/TfMP5gyqJ1 #ecology
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What the Panama Papers Mean for Global Development

What the Panama Papers Mean for Global Development | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
The financial secrecy and tax evasion revealed by the Panama Papers has an extraordinary human cost in developing countries and threatens the realisation of the UN’s ambitious Sustainable Development Goals. The ongoing leak — made public by media outlets including German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) – has already prompted protests and […]
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Failing States: Many Problems, Few Solutions

Joseph Chamie is a former director of the United Nations Population Division and Barry Mirkin is a former chief of the Population Policy Section of the United Nations Population Division.
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Sustainable development goals - United Nations

Sustainable development goals - United Nations | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Full list of the 17 proposed sustainable development goals and summaries of their targets
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Future Melbourne :: A Vision Map of Melbourne’s Future Economy

Future Melbourne :: A Vision Map of Melbourne’s Future Economy | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
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Are Indigenous Women Key to Sustainable Development? | Inter Press Service

Are Indigenous Women Key to Sustainable Development? | Inter Press Service | Communication for Sustainable Social Change | Scoop.it
Active Citizens, Civil Society, Democracy, Environment, Featured, Gender Violence, Headlines, Human Rights, Indigenous Rights, Latin America & the Caribbean, TerraViva United Nations, Women & Economy Are Indigenous Women Key to Sustainable Development? By Valentina Ieri Reprint | | Print | |En español UNITED NATIONS, Mar 21 2016 (IPS) - “We, indigenous women want to be considered as part of the solution for sustainable development, because we have capabilities and knowledge, ” said Tarcila Rivera, a Quechua journalist and activist for the rights of indigenous people in Peru, at a press conference on the Empowerment of Indigenous Women. Rivera, like many other women who are fighting for the rights of indigenous people in parts of Central and Latin America, Northern Europe, Canada, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Africa, is attending the 60th annual sessions of the inter-governmental body, UN Commission of the Status of Women (CSW60), which concludes March 24. As a functional commission of the U.N. Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), the CSW is meeting with representatives of Member States, U.N. agencies, international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and civil society to discuss the status of women’s political, economic and social advancement and the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. Opening the 60th CSW session, Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, who during his nine years in office has appointed over 150 women as Assistant Secretaries-General or Under-Secretaries-General — urged country leaders to take action to end gender inequality. “In countries where children have “disappeared”, grandmothers stood up to demand justice. In areas ravaged by AIDS, HIV-positive mothers replaced stigma with hope. In homophobic societies, lesbian victims of rape survived and organized […] As long as one woman’s human rights are violated, our struggle is not over.” In line with this year’s CSW theme —Women’s Empowerment and Its Link to Sustainable Development and the U.N. 2030 Agenda– indigenous women are demanding governments in their countries to recognise them as a driving force in achieving economic and social development. In Kenya, it is mostly women who play a key role in supporting families despite growing up in a patriarchal society, explained Valerie Kasaiyian – an indigenous Maasai woman, lawyer and educator for girl’s reproductive rights. There are indigenous women groups, such as those from Samburu, who for the past 20 years have provided alone for their entire community by building houses and schools. They also established self-sustaining economic activities by selling livestock or traditional jewels in order to get their families out of poverty, continued Kasaiyian. Women from Marsabit, in the northern part of Kenya, developed sustainable farms, where they grew tomatoes and other crops in greenhouses, and then sold them to the community, without reliance on their male counterparts. “Sustainable development is about preserving resources and the land for future generations. Indigenous communities, who for centuries have lived in isolation, have found their own system to work the land and to preserve it. It is in our ancestral culture and identity,” Kasaiyian told IPS. “Yet we assist to a systematic ethnocide of our indigenous culture by the government […] where young indigenous women are meant to be homogenised and integrated into the mainstream culture,” she added. Since the implementation of the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, along with the U.N. Resolution 1325, on the importance of women in peace negotiations and peace-building, and the 2007 U.N. Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, there have been several important steps to highlight the voices of indigenous women in the international arena. But at a slow pace. Indigenous women and girls- who are not to be confused with rural women – have their own identity, defined by their own specific language, education, traditional knowledge and socio-economic values, remarked Rivera, who is the founder of the Center for Indigenous Cultures of Peru (CHIRAPAQ) . However, they are mostly excluded by government policies, as they are not fully treated with human dignity, said the Peruvian activist. “Many programs look at us as subject of assistance. But we don’t want to depend on these kind of food programs. We are trying to be considered as subject of change, and development from within, (through) our capacity,” she said. Despite the lack of thorough national statistics, indigenous women suffer from high levels of discrimination, sexual and domestic violence, extreme poverty, trafficking, lacking in access to land rights and education and poor maternal and infant healthcare. Myrna Cunningham, an indigenous Mixteca woman from the Waspam community in Nicaragua, told IPS about the problem of data disaggregation in certain countries, where indigenous people are not counted or excluded from certain indicators. “When talking about statistics” – said Cunningham, who is President of the Center for Autonomy and Development of Indigenous Peoples (CADPI), and former chair of the U.N. Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues – “self-identification, should be the main indicator, which can be used complementarily to other types of info-gathering questions. Also, government statistics should use more culturally sensitive indicators, which will help to define public policies and implement them.” With the adoption of the U.N. Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People, the U.N. set a framework that will foster the partnership between members states and indigenous communities, through dialogue, proposals and projects, in order to further implement the Declaration and recognise and protect indigenous women, Chandra Roy-Henriksen, Chief Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, told IPS. Kasaiyian said: “We will strongly push for a U.N. Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Women specifically, so that women can prosecute in case of violation of their rights in international tribunals. Indigenous women must bridge the gap between academics, professionals and activists, by establishing their own jurisprudence and theories of law regarding the eradication of violence against women and to empower future generations.” (End)
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Dr. Kyaw Thu: Role of Civic Society in Human Development. (10.3.2016)

The role of Church in Nation Building National Seminar (10 - 12, March 2016). Catholic Bishops' Conference of Myanmar.
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