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Ricken Patel on poverty and empowerment

For Ricken Patel, co-founder and executive director of the online campaign group Avaaz, the focus on the most marginalised in developing countries too often overlooks the role of educated, middle-class groups, which he argues have "the most power, right now, to effect political change in their countries".

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Have you heard of the post-2015 development agenda?

Have you heard of the post-2015 development agenda? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Poorest countries say debate on Sustainable Development Goals is still largely limited to the global elite (RT @UNDP: Have you heard of the #post2015 development agenda?
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Obesity Rises As Poor Countries Get Richer

Obesity Rises As Poor Countries Get Richer | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
In 1980, less than 40 percent of Mexican women were overweight. By 2008, almost 70 percent were.
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Uganda enacts life in jail for gays

Uganda enacts life in jail for gays | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
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Uganda's parliament has passed a bill to toughen the punishment for homosexual acts to include life imprisonment for repeat offenders.

 
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India's top court makes gay sex illegal again

India's top court makes gay sex illegal again | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

India's Supreme Court on Wednesday threw out a 2009 ruling by a lower court that had decriminalized gay sex, in a major setback for the cause of gay rights in the world's largest democracy.

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International organizations and the politics of development: historical perspectives (IHEID, Geneva, 6th of December 2013)

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The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030 | Publication | Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes in 2030 | Publication | Overseas Development Institute (ODI) | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
This report examines the relationship between disasters and poverty.
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Health effects of exposure to e-waste : The Lancet Global Health

Much e-waste recycling occurs in the informal sector, in homes where women and children are engaged in unsafe recycling practices without the benefit or the knowledge of exposure-minimising technology or protective equipment.

In response to the lack of specific data and little awareness from public health on the effect of e-waste on children's health, the WHO department of Public Health and Environment (PHE) is developing a specific plan of action. 

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Digging deeper: what is Democracy?

Digging deeper: what is Democracy? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

"Democracy is when accountable local leaders promote inclusive participation."


Network meeting  organised by the Democratisation, Decentralisation and Local Governance Network (DLGN) of the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC) in Aswan, Egypt.

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Volunteering in international development: how to do it well

Volunteering in international development: how to do it well | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Join our live chat, Friday 19 April at 1pm BST, to share best practice in international volunteerism
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Ricken Patel on poverty and empowerment

For Ricken Patel, co-founder and executive director of the online campaign group Avaaz, the focus on the most marginalised in developing countries too often overlooks the role of educated, middle-class groups, which he argues have "the most power, right now, to effect political change in their countries".

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Op-Ed Contributor: Falling Out of Love With China

Op-Ed Contributor: Falling Out of Love With China | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Why Beijing’s declining global prestige matters, and how to get it back.
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Comment définir la pauvreté: Ravallion, Sen ou Rawls ?

Comment définir la pauvreté: Ravallion, Sen ou Rawls ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Qu'est ce que la pauvreté ? Si celle-ci paraît être un phénomène visible, concret, aisément reconnaissable, surtout dans le contexte des pays en voie de développement, elle n'en reste pas moins un concept difficilement définissable et mesurable. Pauvre, mais privé de quoi ? Manque de ressources, manque d'éducation, absence de sécurité ? L'objet même de la pauvreté demeure aujourd'hui difficile à déterminer...

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Article bien écrit et qui met en perspective trois approches théoriques différentes en es illustrant à travers un exemple.

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Kenya: Un scrutin pour tourner la page sanglante

Les électeurs kényans se sont déplacés en masse pour le premier tour de la présidentielle. Un des candidats, Uhuru Kenyatta, est poursuivi par la Cour pénale internationale pour des crimes liés au scrutin de 2007

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Genève: Dur début d’année pour les ONG

Genève: Dur début d’année pour les ONG | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

GENÈVE • Sanctionnée par le parlement, la Fédération genevoise de coopération doit réduire son aide aux populations du Sud. A moins qu’associations et députés ne renouent le dialogue.

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Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The Innovative WaterWheel helps Indian women transport water more efficiently from the nearest water source, drastically improving communities and family structures.
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Uruguay is The Economist’s country of the year

Uruguay is The Economist’s country of the year | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Modest yet bold, liberal and fun-loving, Uruguay is our country of the year.

 

The accomplishments that most deserve commendation, we think, are path-breaking reforms that do not merely improve a single nation but, if emulated, might benefit the world. Gay marriage is one such border-crossing policy, which has increased the global sum of human happiness at no financial cost. Several countries have implemented it in 2013—including Uruguay, which also, uniquely, passed a law to legalise and regulate the production, sale and consumption of cannabis. 

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EU moves to approve 2014 aid budget, but some spending areas still in limbo - Devex

EU moves to approve 2014 aid budget, but some spending areas still in limbo - Devex | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
BBC News EU moves to approve 2014 aid budget, but some spending areas still in limbo Devex Almost all of the funding instruments for development and humanitarian aid, meanwhile, will increase — slightly — as compared with the European Commission's...
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Aid Transparency Index - Switzerland SDC ranks 44th (very poor)

Aid Transparency Index - Switzerland SDC ranks 44th (very poor) | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The 2013 Publish What You Fund Aid Transparency Index
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Un tesoro blu scoperto in Kenya: 5 laghi sotterranei per dissetare il paese

Un tesoro blu scoperto in Kenya: 5 laghi sotterranei per dissetare il paese | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Secondo l'Unesco la nuova risorsa di acqua potrebbe migliorare la vita di tutta la regione se non dell'intera nazione. La Radar Technologies International, "Le falde contengono una riserva minima di 250 miliardi di metri cubi di liquido".
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Mali Holds Elections After Year of Turmoil

Mali Holds Elections After Year of Turmoil | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Under pressure from the West to restore a semblance of democracy, voting proceeds peacefully. An August runoff is likely.    
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Sustainable Development Post Rio+20: In search of a shared paradigm in a divided world

Sustainable Development Post Rio+20: In search of a shared paradigm in a divided world | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Wednesday 8 May 2013, 18:30-20:00


Venue: Auditorium Jacques Freymond, Site Barton, 132 rue de Lausanne, 1202 Geneva, 18:30

 

Entrance is free however we kindly request you to register

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HENRY CHIGBO's comment, May 3, 2013 4:05 AM
wonderful effort.
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World poverty is shrinking rapidly, new index reveals

World poverty is shrinking rapidly, new index reveals | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Some of the poorest people in the world are becoming significantly less poor, according to a groundbreaking academic study which has taken a new approach to measuring deprivation. The report, by Oxford University's poverty and human development initiative, predicts that countries among the most impoverished in the world could see acute poverty eradicated within 20 years if they continue at present rates.

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The water diet : Globally, we ‘eat’ an average of 3,496 liters of water every day.

The water diet :  Globally, we ‘eat’ an average of 3,496 liters of water every day. | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The name “water diet” suggests that you should consume as much water as possible. But the opposite is true. This term is used to make people aware of the most essential problem regarding wasting water: “eating (virtual) water”.

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India PM warns of ‘consequences’ over Italian marines

India PM warns of ‘consequences’ over Italian marines | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
India’s prime minister demanded on Wednesday that Italy return two marines accused of killing a pair of fishermen last year or “there will be consequences”....
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diplomacy is the way forward. http://www.unn.edu.ng
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Plus les femmes sont instruites, moins leurs enfants ont faim

«Plus les femmes sont instruites et leurs droits reconnus, moins les enfants ont faim» remarque Olivier De Schutter, rapporteur des Nations unies pour le droit à l’alimentation dans un rapport publié lundi, à quelques jours de la Journée de la femme

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