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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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Information is key to effective malaria control

Information is key to effective malaria control | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Simple messages about how malaria is transmitted are yet to reach some communities. Tim Smedley explores how bottom-up initiatives are increasing the impact of donor dollars

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Seoul : Flaunting ‘Gangnam Style,’ Trendy Area Urges Visitors to Prance In

Seoul : Flaunting ‘Gangnam Style,’ Trendy Area Urges Visitors to Prance In | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The success of the “Gangnam Style” video, by a midlevel star who goes by Psy, has fueled grand ambitions by a district that wants to be known as a center of conspicuous consumption.

 

To hear many Koreans tell it, Gangnam’s pretensions are just an extreme form of the desires shared by most of this nation of scrappy overachievers. The district’s high-rises emerged from the rice paddies as the South Korean economy took off in the 1960s and ’70s, turning Gangnam into a symbol of the aspirations, and the excesses, of an Asian miracle that also created growing social inequalities.

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'Let nature be your teacher': Bhutan takes conservation into the classroom

'Let nature be your teacher': Bhutan takes conservation into the classroom | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Bhutan's new approach to education incorporates the principles of its index to measure prosperity through Gross National Happiness into the curriculum. Its green schools initiative aims to teach children about environmental conservation and sustainable living, although reaching schools in more remote regions takes more time

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Stalled Adoption Program in Guatemala Leaves Families in Limbo

Stalled Adoption Program in Guatemala Leaves Families in Limbo | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Hundreds of children have been stranded in orphanages in Guatemala for years as authorities there weigh whether to approve their adoptions to families in the United States.

 

Today, 150 children are still waiting in orphanages and foster homes here while the Guatemalan authorities weigh whether to approve their adoptions to families in the United States.

Stalled adoptions are not unique to Guatemala. Concerns about fraud, including allegations of kidnappings and baby selling, have held up American adoptions for months, and sometimes years, from Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam and Haiti. The State Department currently refuses to approve adoptions from Cambodia and Vietnam to pressure those countries to install safeguards so that children with biological relatives who can care for them are not shipped overseas, officials say.

But the problem of delayed adoptions is particularly acute in Guatemala, a country of about 14 million people, which in 2007 ranked second only to China in the number of children sent to the United States.

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French charity's plan to rescue Darfur 'orphans' may be worst aid idea ever

French charity's plan to rescue Darfur 'orphans' may be worst aid idea ever | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Pair behind Zoe's Ark mission to smuggle Sudanese children to France refuse to attend trial and fail to pay damages.

 

Cowardice it may be, but it's easy to understand why Breteau and Lelouche might not be so eager to show their faces in public. The line between idealism and idiocy is very fine, and their misguided Zoe's Ark project was about as far on the wrong side of that line as it's possible to be....

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Le CIO suspend l’Inde - affaires-strategiques.info

Le CIO suspend l’Inde - affaires-strategiques.info | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Mardi 4 décembre, le Comité International Olympique (CIO) a décidé de suspendre l’Inde du mouvement olympique. En cause, l’ingérence du pouvoir politique dans le processus électoral du comité national olympique indien.

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Mexico City's 'alcoholímetro' making headway in dangerous driving battle

Mexico City's 'alcoholímetro' making headway in dangerous driving battle | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Its road safety record is among the world's worst but, in Mexico's capital, police wielding breathalysers are making a big difference

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Kenya's techies take on mission impossible: ending Nairobi's traffic anarchy

Kenya's techies take on mission impossible: ending Nairobi's traffic anarchy | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Wannabe developers work on new traffic light system as country turns to hi-tech solutions for everyday problems...
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Afghanistan's Pepsi Bottle Boys

Afghanistan's Pepsi Bottle Boys | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A group of boys have taken up traffic duty on Mahi Par pass, a dangerous, highly trafficked road outside of Kabul, using only old soda bottles and determination to make money.

 

More here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/14/world/asia/afghan-boys-eke-living-amid-peril-at-gorge.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss

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The Road to the Schoolhouse Proves Perilous for India's Young

The Road to the Schoolhouse Proves Perilous for India's Young | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In any Indian city or village, schoolchildren can be seen hunched under heavy backpacks in matching uniforms, dodging traffic as they walk to or from school or a bus stop. India’s school enrollment has exploded as the country’s economy has taken off, with elementary schools alone adding about 34 million children in the past eight years. But the number of vehicles tearing through India’s roads has increased even more sharply, doubling to 74 million vehicles in the same period. More than 14 million were added last year alone.

 

This combination of more students and more cars has resulted in far more accidents. No statistics are available on school bus accidents or deaths, but overall traffic fatalities have markedly risen during the past decade. Nearly 134,000 Indians were killed in traffic accidents in 2010, the most recent year for which government figures are available.

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Voluntourism: What You Need to Know Before Signing up

Voluntourism: What You Need to Know Before Signing up | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Brendan Rigby shares his personal experience as a volunteer and offers five sources that you must read before signing up to volunteer overseas.
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With Tattoos, Young Israelis Bear Holocaust Scars of Relatives

With Tattoos, Young Israelis Bear Holocaust Scars of Relatives | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Some young Israelis are having the concentration-camp numbers of relatives who survived the Holocaust permanently inked into their arms. It has provoked intense reactions.
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8 things I wish I knew before I started working in development

If you’re looking for a guide titled ‘10 Easy Steps to Becoming a Humanitarian Worker,’ you can stop now because you won’t find it.

 

1. There’s no one way to become a humanitarian worker

 

2. It’s important to be a generalist

 

3. Learn about the country before you arrive

 

4. Building relationships in a cross cultural setting takes time

 

5. You will make tough decisions that affect lives

 

6. Listen to project participants

 

7. You will find yourself in the office at some point in your career

 

8. It’s really addictive

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Kenya's youth encouraged to aspire by DJ B and the Shujaaz.fm comic book

Kenya's youth encouraged to aspire by DJ B and the Shujaaz.fm comic book | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A project born out of 2007's post-electoral chaos is empowering and educating young Kenyans ahead of the 2013 poll. 

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Wonderbag offers slow-cooking with right ingredients for developing world

Wonderbag offers slow-cooking with right ingredients for developing world | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Cooking bag has cut energy consumption and saved money for households in South Africa, but can it transform lives of women?
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Interesting idea for women's time, energy consumption and indoor pollution...but still too expensive! The project would probably not be viable without the contributions of Unilever.

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Rwanda Strategy for Economic Development and Poverty Reduction has its own Music Video Clip

It's about EDPRS (Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy) a Government five year program to guide Rwanda's development ambitions
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A modern and dynamic communication strategy...probably if the song was in English it would have gone viral!

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What the Hobbit can teach us about self-governance

What the Hobbit can teach us about self-governance | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Those who believe in a small state and self-regulated markets could claim JRR Tolkien and Elinor Ostrom as two of their own.

 

Tolkien became a cult figure among hippies in the 1960s, for whom LOTR worked on a number of levels: peace-lovers versus warmongers; military-industrial complex versus local smallholders; the lust for power versus individual freedom. These days he would have celebrated the victory of the people of Totnes in their campaign to keep a branch of Costa out of their town.

Yet those who believe in a small state and self-regulated markets could also claim Tolkien as one of their own. The Shire had hardly any government: families, for the most part, managed their own affairs and the only real official was the mayor, who oversaw the postal service and the watch.

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What is the IATI Standard? Standard, Schema and Guides for implementing IATI

The International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) is a global transparency standard that makes information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand.

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The hair trade's dirty secret

The hair trade's dirty secret | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

If there's one business in Britain that's bouncy, it's hair extensions – sales are up to £60m a year and growing. But underneath all that hair there's a global tale of exploitation

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New historical discovery: the change in development terminology from 1821 to 2012

New historical discovery: the change in development terminology from 1821 to 2012 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

This helpful development map (HT the Blattman; original) from 1821 shows by comparing country labels then and now the evolution of development terminology:

 

1821 label => 2012 label

 

Savage => Fragile States

Barbarous => Low Income

Half Civilized => Developing Country

Civilized => Emerging Market

Enlightened => G8

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Why tourists should be buying from children on the streets | whydev.org

Why tourists should be buying from children on the streets | whydev.org | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
After reading about all of the problems associated with child labour, I stopped buying things from kids for the symbolism, refusing to support these horrible adults’ acts.

 

But my friend’s comment got me to start thinking about the effects of my imposing morality. Even if I don’t buy, and continue to theoretically oppose child labor, it still continues and the kid remains sad and hungry. If I buy, maybe they’ll have some food to eat, maybe to go to school. Then again, maybe it will go to their alcoholic father.

 

I do not claim to know the solution, but the right answer is much grayer than many of us recognise. I do think it’s important that we think about each situation on a case-by-case basis, using our best judgment. What is most important is that we think about it, instead of immediately imposing our aid worker ideals on irrelevant situations....

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Half the Sky: Gaming for Social Change

Half the Sky: Gaming for Social Change | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Of all the promising technological innovations presented at the 2012 Social Good Summit in New York City, the one that most intrigued me came from a print journalist. New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof took the stage on the final day of the Social Good Summit, Monday September 24th, along with Asi Burak of Games for Change, and pitched his next endeavor: a mobile game based on his widely sold book, Half the Sky.

 

Half the Sky – authored by the award winning married couple, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn – tells the story of women and girls in the developing world who are oppressed, and argues that society's “economic progress lies in unleashing women's potential.” Since its publication in 2009, the book's enormous success prompted Kristof and WuDunn to create the Half the Sky Movement, an effort to advance women's empowerment across multiple platforms in order to ignite real change. Gaming – the act of playing electronic mobile or video games – is just one example of the platforms the Half the Sky Movement is seeking to leverage.

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How transparent is world aid data? Visualise where the money flows and win $2,000

How transparent is world aid data? Visualise where the money flows and win $2,000 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Help us visualise the flow of aid around the world. How transparent is aid data? Millions of dollars are spent around the world by governments in helping developing nations but what does it achieve and how much of it can we see?

 

The Guardian Datastore and Google have teamed up to see who can help visualise the data which can show how governments are shaping the Internet in relation to international development.

We will help start you off by suggesting the data, all you have to do is develop the most imaginative way to help our readers to explore it.

 

In particular, we are interested in questions like:

• Should governments take censorship into account when they distribute foreign aid?
• What does the current flow of information online/offline looks like vs. flow of foreign aid geographically?
• What impact do sanctions have on the flow of information? How does that map against foreign aid?
• How is international development affected by the free flow of information?

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What Nollywood tells us about Nigeria

What Nollywood tells us about Nigeria | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

When the Nigerian film industry gets it right, it's marvellous, says poet and critic Odia Ofeimun.

 

"When Nollywood gets it right, there is something marvellous in having your stories told in a way that you can just lap up like syrup. Even when you know that the story has been badly told, you still want to know what comes next. There is a self-flattering in it for many Africans. And beyond that, people are generally looking for answers for questions that they don't have answers to, and you can't be too sure whether the next film might provide an answer."

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