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Joke's on us: why comedy has a place in global development

Joke's on us: why comedy has a place in global development | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Heard the joke about the African kids living in grinding poverty? Maybe you never will but in this week's letters, readers argue it's smart to add comedy to campaigning
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The Best Countries to Be a Woman -- and the Worst

The Best Countries to Be a Woman -- and the Worst | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Hint: India is last among the G20 and the United States didn't crack the top five in the latest survey to reflect poorly on the situation of American women.

 

A poll of 370 gender experts yielded some interesting results that reflect the local cultural, economic, political and developmental geographies.  Beyond using the lists of best and worst countries (since the rankings are still based on rather subjective criteria), students can come up with their most important factors in evaluating gender equity and evaluate the countries based on their own evaluations. 


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Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the Press | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

"Freedom House has been at the forefront in monitoring threats to media independence since 1980. A free press plays a key role in sustaining and monitoring a healthy democracy, as well as in contributing to greater accountability, good government, and economic development. Most importantly, restrictions on media are often an early indicator that governments intend to assault other democratic institutions." 

This interactive map shows some intriguing spatial patterns about the freedom of press internationally.  What other patterns to you see in matching up with the most free presses in the world (in green)?  How does a free (or not free press) influence the cultural and political values of a country? 


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