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Capital to the world's poorest countries - The Economist

Capital to the world's poorest countries - The Economist | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
DESPITE the effects of the global financial crisis, remittances to the world's 48 least developed countries (LDCs) have continued rising, reaching $27 billion in 2011, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The rise partly reflects the greater number of emigrants from LDCs (perhaps now as many as 27m), but also the fact that better data is being reported by more countries.
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Book Review: Representations of Global Poverty: Aid, Development and International NGOs

Book Review: Representations of Global Poverty: Aid, Development and International NGOs | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

Through the efforts of increasingly media-aware NGOs, people in the west are bombarded with images of poverty and inequality in the developing world. Representations of Poverty is a comprehensive study of the communications and imagery used by international NGOs to represent the developing world. In this meticulously researched and original book, Nandita Dogra examines the full cycle of representation – integrating analyses of the public messages of international development NGOs in the UK with the views of their staff and audiences. Reviewed by Philip Goodwin.


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9 development phrases that you love and hate: the results are in.

9 development phrases that you love and hate: the results are in. | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it

There are seven possible replacement terms for existing aid/development jargon. This new jargon builds on the existing institution of jargon in aid/development, strengthening public/private discourse, while allowing for community participation. It is suggested that further research and replication be conducted to demonstrate the same results and to capture and replace more phrases for aid workers for the purposes of capacity building.

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Sharpening our understanding of decentralisation

During the concluding day of the seminar a ‘Grand Panel” was organised with three leading experts in the field of decentralisation: François Vaillancourt (CIRANO and Université de Montréal), Prof. Leonardo Romeo (New York University) and Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi (Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, UCLGA). The panel sought to address three major questions: Why should donor agencies care more about decentralisation? How can decentralisation be “instrumental” to development? How can donor agencies like the EU provide smart support to decentralisation? This note summarises the main outcomes of the intense and thought-provoking debate , which carried important strategic and operational messages for EU development practitioners across the board.

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Justine Greening is right to scrutinise Britain's international aid budget. But she'd do more for the Third World if she abolished it

Justine Greening is right to scrutinise Britain's international aid budget. But she'd do more for the Third World if she abolished it | NGOs in Human Rights, Peace and Development | Scoop.it
Justine Greening, the International Development Secretary, is to go through Britain's international aid budget "line-by-line" according to today's Daily Mail.Miss Greening will be attempting to reign in the expenses claimed by consultancy firms who currently benefit from the UK's largesse to the tune on £500m per year.
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