development

​Humanitarian Action for Children 2016

Humanitarian action is at the core of the United Nations Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) work, encompassing effective preparedness, early response and recovery to save lives and protect child rights. This report shows some of our joint efforts and the results achieved in 2015 for children in need of humanitarian assistance, and what we will be working towards in 2016. Information about UNICEF’s work in these contexts is highlighted in the country and regional pages of the Humanitarian Action for Children at www.unicef.org/appeals.

State of World Population 2015

We live in a world where humanitarian crises extract mounting costs from economies, communities and individuals. Wars and natural disasters make the headlines, at least initially. Less visible but also costly are the crises of fragility, vulnerability and growing inequality, confining millions of people to the most tenuous hopes for peace and development
 
For more information, refer to www.unfpa.org/publications/state-world-population-2015

The Political Economy of Adult Education and Development

The purpose of his book is to provide a theory of applied political economy to explain the interface between society and adult education in developing countries. The author's own approach is broadly influenced by the Marxist tradition, but one that seeks to transcend many of the limitations and rigidities often prevalent in the past. He introduces adult educators to the main competing theories of development -- the modernisation, dependency, neo-liberal and various alternative approaches.

Developing a timeline for exit strategies

 

Many practitioners are struggling with issues including how to approach exit and how to ensure sustainability of interventions. This paper collects and analyses learning from a year-long Action Learning Set on exit with the British Red Cross, EveryChild, Oxfam GB, Sightsavers and WWF-UK. It suggests important factors for practitioners to consider at key stages in the withdrawal process and provides practical examples from each organisation. It also demonstrates how using a timeline approach helped the group to order their thinking on exits.

Least Developed Countries and Trade: Challenges of Implementing the Bali Package

This monograph explores the challenges faced in implementing the Bali package by Least Developed Countries (LDCs) in World Trade Organisation (WTO). It provides an analysis of the key decisions, and identifies opportunities and, in certain cases, outlines strategies for assessing the impacts. The important aspects of this publication relate to policy advisory with regard to the preparedness of LDCs as a group for successful negotiations at WTO.

UN Lights Up to Promote SDGs

As part of a comprehensive communications strategy, the United Nations (UN) has featured massive scale audio-visual projections on the façade of its Headquarters building in New York to raise awareness about the new Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Ahead of the adoption of those 17 goals, the UN has sought to promote its 70th anniversary with a visual display it hopes will create buzz and momentum for the post-2015 agenda.
 

United Nations’ Strategy to Promote New SDGs

The United Nations has announced a bold communications strategy in a bid to reach seven billion people in seven days with news about the new Sustainable Developed Goals (SDG).

In collaboration with renowned British filmmaker and creator Richard Curtis, the Global Goals Campaign is partnering with wide spectrum of people and organisations across media platforms to reach as many people as possible between 25 September and 2 October 2015.

The 17 goals to address global socio economic and political ills will formally be adopted by UN Heads of State later this month.

Activists Push for Human Rights Improvements

Southern Africa often draws praise for its nations’ progressive constitutions, relatively mature democracies and advanced state of development compared to the rest of the continent.

Hidden in the background of that rosy picture, activists say, is a new and worrying trend: a ‘downward spiral’ of human rights in the region.

Human Rights Watch is calling for Southern African Development Community leaders meeting in Botswana to do more to arrest this new trend, which has even affected South Africa, long thought of as a haven for rights on the continent.

Call for Stronger Leadership in the SADC

Political leaders are calling for stronger leadership in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as Botswana President, Ian Khama, assumes the chairpersonship from Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe handed over the baton to Khama during SADC's annual Heads of State and Government Summit in Gaborone, Botswana, while President Jacob Zuma handed his position of chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security cooperation over to the Republic of Mozambique.

Call for Stronger Leadership in the SADC

Political leaders are calling for stronger leadership in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as Botswana President, Ian Khama, assumes the chairpersonship from Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe handed over the baton to Khama during SADC's annual Heads of State and Government Summit in Gaborone, Botswana, while President Jacob Zuma handed his position of chair of the SADC organ on politics, defence and security cooperation over to the Republic of Mozambique.

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