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Economic Empowerment Critical To Poverty Reduction, Report Says

The Guardian: Generate decent jobs ‘or a billion people will remain in extreme poverty’ “Up to a billion people will remain in extreme poverty by 2030 unless countries focus on inequalities and confront social, economic, and cultural forces that block their escape or pull them back into impoverishment, a major…

Sweden, U.S. Partner On Development Assistance

Huffington Post: Sweden and America Link Arms on Development Assistance Mark Brzezinski, U.S. ambassador to Sweden, and Bjorn Lyrvall, Swedish ambassador to the U.S. “… As we move forward together, U.S. and Swedish development experts will continue to seek innovative partnerships, solicit inventive ideas and solutions, and encourage involvement of…

U.N. Commission On Women Opens 2014 Session With Focus On Development

News outlets report from the 2014 U.N.’s Commission on the Status of Women, which opened on Monday in New York. This year, the conference will focus on development. Agence France-Presse: Ban calls for progress as U.N. commission on women opens “U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said there is still much progress…

Devex, Partners Launch ‘She Builds’ Campaign To Highlight Women, Development

Devex: Devex and partners launch campaign to celebrate women and development “…[O]n March 8 — International Women’s Day — Devex is launching ‘She Builds,’ a campaign to drive the conversation about women and development forward and provide a dedicated platform for leading organizations to pose big questions, offer new solutions…

Lancet Publishes ‘Manifesto For Planetary Health’

The Lancet has published a manifesto for planetary health, stating, “This manifesto for transforming public health calls for a social movement to support collective public health action at all levels of society — personal, community, national, regional, global, and planetary. Our aim is to respond to the threats we face:…

Blog Examines New Report On Poverty

In Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses findings from a new report (.pdf) released by the Chronic Poverty Advisory Network. In the report, “the authors recommend that the world invest in three things: social assistance, education, and economic growth that reaches the world’s poorest. Not doing so would represent a major…

Opportunity To Harmonize Global Health Frameworks Lies In Post-2015 Development Agenda

“…Translating the continuum of care from theory into practice is an enormous challenge; however, recent consensus-building around the post-2015 global health agenda constitutes a tremendous opportunity to harmonize international frameworks, intervention packages and tools for measurement and evaluation,” Alison Chatfield and Annie Kearns, both project managers with the Women &…

Parliamentarians Work To Have Voices Heard At U.N.

Inter Press Service: Legislators Seek Rightful Place at U.N. Talkfests “When the United Nations hosts one of its mega conferences — whether on population, human rights, food security or sustainable development — there is always a demand for full and active participation of often-marginalized groups, including women, civil society, indigenous…

Experts Urge Laos To Increase Efforts To Address HIV/AIDS

IRIN: More work on HIV in Laos needed “Health officials say more work is needed to fight HIV/AIDS in Laos, which has an over-reliance on foreign donors and lack of government support, as well as limited treatment coverage and a widespread gap of awareness and testing…” (3/12).