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Women’s Reproductive Rights At Risk Of Being De-Emphasized As U.N. Drafts SDGs

The Nation: Will the U.N.’s New Development Goals Downplay the Need for Gender Equality? “As the 193 member countries of the United Nations struggle to agree on development priorities to be adopted next year, the rights of women and sexual minorities have again become a contentious issue. … [A]s the…

Recurrent Floods Putting Pressure On India As Nation Tries To Reach MDG Targets

Inter Press Service: Floods Wash Away India’s MDG Progress “…Now, the long-term impacts of such natural disasters [as flooding] are proving to be a thorn in the side of [the Indian] government that is racing against time to meet its commitments under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of…

Ebola Outbreak Could Contribute To Increase In Maternal, Child Mortality

IRIN: Ebola effect reverses gains in maternal, child mortality “Maternal and infant deaths in Liberia and Sierra Leone are set to rise above their current alarming rates as fear of Ebola keeps pregnant women away from hospitals and makes already-scarce health workers reluctant to deliver babies…” (10/8).

Goal To End Hunger, Malnutrition Must Be Included In Post-2015 Development Agenda

World Bank’s “Voices”: To Feed the Future, Let’s End Hunger by 2030 In a guest post, David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, writes, “…At the end of the day, stakeholders on the ground — individuals, families, communities, and governments at all levels — are on the frontlines in…

World Bank Launches Public-Private Infrastructure Initiative

Reuters: World Bank launches public-private infrastructure plan “The World Bank on Thursday launched a new initiative that would bring together governments, development institutions, and private investors to form public-private partnerships for infrastructure. The initiative, known as the Global Infrastructure Facility, would structure projects to attract long-term investors such as pension…

Advocates Worry Focus On Maternal Health Risks Fading In Post-2015 Development Agenda

GlobalPost: Why maternal health and mortality matters “The world could be a lot less safe for mothers after 2015. As the deadline for the U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, advocates for maternal health say the issue is in danger of fading in future models of sustainability…” (Mendoza, 10/9).

Women Are Key Partners In Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Why Development Begins with Women Melinda Gates, co-chair and trustee of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses the importance of involving women in development, writing, “Every day, all over the world, women and girls are proving that if we recognize them as…

U.S., Partners Help African Countries Drive Own Development

USAID’s “Impact”: Equipping Africa to Support Its Own Development Alex Thier, assistant to the administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, discusses how “the U.S. and [its] partners [are] working to put African countries in the driver’s seat on their respective development paths” so that African nations can…