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Static Sustainable Development Goals Do Not Allow For Dynamic Interventions, Debate Over Local Best Practices

SciDev.Net: Single SDG targets are impractical and unrealistic David Sumpter, professor of applied mathematics; Shyam Ranganathan, PhD student in applied mathematics; and Ranjula Bali Swain, associate professor in the department of economics, all at Uppsala University “…Predictions of development progress should be dynamic and interactive. … By accumulating data and…

U.N. Global Compact Must Help End Poverty, Ban Says

U.N. News Centre: Ban calls on Global Compact to help end poverty, transform lives, protect planet “Addressing the United Nations Global Compact board meeting [on Friday], Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said everyone held a stake in ending poverty, transforming people’s lives, and protecting the planet. … Despite progress in many areas,…

Post-2015 Development Goals Must Be Realistic, Have Clear Rationale

The Guardian: Eight months until new development goals are agreed. Then what? Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and a Schwartz fellow at the New America Foundation “…The politics of writing the [Sustainable Development Goals] appears to have ensured the politics of using them has been…

Laurie Garrett Examines Several Global Health, Development Issues For 2015

Laurie Garrett’s Blog: Ahead In 2015: Viruses, Epidemics, and United Nations Haggling Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, in her blog features a three-part series on several global health and development issues for 2015. In part one, she discusses the Ebola epidemic; part…

Behavior Change, Innovation, Political Will Critical To Reaching WASH Goals

Huffington Post: For 2015, Three Must-Haves for Sanitation Sanjay Wijesekera, chief of water, sanitation and hygiene, and associate director of programs at UNICEF “…For the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, 2015 is an ‘almost, but not quite’ date. The world did reach the water MDG — in 2010, in fact…

Provision Of Electricity, Energy Vital To Africa’s Continued Economic Growth

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Don’t Let Ebola Obscure Africa’s Larger Promise and Challenges Elizabeth Littlefield, president and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, discusses Africa’s economic growth and the importance of electricity and energy development in continuing progress (1/5).

U.N. Report Presents Results Of Post-2015 Development Agenda Global Survey

U.N. News Centre: ‘7 million voices’ weigh in on future development agenda in U.N. survey “…The ‘We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices’ report presents the global results of MY World, the U.N. survey for a better world, which was developed in response to the Secretary-General’s call for ‘the most…

Global Progress Made Toward Ending Extreme Poverty, World Bank Data Show

New York Times: A Global Gauge Finds Progress Against Poverty “…In just over two decades, the number of people living in extreme poverty has been almost halved. … At current growth rates, the World Bank predicts that in 15 or so years, the income of a vast majority of the…