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Global Development Efforts Should Focus On Preventing Violence, World Bank Report Says

In a report released Sunday, the World Bank is “calling for development organizations to place a new emphasis on improving police protection to halt the violence gripping dozens of poor nations,” the Wall Street Journal reports, noting that the report represents a departure from the bank’s “traditional reluctance to address security and policing concerns” because they were viewed as “too political to take on.”

Also In Global Health News: HIV/AIDS In Indonesia; Mobile Phone Application For Malaria; Film Festival; Results-Based Financing; Role Of Civil Society, Private Sector In Fighting HIV/AIDS

Reuters Examines Growing HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Indonesia Reuters examines the growing number of HIV/AIDS cases in Indonesia, where “widespread ignorance” about the disease and a government afraid of campaigning “effectively against it for fear of being accused by conservatives of promoting promiscuity” have helped fuel the epidemic. Currently, 300,000 Indonesians…

Opinions: Poverty Footprint; Aid To Promote Good Governance

Poverty Footprint Analysis Is Just A Start “Carbon and water footprint measurements have become almost commonplace among large corporations … But these measurements only tell part of the story. The piece where a corporation mows down an entire village in the developing world to make way for a carbon-cutting wind farm…

Two-Thirds Of Nations On Track To Meet Poverty, Hunger MDGs by 2015, WB-IMF Report Says

Two-thirds of developing countries are on track or close to reaching the U.N. Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets to reduce extreme poverty and hunger, according to a World Bank-IMF report released Friday to coincide with a meeting of the groups in Washington, D.C., over the weekend, Agence France-Presse/Edmonton Journal reports (4/16).

U.N. Report Shows Significant Progress Toward Reaching MDGs, But Mixed Results In Some Areas

Significant progress is being made toward reaching the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the 2015 deadline, but the poorest countries are not progressing as quickly and more must be done to improve health and development outcomes in those nations, according to this year’s MDG report (.pdf), VOA News reports. “Despite the global economic downturn and the food and energy crises, we are on track to meet the MDG targets for poverty-reduction,” U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at the launch of the report on Thursday in Geneva (Schlein, 7/7).

Rwandan Government Pushing For Sanitation Facilities In Every Household

Rwanda “is one of only four countries in Africa which look set to achieve Millennium Development Goal 7 to ensure environmental sustainability, which includes halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation,” Inter Press Service reports in an article examining hygiene and sanitation in the country. The other three countries are Mozambique, Ghana and Sierra Leone, the news service notes.

Withdrawal Of Aid From Madagascar Hitting Poor Hard

The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” examines the effects of the withdrawal of international aid and debt relief from Madagascar following the country’s last coup in 2009.

UK Should Continue To Provide Aid To India, Parliamentary Report Says

Despite enormous economic gains over the past 25 years, Britain should continue to provide aid to India until 2015 to ensure the country meets the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a cross-party report published by the House of Commons international development committee on Tuesday, the Guardian reports.

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