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Global Community Must Address Stillbirths In Development Goals

The Guardian: Time to target the shocking neglect of stillbirths Sarah Boseley, health editor at The Guardian “…Every year 2.6 million babies are stillborn. But, says [Joy Lawn, professor of maternal, reproductive and child health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine], these babies, whose loss is a…

Empowerment Of Women Can Be ‘Global Game-Changer’

Inter Press Service: Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity: Picture It! Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of U.N. Women “…A billion women will enter the world economy in the next decade. With equal opportunities, their impact on our future prosperity will be a global game-changer. We can and must turn this picture to…

European Parliament Needs Strong Development Committee To Deliver E.U. Policies

EurActiv: Sound development policies need a strong parliamentary committee Matt Foster, director of strategy and program effectiveness for Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) “…It is absolutely essential that the upcoming European Parliament elections on the 22-25th of May deliver a group of strong [members of the European Parliament (MEPs)] who, through…

World Bank Report On Women ‘Breaks New Ground’

Center for Foreign Relation’s “Development Channel”: World Bank Report on Women’s Empowerment Breaks New Ground Isobel Coleman, CFR senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy and director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, states the new World Bank report, titled “Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared…

Women Continue To Face Obstacles To Education, Development, World Bank Report Says

News outlets discuss a new World Bank report on gender and development. Australian Associated Press/SBS: World Bank: 700 million women subject to domestic violence “More than 700 million women worldwide are subject to physical or sexual violence from their husbands or partners, many with little right to protection, the World…

U.N. Highlights Role Of Families In Achieving Development Goals

U.N. News Centre: U.N. officials highlight role of families in achieving development, advancing better world “United Nations officials are using this year’s International Day of Families to highlight the vital role that these critical social units found in every society play in achieving globally agreed [upon] development goals and advancing…

Blogs Discuss Energy Investment In Africa

Blogs discuss U.S. government and private enterprise energy investment in Africa. Humanosphere: Why the Electrify Africa Act is vital to powering Africa Development blogger Tom Murphy writes, “The launch of the [Power Africa] program, made by Obama during his Africa tour last summer, is one of the most significant initiatives…

Private Sector Could Put Profit Ahead Of Poverty Alleviation In Aid Programs, NGOs Warn

The Guardian: E.U. warned private sector engagement in aid risks putting profit before poverty “New European Commission proposals to boost the role of business in aid programs and throw the E.U.’s weight behind the development agenda of private companies risk putting profits before the needs of the world’s poorest, groups…

Immediate Needs Overlooked In Clean Cookstove Projects, Study Says

SciDev.Net: Ignoring users’ needs ‘harms take-up of clean stoves’ “Projects to encourage a switch to clean cookstoves that cut fuel use and pollution-related deaths in developing nations often fail to meet local people’s immediate needs, according to a review study…” (Khan-Ruf, 5/13).