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Faith Community Should Help Shape Post-2015 Development Agenda

Huffington Post: Can There Be Development Without Spiritual Capital? Olav Kjorven, director of the Public Partnerships Division at UNICEF “…[L]et me offer three quick snapshots to try and convince you that agreeing on shared global development goals, and then actually achieving them, depends on more than expert — or even…

‘Shared Values’ Needed To Tackle Health, Development Challenges

Huffington Post: Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships David Olson, global health communications expert “…Nowadays, it’s widely recognized that more stakeholders need to be consulted, both in the design and the execution of an intervention. Does this make the process more messy and complicated? It sure does, but…

Improved Water Access Would Help Lift Regions Out Of Poverty

Deseret News: Access to water is the first step in fighting poverty worldwide John Hoffmire, director of the Impact Bond Fund at Saïd Business School at Oxford University and director of the School of Business and Poverty at the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison “…Each day, nearly 200 million…

Research On Drug Use, HIV Prevention Interventions Necessary To Stop Virus In Russia

Moscow Times: Russia’s HIV Epidemic Starts In Its Prisons Lyuba Azbel, research associate at the Yale School of Medicine “…[Russia’s] government policy actually boosts the spread of HIV. Research shows that extrajudicial policing and police harassment in Russia creates an environment of fear, contributing to syringe sharing. … While alternatives…

U.K. Must Lead On SDG Process To Eradicate Extreme Poverty

The Guardian: New development goals need ambition — and the U.K. must set the agenda Jim Murphy, Labour member of parliament for East Renfrewshire and the shadow secretary of state for international development “…With the correct [Sustainable Development Goals], we can wipe out extreme poverty, secure health coverage at all…

World Must Address Reproductive Rights For Women, Girls

Devex: On World Population Day, a startling picture for women and girls Renate Baehr, executive director of DSW — Deutsche Stiftung Weltbevölkerung “…[O]n World Population Day, we must acknowledge that we are failing the 500 million girls in low- and middle-income countries. If we are to properly address the challenges…

Political Commitment Needed To Reduce Hunger, Undernutrition

SciDev.Net: Focus on Poverty: More nutrition science or political will? Roger Williamson, independent consultant and visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex “The second Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index (HANCI) has just been launched, providing detailed evidence on efforts to reduce hunger (10 indicators)…

Financial Commitments To Improve Agriculture Can Help Prevent Food Crises

Devex: We can prevent another food price crisis Josh Lozman, deputy director of program advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…This year, African leaders have recommitted to investing in agriculture at their annual leaders’ summit, but there is currently a significant financing gap toward these plans. The support…

SDGs Must Address Corruption

Huffington Post: The Devil, the Detail, and the Future of Development Dana Wilkins, lead campaigner for aid policy at Global Witness “Corruption is a disaster for development. It wastes the resources that can build sustainable economies, guts confidence in government, and fuels inequality and conflict. So common sense dictates that…