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Cooperation Vital To Achieving Development Goals

Devex: Better when we’re together Steve Hollingworth, president of Freedom from Hunger “…As a development community, we must continue to evolve our thinking about how — and with whom — we will continue to make progress toward the MDGs. How can various segments of our community work more closely with…

New Development Goals Should Be ‘Discrete, Quantitative, Achievable’

Wall Street Journal: Smart Aid for the World’s Poor Matt Ridley, member of the British House of Lords and author “…The lesson, surely, from this first round of setting development goals is the need to be even more ruthlessly selective next time. A list of eight goals is too long…

Work Continues To End AIDS Epidemic By 2030

The Economist: Is the end in sight? “Targets, students of management agree, help achieve goals. The best are demanding but realistic. And that is something those in charge of the fight against AIDS have come to realize. Their latest target, by far their most ambitious, is to end the epidemic…

More Commitment Needed To Stop Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

New York Times: Why Are We Ignoring a New Ebola Outbreak? Ken Isaacs, vice president of programs and government relations for Samaritan’s Purse “Three small, impoverished nations in West Africa — Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone — now demand the world’s attention as the deadly Ebola epidemic spins out of…

Early Marriage, FGM Connected To Other Injustices Girls Endure

The Guardian: Patriarchy allows child marriage and female genital mutilation to flourish Ghadeer Malek, Rachel Arinii, and Nelly Bassily, members of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development “…The commitments made at the Girl Summit on eradicating FGM and child marriage, the focus on tougher laws (including putting the onus…

Enforcing Reparations Can Empower Sexual Violence Survivors In DRC

Inter Press Service: Empowering DR Congo’s Sexual Violence Survivors by Enforcing Reparations Sucharita Varanasi, senior program officer with Physicians for Human Rights “…Understanding the various hurdles that a [sexual violence] survivor must overcome in accessing the formal legal system is the first step in a survivor’s pursuit of justice. ……

World Must Prioritize Health, Safety, Education For Girls

CNN: Time to stand with girls demanding change Melissa Hillebrenner, director of the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign “Thursday marks 100 days since more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted from their families and community in northeast Nigeria, a reminder of the horrors and hardships many girls face when trying…

Improving Access To Toilets Can Cut Child Stunting

The Guardian: What do toilets have to do with nutrition? More than you might think Lawrence Haddad, senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute “…Because of the public goods nature of access to improved water and sanitation (private income can take you only so far — there…

Devex Publishes Opinion Pieces On Food Security Issues

As part of its #FeedingDev and #MDGMomentum series, Devex has published several opinion pieces discussing food security. Devex: Food security and nutrition in Africa’s cities Ambassador William Garvelink, senior adviser for global strategy at the International Medical Corps “…The renewed emphasis on agriculture, especially since the G8 L’Aquila Summit pledges…

Girl Summit Will Push Momentum Against Child Marriage, FGM

Huffington Post: For a Better World for All Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA executive director, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, U.N. under-secretary-general and U.N. Women executive director “…Recognizing that these practices cannot be justified on the grounds of religion or culture, there is a growing number of countries with ‘zero tolerance’ of FGM and…