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Can Mobile Technology Help Teachers to Be More Effective?

Purna Kumar Shrestha | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Tech
Purna  Kumar Shrestha

I believe that if children are to enjoy their right to an education they must be taught by teachers who are properly trained and supported. There is a pressing need to consider how best to train teachers - both new teachers and up-skilling the large numbers of currently unqualified and under-qualified teachers through in-service training.

Closing the Gap for Post-2015: New Ambition for Acute Malnutrition

Sabrina de Souza | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK
Sabrina de Souza

Nutrition is both a maker and marker of development. Yet, undernutrition continues to hamper the ability of children to live happy, healthy lives and reach their full potential. Millions of children - 52 million to be exact - suffer from acute malnutrition.

The Soccer World Cup Is Over, but Off the Field Brazil Is Winning

Hans Zomer | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

On July 24, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) published a new report on human development, showing that Brazil is one of the countries where progress has been greatest over the last 30 years.

World Cup Reaches Fever Pitch, but There is Another Goal Worth Fighting For

Esther Worae | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK
Esther Worae

This Friday, 11 July, is World Population Day which was established by the UN to raise awareness of global population issues. So here it is: break down the barriers blocking women and girls from using contraception and we'll put an end to this needless loss of life, and make unsafe abortion a thing of the past.

What the Media Forgot to Tell You: Extreme Poverty Is on the Way Out

Hans Zomer | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK
Hans Zomer

We live in an age of mass media. Magazines, television, books, radio and social media provide us with a constant flow of information, news, entertainment and education. We now have access to information that previous generations could only dream of...

Generation Nutrition - If We Act Now, We Can End Child Deaths From Hunger in Our Lifetime

Glen Tarman | Posted 24.06.2014 | UK
Glen Tarman

We know that if we can make governments change the way they set their priorities, children's lives will be saved. We need to ensure that the issue of acute malnutrition doesn't only hit the headlines when natural disasters strike or when war erupts.

Over the Last Decade, 17million More Children Are Learning in sub-Saharan

Pauline Rose | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

It is troubling that the 9% decline in aid spending to basic education in low income countries between 2010 and 2011 has hit 19 of the poorest countries - Tanzania amongst them. Without donor support to education as promised in 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar, these countries will struggle to provide the quality of education that their children deserve.

Funding a Future Generation: Where No Child Is Left Behind

Kat Pugh | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

This week I attended the Commonwealth Observance Day service, where I was privileged to hear from Lord Coe, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Malala Yousafzai. The theme of the event centred around team as the Commonwealth builds up to the 2014 games.

Funding a Future Generation: Is Global Education on the Right Track?

Kat Pugh | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Kat Pugh

n a Western society, words are everywhere. Adverts on the tube, bus on billboards. There are words on our mobile phones, we can get apps which tell us the latest news, which tells us what is trending and which celebrity is pregnant, has been arrested or has overdosed...

Fighting to End Newborn Deaths Across the World

Toyin Ojora-Saraki | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Toyin Ojora-Saraki

In an effort to save millions of newborn lives, we are urging all global leaders to take a stance this year and commit to a blueprint for change, namely, the Five Point Newborn Promise. This agenda focuses on training and equipping enough skilled healthcare workers to make sure no baby is born without proper help, and removing fees for all pregnancy and birth services.

The Resurgence of Preventable Diseases

Harry Brown | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Brown

For each new person promoting falsehoods about vaccines - the MDGs become that much harder to accomplish. In India, a country known for its political dysfunction, it has achieved extraordinary success by setting clear policy goals with adequate levels of funding and clear lines of responsibility.

The Global Learning Crisis Is Costing $129Billion a Year

Pauline Rose | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pauline Rose

Worldwide, millions of children are failing to learn the basics. Children who already face disadvantage - girls, the poor, the disabled those in rural areas, are being hit the hardest.

Donors Must Renew Their Commitment to Supporting Education Goals After 2015

Pauline Rose | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

Some donors - including Canada, Spain and the United States - also channel a large share of their funds through non-government organizations. While this can be a means to reach marginalized children, it is unlikely to strengthen government education systems in the long term.

It's Time to Put People With Disabilities in the Picture

Dominic Haslam | Posted 01.02.2014 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

People with disabilities are being excluded from international development work across the world. I can say that with confidence - or at least, I think I can. The reality is that the picture is unclear because no one bothers to count the number of children with disabilities in school or the percentage of women with disabilities accessing support for domestic violence.

Lessons From Australia

Bertrand Audoin | Posted 28.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Bertrand Audoin

The Darwin conference has been a great opportunity to see for myself how excited Australia is about AIDS2014 and just how efficient different communities are already being in their preparations for the event.

Bringing the Party Along

Charlie Matthews | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Politics
Charlie Matthews

Many people may not have expected the Conservatives to include in their 2010 manifesto a pledge to spend 0.7% of national income on international aid....

What Could a Universal Set of Development Goals Mean for the UK?

Helen Dennis | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK
Helen Dennis

"A single framework and set of goals - universal in nature and applicable to all countries"... These words were agreed by governments at the UN General Assembly last week. They might not leap off the page at you - but let yourself digest them and their radical potential should become apparent.

Inequality Undermining Progress on Poverty Goals

Ben Phillips | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Ben Phillips

When the world's governments meet at a special session of the UN this week to take stock of toward the Millennium Development Goals and negotiating a blueprint for global development, our message to them will be that only by confronting inequality head-on will poverty be overcome.

Towards 2015: Part One

Bertrand Audoin | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Bertrand Audoin

Before we even know it, those of us working in the field of global health are well and truly going to be caught up in the debate around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) whose target end-date is 2015.

Every Mother Deserves Our Care

Geeta Bandi-Phillips | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Geeta Bandi-Phillips

While following news on the royal birth, I started to think about the mothers whom I have met in the developing world. Every mother I've met has shared stories: happy stories of joyful babies, tough stories of having little to eat while pregnant or walking for miles to reach a hospital while in labour.

Did We Get the Millennium Development Goals Wrong?

Justin Byworth | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK
Justin Byworth

The UN Millennium Development Goals, which will come to an end in 2015, have certainly given us a lot to celebrate. Yet extreme poverty is as much a threat to children today as before. We need to ask ourselves some hard questions as to why this is.

Disability and the Post 2015 Framework: A Politics of Hope

Dominic Haslam | Posted 16.07.2013 | UK Politics
Dominic Haslam

As many readers of this blog will know, the UN Secretary General's High Level Panel (HLP) of Eminent Persons on what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015 is due to report at the end of May.

1,000 Days To Go...

Peter Byass | Posted 01.06.2013 | UK
Peter Byass

No, this isn't another dire prediction about the end of the world - but, in 1,000 days, we will arrive at the end of 2015. That's when the world is supposed to reach the endpoints for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the targets set by the global community in 2000 for various improvements in the state of the world's people.

Sanitation and Water for All: Not a Pipe Dream

Lord McColl | Posted 22.05.2013 | UK Politics
Lord McColl

It's hard for us to imagine life without the humble loo. It's a basic necessity; a UN-recognised human right. However, for an overwhelming two thirds of the population in South Asia, a loo is a luxury that's out of reach.

Gleneagles Didn't Change Africa, Africa Changed Africa

Alastair Roderick | Posted 04.05.2013 | UK Politics
Alastair Roderick

I was actually at the launch of the Commission for Africa in May 2005. While the Commission made a big show about having African input into the consultations, I couldn't help but notice that the Ethiopian I was sat next to was one of the few Africans in the audience. Everyone else seemed much of a piece: officials from BINGOs (Big NGOs), western journalists, a few civil servants, and Labour Party workers.