U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
For too long, the world has tolerated widespread violence against children that leaves millions of children unsafe in their homes, schools and communities, presenting a significant barrier towards reaching overall development aims. Chad, for example, has the third highest rate of child marriage in the world. Child marriage often compromises a girl's development by resulting in early pregnancy and social isolation, interrupting her schooling, limiting her opportunities for career and vocational advancement and placing her at increased risk of domestic violence... The future of countries like Chad depend on us ensuring that the promises we make to the world's children in September are upheld, and that we fulfil our commitment to ensure that no child is left behind, no matter their circumstance.
Let's forget about the economy for a moment. What if we ranked countries by people's wellbeing instead of Gross Domestic
An advisory group to the United Nations is calling for a revolution. It won't be taking people to the streets, ousting governments or causing bloodshed, but it will overhaul the data driving governments' decisions.
Realpolitik tells us that the era of AIDS exceptionalism is past. Post 2015, determinedly fighting for a stand-alone response to AIDS simply will not work in most contexts. Yet a stand-alone, fully resourced and ambitious response is worth fighting for in many countries, especially those that continue to face hyper-epidemics such as the southern African countries, where more than 25 per cent of the adult population continue to live with HIV.
As we've learnt from the MDGs, progress cannot occur in silos. We need to learn from each other, we need to educate each other, and we need to work together to achieve real change.
Newborn babies are incredibly vulnerable. Each year, nearly three million babies die within their first month of life - often from diseases such as pneumonia.
The small bite of an infected mosquito caused an estimated 207 million cases of malaria in largely developing countries around the world each year. Almost half of these cases occur in predominantly Muslim countries belonging to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)...
Anyone working in communications will have a few tips to hand out for writing a compelling document. Writing must be clear and concise. With no space to waste, key messages should not be repetitive without good reason. They should be written in simple language and avoid ambiguity.
abuse and suffering. For most survivors, it is just the start of a long, difficult road to clear the hurdles that stop them rebuilding their lives, a women's rights conference heard on Tuesday.
In some of the poorest countries in the world the mortality rate for children with a disability can be as high as 60-80% even where the under five mortality rate has been reduced to less than 20%. This illustrates why we should be measuring development by those that need help the most and not those that need it the least.
A sticking point in both the climate and the post-MDG discussions will be the issue of equity. In simple terms, which countries should act first and deliver most, who should pay for it and how do we transfer technology from rich countries to poor?
Eight thousand kilometres from home, I was struck by how familiar the scene was. Day-trippers, holding up their Saris and dipping their toes into the sea. A beach-front promenade. Tatty changing rooms last cleaned in the late-1970s. Ice creams. Vendors selling plastic buckets and spades. Ignore the palm trees, squint to pretend the cow is a donkey, and it could be Blackpool.
ONE's DATA Report, released today, a publication associated with berating the G8 for not keeping aid promises, this year turns its forensic eye on African leaders promises to the poor. It finds that $243bn dollars more will be available for health and agriculture and education between 2013-2015 if African leaders keep their promises.
It is high time we consigned the disturbing numbers of people who are malnourished to yesteryear and instead looked forward toward a brighter future where these problems are defeated thanks to effective, and relentless, public-private partnerships (PPPs).
During November, Poverty Week will see over 70 national broadcasters run a series of films on the theme of "Why Poverty?" The event is designed to trigger a broader debate about the causes of poverty and what can and should be done to counter it.