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December 3 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Wed Dec 3 2014, 13:13:45

Alleged human traffickers who had arranged more than 20 boat trips from north Africa to Europe picked up in sting operation in Italy and Germany

Ten suspected migrant smugglers were arrested on Wednesday in Italy and Germany, including the alleged ringleader behind a treacherous journey that killed an estimated 244 people off the coast of Libya in June.

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Dec 3 2014, 09:38:35

London conference shines spotlight on troubled nation after 13-year foreign military mission that cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars

The Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, will meet foreign leaders in London on Thursday with little to show for two months in power but with a pressing need to persuade international donors to stay involved as concerns intensify that fragile gains won over 13 years may be lost as most foreign troops withdraw.

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Dec 3 2014, 07:00:54

On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, it's time to reassert that everyone should have equal access to food

We are at a critical juncture for reflecting on the human rights of people with disabilities. Human rights are indivisible, and the right to food cannot be realised unless the other human rights of people with disabilities are realised too. They must be included in the broader sustainable development agenda.

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Dec 3 2014, 04:58:00

Transparency International's measure of perceived public sector corruption says emerging countries increasingly seen as prone to fraud and bribery

The governments of some of the world's fastest growing economies are showing worrying signs of becoming more corrupt as civil society and political opposition groups are stifled, and incidents of fraud and bribery become more common.

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From Global development | The Guardian Wed Dec 3 2014, 02:00:08

Funding is essential, but business, academia and officials must all work together to make cities safer, cleaner places to live

Cities need finance to thrive, but money alone can't solve the problems they face. Increasingly, the institutions that fund urban developments are realising that they should do more than just inject funds to help build the cities of the future.

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December 2 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Dec 2 2014, 13:23:27

Religious leaders gather at the Vatican to commit to working together for the eradication of slavery by 2020 Continue reading...

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Dec 2 2014, 08:37:02

Examination of 400 cases shows 57% of bribes were paid to win public procurement contracts, with most occurring in wealthy countries Continue reading...

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Dec 2 2014, 06:25:57

US legislation aimed at damaging Congolese militias has inadvertently propelled millions deeper into poverty Continue reading...

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Dec 2 2014, 05:59:01

In his third update, Isaac Bayoh, a quarantine and awareness worker in rural Sierra Leone, says trust has broken down between the people and the doctors trying to treat them

Isaac Bayoh, 25, volunteers as an Ebola quarantine and awareness worker. He is part of a team that isolates the houses of those who have the disease, educates the family and neighbours, and monitors the patient's progress. Here, in his own words sent via WhatsApp, he shares his experiences about how people and communities are affected

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From Global development | The Guardian Tue Dec 2 2014, 02:00:13

Transparent and open deals between governments and the private sector could build trust with citizens, and mean better value for money

Government contractor Serco, which works in sectors from defence and security to health and education, saw its share price fall 30% in November after a profit warning. It has been losing money on $1.5bn worth of contracts with governments around the world. It has also found itself in trouble with UK authorities for charging for supervision services for dead prisoners. The company is a poster child for what can go wrong when governments contract out - and the huge scale of that contracting.

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