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April 15 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Tue Apr 15 2014, 02:00:18

Report claims vital public services underfunded due to failure to maximise tax revenue from overseas firms

Tax breaks for international mining and agribusiness companies in Sierra Leone have cost the west African country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenues, according to a group of NGOs.

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April 14 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Apr 14 2014, 06:46:00

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"Girls need to be at the centre of the global development agenda," said Canadian MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan at the Women Deliver conference in May 2013. Her words reflect a concentration of aid resources on adolescent girls, as shown by recently established groups such as Girl Up, Because I am a Girl, Girl Rising and Global Girl Power. But with this intensity of focus on girls are we missing a crucial part of the picture?

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Apr 14 2014, 04:00:02

Our literary tour of Somalia examines lives blighted by conflict, and finds reasons for optimism in the 'world's most failed state'

Set in Somalia around the 2006 US-backed Ethiopian invasion, the final volume in Farah's Past Imperfect trilogy can be read as a standalone novel. This absorbing story puts a human face to the tragedy of a failed state.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Apr 14 2014, 02:00:05

Unicef calls for three years' sustained financing for education of displaced children to prevent even greater humanitarian disaster

The crisis in Syria, which has left 5.5 million children in need of urgent educational and psychological support, will become an even greater humanitarian catastrophe if the international community does not come up with three years' guaranteed funding, Unicef has warned.

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April 13 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Sun Apr 13 2014, 02:00:13

Warnings of weaknesses in the ageing dam on the Zambezi river highlight the country's lack of preparedness for disasters

In early March, engineers at a conference organised by the Zambezi River Authority (ZRA, a Zambia-Zimbabwe organisation that manages the Kariba dam) warned that the 128-metre-high dam could collapse, threatening at least 3.5 million people, especially in Mozambique and Malawi.

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April 11 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Fri Apr 11 2014, 06:33:29

Medical authorities in Guinea and other neighbouring African countries are struggling to contain an outbreak of Ebola, one of the world's deadliest viruses. The tropical pathogen, which can trigger haemorrhagic fever and organ failure, has a fatality rate of up to 90%. The outbreak has killed more than two-thirds of those who have been infected, including 101 people in Guinea and neighbouring Liberia

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From Global development | The Guardian Fri Apr 11 2014, 02:00:07

As the Central American country is sued by Pacific Rim, its people are developing their own campaigns against mining

The wall opposite the mayor's office in Nueva Trinidad, a small village in the hills of Chalatenango, northern El Salvador, bears a mural of a shirtless peasant farmer, crucified on a giant dollar sign. "No somos pobres; nos han empobrecido", runs the plaintive caption: "We are not poor; they made us poor".

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April 10 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 10 2014, 13:25:28

Security council authorises the deployment of up to 10,000 troops in attempt to stop violence spiralling into genocide

The UN security council has approved the creation of a peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic to try to stop violence between Christians and Muslims that has threatened to spiral into genocide.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 10 2014, 08:47:24

More than 300 organisations target multinational company that is suing the country for its refusal to grant a gold-mining permit

A multinational mining company has been accused of launching "a direct assault on democratic governance" by suing El Salvador for more than US$300m (£179m) in compensation, after the tiny Central American country refused to allow it to dig for gold amid growing opposition to the exploitation of its mineral wealth.

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From Global development | The Guardian Thu Apr 10 2014, 06:05:35

Conference brings together international business leaders to explore how to drive forced labour out of global supply chains

It's almost a year since 1,200 people died when a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh. The Rana Plaza disaster brought the issue of global supply chains to the world's attention but there is still no consensus on the best way to drive exploitation out of supply chains.

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