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March 24 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 10:40:16

'Africa is dangerous and corrupt'; 'Africans will always be poor'. This month's podcast explores the myths surrounding Africa and their impact on Africans on the continent and in the diaspora

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 09:04:48

If messages about equality are for all, gender and development practice should not be about elite meetings and confusing jargon

When I think of gender and development practice, what immediately comes to mind are endless workshops, conferences, seminars, roundtables, policy briefings and media statements addressed to the converted, semi-converted and pretenders.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 07:17:49

When rich countries eradicated TB, new treatments dried up. Now the disease has evolved to become drug-resistant - and it's the world's poorest people who are bearing the brunt

My role as a doctor is to make it possible for Andile to play football again. He used to train three times a week in Khayelitsha, one of the largest townships in South Africa - miles and miles of little brick houses interspaced with tin shacks on the edge of Cape Town.He says he was the type of player who didn't waste himself running aimlessly after the ball; rather, he analysed the game to make decisive passes that would lead his team to victory. But today, what Andile wishes above all is to be able to run, even aimlessly.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 07:04:37

Getting essential vitamins and minerals on the menu for all children is key to reducing undernutrition. Four lessons can help roll out the distribution of micronutrients all over the world

Children in developed countries benefit from vitamins and minerals added to foods like cereals that boost healthy brain development and physical growth, helping to support the social and economic potential of the next generation. Unfortunately, not all children around the world share this advantage. Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals (also called micronutrients) are part of the larger problem of undernutrition which is an underlying cause of up to one-third of child deaths in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia, according to figures from Unicef.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 04:30:35

Lives lost, villages destroyed, communities devastated and according to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, the Philippines disaster was just the beginning

When tropical depression Agaton swept in to the Philippines from the Pacific on 13 January, the rain gauge in Jabonga's new weather station could barely cope: more than 25 inches (635mm) fell in five days, and 47 inches over the course of that month. One in three people in the 24,000-strong community on the island of Mindanao had their homes flooded, and 2,800 had to be evacuated after three whole villages were completely submerged. Newly planted rice and vegetable crops were ruined, and the community is only just beginning to recover.

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From Global development | The Guardian Mon Mar 24 2014, 03:00:02

Ethiopian official insists borders will not be closed despite influx piling increasing strain in one of the country's poorest regions

"We left all our property - our home, our goats and chickens. I ran out and this is all that I have," Nyakuom Tongyik says, pointing to the floral dress and pink scarf she is wearing. The 22-year-old is one of more than 70,000 refugees who have crossed the border into Ethiopia, fleeing fighting and devastation in South Sudan.

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March 23 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Sun Mar 23 2014, 12:52:00

The Commission on the Status of Women agrees to stand-alone equality goal in post-2015 targets and issues strong language against violence

UN Member states have agreed that gender equality and women's rights must be prioritised in future discussions on what should be included in the next set of sustainable development goals.

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From Global development | The Guardian Sun Mar 23 2014, 05:00:00

The savage realities of modern-day Delhi will not be changing any time soon, says Rana Dasgupta in this powerful study

In the final pages of this intense, lyrical, erudite and powerful book, Rana Dasgupta makes the most important of many perceptive points: there is no certainty, indeed little probability, that the city will eventually find the relative calm, order and hygiene of its counterparts in the developed world. There is no obvious reason why the evolution of this crowded, traumatised, violent metropolis in India in the early decades of the 21st century should follow that of New York, London or Paris in another place and another time. Delhi will remain as it is.

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March 22 2014

From Global development | The Guardian Sat Mar 22 2014, 05:00:00

Last October a boat went down off the Italian island of Lampedusa, killing 366 migrants on board. What happened next? This is the story of Fanus, a survivor and one of thousands of people who flee Eritrea every year in search of asylum

At 2am on 3 October last year, an overcrowded fishing boat drifted less than half a mile off the Italian island of Lampedusa. For the 518 people packed on board, the twinkling lights of the island signified the end of a long and difficult journey. Each had paid $1,600 (£964) to make the crossing.

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From Global development | The Guardian Sat Mar 22 2014, 04:00:00

780 million people still lack access to clean drinking water. A new breed of filter could change that but must be made more affordable alongside wider sanitation efforts

Since 1990 more than 2 billion people have gained access to improved water sources. It's a huge achievement that has saved thousands of lives, but the biggest challenge will be getting water to the remaining 780 million, many of whom live in the most remote and underdeveloped places on earth.

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